Can I use Plex with ATV? Sorry if this is a stupid question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by madeirabhoy, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    ive never had an apple tv, and havent looked into it much, but i use plex, on my mac and my ipad.

    i stream to my tv using my wii and wiimc, in the lounge but cant stream to tv in bedroom.

    can plex stream to apple tv? would this be the easiest/cheapest way to stream to that tv?
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    Yes, it can. No, it wouldn't be the cheapest way. You would have to jailbreak it.

    What I am currently setting up:
    Core Duo Mac Mini connected to projector/Wifi, streaming to Roku in other room. Even new Rokus are cheaper than the ATV.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    As far as I know there's a Plex app for jailbroken ATV2 only or you can use Airplay from the Plex iPad app. Hope that helps.
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    Shoot, forgot to mention that. Thanks.
     
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    early 2009 mini 2ghz and ipad 4. though i am pondering whether i can afford a new mini

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    the cheapest roku on amazon is a roku 2400 for 50 quid, would this be my best bet? would a more expensive one be better? im in portugal so netflix, iplayer etc are useless, it'd just be a plex player basically.

    i cant see roku in any of the shops here but they do have WD live, would this do?
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    http://plexapp.com/connected/index.php - a list of items with plex clients, WD live is not supported.
     
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    heisenberg123

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    the ipad4 will be allow you to mirror to the ATV allowing you to use plex on the iPad
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    Apple TV 2 jailbroken yes. Apple TV 3, you can airplay Plex media from your iPhone or iPad. Not the best solution, as it involves three devices, your PC running the Plex Media Server, your iDevice receiving and airplaying the media and the Apple TV to display it on your TV, but it works and works well.

    I use it often to stream many media sources not available on the Apple TV, I find it easier than opening a bunch of media source specific apps or websites.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    I can't seem to play Plex over my ATV2 or iPad. Says I need to pay for like a monthly service?
     
  11. marc11, Jan 30, 2013
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    macrumors 68000

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    Huh? That is just for Plex pass which is optional.

    Are you trying to stream local media or media from an installed channel?
     
  12. macrumors 65816

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    Maybe I was using it wrong. I never really tried it again. I have my Media synced with the Media Server on my iMac.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    plex is free to stream, whther locally or using plex/web to stream over the internet.


    even the downloading isnt definitely a chargeable extra, its just that its in beta and plex have a premium membership where they charge a monthly charge and you are supporting plex and in return you get access to beta facilities and other things. it hasnt been decided yet if downloading content from plex will be premium content or just rolled into plex.


    however for plex to work well on ipad you do really need to spring for the plex app which is about €3.49 or something but worth 10 times that.
     
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    Giuly

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    If you want to watch 1080p, you need a Roku 2 XS or a Roku 2 XD. For the $10 more you could get an Apple TV, so there isn't much of a difference.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking about getting the Plex iOS app and airplaying some of the channels to our ATV3. Does that work well? What are the channels like? I still plan to use iTunes as our media server though.
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    Yes air playing Plex channels from the iOS app on an idevice works well. I have done this for Let Me Watch movies and for the Plex Hulu channel. Just install Plex Media Server on your home computer, add the channels and you are good to go
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    cool. thanks!
     

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