On Friday, Plex will end support for podcasts, a feature it added in 2018. Plex will also remove the dedicated Web Shows section, but most of this content will still appear elsewhere in the app.
Plex doesn’t explicitly say why it’s ending podcast support, just that it’s no longer worth the company’s time. “As part of our ongoing effort to ensure we spend our time and energy in ways that best serve our amazing user community, we have made the decision to end support for podcasts and web shows within Plex,” reads the announcement from Company. “We recognize that this decision will have a major impact on some of you, and we apologize for the inconvenience it will cause. You can continue to use these features within Plex until Friday, April 15, 2022, after which they will no longer be available.”
Fortunately, Plex provides instructions for users to download their podcast subscription list into OPML, which can then be imported into other players. But you have to be quick!
Removing podcasts from Plex is strange at a time when the medium is exploding, and goes against the company’s goal of being a one-stop shop for all your streaming media consumption. But, like XDA Developers notes, Plex’s podcast support hasn’t evolved much since it was first introduced, and the Plex forums are full of unaddressed complaints about buggy performance, much like we saw at launch.