What is the Plex Media Server Application?
First, imagine how nice it would be if you could have a
Netflix-like environment for all of your favorite movies, TV shows,
music, audiobooks, podcasts, and even personal media like pictures
and home videos.
Then, stop fantasizing because that’s exactly what Plex does. It’s a service that runs on your media server (or computer) and nicely exhibits your media library.
Give it all of your properly-named and organized media files, and
it will gather artwork as well as detailed information about your
media, then present it in a nice, easy-to-navigate environment –
much like Netflix.
Unlike Netflix though, Plex made space for extra features like interviews, deleted scenes, and alternate endings to video collections. Also, not only can music be outfitted with artist and album artwork, but music videos and lyrics can be added too.
Also unlike other video streaming services, Plex manages media on a computer/server located on YOUR home network. That means that even when your internet service is out or you’ve hit your Internet Service Provider’s data limit, your media will still be available to stream on your home network (without extra costs).
On top of all of that, it also makes your media available to you outside of your home network. That’s right, Plex also makes it incredibly easy to stream your media from outside your home network!
It’s really quite impressive what Plex has been able to put together and offer to the public, and a lot of it for free! Plex is your ultimate media hub, capable of beautifully hosting your entire collection of audio, video, and image files.