Plex Comes to Amazon’s Alexa


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Starting today you can now control and access your Plex server from an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire tablet. Now you will be able to access and control both your music and movies or TV shows through your Amazon Alexa powered devices.

So no longer will you need a remote to access your Plex media.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with Plex on Amazon’s Alexa service that the Plex Team gave:

A couple, curled up on the couch. Fresh logs on the fire, scent of pine in the air, warm blanket upon them and a dog curled up at their feet.

Confrontational Craig: I don’t think I can handle another episode of Arrow. I can literally feel my soul escaping through my eyes whenever I think about it. Literally.
Sensible Sarah: I’m pretty sure you mean figuratively. Anyway, what would you like to watch?
Craig: I dunno. What do you wanna watch?
Sarah: I dunno.
Repeat last two lines for 30 minutes.
Sarah: I know, let’s ask Plex! “Alexa, ask Plex to suggest something to watch!”
Alexa: You were right in the middle of an episode of Arrow. Would you like me to resume it?
Craig: No!
Alexa: How about returning to something you haven’t watched in a while? Would you like me to put on the next episode of Celebrity Deathmatch?
Sarah: No!
Alexa: How about starting a new series? Would you like me to put on the first episode of Son of Zorn?
Confrontational Craig and Sensible Sarah look at each other. Eyes lock. Neither can find a reason to reject such a sensible proposal.
Sarah and Craig (in breathy unison): Sure!
Alexa (in her characteristic, optimistic tone): Okay, enjoy season one episode one of Son of Zorn: Return to Orange County!
[scene]

February 2017 has been amazing so far; roommates Jenny and Sam are just finishing up preparations for their big Groundhog Day party. Their guests will start arriving any minute.

Sam: Well, I’ve got the champagne on ice, I’ve set out our finest meats and cheeses, and there’s glitter figuratively everywhere, but I still feel like something’s missing…
Jenny: Yeah, it’s awfully… quiet…
Sam: Of course! The music!
Jenny: I’d fire up Plex, but my phone was at like 5% so it’s allll the way in the other room charging for our Punxsutawney selfie…
Sam: …and I already hid the Apple TV remote; Klepto Dan is coming tonight and I don’t want a repeat of last year.
Jenny: Wait a sec… I forgot we’re living in the future! Alexa! ask Plex to get this party started!
Alexa: How about I throw on a recent favorite? Would you like to listen to some music by Sonny and Cher?
Jenny: Sure!
The familiar opening strains of I Got You Babe fill the air.
Sam: Much better!
Jenny and Sam (in unison): They say we’re young and we don’t know…
[scene]

You can add the Plex skill to your Alexa HERE.

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