Good news for fans of streaming media who also like low-cost tablets: Plex has ben approved for sale in the Barnes & Noble Nook Store(s bks). The app should be downloadable for Nook Tablet and Nook Color users sometime within the next 24 hours, according to Plex.
The version of the Plex app that will be available for Nook devices will be familiar to Android smartphone users; it’s the same app, but the Nook Store has an additional layer of approval process for software titles. Plex has already received approval from the Barnes & Noble app review team, so it should be available soon.
If you’re new to Plex, it’s essentially a centralized media hub you can use to access content from one or more computers on a variety of devices; installing a server application on your Mac or PC allows you to specify folders to share music, movies and video from, as well as making it easy to access your iTunes music library across platforms. Plex also offers a number of web video plug-ins, simplifying the process of delivering media from a range of sources to your tablet or smartphone. Plus, it automatically transcodes various file types, so that you don’t have to convert video to watch it on your mobile device.
Plex arriving in the Nook Store is actually a big boon for Barnes & Noble and its users, since it helps leverage users’ own existing media libraries, providing access to more video and music content, an area where the Nook lags behind Amazon’s Kindle Fire(s amzn). Plex is also available for the Kindle Fire, of course, but its new presence on the Nook tablets is still definitely something users will welcome.
We’ll be sure to let you know when Plex goes live for Nook users. In the meantime, check out these screenshots of the app in action: