Popular media management app maker Plex now has a free streaming news service. Plex News, available to anyone — no subscription and no Plex media server required — is designed to give so-called cord cutters and cord nevers custom video news feeds, accessible through a multitude of devices, with ongoing topics refinement thanks to artificial intelligence.
“There’s so much amazing media available today that you’d be forgiven for taking in an entire season of Game of Thrones or the whole Marvel cinematic universe (once you figure out the order) without coming up for air. But it turns out some pretty crazy stuff is happening every day in the real universe, too, and we think it’s more important than ever to provide balanced news coverage from a variety of trusted and reliable sources,” Plex stated in a blog post.
Toward the end of January 2017, Plex acquired Watchup, a company that launched in 2012 with an iPad app for watching video news. In four years, Watchup grew the number of its video news sources to 160, and implemented machine learning to help customize its news feeds for viewers. Since its acquisition of Watchup, Plex has grown its news sources to 190, which includes international news from outlets like CNN, CBS, Financial Times, and Euronews, as well as local news for 80 percent of markets in the U.S.
Here’s how it works: Users will need to sign up for a free Plex account and download the Plex app for their device of choice. For now,
For those who do use Plex media center,
Plex News launched Tuesday and will first be available to
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