Plex is a media center application that lets you stream online video from multiple sources, as well as media stored on your device, all from the same user interface.

Now the company has announced plans to bring streaming news from channels including CNN, CBS, Fusion, Fox, CNET, and AJ+, among others. That’s because Plex is acquiring Watchup, a streaming news service that has deals in place with all of those organizations.

Watchup says it currently streams about 3,000 videos from news publishers every day. The company currently offers iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Nintendo Wii versions of its service, and Watchup says those apps will “continue to be available for a few months.”

You can create a custom news video feed by selecting your preferred channels and then liking or disliking individual stories. But eventually the Whatchup name and its standalone apps will go away.

The ultimate goal is to integrate the company’s technology into future versions of Plex.

Press release

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 16,202 other subscribers

One reply on “Plex acquires Watchup, will bring streaming news to its media center apps”

  1. This is great! I’ve always found the 3rd-party streaming features of Plex to be a weak spot.

Comments are closed.