The Plex Media Server has converted many a Mac into a home theatre giant, serving up movies, TV shows and music straight from the computer to the television. Now, the first major update to the iOS version aims to improve the experience on your mobile device as well.
Now that the new Apple TV is out, you're probably debating whether to buy it or not. After all, it's only $99--even if you just use it to stream music from your various iTunes libraries, it might be worth it, right? Well, hold your horses! Before you plunk down your well-earned $99 plus tax, just hear us out--we've got a far more powerful and free solution to your dilemma.
Most of us die-hard Mac users have an old Mac or two laying around. Perhaps an old MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini. Even an iMac will work, if you have the space. Now, you could sell that old machine on Gazelle or Craigslist for a fraction of what you paid for it, or you can install some kick-ass software on the thing and hook it up to your TV. Of course we prefer the latter, so we're going to fill you in on exactly how to do it using Plex, a beautifully designed, super complete media solution that plays just about everything!
If you currently use your Mac as a home media hub, you might already be using Plex instead of competitors like XBMC or Boxee. If you aren’t, you may very well be downloading it after midnight tonight, because a new update -- coupled with an all-new iOS app -- brings some magical new capabilities.