PlexConnect: Clever hack brings Plex to Apple TV without jailbreaking

BY Jason

Published 5 Jun 2013


There are a number of reasons people jailbreak or want to jailbreak their Apple TV, one of those reasons is to be able to install plugins for Plex.

Plex is a media player system that includes Plex Media Center, the front end media player and an associated media server called the Plex Media Server.

The Plex Media Center allows user to manage and play videos, photos, music and podcasts from local or remote computer running the Plex Media server.

The good news is you no longer need to jailbreak your device to use Plex on your Apple TV.  Some folks have just released a hack called PlexConnect to bring Plex to Apple TV and the best part about it is, without the need to jailbreak the device.

Here’s how it works:

Usually tweaks involve modifying app binaries or running compiled code on the Apple TV, but, in this case, Plex does all its magic on the server, that is your PC or Mac. The tweak intercepts all requests sent by the Apple TV Trailers app and responds with content from your Plex server in the same format as so that the app can understand the data. This way, the Trailers app on your Apple TV is tricked into believing that the videos from your Plex server are actually trailers, and plays them without any problems

You can click on this link to install PlexConnect and if you’re running the Apple TV 5.2 software update then you can try this version, it includes a few more tweaks. And here’s the link to the installation guides.

Let us know how it goes in the comments.


Updated the post with a better explanation on how the hack works.

HT: GigaOM