by Eric Ravenscraft on
You buy a gaming console to play games, but then it ends up being a centerpiece of your home theater. If you’re going to watch movies and TV on it, you may as well get the best one for your needs.
Plex is best known for allowing you to essentially create your own Netflix, by putting videos on a server. It’s a great tool but what about the videos you have on your phone? A new update allows you to stream your own videos from your phone to Chromecasts and other Plex devices.
Streaming video to other devices is harder than it looks. Different recording formats means that just because you can play the video on your phone doesn’t mean you’ll be able to play it on your TV. Plex is fixing that by bringing transcoding to the Android app. Transcoding is simply turning one video format into another for streaming purposes. Normally, this is the kind of process you’d do on your Plex server, but now it’s coming to your phone. This means no matter what video format you have on your phone, you can stream it to your Chromecast.
The feature is rolling out in version 6.15 of the Plex app, which is on its way soon. The company is also updating their Chromecast software with new features for movie watching like better subtitle support and Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings. If you’re already a Plex user, watch for the app to rollout to your phone soon.
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