The Plex guys have been busy again and earlier this morning they outlined in 3 new blog posts (part1 part2 part3) a new version of the Plex Media Server, a new web client and new “PlexPass” subscription service. The $3.99 / month sub will bring the following benefits…
1) First of all, PlexPass gets you early access to new features. We’ll be making select new features available to PlexPass members earlier than we otherwise would, and you’ll get to play with them and give us feedback and suggestions. Make your friends jealous. (And yes, we have a juicy new feature to get this kicked off in style.)
2) We’re going to be introducing some premium features. Fancy, shiny things with lots of sparkle (and not the sort that comes with fangs and neck affinity). As a PlexPass member, you’ll get free access to those features while we’re testing them out.
3) PlexPass members automatically get access to private forums for discussing these new features. There’s another forum for voting on bugs & features to help us with prioritization. And there is another one we’re calling for people needing a bit of extra help with issues they may be running into. Hey, you’re a PlexPass member – we’ll give you some extra love!
4) Last, but not least, PlexPass members get discounts on premium features once they’re made available to the general public.
If you’re a more casual Plex user and don’t want to pay the sub then you’ll be able to continue using the system as before…
What if you don’t want to sign up for PlexPass? Well, life continues on much like it has. You’ll still get new features when we release to the general public (except for premium features, of course). This is our way of being extra awesome to the PlexPass members, not less awesome to the rest of you.