Plex today launched a new ad-supported free streaming service for movies and TV shows, and here is the kicker: there is no way to not see the announcements. Even if you are a Plex Pass subscriber, Plex’s premium offering, you’ll always see ads when you watch something on its streaming service. Are these little annoyances worth it? Absoutely.
First, there is the scope of Plex. Plex, a free app, works on virtually any device you can use. I’m running the app on my smart TV, PlayStation 4, iPad, and old NAS box. I have yet to meet something that can not run Plex, aside from obvious devices like a smart display that doesn’t support any third-party apps. So, for this, you can access Plex’s streaming service almost anywhere using almost anything.
And then there is the content. As Plex points out on his location, it attracts movies and TV shows from studios like Legendary, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and MGM, to name a few. What does this mean in practice? Well, you mostly get B-series movies, but there are a number of rough diamonds that make Plex’s offer worth checking out.. My favorites include:
In general, is Plex’s range as good as what you’ll find on, say, a Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video? Not even close. But that’s what you get for the low price of free – a ton of movies that are absolutely perfect for your next bad movie night, but not a lot of titles you’ll want to put in the mix for your next date night. (unless Steven Seagal really gets you going).
If you need to add a little variety to your programming, there are plenty of other services you can use to stream movies for free, usually with commercials. I am fan of Tubi (for Kill bill and Hell’s Kitchen); Hoopla (for everything your library offers); IMDb TV (for Gravity and Whiplash); Popcornflix (for Silence and The dictator); and Sony Crackle service (for Sony stuff, like Die hard Where Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon). Search enough and you can find a pretty decent selection of free content.