Best Windows 8 Apps
1 November 2014
I know it's coming, but please bring music playlist support to this app (and the rest of the client apps for that matter).
4 February 2013
New update fixed ALL of my issues! Thank you so much for listening to feedback and providing ongoing support.
22 January 2015
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As soon as I saw "Browse your media on any Plex-enabled device and fling it to your screen" i bought it, only to realize I should have scrolled further. Worth buying only to leave this comment. Plex added Chromecast support to all their apps except Windows. Not cool.
UPDATE: Still no Chromecast. Sad.
5 December 2012
Glad this is already out for windows RT very slick app, play to XBOX works well. Everything is pretty smooth! thanks!
5 July 2014
I recently setup an older OptiPlex with Windows 8.1 and this application. It is the HTPC (Home Theatre PC) I've been looking for. Netflix, HuluPlus, Plex, Crackle, all the essential media streaming applications in one nice easy to use, remote control friendly, TV entertainment experience.
This application is simple to use, streams all of my 1080p MKV or MP4 h.264 encoded movies flawlessly. Perfect 5.1 Dolby Surround, works flawless in Windows 8.1 Metro interface and looks gorgeous on my 60" LED TV. I am not paying for Plex Premium, I do not see the need, but the free media server running on my main PC streams to my HTPC running this app without hiccup or without transcoding since my files are natively supported. Looks gorgeous and no need for pricy Blu-Ray discs either!
21 January 2013
UPDATE: This app has gotten significantly better over the last few updates.
I don't know what the other people reviewing this app were expecting, but the windows 8 plex client is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! it is a fantastic interface. You can tell that great care was taken when building this app.
9 May 2013
What a difference a few updates has made!
20 August 2014
Nice for windows 8 compatibility, but i installed the reg app it worked perfectly on my dell venue 8 pro. No skips on 1080p rips. This windows app store does skip for some reason. Probably needs codec updates.
12 January 2015
See here's the thing. Plex is a really cool idea and the suite of software works well enough to the point it's better than traditional methods of storing and playing personal media. The problem is there are gaping holes in the service that that are infuriating. Sync is buggy, I've been trying for over a week now to get it working on my devices with little luck. I gave up on setting up my windows phone, the app is slow, buggy and poorly designed. That and it lacks support for playlists PLAYLISTS. Xbox music has those come on now! Then there's the fact that upon adding new music to my server Plex no longer played content on my phone for reasons I cannot fix. It's really cool and ambitious but the experience is horribly designed and simply doesn't work in many scenarios. Don't get a plex pass until they fix some stuff. It's worthless right now.
10 March 2015
Plex is nasty on all platforms (Desktop, Google TV, Windows Phone 8.1, Android, Windows 8.1 app and in browser) Best App in the store if you have your own media library this is a must have app.
EDIT Ok the developers came through and improved this so now when you hit a letter on you keyboard it goes to your videos that start with that letter so if I could give more stars than 5 I would give them out.
Update still a great app but can we get a feature to stretch 4:3 video to full screen.
7 March 2013
When I purchased this app, it barely worked.
However, there were several updates just like the developer promised.
Now this app works nice!!
Some people who already have had a plex sever say that the app is not working. But I think it's because they simply haven't updated their server. I learned the recent server program was essential for windows 8 plex.
2 January 2014
Plex alternates between having no access to the server on the local network, having access from remote machines but not from the server, and having it everywhere. Currently, it shows the server as available everywhere but refuses to show the content on the server. Don't bother with this. Just use the desktop version. It is a truly great media center application. Sorry RT users.
9 January 2015
I think its a little ridiculous that you charge us $5 for the app from Play Store and when we pay that it still doesn't give you everything. You don't have access to the xbox 360 app which is one of the whole reasons I paid the $5 for the app from play store. If they fix this the app is amazing otherwise its like your own personal Netflix id give it a 5 rating.
22 April 2014
If the app is universal and I own it on Windows Phone, why did it just charge me to install it on my PC?
7 January 2015
I've Life Time membership, It works flawless in any way, very happy when it work on every device I own: desktop Pc, Surface Pro 2, Surface 2, Sony TV, Sharp TV, Ipad 4, Nokia 1020, SamSung S5, And I can watch movie wherever I have WiFi, I can forward and backward, very easy to use.
6 April 2014
On surface rt
Works flawlessly with my server. Streams locally and I've even used it across the country with my digital collection with my plex server.
Love it. Glad I stuck with plex.
25 January 2015
This application comes in many flavors. Windows 8.1, Android, iOS, Google TV and Game platforms. It works well across the spectrum. Each has its issues that you have to work through but very well worth it. Good forum to use if you have issues. I give it 5. The product has matured rapidly and the developers having really been doing some great work.
1 June 2014
I love Plex, but this app still needs more work.
First, it doesn't support keyboard shortcuts. Problem - if you have a lot of media (movies) you have to scroll from A every time you look for something. On Plex Home Theater, you can use shift and a letter to jump to the alphabetical start of a group of movies - like "M" or "S" etc.
Second, "Filter" should have the ability to filter by Alpha character or collection. It is a pain to "finger" scroll.
I try to use this app in the 10 foot interface with a windows media center remote and it is just wonky. No buttons work as you would expect and the Pg Up/Down are useless.
To get around some of this I want to use an iPad or Android tablet as a remote control but NO JOY. The app is not properly advertising to the Plex Media Server as a Player, hence it will not allow outside control.
Finally, lack of any useful documentation in the App store description AND online at Plex. Nothing is available on their website.
Please get it working
22 July 2013
after the latest update, plex is unable to open certain file types. whereas the free plex that is on the same computer plays all file types without any problem. what's going on?
11 December 2012
No matter what video/movie I try to play, the 'modern ui' app is always transcoding/buffering/pausing. I purchased this regrettably hoping I could streamline all my apps to the modern UI, but this version is clearly not ready for prime time and using the desktop version of the app if you run Windows 8 (as opposed to RT/Tablet) performs much better.
10 December 2012
Horrible experience. How can the developers push a paid app out so horrible. Constant buffer. Just kills the experience. I really don´t mind paying for apps. But this is just ridiculous. Pushing a paid app out which doesn´t work at all. BE AWARE. DON´T WASTE YOUR MONEY. THE ONLY EXPERIENCE YOU GET OUT OFF THIS APP IS NOTHING BUT FRUSTRATION AND ANGER.
29 November 2014
Without a subscription, this app is pointless. Don't buy this if you already have Netflix and Hulu and don't need another monthly subscription like I did.
17 November 2014
This is the best media manager/distribution software that I've used. You need to have a machine configured with the "server" application, then it will broadcast to any Plex client that is associated with it through your "Plex" account, or if you are on the same local network.
10 October 2014
The most recent updates are much more stable so the app is pretty good but you cannot create a playlist when listening to music. You are only able to listen to one song or one album at a time. You read that right, crazy! It's the same way on my iPhone and my Surface RT. Update 11/18/2013 There is till no ability to play all songs and shuffle them! Please add this feature. Update 5/6/2014 The iPhone app let's you shuffle music now but not the Surface 2 app. PLEASE ADD ABILITY TO SHUFFLE ALL MUSIC!!! 10/10/2014 Still no ability to play and shuffle all music. Please add a shuffle all option.
2 October 2014
I wanted to like this app, and I thought I'd be shelling out money for a quality app, but there are huge problems with audio, video, and subtitle sync especially when the files are large. I'm not sure why since I'm playing on the PC that is serving the files.
Overall, I would not recommend this app. I've had to switch over to VLC countless times due to sync issues.
31 May 2014
This App cannot send directly to chromecast at this time. The whole reason I purchased this application was for that. The Android version can send directly to Chromecast. A liar in other comments stated that this Application can connect to CHROMECAST directly and it CANNOT. DO NOT BUY this application at this time
3 January 2015
I cannot access any of my content using the app unless I am connected to the same wireless network AND my computer is running (not in sleep mode). I have created a plex account and have signed in to both the server and app. I cannot access the server via app remotely or while my computer is in sleep mode. Biggest waste of money ever. Was under the impression the app would give you remote access.
11 October 2014
Love Plex, but hate this app. It's nowhere near a replacement for PHT desktop app.
24 August 2014
I would not recommend this app for anybody who uses a shared library. There is no access to On Deck with a shared library, and the main screen will not pull up on deck / recently added. You can't access these at all in fact.
Perhaps if you don't use a shared library this app is great, but stay away if you want to use a shared library.
23 August 2014
This is one of the premier apps for Windows 8. The Plex team has done a fantastic job getting this app up to speed and in line with all of the features available on other major platforms. Can't wait for user profiles!