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How to install plex on your apple tv

When other brand competitors have launched a streaming device like Firestick and Roku, then why will apple stay behind? Apple has also launched a streaming device called Apple TV. Apple TV has become the center of all streaming devices when it comes to High-Quality streaming. It is an entertainment device and a digital media player in which you watch whatever you want, wherever you want. All streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, and Firestick stream on-Demand content. Plex runs on many operating systems for video sharing and streaming purposes. In this post, let us see how to install Plex on Apple TV.

How to install plex on your apple tv

Plex App

Plex runs on many operating systems for video sharing and streaming purposes. After setting the plex with your computer and provided that the computer is active with a media library, you can access all your videos, photos at any place. Plex by default is designed to work well with Apple TV or Firestick. Plex is a media organization tool system for video sharing and streaming purposes. It makes the sharing of content dead easy. The Plex needs a media server that could be your own or the one shared by your friend. Plex app will go well with Apple’s 4 th generation app as well as 2 nd and 3 rd generation Apple TVs.

Things needed to set up Plex on Apple TV?

As mentioned before, you will need a media player as the First step. The Plex needs a media server that could be your own or the one shared by your friend. Of course, you will need an Apple TV of any generation. Then a Plex app according to your Smart TV’s OS.

Now let’s get started with installing Plex on Apple TV…

How to install Plex on Apple TV?

The user-friendly aspect of Apple TV has made the installation of plex on Apple TV. Plex on the other hand has also made this process a bit easier to do.

1) To start with, launch the apple TV and hover to the app store from the main screen of Apple TV.

How to install plex on your apple tv

2) Navigate to the search bar and type “Plex” and search for it. Ensure to choose the correct Plex app rather than choosing Simple X.

How to install plex on your apple tv

3) In the detailed app info of the app page, click the below button “Install”.

How to install plex on your apple tv

4) Once the Plex App is installed, you will see an as “Open” instead of Install. Click it to open the Plex App.

5) After launching the plex app, on the plex main screen you will be asked to log in with your credentials.

6) It will also show an activation code on your screen, then go to the official plex website and enter the activation code. To activate the plex on Apple TV.

How to install plex on your apple tv

How to play movies in Plex on Apple TV?

From the main screen of Apple TV’s Plex app, select any movies, shows, and photo or music collections. You can also add your collection of libraries and browse through plex channels too. Networks like CBS, PBS, and so much more are also available.

How to install plex on your apple tv

Wrapping Up

Apple TV has become the center of all streaming devices when it comes to High-Quality streaming. It is an entertainment device and a digital media player in which you watch whatever you want, wherever you want. All streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, and Firestick stream on-Demand content.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the Plex App?

Plex runs on many operating systems for video sharing and streaming purposes. After setting the plex with your computer and provided that the computer is active with a media library, you can access all your videos, photos at any place. Plex by default is designed to work well with Apple TV or Firestick.

2) Do Plex works well with all devices?

The Plex needs a media server that could be your own or the one shared by your friend. Plex app will go well with Apple’s 4 th generation app as well as 2 nd and 3 rd generation Apple TVs.

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Plex Has Been Ported to Jailbroken Apple TV 2G ! [VIDEO]

The popular media center client for Mac OS X and iOS devices has been successfully ported to the new Apple TV 2G ! So for those of you who have a Plex server running in your home, you can now “technically” stream media from Plex server on to your jailbroken 2nd-generation Apple TV.

How to install plex on your apple tv

Installation instructions, as posted on the Plex Forums are as follows. Make sure you have jailbroken your Apple TV 2G on iOS 4.1 with PwnageTool (instructions here) before proceeding with the instructions below.

Prepare the Media Server
Before you install the actual plugin you need to prepare the Plex Media Server (it needed some tweaks before it would talk to the ATV). Since those changes are considered ‘beta’, you need to tell your PMS to download beta plug-ins, by enetering the following URL in a Safari running on the same machine as the media server: http://localhost:324…s/set?AS_BETA=1
After that start Plex and check for updates in the PlexOnline section.

Enable a higher Quality (optional)
This part is optional, but if you feel like experimenting a lot, you might want to install a testing built of ffmpeg, that enables higher bitrates for the (currently) highest available quality (which is the only quality your ATV will use). This will also increase the image quality on other iOS devices, however you will need a potent Mac for the encoding! So If you still feel like installing use the following two commands in a Terminal on the Mac running your Media Server:

/Downloads
/ffmpeg
cp

/Library/Application\ Support/Plex/Plex
\ Media\ Server.app/Contents/Resources/

If you not use this, the plugin will still work, but the image-quality might not be on par with what you expect.

Install the Plugin
First off: you need to Jailbreak your Apple TV. I suggest you use the Pawnage method. For the sake of the following instruction I assume thet the IP-Address of your ATV is 169.10.11.12, and that you can log in using ssh.

    Start your ATV and log in to your ATV using ssh

It will ask you for your password, which (if you did not change the default) is alpine. (I strongly suggest you change the password using the passwd command. )
In that ssh session, you need to add new cydia sources using

echo “deb http://apt.awkwardtv.org ./” > /etc/apt
/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
echo “deb http://www.ambertation.de ./downloads
/PLEX/” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plex.list

Now update your cydia database using

Install the plugins (and its dependencies like beigelist by DHowett) with

apt-get install plex-client-plugin

Restart the GUI and hope that it comes back

If the UI does not come up again, you probably have to restore your ATV!

That is it. You should see the PLEX menu item now. If you experience any problems (which you almost certainly will ) just report back here. But remember the ATV is just a hobby

Updating the Plugin
Once in a while I might release an updated version for the plugin, so once in a while you might want to check for updates and install them. Here is how that will work:

    Start your ATV and log in to your ATV using ssh

In that ssh session enter

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Oh and here is the video of it in action!

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by tomek • November 4, 2010 February 6, 2012 in How To

How to install plex on your apple tv

How to install plex on your apple tv

UPDATE: Plex client for Apple TV 2 has been updated to version 0.10. Read here how to get and install it.

This is just awesome: iOS hacker quiqueck made it to install Plex on the jailbroken Apple TV 2. Based on the open-source XBMC, Plex now works as a client for your ATV and lets you stream nearly any kind of video from your server (read your Mac). Plex for ATV2 is just a “proof of concept” so it is still buggy, tricky to install and limited to video playback (no music files, no images, no App-Management) but anyway, this is looking really good for the future of Apple TV2 applications (after the Weather app, this is the second iOS app that works on the new Apple TV).

Here are the detailed instructions given by quiqueck and a step-by-step video tutorial brought to you by iphoneblogr.com

Prepare the Media Server

Before you install the actual plugin you need to prepare the Plex Media Server (it needed some tweaks before it would talk to the ATV). Since those changes are considered ‘beta’, you need to tell your PMS to download beta plug-ins, by enetering the following URL in a Safari running on the same machine as the media server: https://localhost:324…s/set?AS_BETA=1

After that start Plex and check for updates in the PlexOnline section.

Enable a higher Quality (optional)

This part is optional, but if you feel like experimenting a lot, you might want to install a testing built of ffmpeg, that enables higher bitrates for the (currently) highest available quality (which is the only quality your ATV will use). This will also increase the image quality on other iOS devices, however you will need a potent Mac for the encoding! So If you still feel like installing use the following two commands in a Terminal on the Mac running your Media Server:

If you not use this, the plugin will still work, but the image-quality might not be on par with what you expect.

Install the Plugin

First off: you need to Jailbreak your Apple TV. A nice little instruction can be found on awkwardtv.org. I suggest you use the Pawnage method. For the sake of the following instruction I assume thet the IP-Address of your ATV is 169.10.11.12, and that you can log in using ssh.

    Start your ATV and log in to your ATV using ssh

It will ask you for your password, which (if you did not change the default) is alpine. (I strongly suggest you change the password using the passwd command. )

  • In that ssh session, you need to add new cydia sources using
  • Now update your cydia database using
  • Install the plugins (and its dependencies like beigelist by DHowett) with
  • Restart the GUI and hope that it comes back

    If the UI does not come up again, you probably have to restore your ATV!

    That is it. You should see the PLEX menu item now. If you experience any problems (which you almost certainly will ) just report back here. But remember the ATV is just a hobby.

    Updating the Plugin

    Once in a while I might release an updated version for the plugin, so once in a while you might want to check for updates and install them. Here is how that will work:

    • Start your ATV and log in to your ATV using ssh
    • In that ssh session enter

    Known Issues
    The Software so far is nothing more than a proof of concept, which isn’t tested at all. However there are some known issues:
    – “Local Servers” screen does only update when you press the up or down button on your remote
    – Larger Sections timeout while they are loaded and do never show up
    – Only Video playback is working (no music files, no images, no App-Management)

    by tomek • June 14, 2013 October 14, 2016 in How To

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    Update: Latest Apple TV update broke the Plex hack, here is how to fix it.

    Last week we reported that Plex now runs on non-jailbroken Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 thanks to PlexConnect, a clever little hack that allows a fully-functional Plex client on non-jailbroken ATV2 and ATV3. We also posted a tutorial on how to get it working on your little black box using a Mac. Below is an installation guide for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    Note: This guide can also be used with firmwares prior to 5.2 and those with Apple TVs on wireless connections, just use some common sense for changing the DNS on the ATV and leave the subnet mask and router settings as they are (the screens are slightly different for this bit only).

    • Ensure that your PlexConnect machine always has the same IP address

    In order for PlexConnect to work the Apple TV has to have its DNS server changed to that of the ATV. In order to ensure that the device’s IP does not change you need to need to either set a DHCP reservation or static IP in your router for the device and then make a note of it. Click here for a Lifehacker guide on how to set this up.

    • Configuring your ATV

    1. On your Apple TV, go to Settings -> General -> Network -> Ethernet (if you are connected via wireless select that instead)

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    2. Make a note of the current DNS server (you will need to add this into your PlexConnect settings later) and then click on the ‘configure DNS’ button:

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    3. On the ‘configure DNS’ screen click on the ‘manually’ button:

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    4. On the ‘configure DNS’ screen change the IP address to that of the local IP of the device that you are running the PlexConnect application on and then click on the ‘done’ button (if you are using a firmware prior to 5.2 and it asks you to configure the IP address of your router and the subnet mask, leave them unchanged):

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    5. It should return you to the previous network configuration screen, check that the DNS server is set to manual and that the IP address is now that of the machine that you are running PlexConnect on:

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    • Downloading, installing and configuring PlexConnect
    1. Download Python 2.7.x from here and install it (PlexConnect is not designed to work with Python 3.x. so please ensure you install the correct version)
    2. If you are running a firewall (Windows or otherwise) ensure that you create a rule for python.exe
    3. The developers will be releasing point versions (e.g. v0.1, v0.2 etc) of PlexConnect but until then you can always download the latest zip from Github here (do not expect support on any branches as they are either running test or outdated code)
    4. Once you have downloaded the zip file, place it in a directory of your choosing on the machine you wish to run PlexConnect on and unzip it.
    5. Double-click the “PlexConnect.py” file to start PlexConnect
    6. You should see output in the command window as PlexConnect starts.
    7. Open the Trailer application on your Apple TV and you should see the PlexConnect interface appear.
    8. Enjoy!

    Note: WHS requires some extra steps:

    The Apple TV is one of the best media streamers on the market, but if you don’t buy into Apple’s ecosystem it lacks functionality. Here’s how to supercharge your Apple TV by installing alternate media players like XBMC and Plex.

    The first thing you will need to do is jailbreak your Apple TV. Luckily the process is very easy and we have already shown you how to do it.

    The next thing you will need is the ability to SSH into your Apple TV. After the jailbreak, openSSH server is automatically installed and turned on so you’ll just need a client to connect to the device and the IP address to connect to. We have already shown you how to use SSH in a previous article if you need to review.

    Install XBMC

    To install XBMC first connect to your Apple TV via SSH. The jailbreak will automatically allow the root user to login with the password alpine. Use that username and password for your first connection.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    It is highly recommended that you change your root password on the device. You can do so with the command passwd. Once you’ve changed the password use the new password to connect via SSH in the future.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    Next there are a few commands you will need to type in one at a time (or copy and past from the list below).

    This command will install/update your installation of wget which allows you to download files from the command line.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    These next commands will add download sources for you to be able to download XBMC. Copy and paste these commands into your SSH client one at a time to avoid miss typing.

    wget -O- http://apt.awkwardtv.org/awkwardtv.pub | apt-key add –

    echo “deb http://apt.awkwardtv.org/ stable main” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list

    echo “deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list

    And finally these commands will update your available packages, install the latest available version of XBMC, and reboot your Apple TV to reflect the new software in your menu.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    All of the other functions of XBMC will work just as they do on any other computer. You can start by installing some addons, new skins, or set up a centralized media database.

    If you are already used to XBMC this is a great option. The only downside is the fact that you need to launch a separate app whenever your Apple TV reboots. If you want to use some of the native Apple TV functionality such as Netflix you’ll have to bounce back and forth between the default Apple TV interface and XBMC which may be a hassle. However with the plethora of XBMC addons you may never have to leave.

    Install Plex

    Installing Plex is going to be exactly like XBMC except we need to add a different repository first.

    SSH into your Apple TV and add the Plex repository with this command.

    echo “deb http://www.ambertation.de ./downloads/PLEX/” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plex.list

    Update your sources and install Plex

    apt-get update && apt-get install com.plex.client-plugin

    Reboot the system with the reboot command and you’ll have a new Plex app in your main menu.

    If you already have a Plex media server running on your network, it should be auto-discovered and your media will be available for playback.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    If you already use a Plex media server to stream your files then this is a great option for you. The downside to Plex is the need for a Plex server running somewhere on your network to catalog files. One of the benefits is the UI consistency with the Apple TV so you don’t need to bounce back and forth between apps to watch your content or stream Netflix. There are reports of some of Plex’s addons working with the Apple TV but they, along with this app, are not supported so if you have problems your only help will come from other users in the forums.

    Install FireCore’s aTV Flash

    FireCore takes a different approach to installation and give you a GUI installer for Windows and OS X. It is also the only 3rd party commercial software available for the Apple TV which means it will cost you $29.95 to purchase. We’ll leave it up to you if you’d like to buy the software, but the installation is dead simple.

    Once you buy a copy of aTV Flash (black), download the installer and run it on your computer.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    It will automatically check for a new installer version and then should detect your Apple TV on your network.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    Click next and the installer will copy the necessary files and add the menu items to your Apple TV. If you changed your root password you will be prompted for the new password during installation. Otherwise the installer will automatically use the default alpine password.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    Your Apple TV will reboot and you’ll have a new maintenance option on your menu. Select manage extras and then install the media player.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    If you haven’t already installed XBMC or Plex you can also install both of them from aTV Flash with just a click.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    You can get more information about what aTV Flash can do at their website. Once the media player is installed and sources have been added, it will show up on your home screen just like the other two programs.

    How to install plex on your apple tv

    While aTV Flash costs money, it has the benefit of not needing a media server running like Plex, and it integrates into the default UI unlike XBMC. There are also other added features but we’ll let you decide which media playback software is best for your needs.

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    • Jan 8, 2011
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  • UPDATE (1/9/11): The development of the Plex plugin for Apple TV is still pretty fluid. I would recommend following these links to stay abreast of the latest install instructions.

    Also be sure to follow http://appletvblogr.com/ for the latest updates as well.

    ORIGINAL POST:

    I am a self-admitted noob when it comes to jailbreaking but I wanted to get my new Apple TV to be able to receive avi streams from my mac. After many arduous hours of trial and error, I was finally able to figure it all out. So I thought I would spare others the hardship and share what I learned in a step-by-step guide to jailbreaking the current Apple TV firmware and installing the Plex Media client. Once you have all of the proper downloads, it can take about a half hour or so to go through all of the steps; but, you will be happy that you did when you’re done. So read below to see how I did it. Hopefully it will work for you too.

    By they way, I really am a noob. So if you run into problems, I’m not sure how much help I’ll be in troubleshooting. However if you follow the steps below, everything should work out.

    One other thing to note. I would recommend reading through this entire tutorial at least once before you try to do anything.

    Ok, there are essentially three things that you’ll need to do, and I’ll explain each in detail below. But to preview, you are going to:
    1. Jailbreak your Apple TV (4.2.1)
    2. Install the aTV Flash (black) software from FireCore (will cost you $20)
    3. Install the Plex Media client software

    So let’s get into it, shall we?

    Jailbreaking Your Apple TV 2 (4.2.1):

    Currently, only a “tethered” jailbreak is available (google this if you don’t know what it means). It’s kind of a hassle but not a deal breaker in my opinion. It just makes this process a little longer.

    See this youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EWKr7Ww_c0) for instructions on how to jailbreak the current firmware. You will also want to download all of the files that are linked to in that video’s details section. In the details section, you can also find the three commands you will need for entering in the terminal application on your mac. Basically, watching the video is enough explanation for how to jailbreak, so do that. But there are are couple things I need to note about the timing of plugging in cables.

    When you are entering the three commands into the Terminal app, make sure your Apple TV is not plugged into anything at all. Also make sure your that textedit or whatever program your pasting the commands from didn’t insert an inappropriate space into the first command. As soon as you’ve entered the third command and see it running in terminal, plug a mini USB into your Apple TV from your mac. You have to be a little fast here and need to pay attention to the white light on the front of the Apple TV. When you plug in the mini USB, the white light will begin to blink about once a second. As soon as it begins to blink a little faster (about twice a second), plug in the Apple TV’s power cord. Once you’ve done that, hold down the menu and down button on the Apple TV remote until you see the Apple TV light blink very rapidly (almost solid). Then release and after 1 or 2 seconds then hold down the menu and play/pause button, again until the white light blinks very rapidly (almost solid) and then release. Then just let terminal do its thing. It will all be done in about 15 seconds, and terminal will say something like “exiting libpoison” or something like that. I can’t remember specifically. There will probably be an error message toward the end. Just ignore it. Once terminal is done, pull out the mini USB and plug in your HDMI cable. Go through the Apple TV’s basic setup options like preferred language and such and then make sure you’re Apple TV is connected to your WiFi network. You’re now ready to install aTV Flash.

    Install the aTV Flash (black) software from FireCore:

    For this step, you’ll need to pay $20 to download the aTV Flash software from FireCore (http://firecore.com/atvflash-black). Then just go to this webpage to read their tutorial on how to install their software (http://firecore.zendesk.com/entries/346673-installing-atv-flash-black). The software is very user-friendly and easily installed. Once it installs, you’re TV may turn black for a second and then the Apple TV interface will come back up and you’ll see a new tab “Maintenance” over on the right. Feel free to go check it out but you don’t really need to do anything with it.

    Now, you’ll need to RESTART the Apple TV. You’ll need to restart it again later using this same procedure, so remember it for later. Totally unplug your Apple TV from any cables. Then, just run the last two terminal commands from above this time, and again plug in your mini USB, power, and HDMI cables as I describe above. Once the Apple TV interface comes up again, reconnect your Apple TV to the WiFi network. You’re now ready to install the Plex client software.

    Install the Plex Media Client Software:

    Go to the first webpage and follow Steps 1, 2, and 3. You’ll be using the Cyberduck application for step 2. The second webpage I list above shows how to get Cyberduck set up for this step. That bottom of that second page also shows you how to ssh into your Apple TV which you’ll need to do to complete step 3 from the first webpage. Once you complete steps 1, 2, and 3, RESTART your Apple TV as I describe above. Once it is restarted and your Apple TV interface is up, reconnect to your WiFi network. Then use the Cyberduck app to complete the instructions in red print on the first link above. Once you install that folder into Applications/AppleTV.app/Appliances, then RESTART your Apple TV one more time. When you plug in your HDMI cable, you should see a Plex tab on the Apple TV.

    Now you just need to install the free Plex media server software on your mac and you’re good to go. If the Plex client on the Apple TV isn’t seeing your sever on you mac, then just quit and restart the server software on your mac. It should then be recognized on the Apple TV.

    Anyway, I hope that helps. I wrote this all from memory, so others can chip in if they think I have something wrong. But I’m fairly certain that that’s how I got it all set up. Hopefully this is helpful to others.

    Fans of the Plex media platform may be delighted to hear that the service can now integrate with Apple’s TV app, however that enthusiasm could be short-lived considering that limitations with Apple’s TV app ecosystem still prevent the two features from being deeply linked to the level that they really need to be.

    For those familiar with Plex, it’s primarily a platform that lets you stream personal content — either from a media server that you have running inside your home, or from those shared by friends and family members over the internet. Essentially, it’s like Netflix for the media you own.

    At least, that’s how the service began. Over the past couple of years, however, Plex has been rapidly expanding into new areas, first adding live TV and DVR support to let you watch and record broadcast television from an over-the-air antenna, and then more recently upping the game by offering its own cloud streaming content, so you can download and install Plex and watch a variety shows and movies online regardless of whether you or any of your friends have your own Plex media servers.

    Although Plex has had an Apple TV app available since 2015, however, it always lacked integration with the larger Apple TV ecosystem — it didn’t tie in when Apple debuted Universal Search, nor could you look up your Plex movies and TV shows using Siri, and lastly it never tied into Apple’s TV app in any way at all. Essentially, Plex has always been a silo unto itself — if you wanted to watch content in Plex, you had to manually open the Plex app and access it from there.

    So, when rumours appeared last month that Plex would be integrating with the Apple TV app, many users got their hopes up that this would finally put Plex in the front seat, allowing content from Plex libraries to be more readily accessible, and combining content from Plex and multiple streaming services into the single Up Next queue provided by the TV app, with the vision of having one “dashboard” for all of your content.

    However, those of us who understood how Apple’s Universal Search integration works under the hood were considerably more skeptical that this would be possible, and now it turns out that there is indeed a big catch.

    Plex Provided Content Only

    When the feature first showed up in beta last month, a Plex employee quickly weighed in to explain that the service would only work with titles provided by Plex itself, and not users own personal content, adding that “it will probably never be library stuff.”

    In other words, if you use Plex to watch the free content that Plex provides from its own servers, then those shows will appear in your Up Next queue in Apple’s TV app, and you’ll also be able to search for and browse any of those items.

    In fact, this integration should work in the same way as other services like Disney+ and Amazon Prime. While there is still one major holdout in this area — Netflix — that’s ultimately the choice that the company has made.

    At this time, the feature is limited to users in the U.S. for whatever reason, although a Plex team member has said that the company has “no real control over it being US only for now,” and plans to expand it to other areas as soon as it can.

    Why Can’t I Access My Plex Library?

    If you’re a Plex user and this wasn’t the solution you were hoping for, you’re far from alone — we’re in the same boat — but as Plex already noted, support for personal libraries will likely never come unless Apple makes some very significant changes to how the Apple TV app and tvOS works.

    Right now, all the ways in which the Apple TV — the device and the app — integrates with third-party streaming services happen in the cloud. Apple doesn’t provide any way for Universal Search, Siri, or the TV app to hook directly into other third-party streaming services — even though it may sometimes seem like that’s exactly what it’s doing.

    Instead, all the services that integrate with Universal Search, Siri, and the TV app have to provide their entire content catalogues to Apple, where it’s stored on servers in the cloud. When you use Siri or the TV app to find a TV show from a service like Amazon Prime or Disney+, it’s this cloud catalogue that’s being searched; the TV app doesn’t touch any third-party streaming apps at all until you actually choose to play a selected title.

    When you find something you want to watch from a third-party streaming provider, Apple’s catalogue includes a “deep link” to that particular content item, and it’s this link that’s used to open the appropriate app to start playing that movie or TV show. This is the same method that allows YouTube links found in Safari to automatically open in the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad.

    Unfortunately, while it’s obviously trivial for Plex to provide its entire catalogue to Apple for the streaming content that Plex provides, it’s not plausible that this could be done for the personal streaming libraries of thousands or millions of users. Even leaving aside privacy concerns — Plex would have to share the details of every user’s personal library with Apple — right now Apple doesn’t even have any way to differentiate libraries on a per-user basis; although the catalogues are different for each country, the design of the TV app and tvOS search services assumes that all the content in a given country’s catalogue is available to every user in that region.

    For Plex personal libraries to appear in the Apple TV app, the onus would be on Apple to enable some kind of local search in tvOS that could dig into third-party apps and their libraries directly. However, since Apple likely has almost no motivation to do this at all, it’s fair to say it’s not likely going to happen any time in the near future.

    The good news, however, is that if you’re a fan of the content that Plex offers up from its own streaming service, at least you can now enjoy that in Apple’s TV app.

    Expand your media universe by adding old-fashioned “retro” and arcade games, via Plex Arcade. Included with the subscription is a library of games from that most hallowed of names in retro gaming (Atari) or you can bring your own retro game ROMs. Play the games on your mobile phone or other connected device and you can control them with on-screen controls or connect a regular gamepad to the device.

    With Plex Arcade, we have included 20+ games that can be automatically downloaded when you create a new Games library.

    • Play on supported Plex clients, no additional software needed
    • Works locally and remotely
    • Add your own game ROMs and emulator cores
    • Share your Games library with friends (they will need their own Plex Arcade subscription)

    Requirements

    To use Plex Arcade, you need:

    • Plex Media Server version v1.21.2 or newer (running on Windows or macOS)
    • An account from our partner (Parsec) linked to your Plex account (make sure to confirm your Parsec account via email too)
    • An active Plex Arcade subscription for the Plex account (this is not the same thing as a Plex Pass subscription)

    Note: Plex Arcade is not currently supported on “headless” servers or for Windows users using a third-party tool to run Plex Media Server “as a service”. See our frequently asked questions article for some more information.

    The following Plex client/player apps currently support accessing Plex Arcade:

    • Amazon Fire TV
    • Android (mobile)
    • Android TV
    • Apple TV
    • iOS
    • macOS (desktop) (Keyboard control only; no gamepad support)
    • Plex Web App (Chrome- and Chromium-based browsers only)
    • Windows (desktop) (Keyboard control only; no gamepad support)

    Note: Android devices must be running Android version 6.0 or higher (Fire OS 6.0 for Fire TV devices) and support OpenGL ES v3 or higher. iOS devices need iOS 13 or higher.

    Creating a Games Library

    From Plex Web, choose the Games option when creating a library. You create the library like you do any other media type on the server.

    You will be given the option to install the games provided by Plex. Please note that this can only be done while creating the library. You will need to create a new Games library to get those games if you change your mind later.

    The screen also checks whether your current Plex account has an active Plex Arcade subscription (which is required for the feature). If you don’t yet have a subscription, you can use the link to be redirected to our website to start a new Plex Arcade subscription.

    If you already have your own game ROMs stored in a folder, or want to choose where the included games will be installed, you can also choose that folder here. If you don’t choose, a Games folder will automatically be created in your Plex Media Server data directory and install the classic Atari games there.

    Tip!: Do not place your own game ROMs in the default Games folder that gets created in the server data directory; they won’t work correctly there. If you wish to add your own games later, please edit the library and add the folder you wish to use as a second location. Plex Media Server will not download and install the provided Atari games if this folder already exists.

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    Jeff Benjamin on February 6, 2012

    Plex is a simple way to access both local media stored on your PC or networked drives, along with online media on a variety of devices.

    There are Plex apps for the Mac, PC, iOS, and even Android devices. Being the ubiquitous app that it is, it’s not surprising that it runs on a jailbroken Apple TV.

    Inside we’ll show you how to install Plex on your jailbroken Apple TV for free…

    Important: You will need a jailbroken Apple TV 2. If you have yet to jailbreak your Apple TV, see our Apple TV jailbreak guide. You will also need Plex Media Server installed an configured on your local computer. I go into that a bit in the video, but you will need to configure that on your own. You can download Plex Media Server for Mac or Windows.

    Above all, watch the video, as it will make the following instruction make a lot more sense.

    Step 1: Verify the IP address of your Apple TV. It must be on the same network as your computer.

    Step 2: SSH into your Apple TV 2, by opening a terminal and typing SSH [email protected] where x = your Apple TV’s IP address. Your password is alpine, unless you have changed it.

    Step 3: At the terminal execute the following commands one by one:

    • echo “deb http://www.ambertation.de ./downloads/PLEX/” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plex.list
    • apt-get update
    • apt-get install com.plex.client-plugin
    • dpkg -l
    • killall AppleTV

    The dpkg -l command is there for you to verify that the necessary packages have been installed. Look for packages mobilesubstrate, org.tomcool.smframework, com.plex.client-plugin and beigelist. For more help with these commands, visit Plex’s help page for the Apple TV.

    Step 4: Your Apple TV should reboot, and you should now have the Plex menu item. Under Plex go to Settings > Manage Server List > and you should see the name of the Plex Media Server running on the same local network as your Apple TV. Add that server.

    Step 5: Explore! Go to Movies, and find all of the movies that you configured using the Plex Media Manager running on your local computer. You can also add various channels to access online content similar to XBMC’s plugins.

    Plex is an extremely easy to install and easy to use app for the Apple TV. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you must have the Plex Media Server running on a local machine as the same network in order to find your content. Be sure to watch the video for more details.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that you can also install Plex without using command line commands by using aTV Flash (black). Plex is one of the pre-configured packages that comes with FireCore’s jailbreak tool.

    Have you ever used Plex? How does it rate in your book?