After a number of leaks and hints, this week Plex and TiVo announced their products will start working together soon. Plex media server gives users a way to easily stream photos, music or video files to devices like Roku and Chromecast, and pulls content from local hard drive or the cloud all the same. Mixing up its abilities with TiVo gives people who like traditional TV and their own media libraries an easy way to enjoy both (on an unrelated note -- the HDHomeRun DVR Kickstarter added Plex support as its $250,000 stretch goal).
TiVo's DVR setup, OnePass queues and apps for streaming services are great for cable and paid streaming services but it's always been a bit weak at serving up users their own media -- until now. As Dave Zatz has uncovered, this is built using TiVo's support for Opera and HTML5 apps, bringing the Smart TV experience that's already available on TVs from Vizio, LG and Sony, as well as the PS3 and PS4. The app comes to TiVo Roamio, Mini and Premiere boxes June 8th, while interested users can check out the most recent app updates here.
TiVo Inc., a global leader in next-generation television services, today announced Plex, the all-in-one personal media solution across home and mobile devices, will be available June 8 for TiVo subscribers. The Plex application on TiVo gives users the ability to organize video, music, and photo collections and stream them to their TiVo box quickly and easily for big screen viewing and enjoyment. Plex makes media beautiful by automatically adding movie posters, plot summaries, cover art, and descriptions. The app will also allow TiVo users to share their personal media collections on their TiVo boxes.
The Plex for TiVo app enables users to:
- Keep track of personal media by showcasing recently added content front and center, so users easily can pick up from where they left off, or play the next episode of their favorite show stored on their PC or media server.
- Free themselves from single-screen viewing. With Plex, users can fling great content from the Plex app on their mobile device to their TiVo devices to watch on the big screen.
- Effortlessly share media and exchange precious memories among friends and distant family members, to discover and enjoy even more content.
- Easily save online videos from favorite sites to watch later, even on the big screen. Or share the experience by recommending videos to a friend.