This is a good time to be Plex. The media center app is everywhere these days. It is part of every major set-top box ecosystem including the NVIDIA Shield which is now even home to the Plex Media Server. It is included on smart TV’s, and has apps for nearly every platform. As the application has grown in popularity the look and feel has gotten a number of facelifts.
With any advance, there is always a crowd that considers the older version of the program to be the best. Roku users have the ability to act on those feelings by adding a Plex channel that takes users backward. The Channel called Plex Classic is a Roku private channel designed to look and function like the original Roku Plex Channel based on the original Roku SDK. You can add the Plex Classic Channel for Roku at the Private Channel Store. See a video demo of the plex classic channel at the bottom of this article.
Grid based navigation
Navigation on the Plex classic channel is based on grids and the simple carousel navigation of a number of channels available in the Roku Streaming Channels store. While the official Plex channel
for Roku does a fantastic job of integrating beautiful art and graphics the Plex Classic channel is a very no frills sort of experience. Everything is out front and easy to access.
Access the Plex Channel Store
One major difference between the Plex Classic Channel for Roku and the rest of the Plex clients found on other devices is that Plex classic gives users the ability to add channels to their Plex server directly from the app. On every other version of Plex the only way to add Plex channels is to access the server via it’s web interface or in
some cases the Plex Media Center on a PC.
Roku users can use both channels
Here is the best part of Plex Classic. Roku users can use both the Plex Classic Channel and the most current version of Plex for Roku. Because the Plex Classic Channel is a private Roku channel or as some people call them hidden Roku channels, it does not replace the official Plex channel for Roku. This means that users can bounce back and forth between Plex and Plex classic and they change options. If a Roku owner has an
NVIDIA Shield they can even use the Roku to add channels to the NVIDIA Shield Plex Media Center though the Plex Classic channel.
The addition of the Plex Classic Channel to your Roku very much gives users the best of both worlds when it comes to Plex. Users looking for simplicity should very much appreciate the choice offered with the private channel.
Plex Classic Channel Demo Video