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If you love media streamer Plex like we do and own an Apple TV, you've no doubt been frustrated by the lack of progress on a jailbreak for the third-generation hardware. But thanks to PlexConnect, it may not matter much anymore.
Late Tuesday, Plex posted a preview of its upcoming Apple TV client called PlexConnect, described as "a super clever little hack" that allows installation of the streaming client on any second or third-generation black Apple TV -- even those without a jailbreak.
"Essentially, you run a program on your computer which masquerades as the Trailer app," the developers explain. "Next, change one setting on the ATV, and you’re up and running. It took me less than two 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."
Although the blog post provides links to install PlexConnect, the developers caution you'll need to "know your way around a Terminal" in order to do so now, but promise that a more polished installer will be coming soon.
Or, you know, maybe Apple will announce developer support for Apple TV at WWDC 2013 next week, so we can get a proper app ecosystem on the device once and for all…?
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(Image courtesy of Plex)