PlexConnect, a Plex Apple TV client

PlexConnect, a Plex Apple TV client

There are lots of clients for Plex available but one device that isn’t supported is the new Apple TV. There is a Plex Client for jailbroken Apple TV devices however you can’t do that on the new 3rd gen Apple TV, but a new 3rd party tool called PlexConnect enables you to run a full featured Plex client on 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV without jailbreaking the device. It seems to work by running a program on a PC that makes the Apple TV think it’s a trailer app and then it will work as a Plex client on the Apple TV. According to Plex it only takes 2 minutes to get it working and supports AC3 5.1 and DRMed iTunes video files.

You can read the details on the Plex Blog and you will find the download links there as well. It could be time to dig out my Apple TV!

Enter PlexConnect. The brainchild of Baaroidy and f00b4r, it’s a super clever little hack which allows a rich, fully-functional Plex client on un-jailbroken ATV2 and ATV3 (1080p!) devices. Essentially, you run a program on your computer which masquerades as the Trailer app. Next, change one setting on the ATV, and you’re up and running. It took me less than 2 minutes to install and get it running. It already uses the new transcoder (which means great support for subtitles), and I suspect it’ll support myPlex soon as well. In the PlexPass preview release of the media server, it also supports AC3 5.1 (remuxing and transcoding from DTS). Another cool thing: it supports iTunes DRM’ed video files.

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