Plex is dropping support for podcasts this week

Some four years after adding support for podcasts, streaming media service Plex has announced that podcasts will no longer be available through its apps.

While the company insists that, “we’re big podcast fans here at Plex”, it says that it is “sorry for the inconvenience” of dropping support. But for anyone who has been using Plex to access podcasts, they may well agree that killing off the feature is the kindest thing to do, but it has irked those who paid for a Plex Pass subscription to use it.

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Plex’s support for podcasts and web shows has proved popular if problematic. The service’s forums are filled with complaints from over the least few years about issues with various features of podcast support, with some decrying podcast support as a “host mess”.

Plex used a post in its forums to announce the upcoming change to users:

As part of our ongoing effort to make sure we’re spending our time and energy in ways that best serve our awesome user community, we’ve made the decision to end support for Podcasts and Web Shows within Plex. We recognize this decision will impact several of you greatly, and we apologize for the inconvenience it will cause. You can continue to access these features within Plex until Friday, April 15th, 2022, at which point they will no longer be available.

The good news is that most of your favorite Web Shows (and more!) will live on in other areas of the Plex app. For the latest movie and TV trailers, and where to stream everything whether it’s on Plex or not, be sure to check out our brand new Discover section. To get your daily fix of news, tech and gaming, cooking, travel, classic films, and more (including FailArmy, of course), be sure to check out our lineup of awesome, free Live TV channels 11. There’s truly something for everyone!

For anyone who has used Plex to subscribe to a number of podcasts and wants to migrate to another apps, the company says:

To make your transition a little easier, you can download your list of podcast subscriptions in OPML format by hitting the following URL, replacing the TOKEN with your own X-Plex-Token value which can be found by following the steps here: https://metadata.provider.plex.tv/podcasts/export?X-Plex-Token=TOKEN 66

Author: Martha Meyer