Following its acquisition of Watchup, Plex is launching its first in-house content stream in the form of Plex News.
Plex is best known for being a home media server, running on basically any device you can imagine. For a while, you’ve been able to add in channels delivering third-party content, but now Plex is getting into that game on its own.
Plex News is launching as a free addition to the service for all users, though those with Plex Pass subscriptions will get a 48-hour head start on proceedings.
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So, what is Plex News? Well, the news is something we all consume every day, whether we like to admit it or not, and Plex is taking it upon itself to serve you up a personalized newscast throughout the course of the day.
Today we’re rolling out an awesome addition to your balanced media diet: Plex News. It’s the perfect complement to your media library — video news from some of the most trusted sources on the planet, presented beautifully and seamlessly alongside your own media. And because Plex is all about your media your way, you can personalize your news feed, and our advanced AI learns what you like and gets smarter the more you watch (since it’s just a robot, it’ll never mock your obsession with the Kardashians or insatiable appetite for stories about kittens being rescued from floods).
Plex has over 190 channel partners at launch, but that doesn’t mean that’s what you’ll be watching. Part of the strength of Plex News is that you’re able to set your location in the settings so it’ll serve up local content that matters to you as well as more global news. In the U.S. alone, Plex is promising an 80 percent coverage of local news affiliates already. It’s also important