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Plex media-streaming app coming to new Apple TV



Apple recently announced a huge overhaul of its Apple TV system, bringing a plethora of welcome changes.

However, there’s still no great way to stream all of your home media to Apple TV – for now.

Plex has confirmed to ITWorld that it’s going to start developing a tvOS-friendly version of the media-streaming app as soon as possible.

“We are very excited to have a crack at bringing our users Apple TV,” explains Scott Olechowski, co-founder of Plex.

He continues: “It’s been a long requested platform and we’re excited to work on it. We want it, our users want it…and we’re anxiously awaiting the tvOS developer beta info, so we can finally dig in.”

For the unaware, having Plex on a device allows you to stream any of your home media from a media server.

If it were on Apple TV, you’d be able to stream any movies you’ve downloaded – even illegally – to the box.

In the absence of Plex, you have to rely content provided by net-based streaming services, or any media you have on iTunes through upcoming Home Sharing support.

The new report saw Olechowski questioned on whether there would be any possible hurdles to bringing Plex to tvOS. He replied:

“There is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform. There are multiple ways to go about it, based on the tvOS SDK we now have access to. We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options.”

The Plex co-founder continued: “The ability to access great and proven iOS frameworks on the device is great for developers like us – we know the stuff is solid and will perform really well. Our goal is to enable people to enjoy Plex on the hardware platforms of their choice, and there is no doubt this will be a top platform for us.”

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Unfortunately, there’s no definitive timeline for a Plex Apple TV release as yet, as Olechowski outlines.

“Of course we have started digging in and looking at it, but we have some bigger questions to answer before we can set any expectations,” says the Plex lead.

For those who don’t want to wait, there are Plex workarounds that involve jailbreaking the device. Alternatively, you can AirPlay content.

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