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The new Apple TV is about to get its first killer app as popular media-streaming software Plex officially announced extending its iOS app to the new device, as revealed to ITWorld this past weekend.

“We are very excited to have a crack at bringing our users Apple TV,” said Scott Olechowski, the co-founder of Plex. “It’s been a long requested platform and we’re excited to work on it.”

Olechowski added that Plex for Apple TV is a no-brainer.

“We want it, our users want it…and we’re anxiously awaiting the tvOS developer beta info, so we can finally dig in,” he said. Olechowski stopped short of saying whether the app will support the new Apple TV’s universal search feature.

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Universal search allows owners of the new Apple TV to search content across multiple sources like the iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu and more, provided developers have implemented exposed their app’s content to the tvOS operating system.

Developers also teased the forthcoming software on Twitter.

“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,” Olechowski continued.

“We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options.”

The new Apple TV supports Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 via HDMI 1.4, an improvement over Dolby Digital 5.1 on its predecessor, so apps like Plex should be able to take advantage of enhanced audio.

The iPhone and iPad edition of Plex allows users to organize all of their video, music, TV, and photo collections, and streams them to all of their screens using the iOS app and the free Plex Media Server running on their Mac or Windows PC.

Apple TV fans have long been asking for the ability to manage and stream their personal media to the device, but it’s never supported this ability outside its built-in content sources.

I’m an avid user of Plex for iOS and am so excited for this. In fact, I probably wouldn’t be buying the new Apple TV if it weren’t for Plex.

Are you excited for Plex’s app for the new Apple TV?

Pictured above: Plex’s iOS app, available free in the App Store.

Source: ITWorld

  • While Plex via AirPlay is a solid workaround, THIS is a no brainier. Pumped for this. I also saw Infuse is working on an app for AppleTV. I’m sure there will be no shortage of options.

    • Rowan09

      Why no Kodi it is a legit media server?

      • Eikast

        Since Kodi is open source, I’m pretty sure you can just compile what they have available and put it on your own Apple TV.

      • Kodi isn’t a media server it’s a media centre. A media server will stream your media to multiple devices where as a media centre like Kodi will just playback directly on the device.

      • Rowan09

        Got it.

    • Robin

      I’m also looking forward to the release of Infuse 3 Pro on the AppleTV. I love this app together with my Chromecast right now especially the support for a lot of audio and video codecs and opensubtitles support and automatic metadata download.

  • That_Fruitarian

    Awesome!! Now just correct the article from last week that erroneously stated the new Apple TV had a 200mb app limit.

  • Apps are not the future of TV. Who wants to pay all that money per app when you can have a cable package for the same price with way more channels?

    • That_Fruitarian

      We’ll soon find out…

  • J M

    I hope AirVideo will follow-suit. Much better playback experience over remote wifi connections than with Plex.

  • Indy

    This is the only reason I’m considering upgrading my Apple TV. The app’s UX design will need to be something special though, I wasn’t a fan of the PS4 app and actually preferred PlexConnect running on ATV3 over it.

  • There is nothing to correct. This article is still correct. Initial app download is limited to 200MB. Everything else must be downloaded separately in layers, on demand.

  • Nice. Was it just me; but I didn’t notice a Youtube channel for the new Apple TV; nor an MSNBC or CBS or CNN….

  • Wolff

    If the ATV dosnt support 24p its a dealbreaker. I use Plex multiple times a day, and love it, but if the ATV dosnt do 24p i’m not buying…

  • 5723alex .

    VLC is coming to Apple TV as well.

  • Philippe Vézina

    Well if Apple still block AC3 audio codec, I don’t see how it will be useful… Would love to see Kodi on ATV4, but you know, needs jailbreak…