Plex Enters The Rental Business In Continued Bid To Become Your One-Stop Video App

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Plex now offers users the option to rent movies. As this is the beginning of a new avenue for Plex, support for rentals is currently limited to users based in the United States.

In terms of the rental process, things aren’t much different to renting a movie through any other digital store. Rentals are available through the Plex app by heading to Movies & Shows and then selecting the Rentals option at the top. After a title has been rented, it can be found in the My Rentals row of the Rentals section of Movies & Shows.

It will also automatically appear in Continue Watching on the home screen as well.

Plex Rentals Continue Watching
Plex Rentals in Continue Watching

If, for some reason, a Plex app doesn’t currently support rentals, it is still possible to rent the title through the web app. Rentals made through the web app can be played on any device with the Plex app installed, even apps that don’t support renting directly.

Again, similar to other digital stores, the renter has 30 days to watch the video, and those 30 days are cut down to 48 hours if the video has already started. There’s not too much difference in terms of price, either, with Plex confirming rental prices start at $3.99.

Originally known as a media center application, Plex has made some major moves over the years, including the introduction of an AVOD streaming service stocked with movies and shows users can watch for free. Soon after, Plex also introduced live TV support, unlocking access to more than 80 live channels at launch.

The availability of rentals is yet another step in that evolution, and another part of Plex’s plan to become a one-stop app for everything video.

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

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