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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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26 Comments
  • 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.

      • The_El_Conquistador

        I had it last fall and it dies after 30 days. PLEX is a four letter word around here. I miss XBMC.

        • http://www.dynamicsitesolutions.com/ Kravimir

          I recommend you see how you like the free Rarflix channel: http://rarflix.com/ It’s the unofficial alternative to the official Plex channel.

          You could also try PlayOn or get one of the Amazon Fire TV models, which allow XBMC to be “side-loaded”.

  • 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.

    • Shawn McDonald

      Or… You could download Plex’s Home Theater software (same site, still free) to a dedicated Home Theater PC and get all the expanded functionality that you seek.

      • Dale Cooper

        Yeah, but then you need an IR remote for the PC. I want to sit on my couch. :)

  • jonyi89

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

    • Jim Thomas

      I thought it was 4.99 a month

      • http://www.dynamicsitesolutions.com/ Kravimir

        I can see where there might be some confusion. A PlexPass subscription is $4.99 a month and offers the latest and other premium features. However, you can use many features of Plex for free, although, non-desktop/laptop platforms (including Roku, iOS, and Android) have a one-time fee to purchase the corresponding app. (Once in a while Amazon offers the Android app for free through their app store.)

        On Roku, the free Rarflix channel is an unofficial alternative to the official Plex channel: http://rarflix.com/

  • 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.

      • SgtPep216

        The only way I found around the alphabetizing issue is to create individual folders under the root “Movies” folder. You need to create a folder for each letter (A, B, C, etc.) as well as a # folder for movies starting with numbers. You will need to drag your movies into their appropriate folders initially, but now you only need to scroll through to the letter of the movie you want…or view all the movies within that letter. Hope this helps a bit…

        • Jason Stevenson

          Your experience on Roku is very different from mine. On my Roku 3, I have many ways to browse my 900+ movie collection. I can choose by Actor, Genre, First Letter, Year, etc.

          Perhaps you all need to update your Plex Channel on Roku.

    • app1wxw

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

  • Ron Moses

    We were big Plex fans up until a few months ago. We’re not sure what happened, but things just stopped working. Movies take 10+ minutes to buffer, continually cut out, some no longer have audio…it’s just become a nightmare. Judging from what I’ve read around the net, we’re not alone in our experience. Until they fix whatever they broke, I sadly have to start recommending folks steer clear of my formerly-beloved Plex.

    • Shawn McDonald

      There’s a limited storage buffer in your Roku. Unplug, count to ten, and replug the Roku. See if that fixes your issue.

      • Ron Moses

        Thanks for the tip… we’ve moved to the Amazon Fire Stick since I posted that, and we’re not having any Plex issues at all.

        • Shawn McDonald

          Just as a point of curiosity, which Roku was it? We’ve got a 2 and a 3. We never have lick of problem with the 3, but the 2 is an exercise in frustration.

          The only reason we have the 2 is that we have a ginourmous Sony that must have been the last model off the line without HDMI. It’s to the point where I’m going to drop $400 on a new TV just to get the HDMI port that allows me to buy a Roku 3 and throw the 2 under the back wheels of the truck.

          …And yes, I know buying a new TV so I can buy a new smart appliance makes no sense. But, like Apple, once you train the family on one particular tech ecosystem… Sometimes it’s easier just to stay there than have to troubleshoot questions every time the kids change the channel.

          • Ron Moses

            It was the 2. I get the impression the 1&2 were both woefully under-engineered, and only the 3 (and the stick, I guess) was really up to the task of performing as advertised. That strikes me as a bit of poor decision-making.

  • LauraK8

    what a joke PLEX is. After downloading the server, we spent two hours trying to get roku 3 to find it, to no avail. And we’re doing everything right. Spent hours on roku and Plex forums. We have the right IP address, repeatedly tried to put it in manually after roku was not able to find it. Then on the forums all we found was tons of code crap that we’re supposed to try and figure out to correct. I paid $5 for a useless app. And the stuff it offers looked really limited, unless I am missing something. Anyway, as far as I can tell Plex is in beta as far as Roku 3 is concerned. And it totally annoys me that Plex would offer it with no solution to help in finding the server except trying to decipher lines and lines of code. BY THE WAY – another major annoyance: They have someone named Plex Ninja (either one person, or many) who over the last two years tries to help people with this server problem, and they always act like it’s the first time they’ve heard about it. Two years of acting like they never heard about a server problem with Roku before. Dishonest.

    • SystematyK

      It seems youre having a lot of issue with your setup! I can assure you that Plex should be easy to set up and manage. I have been using it for a couple years now and could not imagine NOT using it, its a nearly flawless system. If you want help with your set up, just let me know, I would be more than happy to help get you going.

  • iam

    Been using Plex for awhile and it’s great on the Roku. Add Tablo for local channels.