Whether you’re a cord-cutter, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FilmOn was one of our top picks when we chose our 20 best private Roku channels, and it should come as no surprise to see it make this list as well.
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.
Another of the staple installs, IceFilms is popular with cord-cutters around the world. Its Kodi sibling is perhaps better known, but all the same great content is available here too.
If you want the latest films and TV shows delivered straight to your screen, this is the answer.
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 to take full advantage, however.
4. Old Movie Time
Old Movie Time features hundreds of classic movies and television shows from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. The app is subdivided into genres, including “War”, “Comedy”, “Family”, “Westerns”, and “Drama”.
5. TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio is another well-known service 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.
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.
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)
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.
If manga and anime are your thing, 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.
10. HDBits Subtitles
If you need subtitles for your videos, 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
15. Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, and music. This app lets you access the video and music part of it.
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.
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.
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.
This plugin features trailers, first looks, featurettes, and clips from all the latest Hollywood films.
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.
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.
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! And don’t forget to take a look at Emby as an alternative to Plex.