Apps Plex confirms they want ATV App

Donka

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Only thing it will work is if it comes on this list! If it doesn't then why get it!
If you manage your own Plex library then you would be familiar with what you have and know where to go to view it surely? No need for it to be included on that list although granted it would be a nice to have...
 

mcdj

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Still unclear to me what the advantage of having Plex on the ATV would be over running it on a dedicated HT Mac Mini fed by my NAS.

The only advantages I could see are; no interruptions from Mac OS, and one less activity on my Harmony remote (which has a tendency to confuse the Mrs.)

If the ATV Plex app can automatically update my library without having to manually scan for changes like I do now (because the files are on a NAS), that would be worth the price of admission alone.

Barring that ability, which I'm not holding my breath for, can anyone spell out any other ATV+Plex benefits for me?

Side question, would the new ATV running Plex have enough juice to decode 8gb 1080p mkvs as smoothly as the 2012 Mac Mini currently does? And would the ATV Plex app have a server function to allow me to stream to my iPhone and iPad outside of my home network like the Mac Mini currently does?
 
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ZeRoLiMiT

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Apple TV wouldn't transcode only the server side transcodes! Having all your shows on the apple tv would be amazing when watching a movie with the wife or the family! If you don't have it on Plex you can find it on HBOGO, Hulu or Netflix! you have your options open! Thats the best part! all in one!
 

rhett7660

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Still unclear to me what the advantage of having Plex on the ATV would be over running it on a dedicated HT Mac Mini fed by my NAS.

The only advantages I could see are; no interruptions from Mac OS, and one less activity on my Harmony remote (which has a tendency to confuse the Mrs.)

If the ATV Plex app can automatically update my library without having to manually scan for changes like I do now (because the files are on a NAS), that would be worth the price of admission alone.

Barring that ability, which I'm not holding my breath for, can anyone spell out any other ATV+Plex benefits for me?

Side question, would the new ATV running Plex have enough juice to decode 8gb 1080p mkvs as smoothly as the 2012 Mac Mini currently does? And would the ATV Plex app have a server function to allow me to stream to my iPhone and iPad outside of my home network like the Mac Mini currently does?
Instead of having to a do a hack to get Plex on your ATV, it would be a native app. You will most likely still need the server side software to run for the transcoding of media. I am also hoping, Plex will take advantage of the searching API when it is made available by Apple (I don't know if it is available now or not). The ability to search my own content along with that of the other services would be great.
 

212rikanmofo

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Will the Plex app for ATV4 have the same UI as the iOS app or the same UI as their media player one? I'm hoping it has the former!
 

Crzyrio

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Can anyone confirm this is in the App Store?
It will be soon!

They are in the review process, they initially got rejected due to linking to their external website. They resubmitted it recently and waiting for Apple to approve.
 

MrMister111

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What exactly does the Plex app do please. Do you have to have it installed on your iMac and it then is basically a server for your movies etc from your iMac? Will it wake your iMac if need be?

Can you use Plex to get content from a NAS? This would work better for me if so as the NAS can also be "seen" from my PS4 and smart TV.

Thanks
 

Crzyrio

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What exactly does the Plex app do please. Do you have to have it installed on your iMac and it then is basically a server for your movies etc from your iMac? Will it wake your iMac if need be?

Can you use Plex to get content from a NAS? This would work better for me if so as the NAS can also be "seen" from my PS4 and smart TV.

Thanks
Yes to all your question.

You have your 'Plex Server' on your iMac/Mac Mini etc, and you give it the folders where your TV Shows & Movies are.
The Plex Server then scans all the media, finds the metadata organizes it etc.

It serves it up to all the devices that connect to it. The Movies/TV Shows are transcoded to the format that the devices needs.

You can have all your data on the NAS and it will work fine.
 
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MrMister111

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Yes to all your question.

You have your 'Plex Server' on your iMac/Mac Mini etc, and you give it the folders where your TV Shows & Movies are.
The Plex Server then scans all the media, finds the metadata organizes it etc.

It serves it up to all the devices that connect to it. The Movies/TV Shows are transcoded to the format that the devices needs.

You can have all your data on the NAS and it will work fine.
My NAS is an older buffalo linkstation type, it has twonky server integrated, can I add plex server? If not what's the cheapest NAS to get Plex please

Thanks
 

Crzyrio

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My NAS is an older buffalo linkstation type, it has twonky server integrated, can I add plex server? If not what's the cheapest NAS to get Plex please

Thanks
That is fine, it will still work.

As long as your 'server computer' can read from it, you'll be fine. I have a Synology 2012j and it works well.
What computer do you plan on installing it on?
 

MrMister111

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Great my NAS is buffalo LS-CHL v2, 1Tb. I'd prefer it installed on the NAS than on my Mac as the Mac isn't always on.

Thanks
 

Crzyrio

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Great my NAS is buffalo LS-CHL v2, 1Tb. I'd prefer it installed on the NAS than on my Mac as the Mac isn't always on.

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What Mac is it?

It won't be able to run well on the NAS. Ideally you want it on your computer. It needs a fair amount of processing power to transcode certain formats.

The only way to have it on your NAS, is if you have all your Movies/Shows transcoded to the right format for iPhone/Apple Tv etc.
 

Lotti

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Although the official Plex client is yet to be approved, there is a relatively cheap ($2.99) clone called "SimpleX" already available and does a very nice job of letting you access your Plex content.

Thanks to this, my new ATV is already a one-stop-set-top box. Time to put the Mac Mini on eBay! :D
 
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MrMister111

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What Mac is it?
The only way to have it on your NAS, is if you have all your Movies/Shows transcoded to the right format for iPhone/Apple Tv etc.
iMac
Yeh most if not all is in Apple friendly format.

Although the official Plex client is yet to be approved, there is a relatively cheap ($2.99) clone called "SimpleX" already available and does a very nice job of letting you access your Plex content.

Thanks to this, my new ATV is already a one-stop-set-top box. Time to put the Mac Mini on eBay! :D
I thought it needed a server and that's what the Mac mini would be? How do you just need the AppleTV app now?
 

Lotti

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I thought it needed a server and that's what the Mac mini would be? How do you just need the AppleTV app now?
Right, you still need a Plex Server somewhere (NAS, Mac, Linux, Windows whatever). For me that is an iMac; the Mac Mini was just my Plex Media Player / Plex Home Theatre client machine.
 

Donka

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Right, you still need a Plex Server somewhere (NAS, Mac, Linux, Windows whatever). For me that is an iMac; the Mac Mini was just my Plex Media Player / Plex Home Theatre client machine.
I would have thought you would have put ran your Plex media server on the mini? Would mean it is only being used when required and you wouldn't need both the iMac and the mini when watching content!
 

Crzyrio

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Yeh most if not all is in Apple friendly format.


I thought it needed a server and that's what the Mac mini would be? How do you just need the AppleTV app now?
Yeah, then you would need to put the Server on the iMac, which would have be on all the time.

But the power consumption is not to much. It would be in sleep and only turn on when required.

You still need the server, the SimpleX app is just a front end that uses API to access everything on your plex server
 
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