by Sarah Perez
Mar 9, 2017
After a couple of stops and starts — and some concerns — media player software maker Plex is opening its online service known as Plex Cloud to all paying Plex users. The service, which was first introduced into private beta in September, eliminates the need for an always-on PC or other network-attached piece of hardware in order to use the Plex media player software for watching your saved TV shows and movies, viewing photos or streaming from your music collection.
Initially, Plex Cloud used Amazon Cloud Drive to host users’ files, where they could then be streamed to the Plex app. The service then required a $60 annual subscription to Amazon’s cloud storage service, which some Plex customers already had.
Others purchased a subscription for the sole purpose of using Plex Cloud, however. This became an issue when Plex encountered some “technical problems” with using Amazon Cloud Drive. (Some Plex users guessed that Amazon placed limits on the uploads, but Plex wouldn’t confirm the technical details, saying only that it was “a wide range of issues.”)