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Official Plex media streaming client now available for new Apple TV
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Nov 3, 2015, 12:20 PM
 
Late yesterday, and as promised, the Plex media streaming app was made available for the new Apple TV. The combination server and Apple TV app were developed by the same team that created the Apple TV hack for a jailbroken device, and utilizes both the iOS app codebase as well as implementation of new technologies.

The Plex Apple TV app and required server takes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to the new Apple TV, and other devices. The server is available for Windows, Linux, OS X and some network attached storage devices, with client applications available for computers, game consoles, Android, iOS, and now the Apple TV.

Integrated Plex media channels are available for online content providers such as YouTube, Vimeo, TEDTalks, and CNN. Plex also provides integration for cloud services including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Copy and Bitcasa. Plex uses FFmpeg and other open source libraries to handle nearly all common multimedia formats - - DRM protected files such as iTunes purchases cannot be played back through Plex.

The Plex client and server apps are both free, with a universal client for iOS and tvOS. Some features, such as video playback over one minute in length, are unlockable through in-app purchase -- in essence, the in-app purchase is mandatory for proper functionality of the app. MacNN is currently evaluating both the server and client versions of Plex.


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Nov 3, 2015, 12:40 PM
 
The client is free to download, but not free to use. You have to pay the in-app purchase of $4.99 to be able to stream to your device.
     
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Nov 3, 2015, 12:53 PM
 
The client is free to test on a local area network, yes. I'll clarify the language a bit.
     
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Nov 3, 2015, 06:13 PM
 
THIS, IMO, is the big deal about the new Apple TV. (Can't wait to get one and try it!)

(Streaming TV/movie content via apps or to various devices might be what Jobs 'cracked' way back when, but most of us have been doing it in one form or another for years, with our without Apple TV. I haven't had broadcast for nearly a decade or cable TV for a half-decade.)
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Nov 4, 2015, 04:55 AM
 
If you own on iOS you don't need to repay 4.99 again on TVos.
Your flex login will remember.
     
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Nov 4, 2015, 11:12 AM
 
I had purchased the Plex license when it was $4.99 to download. I don't know if that license applies to the "new" ATV client/ IAP.

Regardless, I've been using Plex on my Rokus with my Mac Mini server for years.
     
   
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