Plex app for Windows 8 gets major update

In December, Plex released the first version of its Windows 8 media streaming app to the Windows Store. The $2.99 app was an immediate hit and remains in the top 15 of all paid apps in the Windows Store. This week, the company released the first major update for the Plex Windows 8 app that adds a number of new features.

The Windows Store page for Plex has the details on the changes and additions. One of them is a new interface for the channel store, which you can see above. Another addition is a universal search function, along with improved support for people who want to use keyboard shortcuts and a new way to select subtitles and audio selections.

The app also has what Plex calls an experimental MPEG-2 TS transcode format, which it says will support remuxing for most h264 video. Obviously, the label of "experimental" is likely a clue that this feature should not be considered 100 percent reliable.

There's also a bunch of bug fixes in this new Plex Windows 8 app version, including fixing an issue that was preventing the app to connect to a server on same machine as the client. It also fixes a problem with video buffering when it was being transcoded using Smooth Streaming.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Plex

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