Plex has announced Web Shows, a new feature that enhances the company’s media platform, offering unlimited, on-demand streaming of curated shows via the Plex app on any supported device, ranging from the iPhone to the Apple TV and beyond. The new feature, which is launching in “beta”, will be available to users regardless of whether they have a Plex Media Server or even a paid Plex Pass subscription, and will offer access to a multitude of web shows across a variety of interests such as food, home and garden, science and tech, entertainment, and pop culture. Including at launch at popular titles from independent creators including Epic Meal Time, ASAPscience, Household Hacker, People are Awesome, and The Pet Collective, as well as brand content from GQ, Saveur, Epicurious, Pitchfork, and more, and Plex plans to add new content on an ongoing basis to continue to expand what’s available on the service.
The launch of Web Shows follows the company’s recent announcement that it will be shutting down Plex Cloud at the end of November, along with retiring a handful of other less popular features, in order to improve its focus on performance and stability and introduce new features. Plex Web Shows joins other features such as personal media streaming, podcasts, news, live TV viewing, and DVR capabilities that the company hopes will position the platform as the single “go to” source for all of the media that users want to consume, while providing an easy way to discover content and conveniently access it. Like Plex Podcasts and Plex News, Plex Web Shows will also tie into the service’s analytics to provide users with customized recommendations based on their interests.