There?s one little box in the living room which hasn?t been as fully compatible with Plex as we?ve liked, and that?s the Apple TV. There?s been a Plex client available for a few years now, but only for Jailbroken devices, which means the more powerful v3 device can?t be used (and let?s face it, Jailbreaking can be tricky). Oh, and we hired one of those guys too.
Enter PlexConnect. The brainchild of Baa, roidy 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.