Video streaming site Plex has launched a free ad-supported video streaming service, which will feature thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries, available to everyone for free. Voot runs a similar ad-supported video service in India.
In addition to the content it offers to Plex Pass subscribers, users in India, Russia, China, Japan, Africa, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe will be able to access the ad-supported video library for free. However, holding a Plex Pass doesn’t mean users can remove ads or reduce their frequency in the free videos.
Those who already have a Plex account will be able to access the free library via the navigation and home screen on their Plex-enabled devices and will be able to customise or turn off the free content too. Free titles will also feature as recommended content to users depending on their media collection. Those who don’t yet have a Plex account will need to sign up to watch free content.
Plex’s free content streaming partners include big names like MGM, Warner Bros and Lionsgate, among others. While Plex’s offering sounds similar to traditional cable to satellite television, the company says that users will see only one-third of the ads as compared to traditional TV.“Starting today, Plex will deliver more content to more countries than any other free streaming service to date. We wanted to offer more entertainment—both classics and new favourites,” Plex announced. “While there are certainly other free streaming services out there, we’re the first to offer a vast, free, diverse collection of content for a truly global audience.”
Similar to other online streaming services, Plex’s content will be updated regularly, and some of the content might only be available for a limited time.
While a majority of the content on Plex’s free service is in English, they have non-English content too and will be expanding their catalogue in the future to bring more titles globally. Some of the content will also be geo-restricted.
Soon, users will see improved subtitle support worldwide, more discovery and browse features as well as an updated watch list. If you’ve any queries about Plex’s ad-supported free video library, check out their FAQ here.
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