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Plex launches its standalone music player and server management apps on Android

Plex started its own video streaming service not too long ago, but the platform remains dedicated to fans who value it for its core capabilities — managing and accessing their own media. To make life easier for these people, the company has introduced two new apps as part of its Labs program: Plexamp, meant to be the go-to destination to listen to your music, and Plex Dash, a mobile server management tool. The biggest caveat: You need the Plex Pass to use either.

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Netflix for Android adopts AV1 video codec, currently limited to Save Data mode

AV1 is the hot new video codec on the block, offering around 30% better compression than Google's VP9 standard without a noticeable loss in picture quality. With Chrome and Android now supporting the format natively, many services have started to switch to it, and now Netflix is joining the fun.

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Plex details upcoming features including subscription channels, rentals, and purchases

Plex recently started an ad-supported, subscription-free video streaming service on its platform, accessible to anyone using the library manager. That's not the company's endgame, though. For 2020 and beyond, Plex is looking to add subscription channels, rentals, purchases, and deep links to content on other streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

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Plex now has thousands of ad-supported movies and TV shows, no Plex Pass required

Plex started off as a way for you to stream your own content to other devices, but the service has gradually evolved into a more complete media hub. The customizable 'Plex News' video feed was added in 2017, and integration with the Tidal music streaming service arrived in 2018. Now Plex will finally have content of its own, in the form of ad-supported movies and TV shows.

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(Update: Rolling out) Google Home app reportedly getting redesigned Cast media UI

When casting music, movies, series, or videos to a speaker or TV, the Google Home app conveniently lets you control it, even if you used another device to initiate playback. Although the interface was handy, it wasn't visual enough. Thankfully, Google is seemingly working on a revamped one for cast media control.

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Plex adds new Tidal integration, artist radio stations, and more options to discover new music

Yesterday, Plex announced some huge additions and changes to the music side of your media server. These were so important/awesome that I had to get this out to you in case you hadn't seen it yet. Among many things, Plex has added a deep integration with Tidal, some massive mobile player overhauls, an improved shuffle system, discoverability options, and more.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play has savings on creepy movies, books, and TV in time for Halloween

That spookiest of days, Halloween, is nearly upon us, and to celebrate, Google's running sales on all the creepy media you could possibly want. Right now, you can score some solid discounts on seasonally appropriate movies, books, and TV shows on Google Play.

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Plex Cloud will shut down on November 30th

It can be inconvenient to keep all your media stored locally, and there are plenty of cloud services that will save a few terabytes of data for a low monthly fee. Plex Cloud was designed to take advantage of that, offering a cloud-based server connection to stream your media. However, after pausing sign-ups earlier this year, Plex has announced the service will end on November 30th.

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Plex updates Chromecast interface with a fresh look, better slideshows, and more

It was a big deal some years back when Plex added Chromecast support. Google's Chromecast platform has only gotten more useful since then, and now Plex's Chromecast UI is getting an overdue revamp. The new interface looks nicer, but it also comes with functional improvements like better slideshow support and subtitle resizing.

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Snap reportedly laid off two dozen people, mostly on its content team

According to a report from The Information, Snap (of Snapchat fame) has recently laid off about two dozen people, most of which were in the content team. These firings seem to fit in line with the company's financial difficulties and overall attempts at consolidation, as well as the recent setbacks for the platform's original content. 

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