Plex has announced that its new Plex Cloud feature, originally released as a limited beta last fall, is now available to all Plex Pass subscribers. The Plex Cloud service expands the capabilities of the company’s media streaming platform, allowing users to store their movies, TV shows, and other media content in the cloud rather than, or in addition to, running their own Plex Media Server at home. Although Plex Cloud integrated with Amazon Drive when originally launched in beta, the fully-deployed Plex Cloud service instead allows you to simply tie into your choice of three major storage providers — Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive — and use whatever paid storage you have available on these services.
The new Plex Cloud service will free users from the effort of having to set up and operate their own Plex-compatible NAS device or Mac/PC based Plex Media Server, instead simply reading designated folders of content from a cloud-based storage provider and streaming them to the various Plex apps on Apple TV, iOS, and other platforms, and more easily provide access to streaming content from anywhere without having to deal with configuring access to a Plex Media Server from outside the home. Plex Cloud is a premium feature that requires a subscription to a Plex Pass, with prices ranging from $5/month to $150 for a lifetime subscription.