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Plex Adds Google Drive, Dropbox and Onedrive Support to Cloud-Based Media Server

Media enter app maker Plex is doubling down on the cloud: Plex has added support for Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive storage to its cloud-based media server. This will eventually make it possible for many more users to rely on their existing cloud storage providers for a cloud-based Plex experience.

Plex is best known as a media center app that allows users to stream local media collections to any of their mobile or TV-connected devices. Until recently, this required users to run a special server application on a dedicated device, forcing them to either always leave their home PC up and running or get a network-attached storage (NAS) drive or similar device with support for Plex.

Plex took a first step beyond this limitation when it introduced a beta for its cloud media server in September, which allowed users to store all of their media on Amazon’s Cloud Drive. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based startup initially only invited a limited number of users to the beta test of Plex Cloud.

The Plex team has since been working to resolve some issues with its Amazon Drive integration, and is now getting ready to invite more users to the beta next week to put the new cloud storage options to test, according to a spokesperson. Users who want access to the Plex Cloud beta do need to have a Plex Pass subscription, which costs around $40 a year.

Plex Cloud doesn’t support all of the functionality of a full-featured Plex server yet. Automatic photo uploads, for instance, aren’t supported yet, and support for Plex’s recently-launched DVR also isn’t included. However, Plex’s cloud-based media server does support on-demand transcoding, so videos will automatically be optimized for a user’s device and bandwidth requirements on the fly.

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