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Plex for non Jail Apple TV (Apple TV 3)
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5656 posts
So you can install Plex on a non-jailbroken device so it will work for Apple TV 3. How they did it is by re-using the native AppleTV app Apple Trailers by re-route the Trailers app requests to your local Plex Media Server.

Installation Instructions can be found here

https://github.com/iBaa/PlexConnect/wiki/Install-guides

Will be doing it tonight so ill let you know how it goes
11:59am 06/06/13 Permalink
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IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1514 posts
Epic post!

I've been keen to run an ATV3 for this kinda thing (but hadn't pulled the trigger on a purchase as yet).
It looks like that's a temporary solution at best in theory though, all apple need to do is to correct the exploit they're taking advantage of (which strikes me, it'd be easier to patch this kinda workaround than it would to correct hardware/firmware.)

In other news, my Ouya is in the mail, so as soon as that arrives it'll be getting the XBMC or Plex treatment too!
12:56pm 06/06/13 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2948 posts
Keen to try this, although I just AirPlay tv / movies from iPhone or ipad with AirVideo which works fine
07:18pm 06/06/13 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5657 posts
just did it, took 1 min to do, works perfectly!
07:50pm 06/06/13 Permalink
trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
2913 posts
it works because it runs a minified dns server for only the single name entry that the trailers app on the atv can only assume is not malformed, or as an in-between to write plexmediacentre into the xml elements of the trailers app that the app is expecting to come from the real trailers.apple.com source.

this is why dnssec and man in the middle. but cool hack. makes me just want to buy one for the sake of it now.

02:08am 07/06/13 Permalink
Jayman
Brisbane, Queensland
836 posts
This works perfect. If there was a plex app out of the box like this, Apple TV's would be falling off the shelves.
05:30pm 08/06/13 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1782 posts
Back before T-Box had the media player option turned on I created something identical that re-used the Bigpond Videos section on the t-box.

Actually worked half alright so can see how it has been so easily effective on the ATV.

http://www.slawed.net/tbox/index.php
06:49pm 08/06/13 Permalink
Jayman
Brisbane, Queensland
837 posts
Yea the best part is, it looks just like it would if you had all you media in an itunes server. All meta data etc., and it next to no configuring at all.
09:48pm 08/06/13 Permalink
trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
2919 posts
all of the xml transforms to write the plex data into the apple.trailers app is done in the python code
09:50pm 08/06/13 Permalink
trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
2920 posts
3x0dus your code is very nice. clean. has arrays, functions, sql injection... you definately know how to get it done

i think it's the difference between any non programming type or one that can read into how to get it working, working.

what i'm trying to say is written in python, it's a simple download of a language parametric to compile and run scripts, instead of having to configure httpd, mysqld, and plugin the php to those

11:38pm 08/06/13 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1783 posts
I don't disagree trillion, the t-box was a complete mess around to get over the annoyance of the t-box not delivering what was promised, the idea in the end was to package it like stated, however I knew it was only a matter of months till they released the actual media player so I never bothered to persue it.

I have yet to find the time to look at making anything in python, one day.
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