Plex Wants To Be Your Podcast Center

Plex is looking to expand the reach of its app with Podcasts. Podcasts and apps have been growing more and more popular over the past 5 years as users look to get more media they don’t have to watch to enjoy while going about their lives. The Podcasts are part of Plex’s march to be an all-encompassing app that now includes content channels, a news aggregator, a media organizer and the ability to share content over the web with select users.

Plex Podcast Features:

  • Free, quick and easy – Simple, intuitive set-up, and no subscription required
  • Cross-device playback status – A unique feature not offered by others, cross-platform playback lets users listen to podcasts on a jog and pick up where they left off at their desk
  • All your media in one place – On Deck support for Podcasts displays the latest unplayed and partially listened episodes just like other shows, sitting alongside all other media within Plex, from personal photo, music and video collections, to curated news, to live and recorded TV, and more
  • Information-rich – As you have come to expect, Plex enhances podcasts with metadata, offering more info about the programs and related podcasts
  • Standard podcast controls –  Controls such as forward and back, variable speed playback, and mark as played give you full control over your listening experience

    Plex’s Podacast feature will let users pic and choose their faves.
  • Easily add personal favorites – If a podcast isn’t already in the Plex catalog you can still add it by adding the feed url and Plex will treat it just as if it were already there, including retrieving rich metadata, related podcasts, search support, and more, making it more advanced than standalone podcast offerings
  • Add to My Podcasts – Allows you to automatically add items to On Deck and easily get to your favorite shows
  • Multi-device support – Device support at launch includes iOS, Android, Roku, and the Plex web platform with other platforms rolling out soon

Additional features and platform support will be rolling out to Plex Podcasts in the coming weeks, including:

  • Smart downloading with granular options for managing the episodes you want to keep on a per show basis
  • Additional metadata support including richer show pages and more discovery options
  • Podcasts Import & Export (OPML) support, which will allow users to import their currently subscribed podcasts right into Plex