Dec, 10 2013

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Avia isn’t the only app that got a big upgrade to add Chromecast support today. Plex, one of the most popular media servers out there, has been upgraded to add support for Time’s best gadget of 2013, the HDMI media dongle that allows you to beam content from your various device over to your TV for easy viewing on your home entertainment setup.

If you aren’t in the know, Plex is a platform that allows you to serve up all of your multimedia to any supported device, including those with Plex apps (here’s the Android version) and most devices with standard DLNA playback features.

Users can only “fling” or “cast” video from the start, but Plex has said that photos and music will be along shortly. Plex also threw in this unfortunate tidbit: Chromecast support is only available for PlexPass subscribers right now. The feature will be coming to free users shortly, though, so it shouldn’t be too long before you’re able to enjoy all your media on your HDTV of choice.

With Plex being a dominant player in the media streaming world, this is a pretty big deal for Chromecast users. If you were turned off by Google’s attempt to block you from streaming your own content from third-party apps early on, this should help breathe new life into a $35 bundle of joy that is starting to gain a ton of steam heading into 2014.

[via Plex]

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