Mar 20, 2015

Free alternative to Plex on your Android device

A little while ago I wrote about a free alternative to the Plex app for Roku. That all started because I didn't want my smoking hot girlfriend to have to pay $4.99 to stream videos from the Plex media server I setup on her laptop.

Well, the other night my kids were hogging our two televisions, and I wanted to watch John Wick on Plex, so I downloaded the Plex app for my Android tablet, and tried to play it. It played for a few minutes before telling me I had to pay $4.99 to watch my movie!

I love Plex, and have been using it for years, but their new tactic to force people to pay for something that used to be optional is extortion, and I refuse to give in!

Well, I found an app that can detect my Plex server and stream it's contents on my Android device. It's called AllConnect!

From Google Play:

Instantly stream your favorite music, photos and movies to your smart TV, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Xbox and many more.

The complete streaming solution for your Android device. Simple and intuitive design makes it very easy to stream all your media to any screen or speakers.

  • All your media in one place: music, photos, videos, movies, tv shows etc.
  • Stream to all connected devices: Apple TV, AirPlay speakers, Chromecast, DLNA devices, smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, etc.), Xiaomi Box, Amazon FireTV, Xbox and more.
  • Stream to XBMC, Raspbmc, Airfoil speakers and more.
  • Stream from any source: media servers, online channels and the cloud
AllConnect is the only app on the market that supports all streaming technologies and works out of the box with more than 5 billion devices.
Here is a screenshot from my Galaxy Tab 3 where it detects my Plex media server as a media source:

I will admit that the interface of AllConnect isn't as pretty as Plex, but it plays my movies and I don't have to pay anything. I think the trade off is worth it.

What do you use to stream your Plex media stuff on your Android device? Let us know in the comments!

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