Questions about Plex and Apple tv 3

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by chele519, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. chele519 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2012
    Hi guys. I'm interested in getting an apple tv to stream tv shows from my iphone 5. Currently I'm been hooking up my laptop via hdmi but I'm trying to prolong its life and not use it as much. Plus it's inconvenient to have to hook up everytime. I've installed Plex and added some channels. before I buy the iphone plex app, I'd like to find out if I would still need to use the laptop running the plex server to watch tv? I would not be streaming any video stored on my laptop, only things like tv episodes from abc, cbs, etc. I know most of those are also available as apps on the iphone but I saw that plex has hulu as a channel. I'm not clear if that is the regular hulu or hulu plus. Would those channels be playable on an iphone 5 with the plex app airplayed to the apple tv or does it only work with a jb apple tv2? I don't want to buy the app only to find out I've misunderstood how it works. Thanks for any help.
  2. institute, Apr 8, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013

    institute macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    To use Plex on the ATV 3 you will need to have the Plex Media Server running on your home computer. You then stream the channels to the ATV 3 via Airplay using the Plex iOS app on your iDevice, which acts as a client for the server.

    So, yes, you will have to have your computer running to use Plex in this scenario, but you can use it with the ATV 3, no jailbreak required.

    The Hulu channel on Plex is the free version (not Hulu+).
  3. chele519 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2012
    Thanks for the clarification. So, if I understand correctly, the only benefit to doing this would be to avoid having to hook the laptop to the tv directly to watch Hulu. All the other channels I'm interested in have iPhone apps so I'm set with those.
  4. institute macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    Pretty much. Or you could pay 8 dollars a month and use the Hulu+ app built into the ATV 3, that is if you are using the US iTunes Store and are in the states or using a VPN service.
  5. GarrettL1979 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2012
    Is the any advantage to using Hulu+ over the Hulu plex channel or vice versa?
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    To all,

    if you are mirroring iPhone to TV, aren't you watching "iPhone resolution" on a big screen TV?
  7. institute macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    Hulu+ usually has more than just the last few episodes of a show, quite often many full seasons and also offers movies. Actually the only reason I currently pay for Hulu+ is their Criterion Film collection which has many classic movies from all over the world.

    Admittedly, you have to be into older, "foreign" and subtitled films to really get the most out of the Criterion listings.
  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    First off, iPhone resolution is pretty darned good, even on a big TV :)

    But to the point - there are two types of AirPlay from iPhone to Apple TV. There is Mirroring, which simply displays what's on your phone, on your TV screen. That's basically in iPhone resolution, scaled up to fit the screen.

    However many video apps, including the built-in video player, YouTube, etc., support AirPlay streaming video. In that type of AirPlay, the iPhone screen is blanked and a full-screen rendition of the video is sent to the Apple TV. So if, for example, you record a video with the built-in camera on the iPhone and AirPlay it to the Apple TV 3, it will play in full 1080p resolution.
  9. GarrettL1979 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2012
  10. dewthedru macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010

    as stated above, hulu plus does have more options. however, there are shows that are only available on the regular pc-based version for some reason. the new show "hannibal" is one.
  11. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    I could never get the Hulu channel working in Plex on my Roku so I'm not sure how well it works under Plex in a JB ATV.

    I would probably just get Hulu+ on your ATV.

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