Plex Launches Movie Rental Store

Media platform Plex today announced the launch of a dedicated movie rental store, allowing U.S. Plex users to purchase content directly from Plex rather than from a third-party store like YouTube, Apple TV, or Amazon Video.

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Popular movies like Barbie, Aquaman, Mission Impossible, Wonka, Priscilla, and more can be purchased using Plex.

Plex users will have 30 days to start playback after renting a movie, and once playback begins, the movie can be watched multiple times in a 48-hour window.

Along with recent movies to purchase, Plex also offers a large selection of movies that are available to watch for free on demand (with ads), as well as free live television.

Plex movies can be rented through the Plex Web App on iOS devices, but purchases work on ‌Apple TV‌, iOS, the Plex Web App, Fire TV, and supported smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and more. Plex does not support renting movies directly on the iPhone, iPad, or ‌Apple TV‌, presumably to avoid Apple's cut.

Rentals start at $3.99 for older movies, but popular new releases cost up to $20.99. Wonka, for example, is $20.99, which is actually a dollar more than it costs to rent the movie from Apple's TV app. There is no option to purchase movies on Plex, and rented movies cannot be downloaded.

Movie rentals are limited to the United States as of now, and Plex has not said whether the renting option will expand to additional countries.

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Top Rated Comments

Fuzzball84 Avatar
19 weeks ago
Rent, rent, rent…. Subscription, Subscription, Subscription…

Its all businesses do these days

Imagine in 5 or 10 years… some bright spark will come up with a new model for the times… and call it ownership

We are so excited with this new model, we call it ownership. We are so excited to see what you do with ownership.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Timpetus Avatar
19 weeks ago
Weird that they think this is what their customers want. I expect very few takers, considering the point of Plex is to stream content you already own instead of renting content or paying monthly for streaming services.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
19 weeks ago

Some movies to watch early yes. Eventually they go to "normal price". But I never rent, I only buy. If I'm going to pay to watch a movie I would rather just own it.
These days, even if you “own” it on such platforms… you dont really own it. You own the right to download and view it. Until soneone decides you dont.

I always used to think people sticking to DVD etc werent moving with the times… but they are the ones that own their collections and the companies that sold them the DVD have no control over what they decide to do with that DVD…. Its theirs until disc rot happens or bit rot.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AF_APPLETALK Avatar
19 weeks ago
Jesus.

I guess it's time to actually put one of my older Macs to work as a media server/media player. This is the beginning of the end for Plex
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
19 weeks ago

Rentals start at $3.99 for older movies, but popular new releases cost up to $20.99. Wonka, for example, is $20.99, which is actually a dollar more than it costs to rent the movie from Apple's TV app.
Hold up, I haven’t rented a movie in ages. Are you telling me it costs twenty whole dollars to rent a movie from Apple nowadays? Excuse me??
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tgwaste Avatar
19 weeks ago

Hold up, I haven’t rented a movie in ages. Are you telling me it costs twenty whole dollars to rent a movie from Apple nowadays? Excuse me??
Some movies to watch early yes. Eventually they go to "normal price". But I never rent, I only buy. If I'm going to pay to watch a movie I would rather just own it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)