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Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media server

Adding to the quickly growing list of new Apple TV apps, media server solution Plex issued its hotly anticipated tvOS app on Monday with support for local content playback, Internet channels and more.

Like its iOS and Mac counterparts, the official Plex app for tvOS interfaces with Plex Media Server to stream locally stored movies, TV shows, music and photos directly to Apple TV for big screen viewing. For Plex Pass subscribers, the app also includes streaming content from Vimeo, TED Talks, Soundcloud and more.

Using TVML as it works on a truly native app, Plex lets users browse their personal media library while pulling in information from the Web, including Rotten Tomatoes ratings, related content, trailers and more. The app also supports advanced search options allowing those with larger personal libraries to search by actor, director and genre, among others.

Music receives similar treatment with artist bios, album cover art, playlist support and granular search functions.

Plex for Apple TV also supports Plex Companion, a cross-platform remote control system built into iOS and Android versions of the Plex app.