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Plex integration arrives in Apple’s TV app – but don’t expect too much – Review Geek



A range of Plex movies and TV shows on an Apple TV interface.
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If there’s one service that seems to be almost everywhere it’s Plex. And it makes sense that Plex is one of the best options for creating your own media server, and it has live TV and free ad-supported video-on-demand playback (AVOD). That̵

7;s why it’s exciting to see Plex integration arrive in Apple’s TV appBut unfortunately all you will get is AVOD. Sorry, I don’t look at your personal files.

That’s right, if you’re hoping to watch your personal media or Plex’s free live TV through Apple’s TV app, it won’t (at least not for now). When you enable Plex integration on Apple TV, you can search for a movie or show in Plex’s free ad-supported video-on-demand library. From there you can choose something you like and start it for free. Once you start a title, it will appear in the “Up Next” section of the Apple TV app.

But that’s it; no other Plex content feature will work. That may sound confusing, but apparently the restrictions boil down to Apple rules, as explained by one Plex employee on Reddit. They state:

This feature only works with our free on-demand movies and TV shows. We would also like to integrate personal media, but that is not technically possible for a number of reasons. To make this work, we provide Apple with a list of content we have available for streaming. As described in our privacy policy, we do not know what content our users have in their personal media libraries.

While the restrictions are disappointing, it’s nice to see Plex respect its privacy policy, even at the expense of convenience. And maybe Apple will loosen things up a bit in the future, although that seems somewhat unlikely. If anything changes, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, there is still plenty of free content left to watch. Plex launched its own ad-supported streaming service last year and later partnered with Crackle to expand its offering.

You can now download the Plex app for Apple TV from the App Store to enable integration.

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