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How to Group Watch Plex Together With Friends Online

The growth of movie downloading paired with the crippling consequences of 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic means fewer people than ever are watching movies with their friends. People just don’t go to theaters any more.

That’s had a knock-on effect on the social aspect of movie watching. Going to see a brand new movie in a packed cinema can be an exhilarating experience. You don’t get that experience sat on your sofa.

Thankfully, it’s possible to watch Plex together with your friends. The functionality is available from directly within the app using Watch Together, or from a third-party tool called SyncLounge.

Plex’s Watch Together Feature

First, let’s take a look at the native Plex tool for watching videos with friends. Called Watch Together, it’s officially still in the experimental stage. However, the feature appears to work flawlessly and the interface is easy to use. It definitely gets the MakeUseOf stamp of approval.

Who Can Use Plex’s Watch Together?

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While Plex’s Watch Together feature remains in beta, it’s free to use for all Plex users. However, this may change when it’s launched officially. Plex’s own documentation appears to suggest that Watch Together will remain free if you only want to stream content from Plex’s free, in-house, ad-supported streaming service. However, if you want to stream content from your own library, it seems likely that you’ll need to subscribe to Plex Pass.

At the time of writing, you’ll need to have an Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, or Roku device to be able to use Watch Together. You cannot use Watch Together from the web app.

How Many People Can Tune In Using Watch Together?

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Officially, Plex hasn’t named a limit of the number of users (although we’re sure one exists).

In practice, however, the amount who can sync content together will depend on the Plex Media Server’s hardware, your network connection, your disk speed, and the video quality.

Confused? Here’s how Plex describes the user limit:

“If your Plex Media Server and network could not handle that number of users streaming things individually all at the same time, then it would also not be able to support them for Watch Together.”

Beware, trying to add too many users will lead to playback issues and the video will be unwatchable.

How to Use Watch Together on Plex

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Assuming you’re using one of the supported devices, you’ll need to hit the More button (three horizontal dots) on a video’s pre-play screen, then select Watch Together from the list of options.

Next, you need to add people to your Watch Together session. You can only invite Plex users who you are “Friends” with. When you’re ready, click on the names of the friends you want to add and hit Done. To add a new friend, go to Settings > Users and Sharing > Share Libraries and enter the username or email address of the person you want to connect with.

(NB: If you just added a new friend and don’t see them in the list, you will need to restart your app to refresh the screen.)

If you’re being invited to someone else’s Plex Watch Together session, you’ll see a Watch Together row appear at the top of your app’s home screen, along with the video that’s been loaded by the host.

As users accept invitations, they’ll all appear together in a lobby. Once everyone has arrived, the host can begin playback. Only the host can control play/pause functionality once the video has started. Hosts also have sole control over different audio streams and subtitle tracks.

SyncLounge

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Formerly called Plex Together, SyncLounge is another great way to watch Plex together with friends.

Like Plex’s official Watch Together tool, SyncLounge will sync up your individual Plex apps so that you’re all watching the same footage at the same time.

SyncLounge Features

SyncLounge has some features that are not yet available in the official tool. For example, you can hide your Plex username when you sign into a room, you can rejoin recent rooms, and you can automatically play the next episodes when you’re binge-watching TV with friends.

We also really like the app’s user status indicators. Each user has a colored ring around their profile picture to denote sync distance, and you can even see the type of Plex client they are using if you hover over their name.

How to Use SyncLounge for Plex

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To begin, click the Get Started link on the Sync Lounge website and enter your Plex login details. If you don’t fancy handing over your credentials, you can download the app from GitHub and run it directly on your own server.

Hosts will need to create a room and invite other people to join them. Invitees just need to accept the invite when it arrives.

Like Watch Together, only hosts can play and pause the video, change the subtitles, and change the audio.

Signing Out of SyncLounge

Don’t worry, SyncLounge isn’t the type of app that requires you to revoke access if you ever stop using it; your Plex user details are not held on the developer’s servers.

Plex’s Watch Together vs. SyncLounge

SyncLounge has some benefits over Plex’s official Watch Together tool.

Firstly, you don’t need to be “Plex buddies” to sync your content. Secondly, the Plex servers of every person connected to the room are available, thus creating a super-repo of content.

The danger, of course, is that Plex might pull the plug on the backend API that makes a third-party app possible, especially once its own Watch Together feature comes out of beta.

Longterm, we’d assume Plex’s backing of its in-house tool will help to establish it as the better product, but for now, it’s easy to make the case for SyncLounge instead.

How to Watch Other Video Apps Together With Friends

Plex isn’t the only app that lets you watch content in sync with your friends far away. Netflix subscribers should check out how to use the Netflix Party Chrome extension, and there are also plenty of ways to watch YouTube with far-away friends.

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How to Organize Your Plex Library Using Collections

If your media collection is growing out of control, it may be time to organize your Plex library.

Content collections are a criminally underused part of the Plex app. Not only do they have massive organizational benefits, but you can also use them to customize the way your libraries look by using artwork and other metadata.

However, before you can use Plex collections, you need to understand how to enable them on your libraries, how to view them, and how to edit them. And some of the settings aren’t too easy to find.

Here’s how to organize your Plex library using collections…

How to Enable Plex Collections

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Before you can organize your Plex library, you need to enable Plex collections for each individual library on your Plex server. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Open the Plex Media Server app (you cannot enable collections from a Plex Media Player app).
  2. Locate the list of your Plex libraries on the left-hand side of the window.
  3. Find the library on which you want to enable collections.
  4. Hover over the library name and click the three vertical dots that appear on the right.
  5. Using the popup menu, navigate to Manage Library > Edit.
  6. Select Advanced in the left-hand panel.
  7. Scroll down to Collections.
  8. Set the option to either Hide items which are in collections or Show collections and their items.
  9. Hit Save Changes.

There’s an important difference between Hide items which are in collections and Show collections and their items.

The first option will prevent items that you’ve added to collections from showing in the main library; only the collection itself will show as a single item. The second option will show both the collection and each individual item within the collection in your library.

How to Create a New Collection

Once you’ve enabled collections in your library, it’s time to make a new collection and start adding content.

To make a new collection, navigate to the preplay screen of the first movie, TV series, or episode you want to add, then click on the Edit button.

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On the Edit screen, click on Tags in the left-hand panel, then scroll down to Collections.

In the text-entry field, type the name you want to call your new collection and click Add [collection name] in the popup box below the field. When you’re ready, hit Save Changes.

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(NB: Collections are locked to the library on which you created them. You cannot add content from two different libraries to the same collection.)

How to Add More Videos to a Collection

Once you’ve created a collection, it’s time to start adding more videos to it.

Two methods are available. You can either repeat the steps above to add content on a case-by-case basis, or you can use multi-select to add videos to your collection in bulk. For most people, multi-select will be the way to go as it’s a lot faster.

To get started, highlight all of the videos in your collection that you want to add, then click on the Edit button in the upper-right corner of the Plex app.

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In the Edit window, go to Tags > Collections and start to type the collection’s name. The field should auto-populate. You can add a video/series to more than one collection within the same library.

How to Browse Plex Collections

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As long as you’ve enabled collections in the way we outlined at the beginning of the article, you’ll see them appear in-line in your library. However, even if you left that setting on Disabled, you can still see your collections for a given library by clicking on the drop-down tab at the top of the Plex window.

The tab has three viewing options—Recommended, Library, and Collections. Needless to say, you need to choose the latter.

When you click on a collection, you will be able to see all of the content that’s held within it.

How to Customize a Plex Collection

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Now it’s time to customize your Plex collection. All of the same metadata fields are available that you’d find if you were editing the data of a standalone TV series or movie.

To start customizing, click on the collection’s name to open the pre-play screen, then hit the Edit icon. The four options in the left-hand panel that you need to pay attention to are General, Poster, Background, and Advanced.

  • General: Change the sort title of your collection and add a text summary of its contents.
  • Poster: With a bit of planning, you can make your collection posters look uber-slick. For example, why not use standardized fonts or iconography so that they all have the same style on your TV screen? If you don’t change the poster, it will default to the first item in your collection.
  • Background: You can set a background image to appear on the pre-play and buffering screens.
  • Advanced: This lets you override the default library settings for collection visibility and choose the order in which content appears within the collection.

Collections can also be shared with other users on a case-by-case basis, even if the library they are a part of is not shared.

Collections vs. Libraries

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Finally, a quick note on when to use a collection versus when to use a library.

It’s perhaps easiest to think of collections as sub-libraries. For example, you wouldn’t want to group your TV shows and movies into a single library; there’s a clear delineation and it would play havoc with Plex’s automatic metadata import tool.

However, it wouldn’t make sense to spin out Brad Pitt movies into their own library; you’d want them to be part of your wider film library. In these cases, a collection makes sense.

The area that most often falls under the microscope in the library versus collections debate is kids’ content. There’s no right answer, but keep in mind that you can restrict access to videos based on content rating, as long as you’ve taken the time to set it up correctly on each video (Edit > General > Content Rating).

Learn More About Using Plex

Only a small fraction of Plex users make use of the app’s full range of features. Remember, you can now use Plex to watch live TV for free and use Watch Together to host Plex viewing parties.

And to learn more about customizing Plex, check out our list of hidden Plex settings you should be using.

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20 Private and Hidden Roku Channels You Should Install Now

Roku devices come in a variety of different models and specifications, but at their core, they all operate in the same way: you add channels and watch the content you want.

There are two sources of Roku channels. One is the Roku Channel Store; it offers more than enough free Roku channels to keep you entertained. However, the Roku really comes into its own when you start adding private or hidden channels.

Keep reading to learn how to add private Roku channels and discover the best hidden Roku channels you can install right now.

How Do You Add Private or Hidden Channels to Roku?

Before you can add a private channel to your Roku box, you’ll need two things:

  • The channel’s code (we have included the codes in our list below)
  • A Roku account (set one up for free on the Roku website)

Once you have created an account and know the channel code, it’s easy to start adding channels.

To begin, head to your account portal and click Add a channel with a code. Insert the code, accept the on-screen confirmation, and you’re done.

The channel should immediately appear at the bottom of the channel list on your Roku’s home screen. If it doesn’t, you can force a refresh by going to Settings > System > System Update > Check Now on the device.

(NB: Some private Roku channels are restricted to certain countries or regions.)

1. RokuCast (CL9D5D)

RokuCast lets you stream HTML5 content from the Chrome browser on your computer to your Roku device. You’ll need the Chrome extension and this private Roku channel to make it work.

2. El Cartel TV (chibchombiatv)

El Cartel TV offers dozens of live TV channels from South America, with a particular focus on Colombian channels.

Popular channels such as TeleSUR, Canal Capital, and Canal Uno are all available.

3. AOL On (aol)

AOL On Roku channel

AOL On offers content from 17 TV networks, including BBC News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, ET Online, Food Network, and HGTV.

It used to be in the regular channel store, but is now only available as a private channel.

4. EuroRoku (296XJKP)

EuroRoku is a paid private Roku channel that provides access to 24/7 streams of European TV stations.

The service costs $15/month and offers more than 300 channels, including networks from France, Germany, Bulgaria, Moldova, Spain, Holland, and Belgium.

5. Armchair Tourist (ArmchairTourist)

Branded as “Free HD Wallpaper for your Television,” Armchair Tourist is a live stream of tourist hotspots around the world. Each stream has a four-digit code that you can enter of the Armchair Tourist website for more information about the location in question.

6. FOX Business (FOXBIZ)

FOX Business Roku channel

Along with Bloomberg and CNBC, FOX Business is one of the three big American news networks about finance, business, and global markets.

7. RokuMovies (zb34ac)

Not to be confused with the official The Roku Channel, RokuMovies focuses on bringing you the world’s strangest and most outlandish low-budget films.

Give it a try if you like giant monsters and forgotten kung-fu flicks with ridiculous storylines.

8. Video Games (T6PH2V)

If you love video game walkthroughs, give this channel a try. It includes complete playthroughs of nine classic video games from 1988 to 2004.

The games available include The Legend of Zelda; A Link to the Past, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Metroid.

9. DISHWorld (DISHWorld)

DISHWorld Roku channel

Owned by Sling, DISHWorld is an international TV service that lets you watch live TV in more than 15 languages. In addition to the private Roku channel, the app is also available as an APK for Android.

10. Pro Guitar Lessons TV (ProGuitar)

Feeling creative? It might be time to learn a musical instrument. Of course, the web has no shortage of free resources for musical beginners, but Pro Guitar Lessons TV is worth adding to your list.

11. Food Matters TV (foodmatterstv)

Foodies need to install Food Matters TV. It has a selection of videos covering cooking shows, recipes, diets, healthy eating, and more.

12. Happy Kids (HappyKids)

Happy Kids Roku channel

Happy Kids TV offers a broad mix of kids programming, including music, rhymes, activity guides, and some popular kids’ TV shows and movies.

13. Relaxation Channel (Relax)

Soothing sounds paired with stunning imagery, the Relaxation Channel is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a peaceful few hours to themselves.

14. Kinda Classics (GK9NH5Z)

Kinda Classics is one of the secret Roku channels that everyone needs to have on their device. It offers a wide range of classic shows and movies from around the world.

15. Emby (Emby)

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Emby is an open-source alternative to media center apps such as Plex and Kodi.

If you’d like to learn more about how the app stacks up against its two rivals, check out our comparison of Emby, Plex, and Kodi.

16. Silent Night (SilentNight)

Silent Night is the first of two hidden Roku channels on our list that caters to silent movie fans. They both offer a different selection of films, so complement each other well.

17. Harvest Eating (harvest)

Another private channel for foodies, Harvest focuses on providing recipes using fruit and vegetables that are in-season during a particular time of year.

18. 5ik.TV (5ikTV)

5ikTV Roku channel

5ik.TV lets you watch live TV channels from the Far East, including China, Japan, and South Korea. The channel’s interface isn’t in English, but if you can recognize the logos of TV networks in the region, it’s relatively easy to navigate to the content you want to watch.

19. Spanish Time (spanishtime)

If you speak Spanish and would like to keep abreast of the latest goings-on in Latin America, you could subscribe to Spanish Time for $9.99/month.

It offers more than 150 live streaming channels from across the region, including all of the biggest networks in Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. There’s also a broad selection of miscellaneous Spanish-language sports and entertainment channels.

20. Silent Movies (RLQXKG)

French movie The Artist might have cleaned up at the 2012 Oscars, but the real heyday of silent film was back in the 1920s.

The Silent Movies channel lets you relive the glory days of Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton.

How to Install Even More Roku Channels

Private Roku channels have something for everyone. If you’re not using them, you’re going to restrict your enjoyment and limit the potential of your Roku device. But they are only one piece of the puzzle.

To learn more about how to get the most out of your Roku device, here’s how to watch local channels on Roku for free.

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The 16 Best Documentaries on Netflix in 2020

It should come as no surprise that Netflix features an enormous number of documentaries in its catalog. Sadly, a lot of them simply aren’t worth watching. Hidden among the endless options, however, are some must-see documentaries.

So, whether you’re looking for war documentaries, space documentaries, sports documentaries, or something else entirely, keep reading. These are the best documentaries on Netflix that you can watch right now. All of which will enlighten and entertain you.

The Best War Documentaries on Netflix

Unfortunately, documentary makers have no shortage of material when it comes to wars. Many of the most important conflicts of recent centuries have a show about them on Netflix.

1. The Vietnam War

This 10-part documentary tells the story of the United States’ controversial 19-year conflict in Vietnam.

It features testimonies from more than 80 witnesses from both sides, never-seen-before video footage, and runs for more than 17 hours in total.

2. World War II in Colour

World War II in Colour is a British documentary that includes a vast amount of real video footage from the battlefields, cities, and oceans that saw action during World War II.

It has 13 episodes in total, covering everything from the North African campaign to the Japanese invasion of China.

3. November 13: Attack on Paris

November 13: Attack on Paris is a Netflix original about the terror attacks in the French capital during November 2015. The three-part series documents the timeline of that traumatic day.

For more options, have a look at our full list of war documentaries on Netflix.

The Best Space Documentaries on Netflix

If you’d prefer to be dazzled by scientific ingenuity rather than human suffering, check out some of the top Netflix documentaries about space and the universe instead.

4. A Year in Space

A Year in Space is a 12-part Netflix docuseries that follows American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko during their year-long stay on the International Space Station.

It follows their mission from takeoff to touchdown, providing a fascinating insight into zero-gravity life and the scientific work that goes on while in orbit.

5. The Search for Life in Space

The Search for Life in Space is a short 32-minute documentary about how humans are searching for signs of life beyond our planet. It’s doesn’t go into complex details, so it’s perfect for anyone who may not have the same level of background knowledge as a seasoned universe fanatic.

For more content about the universe, make sure to also check out the best space documentaries on Amazon.

The Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

If you’d prefer to learn about Earth-based lifeforms, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the best documentaries on Netflix cover the natural world.

6. Dancing With the Birds

Narrated by the ever-lovable Stephen Fry, Dancing With The Birds follows majestic birds as they try to find a mate.

Fry’s commentary adds an element of humor to what is already a fascinating subject matter, making this one of the most enjoyable nature documentaries ever made.

7. Chasing Coral

Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They’ve been around for 485 million years and support more than one-quarter of all marine species; the NOAA National Ocean Service calls them “the rainforests of the sea.”

The climate emergency means coral is now dying at a faster rate than ever. This documentary investigates the devastating impact that coral death is having on our planet and our lives.

We’ve written about the best nature documentaries on Netflix if these couple of suggestions aren’t enough to satisfy you.

The Best BBC Documentaries on Netflix

The British television network is one of the foremost documentary makers in the world.

8. A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman

Aardman Animations—creators of the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run—started life as a tiny animation studio in Bristol, England. A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman tracks the studio from its humble beginnings to its status as a company with more than $1 billion in revenue.

In addition to A Grand Night In, many more of the best BBC documentaries are available on Netflix. Check out our list to learn more.

The Best Travel Documentaries on Netflix

The “new normal” means it could be a while before many people feel comfortable getting on a plane again. After all, why bother when you can travel anywhere in the world from your own sofa thanks to Netflix?!

9. Dark Tourist

Tourism isn’t only about beaches and all-inclusive buffets. If you’d like to learn about the grittier side of the world, check out Dark Tourist.

New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier investigates some of the weirder travel spots you’ll find, including Pablo Escobar-themed trips in Colombia and nuclear disaster tourism in Japan.

10. National Parks Adventure

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes viewers on a tour of remarkable spots in the National Parks of the United States. The documentary covers Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. The entire documentary uses IMAX 3D cinematography.

To learn more, have a look at our complete list of the best travel documentaries on Netflix.

The Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix

True crime documentaries on Netflix have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years.

11. Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is arguably the Netflix documentary that kicked off the renewed interest in the genre.

It tells the story of Steven Avery. Avery was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 18 years in jail, only to be found guilty of a different murder upon his exoneration and release. Despite doubts around the second conviction, he remains in jail to this day.

12. Amanda Knox

One of the most famous convictions of the 21st century occurred in Italy in 2007.

American exchange student, Amanda Knox, was found guilty of killing a fellow student, Meredith Kercher, in a trial littered with controversies. Rumors of police incompetence, evidence tampering, and false testimonies circulated for years after Knox’s conviction. The Italian supreme court eventually overturned the decision in 2015.

This documentary tells the story of the night of the murder and the subsequent media frenzy surrounding the court proceedings.

The Best Sports Documentaries on Netflix

Some of the best documentaries on Netflix fall into the sports category.

13. Senna

Ayrton Senna is widely believed to be the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. He won three world titles before being killed in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. He was 34 years old.

This docufilm charts his life and death.

14. The Last Dance

An obvious inclusion, the Netflix docuseries tells the story of NBA legend, Michael Jordan. Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, and Phil Jackson all feature.

The Best Music Documentaries on Netflix

And finally, a couple of brilliant music documentaries for you to watch.

15. Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane is about the life of the jazz icon, John Coltrane. Coltrane was one of the world’s foremost saxophonists before he succumbed to liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40.

His legend lives on to this day.

16. Hip-Hop Evolution

Spread over four seasons, the Canadian docuseries explores the rise of hip-hop.

The series starts in the 1970s with Grandmaster Flash, then goes on to cover all of the major stars and storylines through to the early 2000s and the rise of 50 Cent.

More Netflix Shows Worth Watching

Documentaries form a large chunk of the Netflix library. And if you dig down into a specific genre, you’ll be able to find some niche content to suit your tastes.

And once you have watched all of the best documentaries on Netflix and want to watch something a little different, we recommend checking out the best interactive Netflix shows instead.

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The Best Netflix Documentaries About Serial Killers

People have a morbid fascination with the lives of serial killers. Often, we want to know the motives behind their evil deeds. Also, it is interesting to see how they respond to questioning. That is, of course, if they are still alive. Or if they have any recorded interviews that still exist.

How can you get your next gruesome fix? Well, Netflix is a great place to find documentaries about serial killers. There are lots available to watch, and we’ve rounded up the best serial killer documentaries. So, without further ado, here are the best documentaries about serial killers to watch on Netflix.

1. Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Would you like an insight into the macabre mind of this murderer? Then Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, will give you a glimpse into Bundy’s world. This one isn’t for the faint of heart. It features a lot of details about his killing sprees.

But, perhaps more disturbing is the glorified manner in which Bundy talks about himself and his acts. This is one of the best Netflix crime documentaries for fans of the serial killer genre.

2. Interview With a Serial Killer

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Another gruesome tale. Interview with a Serial Killer chronicles the crimes of Arthur Shawcross. Also known as the Genesee River Killer, he died in prison in 2008 while he was serving a 250-year sentence for his crimes. Like The Ted Bundy Tapes, this documentary features his crimes in disturbing detail.

However, the most gruesome aspect of this documentary is the interview with Shawcross. He comes across as the cold-hearted killer that he was, taking great pleasure in discussing his heinous acts. This is a fantastic documentary that gives a real insight into the often brazen way a serial killer will talk about themselves and their crimes.

3. The Confession Killer

This one is a little different from the others on the list. The Confession Killer focuses on the life and crimes of Henry Lee Lucas. Why is it different? Well, after a spate of arrests for murder, Lucas eventually confessed to dozens more. However, it is impossible to say whether he was telling the truth or not. This is all down to the unusual preferential treatment he was given while in prison.

We won’t go into too much detail here as it might spoil the series for you, but the bumbling authorities and Lucas’ manipulation of circumstances makes for a compelling watch. If you like to see how a sociopath/psychopath can turn situations to their advantage, then this is an ideal documentary.

4. Killer Ratings

Killer Ratings is a genuinely harrowing tale that highlights what happens when greed takes a stranglehold. It looks at Wallace Souza, who started out as a Brazilian politician, before becoming a cop. From there, he went on to become the host of true-crime TV series, Canal Livre.

Whether Souza was a serial killer per se is a matter of conjecture, but he did hire a hitman to kill five people in order to improve the ratings of his show. More of a serial killer by proxy, but still a greedy, heartless beast nonetheless. This is a brilliant series if you like to see how criminals are often hidden in plain sight.

5. Unabomber – In His Own Words

It is hard to say whether Ted Kaczynski is a serial killer or not. He was more of a “serial bomber”. However, he did kill three people during his bombing sprees. This fills the serial killer criteria, for sure.

What is most interesting about this case is the manner in which the Unabomber went from an intellectual young man—a mathematics professor, no less—to a cold-hearted bomber. The police eventually apprehended him in 1996. The Unabomber is currently serving eight life sentences in ADX Florence for 10 counts of transportation, mailing, and use of bombs, and three counts of murder.

Unabomber – In His Own Words is a great documentary, with details “straight from the horse’s mouth”.

6. Inside the Criminal Mind

Inside the Criminal Mind is a series spread over four 50-minute episodes. Each episode deals with a different form of criminal activity. But the first episode—Serial Killers—is what we’re looking for. The episode features expert analysis from professionals.

These range from criminal profilers to psychologists and neurologists. They leave no stone unturned in explaining the mind of a serial killer. If you are a fan of true crime documentaries in general, this is a great pick for your watch list. You can also watch episodes about kidnapping, cult leaders, and crime lords like El Chapo, too.

7. The Devil Next Door

From the producers of Emmy-winning documentary Wild, Wild Country comes the tale of Nazi Death Camp guard “Ivan the Terrible”. There is no doubt that this character will have murdered many people in cold blood during his time as a prison guard. This will earn him the title of “serial killer”.

The doubt in The Devil Next Door lies in the fact that the Cleveland grandfather, accused of being Ivan the Terrible, protests his innocence throughout. We’ll leave you to find out whether he did it or not, but this is a great documentary with an intriguing historical back-story.

8. I Am a Killer

Another series that deals with a range of crimes. I Am a Killer looks at the lives of murderers on Death Row. Not all of them are serial killers. However, episode four, “Sympathy for the Devil”, focuses on Miguel Angel Martinez, the youngest inmate ever to have graced Texas’ Death Row.

Martinez gives his account first hand, making it interesting as it offers his side of the story. Not that we should sympathize with him. He killed three people and all three murders were linked to Satanism. The whole series is worth watching, but this is a genuinely chilling episode.

The Best Netflix Documentaries About Serial Killers

If you love a good serial killer documentary, then the options above should be enough to give you several hours of viewing… pleasure? Perhaps that is the wrong noun to use here, but it will certainly fill your day with brutal binge-worthiness.

Plus, one of the great things about Netflix is that it will give you suggestions based on your viewing, so there’s a chance you’ll find the odd gem that way, too.

For out and out morbidity, though, Conversation with a Serial Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes makes for some truly nail-biting viewing. The manner in which Bundy tells his story is truly chilling. If you would like to share the tension remotely, why not check out how to watch Netflix with friends far away.

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The Best Music Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

The best music documentaries are wonderful to watch. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the ups and downs of celebrity, but they also let you see the creativity and expression that goes into making music at the highest level.

We’ve rounded up a list of the best music documentaries available to watch on Netflix. Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Oasis, or Bob Dylan, these Netflix music documentaries are all interesting and enjoyable character studies.

1. Miss Americana

Miss Americana explores the life of one of the biggest musicians on the planet: Taylor Swift. Usually cautious when discussing her private life, this documentary delves into Swift’s battles with the media, her body dysmorphia, her mother’s cancer diagnosis, and her political views.

It’s an interesting watch even if you aren’t a fan, though Swifties will especially love the moments of music-making magic in the studio.

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2. What Happened, Miss Simone?

“Miss Simone, you are idolized, even loved, by millions now. But what happened, Miss Simone?” This quote opens this fantastic documentary about music legend Nina Simone.

The documentary tells her powerful life story; a woman not only known for her songs, but her contributions to civil rights. Combining rare archival footage and interviews, this is a must-see.

3. Gaga: Five Foot Two

At the start of Lady Gaga’s career she adopted an almost mythical status, often making headlines for her eye-catching outfits. This documentary strips that back, covering a year of her life while working on her fifth album, producing a Super Bowl halftime show, and acting on TV.

Gaga is clearly a determined and driven artist and it’s great to get this raw and unfiltered glimpse into her world.

4. Oasis: Supersonic

We all know that brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are bitter rivals. Oasis: Supersonic touches upon that, but it also looks at the Britpop band’s formation, their wild success, and the electric power of their music. Using a wealth of archival photos and videos set against current interviews, this documentary offers a surprisingly soulful look at Oasis.

5. Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

If you want a balanced or candid look at Queen Bey, then Homecoming isn’t the watch for you—the subtitle “a film by Beyoncé” should tell you all you need to know. What it is, however, is a wonderful insight into the production and performance of her stunning 2018 performance at Coachella festival.

Part documentary, part concert film, Homecoming highlights a performer at the very top of her game.

6. Quincy

No-one can accuse Quincy Jones of slacking. Over the course of his life, he’s shaped over 300 albums, won 28 Grammys, and worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. As you might expect, this documentary is packed full of tales from his illustrious career, and is co-directed by his daughter, Rashida Jones.

7. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Rolling Thunder Revue, named after Bob Dylan’s 1975 tour of the same name, isn’t Martin Scorsese’s first film about the American singer, but it is his weirdest.

Primarily made up of outtakes from Dylan’s own 1978 film, this documentary blends fact and fiction without ever distinguishing the two; some interviews are with real musicians involved in the tour, others are with actors. It’s an interesting and amusingly meta film.

8. 20 Feet from Stardom

20 Feet from Stardom moves the light away from the lead singer and highlights those supporting singers who often receive no public acknowledgment or recognition, despite being an important part of the overall performance. Some backup singers want more; others are happy with their role. This is an enjoyable, feelgood, and heartfelt documentary.

9. Amy

Amy Winehouse was a huge talent. With her distinctive voice and appearance, the sky was her limit. Until she sadly died at the age of 27 after succumbing to her addictions.

This documentary uses home footage to show Winehouse’s whirlwind life and career. It delves into her family and fame troubles, but most importantly shows what an outstanding musician she was.

10. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Fyre Festival was meant to be the greatest festival of all time. Located in the Bahamas and promoted online by influencers like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, tickets cost up to $1500 each. Except the entire thing turned out to be a fraud, leaving hundreds of people stranded.

This documentary captures the entire bizarre story, which is so nuts that it has to be seen to be believed.

11. Rapture

Whether you listen to hip-hop or not, the genre has had a massive influence on every corner of popular culture. This documentary series studies a different artist each episode, like 2 Chainz, Nas, and G-Eazy, as they share their life stories and talk about their upbringing, inspirations, and art.

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12. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis is known as one of the most important jazz trumpeters of all time. He played by his own rules, constantly innovating and switching his style. Davis is smooth, cool, but most of all human—which means he could be complicated and difficult. This documentary explores all sides of him through uncovered archival footage and modern interviews.

13. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

Rush was a multi-award winning Canadian rock band and this 2010 documentary details its origins and changing sound. Lots of celebrities pop up to profess their love for the band, but it’s really the interviews with the members of Rush themselves that make this interesting, as they reflect on their time making music together.

14. Keith Richards: Under the Influence

After Keith Richards released his album Main Offender in 1992, it took him until 2015 to follow up with Crosseyed Heart. In this documentary we get a glorious look at Richards as he creates this album, while at the same time reflecting on his life and everything that led him to where he is now. Fans of the Rolling Stones will especially enjoy this for obvious reasons.

How to Watch More Documentaries for Free

No matter what genre of music you enjoy listening to, each of these Netflix music documentaries offers something different. And who knows, you may end up discovering a new favorite singer or band after watching a few.

If you’re in the mood for some more documentaries, here’s a list of the best places to watch free documentaries online.

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How to Cancel YouTube TV

Live TV streaming services are great in many ways: they offer much of what we like about cable, just over the internet. Unfortunately, they also have some of the same issues that made people cancel their cable subscriptions in the first place.

Prices always seem to be rising and it’s usually because the service added new channels you have no interest in watching. So, if you’re finding that the monthly price isn’t worth it for what you’re watching, here’s how to cancel YouTube TV.

How to Cancel YouTube TV on Your Computer

One of the easiest ways to cancel YouTube TV is to use your computer. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a Windows PC or an Apple Mac, as the instructions will work on either. It doesn’t even matter what browser you’re using—while you need to use Chrome to watch YouTube TV in a browser, you can manage your account with any browser you like.

To get started, head to the YouTube TV website. If you haven’t already, sign into the Google account you use for YouTube TV. Now click your user icon in the upper-right of the screen, then click Settings.

Deactivating YouTube TV on the web

On the next page, click Membership on the left. Now in the account settings on the right side of the screen, you should see your YouTube TV membership. Directly underneath is a link labeled Deactivate membership.

After clicking that link, you’ll see options to either pause or cancel your membership. Select CANCEL MEMBERSHIP and confirm your selection one more time to cancel your YouTube TV subscription.

Cancel or pause YouTube TV

How to Cancel YouTube TV on a Mobile Device

It’s a slightly different process to cancel your YouTube TV subscription on Android devices and iOS devices. On an Android device, open the YouTube TV app, then tap your photo or user icon in the upper-right of the screen.

Now, tap Settings, then Membership. Tap Deactivate membership and, just like on a Mac or PC, you’ll have the option to pause or cancel your membership. Tap Cancel one more time and confirm to cancel your subscription.

Deactivating YouTube TV on Android

There are two major differences with the iOS version of YouTube TV, and they’re tied together. The main difference is that if you signed up on iOS, your billing for the YouTube TV service is through Apple, not YouTube TV itself. Because of this, you’ll need to cancel YouTube TV in a different way and you don’t have the option to pause your subscription.

To get started, open the iOS Settings app, then tap iTunes & App Store. At the top of the screen, tap your Apple ID, then tap View Apple ID. Here, scroll down and tap the Subscriptions button. Find and tap the YouTube TV entry, then tap Cancel Subscription or Cancel Free Trial, depending on your account type.

If you don’t see your subscription here, you likely signed up another way and can cancel YouTube TV using one of the other methods we’ve listed here.

Are You Looking for Another Streaming TV Service?

Just because you canceled YouTube TV, that doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily going back to cable. A different live TV streaming service may be a better option for you than YouTube TV. For an overview, take a look at our roundup of the best live TV streaming services for cord cutters.

That said, even though there are lower-cost live TV streaming options, they still might not be for you. Either the cost may not be beyond your budget, or you may just not feel like paying for TV you usually just leave on in the background. If that’s the case, see our guide to the best free and paid streaming TV services for some great alternatives.

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Plex Launches Free Live TV Channels for Everyone

Plex has launched free Live TV in all 220+ countries that it currently serves. These Live TV channels will be available to watch anytime, anywhere. There are 80 channels available at launch, with Plex promising to add even more in the coming months.

What Free Live TV Channels Are Available on Plex?

As detailed in a post on The Plex Blog, the free Live TV channels on Plex are linear, pre-programmed channels. Which means you can channel hop until you find something you want to watch. And once you find something, the content plays out live from beginning to end.

This gives you a very different experience than streaming on-demand from the likes of Netflix and Disney+ (is Disney+ worth the money?). But in a good way for anyone nostalgic for the bygone age of television.

The 80 free Live TV channels on Plex include news offerings from Reuters and Yahoo Finance, kids’ programming on Toon Goggles, food and travel shows on Tastemade, sports programming courtesy of the fubo Sports Network, gaming content via IGN TV, and movies from The Film Detective and Midnight Pulp.

Some of the more out-there channels include The Bob Ross Channel (for Bob Ross fans), Love Destination (for romantic types), KMTV (for all things K-pop), The Pet Collective (for pet lovers), Surf Now TV (for surfers), and Unidentified (for fans of UFOs and the supernatural).

How to Watch Free Live TV on Plex

All of these Live TV channels are available to watch on Plex for free, as long as you’re willing to sit through the ads. Most of them are available globally, with a handful restricted to the US and Canada. The channels are easily accessible via the Plex app, which is available on most devices you can think of.

The free Live TV offering is distinct from Plex’s existing over-the-air TV and DVR offering, which requires a digital antenna and tuner. You can watch these channels on the Plex app, without any additional hardware. Still, the OTA option gives you access to major networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CW, and PBS, so it’s worth setting up.

Don’t Forget About The Roku Channel…

Plex isn’t alone in offering free live TV channels to those willing to sit through ads. Since June 2020, The Roku Channel boasts over 100 channels in the US, which includes some of the same channels you can now watch on Plex. Still, we’re not complaining, as they’re all free, and perfect for those moments when you just want to sit back and channel surf.

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You Can Now Watch Video Podcasts on Spotify

Spotify now supports video podcasts as well as audio podcasts. This means that podcasters will be able to record video alongside audio, and have it play directly in the Spotify app. And Spotify listeners, both free and paid, will be able to watch video podcasts on Spotify.

How to Watch Video Podcasts on Spotify

As outlined in a post on For the Record, Spotify is starting to roll out its video podcast feature. Video podcasts will be available to listeners in all markets where podcasts are already supported. However, only a handful of podcasters are offering video at launch.

Everyone in a country where podcasts are supported on Spotify should be able to watch video podcasts. Starting with the episode of Higher Learning With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay embedded below. Just open it in either Spotify’s desktop or mobile app and click Play.

The video and audio should start playing simultaneously, and stay synced throughout. If you switch to another app or lock your mobile device, the audio will continue playing in the background. You can also still download just the audio of podcasts to listen to on the go without worrying about the video.

As well as this episode of Higher Learning, other podcasts with video components include Book of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits Podcast, H3 Podcast, The Morning Toast, and The Rooster Teeth Podcast. And more will be added as Spotify rolls out this feature.

Signing Joe Rogan Forced Spotify’s Hand

Spotify has been testing video podcasts since May 2020. The streaming service has been signing up podcasts and podcast networks left, right, and center, and some of them already produce video content. So supporting video podcasts was an obvious next step.

The signing of Joe Rogan in May meant Spotify had to act fast. After all, the company spent millions of dollars to secure the services of Rogan, and his video podcast (which currently streams on YouTube) is a big reason why Spotify signed the self-styled king of podcasters.

How to Find New Podcasts to Listen To

Watching a video podcast on Spotify isn’t perfect right now, but the streaming service has made it clear it intends to improve functionality in the future. Whether anyone actually watches them remains to be seen.

If you’re keen to discover more podcasts to listen to (with video or otherwise), here’s how to find new podcasts using Spotify’s podcast playlists.

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You Can Finally Watch Netflix on Your Google Nest Hub

The Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max are two of the most useful smart displays on the market. However, until now, the devices had one major flaw holding them back… you couldn’t watch Netflix on them.

Fortunately, that’s all changing. In a post on The Keyword, Google announced that Netflix is finally rolling out support for its popular streaming service to Google’s line of smart displays. Considering that Google’s smart displays have supported rivals Hulu and Disney+ for some time, it only makes sense for Netflix to be available on them too.

How to Watch Netflix on Your Google Nest Hub

It’s actually rather easy to get Netflix up and running on your Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max. All you need to do is link your Google Home or Assistant app with your Netflix account. Once the two are connected, you need to tell your smart display what to play as you would with any other Google Nest command.

For more of the same, see our list of Google Home commands.

For example, you can say “Hey Google, Open Netflix” to browse the service. If you have something you want to watch, you can say, “OK Google, watch Queer Eye.” From there, the smart display will load up and play the show or movie you requested.

Anything you could watch on Netflix on a smart TV is available on Nest smart displays. Between Netflix and streaming services that already supported the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, there are a ton of options to choose from.

Will Other Assistant-Enabled Displays Add Netflix?

Google’s smart displays aren’t the only devices on the market that come with Google Assistant. Lenovo produces a line of smart displays powered by Google Assistant, but it’s not clear whether those devices will also now get Netflix.

If you already subscribe to the streaming service, you should make time to watch the best romantic comedies on Netflix. After all, we all need a little love in our lives.

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