Plex Cloud Now Available For Plex Pass Subscribers, Creates Instant OneDrive And Dropbox Media Severs

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If you are a heavy Plex user, you will be happy to know that a rather intriguing new feature has exited beta and is now available to all Plex Pass Subscribers. Plex Cloud allows you to bypass the use of a local home server for your media storage — which likely has to run 24-7-365 to provide immediate access to your videos, photos and music — in favor of directly streaming from a cloud storage service.

In this case, Plex Cloud will allow you to directly interface with your OneDrive (personal), Dropbox or Google Drive accounts. Plex Cloud previously supported Amazon Drive during the beta period, but support was dropped after December 31st. “Unfortunately, the challenges with Amazon Drive have proven insurmountable at this time, so we have decided to remove Amazon Drive as a storage option for Plex Cloud for the foreseeable future,” said Plex back in December.

“This was a tough call for us to make, but a necessary one made with our users' best interests in mind.”

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For those that use a supported cloud storage service, you’ll be able to login with your Plex account and stream all of your content from anywhere with Plex Pass. No more interruptions because your server rebooted due to Windows update and you might save a bit on energy costs without having a constantly-running server.

“The amount of technology behind this launch is quite awesome,” writes the Plex team. “It’s definitely not a trivial thing to take the best media server on the planet and make it work seamlessly as a scalable cloud service, load-balanced and clustered across multiple geographic regions.”

We should mention that there are some caveats to this service. For starters, this would only really work if your ISP doesn’t have data caps, otherwise we could see you burning through them pretty quickly with Plex Cloud. Then there’s the issue of cost; a Plex Pass will set you back $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year or $119.99 for a lifetime subscription. You will also have to factor in the monthly/yearly cost of your cloud storage provider.

If you are already paying for Plex Pass or have a lifetime subscription, Plex Cloud at least offers a nice alternative to running your own server as long as your media needs tick all the right boxes.                            


Via:  Plex
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