Looking to find the best Plex channels? You’re in the right place!
In the past, Plex was primarily used as a way to store and stream your own personal video content. But as time has gone on, both first and third-party developers have recognized the potential of Plex – and have created a huge amount of both official and unofficial Plex channels.
These Plex channels allow users to stream an enormous variety of media – from video games to public domain television shows, the latest new releases, and more.
But with so many channels available, how can you know which ones are the best? Well, we’re here to help.
In this exhaustive guide, we’ll go over our top 50 picks for the best Plex channels, spanning both official and unofficial channels! Read on to see how you can add more awesome content to your Plex library.
Unofficial Vs. Official Plex Channels
It’s important to note that there is a difference between official and unofficial Plex channels. Official Plex channels can be downloaded directly from your Plex installation by navigating to Channels in the sidebar, and clicking Install Channels, as seen in the below screenshot.
From here, you can browse a large selection of official Plex channels that can be added directly to your Plex server.
However, unofficial Plex channels must be installed either by adding them directly to Plex, or downloading them from the Plex Unsupported App Store. We’ve linked you to our guide below to help you get started with the Plex Unsupported App Store.
The Plex Unsupported App Store offers an easy way to install a variety of third-party channels created by independent developers, providing you with access to a large variety of free digital content.
Movies And TV Shows
Let’s start with what you probably came here for: movies. Plex has a huge variety of official and unofficial channels that can provide you with access to free movies across a diverse set of genres. Let’s take a look at our top picks now.
#1 – FilmOn
FilmOn is a great online resource for high-quality films and television – and it’s totally free, so it ranks highly on our list. With live and on-demand television from around the world and the US, FilmOn is perfect for anyone seeking a diverse selection of international content.
#2 – MovieGo
MovieGo is another online repository for both new and classic films. This Plex addon is known for its incredible list of genres, and wide variety of video content. With genres spanning drama, western, Sci-Fi, sports, and more, this is a great addon for high-quality films, TV, and other video content.
#3 – CrunchyRoll
The CrunchyRoll unofficial Plex addon lets you enjoy high-quality anime programming right from your Plex installation. You’ll need a premium membership to access CrunchyRoll, but for anime fans, there’s truly no substitute for this Plex channel. You can enjoy both old and new anime – with new episodes being uploaded within a day of airing in Japan.
#4 – 9Anime
9Anime is one of the most popular addons for anime fans. This addon allows users to view a wide variety of anime programming, in quality ranging from 360p-1080p. Though HD shows are not always available, this addon makes up for that with a huge selection of content.
#5 – BringThePopCorn
BringThePopCorn is an unofficial Plex channel for movies and TV shows, which often features new releases shortly after they’ve aired, or been released on home media. Though updates can be somewhat infrequent, BringThePopCorn does have a good variety of content, making it a solid addition to your Plex application.
6. Internet Archive
The Internet Archive has a huge selection of public-domain films, video, and audio. Though the content on this channel is mostly limited to older films, tv shows, and audio programming, it’s still a valuable resource for your home theater setup.
#7 – FMoviesPlus
FMoviesPlus is dedicated to films, with a large library of new releases that typically stream at 1080p or higher. This channel offers a clean UI, great search functionality, and plenty of detailed information and metadata about each movie that it hosts. Other features include a “most watched” section, which aggregates the top 25 most-watched pieces of content.
#8 – g2g.fm
g2g.fm provides high-quality films and new TV shows, along with detailed metadata, streaming trailers, and other special features. With fast downloading and streaming speeds, a simple user interface, and a wide selection of content across many genres, g2g.fm is a great choice for anyone in need of another source of high-quality movies and TV shows.
#9 – IceFilms
For those who seek the most newly-aired TV shows and recently-released movies, IceFilms is a fantastic choice. This Plex channel is constantly updated with new content – and simple sorting tools allow you to view content alphabetically, based on airdate, or by “Most Watched” content.
#10 – Let Me Watch This
Let Me Watch This is another movie and TV show streaming channel for Plex. With high-quality source videos and plenty of constantly-updated content, Let Me Watch This is a solid addition to your Plex installation, especially if you have trouble finding specific pieces of video content on other Plex movie channels.
#11 – SSPlex
SSPLex is a great choice for Plex users who want to download media – not just stream it. Though it’s not updated regularly, this plugin allows access to a huge variety of music, TV shows, movies, and other streaming content.
And because this media is hosted on a variety of different filehosting websites, you’ll almost always be able to access your chosen piece of content.
#12 – Old Movie Time
Similar to The Internet Archive, Old Movie Time has a huge selection of public-domain films. From mystery, and dramas to war films, comedies, westerns, and more, you’re sure to love Old Movies Time if you have an appreciation for the classics!
Live TV Shows
In this section, we’ll take a look at some of the best official and unofficial Plex channels for viewing live and archived television broadcasts.
#13 – BBC iPlayer
The official BBC iPlayer Plex Plugin makes it easy to access an enormous variety of BBC content, and content from related networks such as CBBC, and BBC Alba. With both radio and television content available, the BBC iPlayer is a great addition to your Plex installation – whether you’re British or not. However, please note that you will need a UK IP address to access BBC iPlayer from outside the UK.
#14 – Discovery Networks
The Discovery Networks unofficial channel allows you to access a wide variety of free Discovery content from The Science Channel, Velocity, Investigation Discovery, TLC, The Animal Planet, and more – all which is hosted on their respective websites. With dozens of TV shows available and a constantly-rotating list of media, this is a great addon to your Plex media library.
#15 – LihatTV
LihatTV is a great choice for Plex users who want to watch live, streaming TV from around the world. This robust, TV-centered Plex channel offers an enormous variety of content, spanning dozens of genres and countries.
With simple search and sort features, it’s easy to find what you want to watch. The UI and design of the application are not fancy, but the free content and reliable streaming speeds make this a top choice for Plex users who want free TV.
#16 – CCloud TV
CCloudTV is one of the best sources of free live TV, radio, and more. With U.S., British, and international TV networks available for live-streaming, CCloud TV is a very popular Kodi addon, which we’ve covered in the past – and now it’s available for Plex!
The features of the Plex unofficial channel are similar to those available in the Kodi application. Content can be filtered by network, genre, and more, providing users with easy access to a huge variety of live TV and other content.
#17 – MTV Networks Channel
The MTV Networks Channel unofficial Plex channel provides access to video content from MTV, VH1, CMT, and LogoTV – all in a single Plex addon. Content can be streamed on-demand, and filtered based on genre, as well as TV network, release date, and more.
#18 – NFL Network
The NFL Network Plex plugin allows you to stream content from NFL.com, along with live streams from the NFL TV Network. Additionally, subscribers to NFL Gamepass can access a wide selection of NFL games in addition to a large archive of previously-record content and games from previous years. For football fans, this unofficial channel is a must-have.
#19 – Big 12 Sports
This unofficial Plex addon is great for sports lovers. It allows users to access replays, videos, and live content from the official Big 12 conference website. Content available through this add-on includes video highlights, replays, and much more.
#20 – VICE
The official VICE Plex addon allows users to access a variety of cutting-edge content. From documentaries to interview-based shows, edgy short films, and more, VICE has a wide variety of streaming content to offer.
#21 – FreeForm
FreeForm, formerly known as ABC Family, has an official Plex channel, which allows users to access a huge variety of TV shows that are hosted on their website, as well as a small selection of films. Totally free and safe to use, this is a must-have addon for any TV fan.
#22 – CBS
The official CBS addon for Plex allows U.S. residents to watch full episodes of CBS content. From prime-time dramas to sitcoms, late night talk shows, and video/news clips, this official Plex channel has a lot to offer.
#23 – HGTV Canada
HGTV Canada carries quite a bit of unique programming, as well as many of the popular HGTV shows that are filmed in America. Best of all, it’s not region-locked – so Plex users across North America can enjoy high-quality home-improvement TV shows, as well as a variety of online-exclusive shorts, and interviews.
#24 – USTVnow
USTVnow is an unofficial Plex addon that has one simple mission – collect the best of US-based television into a single channel. With a simple user interface, easy channel selection, and a built-in channel guide that helps you decide what you want to watch, this is a great way to enjoy your favorite American TV shows.
#25 – ITVPlayer (UK)
This unofficial Plex channel allows UK-based users to access a large selection of ITV content. From children’s TV to documentaries, dramas, sports highlights, and more, UK-based users are sure to love this Plex addon. However, it is region-locked – so unless you’re in the UK, or using a VPN like IPVanish, you won’t be able to use this plugin.
#26 – TV Land
The TV Land official Plex channel provides users with a rotating selection of free TV shows, as hosted on TV Land’s website. Shows currently offered include syndicated shows like How I Met Your Mother, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King Of Queens, and original programming like The Jim Gaffigan Show.
#27 – Comedy Central
The official Comedy Central Plex channel has an enormous variety of totally free content. From stand-up comedy to syndicated programming and Comedy Central Originals like Key & Peele, this official Plex channel is a must-have for comedy fans.
#28 – RT America
RT America provides a critical view on the current issues and affairs in the American government, from an outsider’s perspective. This official Plex channel provides users with breaking news, archived news programs, and daily updates about America – and everything that’s currently happening in the country.
#29 – PBS
The official PBS Plex addon provides users with free access to a variety of movies, documentaries, TV shows, and interviews hosted on PBS.org.
This includes news shows like PBS NewsHour, as well as documentaries like The Mind Of A Chef. There are always new programs being added, making this a great add-on for TV enthusiasts.
#30 – History Channel
This is another official Plex Channel, offering access to a variety of web-hosted content from History.com. This channel provides full episodes from nearly 100 different History channel series, ranging from documentaries and informative content, to dramas and historical re-enactments.
#31 – CNN
If you want one of the the best Plex channels you can install to stay informed about what’s going on in the world, the CNN Plex addon is a great choice. This official channel provides content related to politics, money, world-events, travel, the weather, and much more.
With plenty of informative, on-demand content, the CNN channel is a great way for cord-cutters to enjoy breaking news – without a cable subscription!
#32 – Nickelodeon
Another official Plex channel, Nickelodeon is a fantastic addition to Plex. Whether you’ve got small kids, or want to relive your childhood with nostalgic cartoons from an earlier time, the official Nickelodeon channel has it all – from animated cartoons, to sitcoms, sports programming, and more.
#33 – FOX
The FOX official Plex extension allows US-based users to enjoy full episodes of their favorite FOX TV shows. This includes sitcoms such as The Last Man On Earth and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as Family Guy, 24: Legacy, and more!
#34 – Scripps Networks
Scripps Networks is an unofficial Plex plugin that allows users to access content from a large variety of Scripps television networks. These include HGTV, The Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, The Travel Channel, and Great American Country.
#35 – South Park
The South Park official Plex add-on is a must have for anyone who loves Comedy Central’s edgy, hilarious show. This add-on allows users to access over 20 seasons of South Park full episodes – and it’s completely free to use.
Music And Radio
Plex addons don’t just feature great video content. There’s also plenty of audio content to choose from. From podcasts and radio programs, to unique and fun music stations, you’re sure to find your new favorite Plex addon in our picks.
#36 – NPR
The official NPR Plex application allows users to listen to high-quality, informative NPR programming directly from their Plex media server. From programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, to podcasts such as This American Life, the official NPR Plex channel is a fantastic resource to stay informed with what’s happening in the world.
#37 – TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio allows you to enjoy thousands of international, worldwide radio stations and online music channels right from your Plex media center. With access to over 100,000 high-quality radio stations, millions of podcasts and radio programs, and plenty of other audio content, this channel is fantastic for anyone who loves high-quality radio programming.
#38 – Radio Riff – Temples Of Rock
If you love rock music and metal, the Radio Riff – Temples of Rock plugin is perfect for you. This radio station plays a diverse selection of rock music 24/7, and features live DJs, as well as a huge selection of streaming tunes.
In this section, we’ll discuss addons that don’t fit neatly into our other categories, but are still totally useful and entertaining, and a great addition to your Plex setup.
#39 – Revision3
Revision3 is an online-focused video network, dedicated to all things related to the world of tech, and video games. While the company was recently purchased by Discovery, its official website still works – and users of this official Plex add-on can enjoy hours of unique, original, web-focused content!
#40 – MTV Music Videos
MTV still plays music videos – if you use the official MTV music videos channel for Plex. With a simple user interface, and the ability to sort artists by genre, popularity, and more, it’s easy to find awesome music videos to watch using this Plex add-on.
#41 – C|Net
This official Plex add-on provides users with an enormous variety of tech-related content, pulled directly from the official C|Net website. Using this channel, you’ll discover tech news, reviews, updates, and coverage of major events in the tech world, such as the Apple Keynote, E3, and more!
#42 – Sub-Zero
Sub-Zero is a bit different from most of the other Plex channels on this list. Sub-Zero is a powerful subtitle retrieval program. When enabled in your Plex settings, this channel allows you to automatically download subtitles for all of your Plex media, such as TV Shows and Movies. If you’ve been looking for a simple, streamlined way to find the right subtitles for your locally-hosted media, you’ll love Sub-Zero.
#43 – BitTorrent
The unofficial BitTorrent Plex channel allows users to stream media by using the BitTorrent protocol, and downloading films, TV shows, and more from peer-to-peer networks. Movies and TV Shows can be browsed by recent uploads, trending media, and popularity. In addition, a native “Watchlist” feature allows users to set aside particular videos to watch later.
#44 – iTunes Movie Trailers
If you’re a movie lover, this is a great extension for you. The iTunes Movie Trailers official Plex extension provides users with thousands of HD movie trailers for both newly-released and older films.
#45 – Vimeo
The Vimeo official Plex extension allows users to quickly and easily access millions of hours of top-quality, HD video content hosted on Vimeo – from music videos, to short films, animations, full-length documentaries, and more. With streamlined navigation and plenty of sorting options, it’s easy to find something great to watch.
#46 – TED Talks
The official TED Talks channel on Plex is a fantastic resource if you’re looking to expand your mind. Navigation is easy, with access to categories such as:
- Newest Releases
- Most Viewed
- Trending Now
- Hidden Gems
- Full Library
You can quickly view hours of top-notch digital content, and enjoy the insights of leaders in the worlds of STEM, tech, and the humanities.
#47 – TheMovieClips
TheMovieClips unofficial Plex extension connects directly to TheMovieClips.com, providing users with access to over 100,000 movie trailers and film clips. With a tremendous variety of teasers, featurettes, bonus features, and movie clips in full HD, this is a fantastic extension for any film lover.
#48 – Webisodes
If you love online-only media, the unofficial Webisodes extension is sure to please. This powerful extension collects “webisodes” from sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, and even personal RSS feeds – collecting it in one place, and providing you with a simple way to enjoy your favorite online-only shows.
#49 – Twitch
The official Twitch Plex add-on is a fantastic addition for gamers. With this add-on, you can browse the most popular streams on Twitch.tv, and enjoy top-quality gaming content directly from your Plex installation.
#50 – Trakt.TV
Trakt.TV is a bit of an odd duck for our list, as it doesn’t offer any streaming media – in and of itself. However, Trakt.TV is a great addition to Plex if you also use other streaming platforms like Kodi. This plug-in can track your progress on shows and movies across both Plex and Kodi, making it ideal if you regularly use both platforms to enjoy free streaming video content.
Check Out This List – Find The Best Plex Channels For You!
There have been many updates to Plex in the last several years, but most of the picks in this article are still around, and offering plenty of totally free entertainment.
We hope you enjoyed this roundup of the best Plex channels. With such a huge variety of both official and unofficial Plex channels to choose from, you’re sure to find some add-ons that will offer you some great content.
Eric Liston is a content writer based in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2015, he’s been writing about technology, cord-cutting, and helping everyday people save money. He also has expertise writing about medicine, dentistry, insurance, and a variety of other industries. No matter what he’s writing, his focus is always on simplifying complex concepts and making them approachable for everyone. When he’s not slamming away on his keyboard at his home office, you’ll find Eric reading sci-fi novels, improving his disc golf game (he just hit his first 400-foot drive) and playing video games on his gaming PC.