Plex Pass is the subscription service associated with Plex and can be purchased as either a monthly, annually, or lifetime subscription. The price of a subscription is dependent on where you live, so the cost of a subscription will be different depending on the currency of the country you live in.
One question frequently asked is about what do you get with a Plex Pass - what additional benefits does Plex Pass offer compared to just using Plex without a subscription. There are many features offered with a Plex Pass, but it all depends on how you stream your media.
Plex Pass subscription features
Below is a list of the features included with a Plex Pass subscription.
- Hardware transcoding
- This is a popular feature as it allows you to use the dedicated video hardware in your Plex server to encode/decode HD and 4K videos to provide a more smooth stream to devices.
- Advanced features
- Additional features include sharing restrictions and allowing access to some premium features for shared users.
- Set max upload bandwidth
- To ensure the best possible streaming experience over the Internet, you can set max upload bandwidth cap so a single stream doesn't use up all your upload bandwidth.
- Dash Control
- A dashboard showing you how your server is performing from a desktop or using the Plex Dash mobile application.
- 4K support (movie and TV)
- Watch 4K content on any supported device.
- Download and sync
- Download your movies, TV shows, music, and photos to your mobile devices so you can view the content offline while on the go.
- Stream free movie and TV content (movie and TV)
- High-quality free movie and TV content from Plex in HD 1080p with 5.1 audio.
- Skip intro (TV)
- Just like popular streaming platforms, you can skip the introduction to TV shows.
- DVR (TV)
- Watch and record live broadcast TV - news and sports - on your device. An antenna, tuner, and a Plex Pass are required.
- Plexamp (music)
- A mobile app that can play your music offline anywhere.
- Lyrics (music)
- Get the lyrics to your songs, when available.
- Additional music features (music)
- Enhanced listening with visualizers, fades, and loudness leveling.
- Tidal subscription discount (music)
- Get a HiFi or Premium TIDAL subscription for $1 less.
In addition to the above features, one reason many people choose to purchase a Plex Pass subscription is to support the ongoing development of Plex so more features can be added and current bugs can be fixed.