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Plex Adds Cloud Storage As Alternative to Dedicated Server
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It was only a matter of time before the Plex media server, once the exclusive realm of home theater DIYers, moved to the cloud.

The new offering, appropriately named Plex Cloud, is currently available to Plex customers who are selected to join a limited beta program. It eliminates the need to run your own local Plex media server and manage an always-on computer or network attached storage device (NAS). Once you sign up, you can stream anything stored in your Amazon Drive account to a Plex client connected to your TV.

The beta service is free to Plex Pass subscribers, although Amazon Drive costs $60 per year for unlimited storage. Plex Pass is $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $149.99 for a lifetime subscription. The company says it's planning to offer compatibility with more cloud storage providers in the f

Plex has spent much of the last year branching out beyond its original service offering, which requires both a media server, like a NAS, and a PC or Mac connected to each living room television to which you want to stream your music and videos.

Last November, the official Plex app arrived on the Apple TV, eliminating the need for a dedicated computer connected to your HDTV. Over the past few months, many other streaming devices were announced with Plex clients built in, including the Nvidia Shield Android TV. There's even a Western Digital external hard drive with its own Plex server, so you can serve all your content to a friend's house, too.

Plex also recently introduced a DVR streaming service that allows Plex Pass subscribers to watch major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, PBS, CBC, BBC, ITV, Telemundo, and Univision, as well as local programming, news, and sports channels over the air for no additional charge.

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