No one likes long-winded intros that get in the way of real content. You're probably not reading this intro now, are you? You skipped directly to that second paragraph to get to the flesh of this news story. Just like you always skip the intro when you watch TV on Netflix … and now Plex. That's right; Plex now lets you skip the music credits you don't need.
Let me take the patch off for the most important information you need for Plex's new Skip Intro feature. It is currently a Plex Pass feature for subscribers only. If you don't have a Plex pass, you have to go through the intro. Or go outside and buy a Plex pass. But for everyone else, this is the good news.
Thanks to an update of Plex Media Server, Plex can now scan all your TV programs for intros (the music and the credits at the beginning of the show). It doesn't matter if it's a DVR episode of The Masked Singer or your legally ripped copy of Firefly (you have an excellent flavor, I might add). Thanks to some wizardry from Plex's teams of engineers, the feature should work with just about any TV show no matter how you put it on your server.
According to Plex, the process starts with making a "fingerprint" for your audio from the histogram of each episode in a specific season of each TV show. As it turns out, the vast majority of show intros 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 can (in almost all cases) predict exactly when the intro will start and end. "
You will notice some bickering; it's an early day for the position, so it may not always be right. But over time, the process should improve.
the next time you decide to watch all Farscape or any other binge-worthy TV show on your Plex server, you can skip the intros.