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Whether you’re a cord-cutter Cut That Cord! How To Ditch Cable Cut That Cord! How To Ditch Cable Have you been thinking about cutting your pay-TV cord? I want to show you some of the pros and cons of cord cutting: it's not all major sacrifices. Read More , a home theater lover, or simply looking for an easy way to manage all your personal media, Plex is an awesome piece of software.

It presents your videos, music, and pictures in beautiful libraries, all of which can then be streamed to everything from your smartphone to your Roku box. It uses a multitude of Internet databases to download movie posters and album covers, and if you’re a Plex Pass subscriber ($4.99 USD per month / $149.99 USD lifetime subscription) you can even access your content when you’re away from your home network.

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However, one of the best features of Plex are Plex Channels. And one of the best parts of Plex Channels is the Unsupported App Store.

Here are 20 unofficial Plex Channels you should install right now.

How to Install the Unsupported App Store

You cannot install the Unofficial App Store via the Plex Media Server itself. Instead, you need to do it manually.

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The old method simply required you to download a zip file and put it into Plex’s plugins folder. However, a new version of the App Store was released in early 2016, and the installation method is now slightly more complicated.

First, download the WebTools plugin from GitHub. You need the file titled “WebTools.bundle.zip”. Once the download is complete, extract the file and ensure the extracted directory is called WebTools.bundle.

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Now move the file into your Plex plugin folder. It can be found at %LOCALAPPDATA%\Plex Media Server\ on Windows and ~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/ on a Mac.

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The new version of the Unsupported App Store is contained within this plugin. To access it, enter your Plex Media Server’s IP address followed by :33400, log in using your Plex credentials, and click on Unsupported App Store under Available Modules.

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From the resulting screen, you can search for channels by name or category. Add the channels by clicking on Install under the channel name.

Warning: The following channels/apps are unsupported by Plex. As such, they may be unfinished, become buggy, or even stop working completely.

1. FilmOn

FilmOn was one of our top picks when we chose our 20 best private Roku channels 20 Private Roku Channels You Should Install Right Now 20 Private Roku Channels You Should Install Right Now In this article we explain how to add private channels to your Roku, and recommend 20 of the best that we think you should install immediately. Read More , and it should come as no surprise to see it make this list as well.

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It features hundreds of free live TV channels from around the world, some pay-per-view U.S. content, and on-demand video for subscribers.

2. IceFilms

Another of the staple installs, IceFilms is popular with cord-cutters around the world. Its Kodi sibling Watch TV Shows on XBMC With These Add-Ons Watch TV Shows on XBMC With These Add-Ons Do you love TV? Then you also love XBMC, even if you don't know it yet. The ultimate media center software offers a wide variety of ways for you to catch up with your favorite... Read More is perhaps better known, but all the same great content is available here too.

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If you want the latest films and TV shows delivered straight to your screen, this is the answer.

3. Spotify

This is not an official Spotify release, but it will let you stream all of Spotify’s 30 million songs directly to any device. You’ll need to be a Premium subscriber The End of Free Music: Should Spotify Make Everyone Pay? The End of Free Music: Should Spotify Make Everyone Pay? Apple is trying for another revolution with the rumored launch of Apple Music, a music streaming service. But along the way, Apple might be trying to kill existing free music streaming services. Boo! Hiss! Read More to take full advantage, however.

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4. Old Movie Time

Old Movie Time features hundreds of classic movies The 3 Best Sites To Watch Your Favorite Classic TV Movies For Free The 3 Best Sites To Watch Your Favorite Classic TV Movies For Free Read More and television shows from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. The app is subdivided into genres, including “War”, “Comedy”, “Family”, “Westerns”, and “Drama”.

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5. TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio is another well-known service 5 Websites to Listen to the Radio 5 Websites to Listen to the Radio Tune in. Let's listen to music and talk radio. Here are five sites which bring you sounds from all over the world, bringing a bit of international flavour into your life Read More in the world of audio entertainment.

It boasts 100,000 radio stations and 4 million on-demand programs and podcasts. If you already have an account, you can use your login details to get your own personalized experience.

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6. Let Me Watch This

Let Me Watch This is very similar in functionality to IceFilms, but it often uses different sources for its content. It means that if a video fails to load on the prior app, this is a worthy next stop.

It also has slightly better search features than IceFilms, including sections dedicated to new releases and specific genres.

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7. RSS Feeds

If you have lots of video and audio content coming to you via RSS feeds, download this simple app and consume it all via Plex.

(Tip: lots of modern Podcast services will let you export an RSS feed of your subscriptions for usage elsewhere)

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8. MTV Shows

Dying to get your daily dose of Teen Mom? Want to learn more about Ke$ha in her documentary series My Crazy Beautiful Life? Probably not.

On the off chance that you do though, download this channel. All of MTV and MTV2’s most popular shows are available on it.

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9. Crunchyroll

If manga and anime are your thing Legal Anime Exists: 4 Websites Where You Can Watch Anime For Free (Or Cheap) Legal Anime Exists: 4 Websites Where You Can Watch Anime For Free (Or Cheap) Looking to watch more anime, but not sure where to find it online? Look no further. These four websites make anime more accessible to the general public than ever before. Read More , you’ll already know about Crunchyroll. It reportedly has more than 20 million community members and offers more than 400 shows and films.

The channel includes 20,000 episodes and often has new shows available just one hour after they’re broadcast on television.

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10. HDBits Subtitles

If you need subtitles for your videos How to Create & Burn Your Own Video Subtitles for Free How to Create & Burn Your Own Video Subtitles for Free Here we cover how to create and sync your own "soft" subtitles for any video, and how to burn those subtitles directly into any video to create "hard" subtitles. Read More , either because they’re in another language or the audio is not clear, this is a great tool.

Once it’s installed it will automatically do its job with no user input. Just be aware, it makes use of a private torrent tracker.

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11. NHL

Are you a hockey lover? Have you got a subscription to NHL GameCenter? This app will let you watch live regular season games (using either the home or away team’s broadcast), on-demand full-length and condensed replays, and classic matches.

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12. Vice

Eye-opening documentaries, offbeat investigative journalism, and a close-up look at the nefarious activities of the world – Vice takes you on a journey into humanity’s underbelly.

(Note: this channel only features content from the U.S. version of the website)

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13. Full Movies on Reddit

Users of Reddit will already be familiar with the subreddit /r/fullmoviesonyoutube. It categorizes thousands of movies that have been uploaded to YouTube by year, genre, and resolution.

This channel taps into that huge resource, providing the top 20 listings at any given time.

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14. Dropbox

If you have lots of personal media saved in the Dropbox cloud, adding this channel will let you watch it all via Plex. Simple yet effective.

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15. Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive The Internet Archive keeps a variety of old content alive on the Web for the future. What kind of content can you dig up, and why should you care? Let's find out. Read More of millions of free books, movies, software, and music. This app lets you access the video and music part of it.

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16. VH1

Like the aforementioned MTV Shows channel, VH1 features some of the TV channels most-loved shows. Hits such as The Breaks, Mob Wives, and Black Ink Crew are all available.

You can either search by “Featured” or by the A-Z listings.

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17. Facebook

Facebook needs no introduction. This unofficial third-party tool will let you view all of the videos and pictures from your News Feed directly on your Plex server.

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18. SS Plex

SS Plex hasn’t been updated in a while, but still works extremely well. Like IceFilms and Let Me Watch This, it’s another video streaming service, but it has one unique selling point – downloadable content.

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19. TheMovieClips

This plugin features trailers, first looks, featurettes, and clips from all the latest Hollywood films.

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20. Library Updater

We end the list with a practical channel.

From time to time, the developers of these channels will release updates. Ordinarily you’d have to re-enter the App Store and update each one manually. Library Updater removes that hassle, just click the icon and it will upgrade any channel for which updates are available.

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What Are Your Must-Have Channels?

We hope we’ve shown you just how powerful the Plex Unsupported App Store can be. If you’re a dedicated cord-cutter, it’s a vital weapon in your armory. Between this, Kodi, and Roku, you’ll probably never need to pay for a subscription again Considering Canceling Cable? The True Cost of Cutting the Cord Considering Canceling Cable? The True Cost of Cutting the Cord When you add everything up, do you really save money by cutting the cord? We do the math involved with cancelling cable in favor of Internet services. Read More .

At the time of writing, there are 109 channels in the Unsupported App Store. These are our top 20 picks, but we’re certain that you’ll disagree with some of our choices.

In which case you can let us know your favorites (and least favorites) via the comments section below!

  1. Me
    November 27, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Where do I enter my Plex Media Server IP address, AND where do I find this address. What a useless page!

    • mm
      December 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      double click the icon in the minitray....just because you're stupid doesn't mean the page is

  2. Itz-M3
    August 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I cant find #12(Vice) in the UAS. Did it get removed or name changed?

  3. Tomara
    August 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I'm glad I found this.. Although I didnt really pick any from this list, I found some other ones from it that were more useful for me.

  4. marko
    August 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    where do i type the ip address stupid question i know

    • Tomara
      August 5, 2016 at 10:48 am

      To your browswer, Firefox or Chrome or whatever you are using. You can find that IP if you type to command line "ipconfig" and look at the line that says "IPv4 Address" or IPv6 Address".

  5. boeckley
    July 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Am I the only one who is lost? Need more directions after placing the Web Tools Bundle in to the Plex plug-ins folder. Where do I find my Plex IP address?

    • Swarve
      July 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Its easy, it should be the machine in which Plex Media Server is running on. Just type "127.0.0.1" which means "localhost" as the IP, on the machine running Plex, followed by the port 33400

      • Brendan
        October 18, 2016 at 1:16 am

        Copied the WebTools.bundle folder to the Plex plug-ins folder, but 127.0.0.1:33400 returns:

        This site can’t be reached
        127.0.0.1 refused to connect.

        Any help??

        • Waji
          October 20, 2016 at 7:02 am

          Try with:
          localhost:33400

  6. dane22
    July 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Please change download link of WebTools from:

    https://github.com/dagalufh/WebTools.bundle/releases/tag/2.1

    to

    https://github.com/dagalufh/WebTools.bundle/releases/latest

    That way, people always downloads the latest version

    Best Regards

    dane22 (Author of WebTools)

    • Swarve
      July 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Just noticed this, I also nearly downloaded a outdated version as well :)

      • dane22
        July 17, 2016 at 11:27 pm

        Thanks for noticing this.....

        Just wish the author of this blog would do as well, cuz....

        HE IS DAMAGING THIS !!!!!

        And added comments twice now, but still the article is not altered!

        MODS PLEASE: I'M THE AUTHOR OF THIS !!!!

        • Dan Price
          July 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

          Done!

        • dane22
          July 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

          Thanks Dan, and FYI, just launched a Windows Easy Installer for WebTools 2 hours ago

        • bosaka
          July 25, 2016 at 10:40 pm

          were do i get that?

        • dane22
          July 25, 2016 at 11:41 pm

          Please go here for all the nifty details

          http://forums.plex.tv/discussion/126254

  7. ripcad
    June 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I got the bundle installed. I went in and installed several channels and they show up in the webtools, but when I go into Plex, Channels they don't show up there.

    What am I doing wrong?

  8. stavi
    June 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Let Me Watch This age IceFilms have been dead for a couple of years.

    • Swarve
      July 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      It might still be accessible in other countries, I doubt it though.

  9. Tommy Mikkelsen
    June 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Please update the download link for WebTools to:
    https://github.com/dagalufh/WebTools.bundle/releases/latest

    Best Regards

    dane22 AKA UKDTOM

  10. D-Smitty
    May 22, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Is this possible on the Apple TV 4 App?

    • thisguy
      June 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      you want to customize an apple product?

    • Swarve
      July 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      In the restricted Apple ecosystem? Of course not.

  11. Michael Amirikah Tuffour
    May 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

    can't locate the folder on mac os el capitan .. help plssss!

    • EntGent
      June 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      ~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Plug-ins

  12. Howard Blair
    May 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    "...the TV channels most-loved shows...." **channel's***
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

  13. Wes
    April 27, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Make sure to disable "compatibility checking" under server settings --> Channels. That was why mine wasn't showing up.

  14. jason
    April 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    "If you need subtitles for your videos, either because they’re in another language or the audio is not clear,"

    ...or maybe I'm hard of hearing or deaf perhaps and do actually "need" them. It's funny to me that this didn't even occur to the author.

    • Dan Price
      April 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Damn - sorry. Should have thought! My bad...

  15. Jason
    April 27, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I think the issue is the download is called webtools.bundle.2-1 , delete the 2-1 from the file directory and copy the webtools.bundle into the plugins folder under plex, wait a few then it will show up under channels in your media server

    • Dan Price
      April 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      You're right, and I do state this in the piece:

      "First, download the WebTools plugin from GitHub. You need the file titled “WebTools.bundle.zip”. Once the download is complete, extract the file and ensure the extracted directory is called WebTools.bundle."

  16. Daniel B
    April 26, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Are there firewall ports that need to be opened? I keep getting an error message: "This channel is not responding."

    • Matt
      April 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      same here

    • Dan Price
      April 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Which channel?

  17. Donald Boothby
    April 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I put in 127.0.0.1:33400/web (only I used the IP address I got from ipconfig (type in a DOS box). Then, I clicked on Channels underneath Libraries in the resulting web page. However, I can't get the thing to load.

  18. Wes
    April 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Can't get this to work. I get connection refused or site can't be reached error. I've also tried the localhost address of 127.0.0.1:33400

    • likefun butnot
      April 26, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      @Wes
      Your Plex server isn't necessarily on port 33400. The default is IIRC 32400, but it can be assigned arbitrarily if you know what you're doing. To look and see what it is on your Plex Media Server, open its Config web page and the correct port assignment (the :XXXXX part) will be part of the URL in your address bar.

      • Ryan
        April 27, 2016 at 1:24 am

        when you move the folder delete everything after the word "bundle" make it look like ".bundle" is the extension of the folder

    • Wes
      April 27, 2016 at 12:52 am

      I changed to 32400. Now I'm getting 401 Unauthorized. Is this something to do with me using SSL connections in Plex?

    • Wes
      April 27, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      I figured it out. In the server settings I needed to disable compatibility checking. Now it shows up :)

    • Brendan
      October 18, 2016 at 1:42 am

      Try 127.0.0.5:33400 - I had this problem as well

  19. Midelus
    April 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    You do not need Plex Pass to stream your Plex videos outside of your network. Other than that, nice article

    • likefun butnot
      April 26, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      @Midelus,

      Just to amplify your statement, the primary value of Plex Pass is having access to new tools before the standard userbase gets them, plus the ability to download and save content from your local Plex libraries (not from channels and not from shared libraries) on your client devices.

      I don't find the latter function terribly compelling since it's much slower than just copying the relevant files off the file server where they reside, but it can be useful for a crippled device (cough iOS cough) that doesn't have a good way of doing that.

    • Dan Price
      April 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Good spot :)

  20. kevinws
    April 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    @ Francis

    For Ubuntu the location is /var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server.

  21. Ryan
    April 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I'm getting the same error when trying to go to the interface, with no option to log in. If I open the "Login" shortcut the page loads but there is no where to log in, or to do anything

  22. Francis
    April 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    how do you install this on ubuntu??

  23. Jeff
    April 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I got a "refused to connect" error

  24. Stefan Green
    April 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    The Library Updater channel doesn't even remotely do what you've described. It is - shockingly, given the name and your screenshotted description - designed to update your LIBRARY, not your Channels. In fact, the version I have on my server doesn't even have the capability to update channels. Many of the other channels are useful, but how many are functional outside the US?

  25. likefun butnot
    April 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    There's a Google Play Music channel that I use to enable access on devices that won't talk to Play Music, and I use a plugin that adds a Library type for instructional videos, so they appear as TV shows do (nested folders) rather than a flat listing.

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