Plex has long been one of our favorite media server apps, but it seems that they’re not content to be just a platform. The company has just announced that they’re entering the content business by acquiring the news streaming service Watchup.
Plex announced the move in a blog post. They’re particularly proud of Watchup’s machine learning capabilities, which Plex says can process “local, national, and international news to generate a feed personalized just for you.” The service relies on news aggregation rather than direct reporting.
It’s not yet clear exactly how Watchup will be integrated with Plex’s current interface, though the company told MultiChannel they’d have it rolled out on some platforms by the second quarter of this year. The company itself has been fully acquired, so this is more than just a content deal – it’s a merger. Watchup’s employees, who all work remotely, are now all working for Plex (which is itself an all-remote company).
Watchup is an ad-supported service, though Plex appears to be open to changing that model.
Plex’s content drive includes a focus on OTA, too. Late last year they announced a DVR feature that works with HDHomeRun, a product from Plex’s OTA partner SiliconDust.
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