Plex launches free streaming service with thousands of shows and movies

Joe Supan

Dec 4, 2019 — 2 min read

The software company has long wanted to be your one-stop shop for streaming media. Plex now has thousands of hours of free content to bolster the case.

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Plex, a company that makes software designed to keep all your media in one place, has launched its own free streaming service today. 

Unlike most free streaming services, you will need to create an account to use Plex. While that might be a bit of a turnoff for some users, it’s absolutely worth a download. 

According to Plex, you’ll get “thousands of free movies, TV shows, extreme sports films, music documentaries, Bollywood musicals and more.” Granted, those thousands of titles are mostly on the obscure side, but Plex says you can expect to see more in the future.

“Over time, we’ll be adding more stuff from different studios and creators — from Oscar-winning Hollywood movies to the latest from India, Russia, China, Japan, Africa, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe to really cool independent movies fresh off the festival circuit.”

Most of the recognizable names are on the older side, but the Plex launch library is already pretty solid for a free streaming service. Here are some of the names that jumped out to us right away:

  • The Terminator
  • Moonstruck 
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Teen Wolf
  • Rain Main
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Raging Bull
  • Overboard

That said, every one of these movies is available to stream for free elsewhere — mostly on the Roku Channel, which requires a Roku streaming device — but that’s typically how free streaming services go. There’s always a lot of overlap.

Where is Plex available?

You can download Plex on just about any streaming device, smart TV or gaming console around. Here’s the complete list:

  • Smart TVs: Android TV, LG, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, VIZIO and Roku TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

What’s next?

If you’re looking for more free content to stream, we’ve also written about the best free Netflix alternatives and the best free streaming services for live TV.

We’ll continue to monitor Plex as it adds more content in the future. Until then, keep an eye on our streaming page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Plex launch updates and more.