How to Maximize your Plex Experience on your Roku Player

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Everybody loves how simple it is to combine all their favorite media streams through their Roku player, and Plex, enhances that functionality by turning your Roku player into a window for all your personal media. With Plex on Roku, you have the ability to better organize your videos, photos, music and movies and stream them to your big screen.

For Roku owners who’ve used the Plex app, you already know about the way Plex makes your personal media look beautiful by automatically pulling in metadata like cover art, descriptions, ratings and more.  If you’re unfamiliar with Plex, here are some tips to turn your Roku Player into the perfect center for your personal media.

  1. Share your media with friends and family – Plex allows friends and family to stream your media directly to their Plex-enabled mobile, desktop or set-top devices.
  2. Queue videos from different websites, like YouTube, Vimeo, Ted Talks and more, to watch later on your Roku. The Plex app allows you to prepare a streaming video list for later viewing, saving you time.
  3. Give the bookmarklet a whirl. Easily bookmark videos from your favorite sites with one-click and watch later on Plex.
  4. For Plex Pass subscribers, now you can easily stream your most up to date photos from your smartphone or tablet to your big screen using the new Camera Upload feature.

With these tips & tricks, you’ll see why Plex is one of the top-10 channels on the Roku player.

In a nutshell, Plex organizes all of your personal media, no matter where it’s stored, so you can access and enjoy it on any of your devices. All Roku users in the U.S., Canada and UK can add the Plex channel for $4.99 after a free 30 day trial.

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  • Plexer

    Wait, is the Plex channel on Roku no longer free?

    • Rick

      It’s free if you were able to add it before December [before they released an update]. The server [program] itself is free, but the Plex app for new customers [those who got it around December] will have a 30-day trial before getting charged for $4.99.

      I got it before the December update so you could consider me lucky but after having the Plex app for a while, I’d still pay for the $4.99 [it's just a one time fee] to support their efforts.

  • PlexFan

    IMO Plex on Roku isn’t worth it. The reason I started using Plex was because of the gorgeous interface with slick menus, plenty of data displayed on movies and episodes, and big splash posters. The Roku’s cut-and-paste interface for every app except Netflix is pretty disappointing, especially for Plex which is capable of a really beautiful display. Plex developers wish they could do more with it but the Roku’s dev kit limits them to these boring menus. I’m probably switching to Amazon’s FireTV.

  • jonyi89

    To clarify, the fee is a ONE TIME FEE. imo it is definately worth it for the features PLEX provides.

  • http://www.ev515.com Jeremiah Jon Halldin

    hulu plus, Plex, Netflix. Top channels on all of my Rokus in that order. buy it now.

  • Eric Johnsa

    I just bought a Roku Streaming Stick on 5.1.14 and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! The quality is extremely high, there are a gazillion really polished channels, and I now wirelessly stream Amazon Prime Instant Video flawlessly… and I am streaming HD movies over a 3 meg internet service at it WORKS perfectly. The PBS and Smithsonian app are also really good.

  • George

    Perfect addition to my HD antenna, allowing me to recover some of what was lost when I cut the cord. Roku rocks!

  • paleolith

    If you’re using Plex mostly for movies and have a lot of them, the Plex on Roku app is horribly clumsy. The only way I’ve discovered to locate a movie is either to search for it using the joystick keyboard (ugh) or to do interminable horizontal scrolling with movie posters taking up most of the space despite their being too small to help identify the movies. The app would be enormously better if it offered a simple text-only list of each Plex channel, with skip-to-letter buttons to skip quickly to a place in the list.

    Also, I often see a lot of jitters and pauses when streaming from PMS. While this may be the fault of the server, it would help greatly if the Roku/app used a larger buffer to smooth out such glitches. I don’t know whether the app or the Roku itself determines the buffer size.

    Edward

    • ftyjyry

      I agree, I wish there was an alphabetic short cut to help jump to different movie titles, I get dizzy scrolling thru all the movies. Maybe add a way to organize movies into folders by genre too. That would be a major improvement.

      I don’t think it’s that much to ask.

    • app1wxw

      I have 800+ videos/movies on plex… have yet to experience what you describe ???