Good news for fans of podcasts, you can now listen to podcast directly from Plex via the new Podcast feature in Plex Beta. You do not need a media server or subscription to get started and Podcast support will be available for iOS, Android, Roku and web browser. It supports starting on one devices and then continuing on another and soon you will be able to import podcast via OPML.
Here are the features:
Plex Podcast Features:
Free, quick and easy – Simple, intuitive set-up, and no subscription required
Cross-device playback status – A unique feature not offered by others, cross-platform playback lets users listen to podcasts on a jog and pick up where they left off at their desk
All your media in one place – On Deck support for Podcasts displays the latest unplayed and partially listened episodes just like other shows, sitting alongside all other media within Plex, from personal photo, music and video collections, to curated news, to live and recorded TV, and more
Information-rich – As you have come to expect, Plex enhances podcasts with metadata, offering more info about the programs and related podcasts
Standard podcast controls – Controls such as forward and back, variable speed playback, and mark as played give you full control over your listening experience
Easily add personal favorites – If a podcast isn’t already in the Plex catalog you can still add it by adding the feed url and Plex will treat it just as if it were already there, including retrieving rich metadata, related podcasts, search support, and more, making it more advanced than standalone podcast offerings
Add to My Podcasts – Allows you to automatically add items to On Deck and easily get to your favorite shows
Multi-device support – Device support at launch includes iOS, Android, Roku, and the Plex web platform with other platforms rolling out soon
Additional features and platform support will be rolling out to Plex Podcasts in the coming weeks, including:
Smart downloading with granular options for managing the episodes you want to keep on a per show basis
Additional metadata support including richer show pages and more discovery options
Podcasts Import & Export (OPML) support, which will allow users to import their currently subscribed podcasts right into Plex
More info on the Plex blog and make sure you subscribe to our own TDL Show podcast!