Do I really need Plex Premium?

Jonathan Grotegut jgrotegut at
Fri Jan 5 10:27:37 MST 2018

My daughters bought me a lifetime pass. I went through the trouble of
ripping all of my movies, music, etc. For us, it is super nice to have all
of our media on the go as we don't subscribe to cloudy services besides
prime and netflix.  As much as I like them, their selections are often
lacking for our tastes.

I also don't like some of the online services where you have to purchase
your digital copy as well, when you already purchased the physical disc.

The single biggest reason I wanted plex premium was for the profiles. There
is some content that we own that I want to restrict my kids from watching.
Having their own profile allows for this.

If you aren't ripping your own media, or using any of the other features of
plex premium, I wouldn't waste the money.

On Jan 5, 2018 9:12 AM, "Robert Merrill" <robertmerrill at> wrote:

> Dear PLUGGERS.  This is the list I go to when I need advice from zealots.
> You're like my Jedi Council. I bow in obeisance to your sudo-level wisdom
> So, I upgraded to plex premium a while back and felt... nothing.  I really,
> really, really want this thing to work well for me partly because I love
> the UI, and I want to be supportive of an open source project that also
> attempts to stick it to the Man just a bit. .. but because I dont seem to
> have the patience to rip all my DVRs/Blu-Rays and or that streaming just
> works to well for me while on my First World Internet Connection -- I am
> having a hard time justifying why I have this.  Its not like the
> subscription will break me, but I dont like the clutter of an unused
> subscription laying around.  I'd rather get some value out of it. Is it
> because I have sold my soul to and I should give up and revel in
> my unworthy consumerist wretchedness?
> So help me out.
> Here are the caveats:
> I dont want a local media/nas server. I did that before and seem to be less
> interested in such things in my old age haha.  Plex cloud, I hoped, would
> solve that. and its awesome to run a plex server in the cloud. I have many
> terrabytes of online storage but nearly no local storage (unless I could
> hack my google fiber DVR box haha).
> The local TV/DVR option seems cool. Is it great enough to go buy a HD
> antenna? Is it going to give me what I am hoping for, or is YouTube TV
> (which is surprisingly dope, by the way) an easier option if not better
> since then my content is, again, in the cloud.
> I have already given away all my personally identifiable information in the
> form of being a religious Verizon and Google user, so I am not that worried
> about anyone watching my behaviors online. So what if I like, I mean, my
> daughter, likes My Little Pony, ok? I've just accepted it.
> Also, I dont torrent or pirate. All my movies I own (just like you, of
> course).  I used to buy physical discs, and could get into doing that again
> except its so blasted easy to buy them digitally and so comparatively hard
> to rip the physical discs so everyone ends up using UV or Vudu to watch
> even online movies.
> Finally, music and "personal media files" . Well, we subscribe to Spotify,
> which rocks, so that's out (there goes my billion years worth of carefully
> ripped and curated mp3 files) and personal movies and media files are
> really, REALLY boring. So never once has anyone in my household said out
> loud "hey, lets watch those videos we took that day we were on a hike and
> thought that tree was super interesting so we made a video of it."
> So... what are reasons for me to hang on to plex?
> --
> Robert Merrill
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