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How to Watch Free Movies and TV with Plex

You know Plex is awesome for managing your local media collection. But did you know it now offers free movies and TV? Here’s how to watch the free content.

We told you about Plex offering free movies and TV. This Video on Demand (VOD) content is in addition to your already assembled local media collection. It offers movies and TV shows from major studios like Warner Bros, Lionsgate, and others. All without the need for a Plex Pass subscription. And watching free content couldn’t be easier. Here’s how.

Note: For this article, I’m using an Apple TV, but the process is virtually the same on other platforms and on the web.

Watch Free Movies and TV with Plex

If you have your Plex server up and running you can start viewing the free content. On whichever device you have the Plex app installed. We have an article on how to set up Plex. It’s a few years old but the steps will give you an idea of how to get started.

Launch the Plex app on your device (in this case it’s Apple TV) and scroll to the “Movies & TV on Plex” entry on the sidebar. Then you can scroll through and view all of the free content available. Find something you like and select it.

Plex Apple TV

Then you will get a description of the movie or show and at the bottom, it includes similar content. It also includes the stars of the show or movie. Selecting the actor will give you a list of other movies or shows they are in that is available on Plex.

The free content is ad-supported so you will need to get limited commercials throughout the show or movie your watching. Usually, it starts with a 15-30 ad before starting the movie. Then ads are intermittently dispersed throughout the show.

Watch Free Movies and TV with Plex Online

If you don’t have a Plex server enabled or want to watch free content while on-the-go you can. Simply head to plex.tv/watch-free and click the Watch Now button. Sign in or create an account and the interface is virtually the same as other platforms.

Summing Up on Free Plex Content

The content will stream at up to 1080p quality and Plex will sync the progress of what you’re watching so you can pick up where you left off on other devices. Note that the Plex app is cross-platform and available on virtually every device you can throw at it. That includes desktop, mobile, and online.

Popular Content

Here is the list of the top 10 most streamed VOD content from the platform as of February 2020:

  1. Lord of War
  2. WarGames
  3. Convoy
  4. A Christmas Carol
  5. Django
  6. Teen Wolf
  7. Reasonable Doubt
  8. Road House
  9. Colors
  10. Rain Man

Now, it’s important to note that these movies are free for all Plex users. A Plex Pass subscription is not required. However, once you get going with Plex you might want to subscribe. It’s only five bucks per month. With a Plex Pass, you get more options like the ability to record over-the-air TV, movie and TV extras, premium photos, get access to premium music via TIDAL, and a lot more.

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