Nobody likes long intros that hinder real content. You’re probably not reading this introduction right now, are you? You jumped directly to this second paragraph to learn more about this news. Just like you always skip the intro when you watch TV on Netflix… and now Plex. It is true; Plex now allows you to bypass music credits you don’t need.
Let me give you the most important information you need for the new Plex Skip Intro feature. It is currently a Plex Pass function reserved for subscribers. If you do not have a Plex Pass, you will have to sit during the intro. Or go out and buy a Plex pass. But for everyone, here’s the good news.
With an update from Plex Media Server, Plex can now analyze all of your TV shows for intros (music and credits at the start of the show). It doesn’t matter if it’s an episode of DVR The masked singeror your legal copy of Firefly (you have an excellent taste, I could add). Thanks to the magic of Plex’s engineering teams, the feature should work with just about any TV show, no matter how you put it on your server.
According to Plex, the process begins with “creating an audio” fingerprint “from the histogram of each episode in a given season of each television show. It turns out that the vast majority of introseries share common audio signatures for all of their episodes (at least for a specific season). After applying some heuristics and a little Special Sauce ™, we are able to predict (in almost all cases) precisely when the intro begins and ends. “
You will notice some word quibbles; this is the start of the feature, so it may not always be the right one. But over time, the process should improve.
What matters is that the next time you decide to watch all Farscape or another frenzy TV show on your Plex server, you can ignore introductions.