Last night Plex announced that, for the first time ever, it has finally released an official application for the Apple TV. Sure, it was possible to access your Plex server in the past, but this time it doesn’t require you to jump through any hoops. Just install the app, log in, and you’re good to go.
I gave Plex for Apple TV a whirl last night and it works flawlessly. After setting up a media server on another computer and adding my content, I was able to access all of it right on my Apple TV. Plex, of course, pulls in all of the metadata for various titles, and creates a neat-looking list of your available albums and movies with beautiful cover art.
There’s more, too, including trailers, cast information and ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and Flixter. It looks and feels a lot like you’re browsing through a premium service library, but it’s actually just all of the content stored on your Plex server.
It’s free, too, which is awesome. You can opt to pay $4.99 a month for offline playback and other awesome features on mobile devices, but you won’t need to pay for anything to use Plex on your Apple TV. Totally worth it, and it might actually prevent me from deciding to return Apple’s latest streaming box.