London, UK: 12th October 2018 – Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, today announces Plex as a Snap, bringing the over-the-top (OTT) media service to millions of Linux users via the ever-expanding Snap Store. Plex is a top-rated streaming media company with apps and content customised to fit users’ personal preferences and needs.
The Plex Media Server (PMS) combines users’ favourite content together in one convenient space, allowing them to watch and record live TV and stream videos, music, news, and podcasts across any device. Downloading the application to a computer provides instant access to all owned content, organised within intuitive folders. Meanwhile, Plex's premium version - Plex Pass - enables ‘time shifting’ control over live TV, meaning users can pause, rewind, and fast-forward.
In adopting the universal Linux app packaging format, Plex will make its multimedia platform available to an-ever growing community of Linux users, including those on KDE Neon, Debian, Fedora, Manjaro, OpenSUSE, Zorin and Ubuntu. Automatic updates and rollback capabilities are staples of Snap software, meaning Plex users will always have the best and latest version running. Users who install the Snap now will benefit from a free 30 day trial of Plex Pass.
“The biggest appeal of Snaps is the simple installation mechanism”, said Tamas Szelei, Software Engineer at Plex. “Canonical’s Snap Store provides an easy and secure way to distribute our software to an increasing number of consumers. What’s more, Snaps help cater to the more technical Plex user, who benefits from confined applications and the added sense of software security.”
“When it comes to media, today’s consumers want instant access and choice without the fuss. Plex is the ideal platform to cater to their needs, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Snaps ecosystem”, said Jamie Bennett, VP of Engineering, Devices & IoT at Canonical. “Today’s addition is tribute to the growing strength of the Linux community. Plex’s use of Snap technology allows their developers to push out the latest features straight to the user - prioritising usability and security. Plex is another great addition to the Snaps portfolio and we look forward to more names joining in the coming months.”
Snaps are containerised software packages, designed to work perfectly and securely within any Linux environment; across desktop, the cloud, and IoT devices. Thousands of Snaps have been created since the first in 2016. Plex joins the likes of Spotify, Skype, and Slack, who have all benefited from Snaps’ automated updates, added security benefits, and rollback features, which allow applications to revert back to the previous working version in the event of a bug.
Plex is available to download as a Snap by clicking here.
To benefit from the free 30 day trial of Plex Pass, click here and enter the code: PLEXPASS-SNAP
Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for cloud operations. Most public cloud workloads use Ubuntu, as do most new smart gateways, switches, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise support and services for commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.
Plex is a streaming platform for personal media collections, also offering over-the-air Live TV and DVR capabilities, and curated news from more than 200 global media partners. It’s the only solution that seamlessly combines your personal collection of TV shows, movies, music, podcasts, photos, and videos alongside live and recorded TV. With a highly-customizable and easy-to-use interface, Plex is a Top 10 most-watched app with 4+ star ratings on all major OTT platforms. Our mission is to give our users the very best OTT media experience and give our partners a better way to promote their content and engage with their audiences. For more information, please visit https://plex.tv, or follow @plex on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/plexapp.