Plex Releases Beta Version of Redesigned Apple TV App

Plex today announced the launch of an updated Apple TV app that's available right now in a beta capacity.

The updated user interface has been designed for the larger screen of a TV with a side bar rather than a top menu bar, which is meant to be a better use of screen space.


The side bar is customizable so you can pin your favorite media sources, put them in the order that you want, and send the rest of the content to the "More" menu that's out of the way.


Plex is aiming to make it easier to get to where you want to go, with more discoverable actions and sources and more intuitive navigation. Customizable navigation is also a key part of the new Plex experience for ‌Apple TV‌. More features are listed below:
- Customizable & always accessible sidebar navigation.
- Ability to pin your favorite libraries from all your servers to the sidebar.
- Reorder your libraries in the sidebar.
- Quick access to all the rest of your media through the "More" menu item.
- Redesigned tab views that remember your previous view within each library (can be controlled via setting).
- A customizable home screen including pinning content rows from any library to home.
The updated Plex interface is available for beta testers, and you can sign up to be a beta tester on the Plex website by filling out a registration form. Beta access can take up to one week as requests need to be processed by Plex.

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7 months ago
I used to love Plex. When they updated it to require sign in when you are just operating on a local network with local content. I lost a lot of interest.
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7 months ago

Absolutely love Plex. I know this is mainly a UI update, but I hope it improves playback issues too.


You must be kidding. Plex is as most neutral.

- they are notorious for breaking things and then fixing them and call it progress
- their UI changes are awful, constant regress, they actually killed amazon fire tv in my household. I could not look at it their UI anymore
- on Samsung TV app, everyday is a lottery what would work what would not
- scrolling through content is pathetic, just compare it to Netflix
- they never got a handle on 4K playback
- iPhone offline sync shows items synced but cant play them back
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7 months ago
Absolutely love Plex. I know this is mainly a UI update, but I hope it improves playback issues too.
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7 months ago

Much prefer infuse Pro.
I thought Plex removed their servers from ap tv or something to that effect.


They used to have cloud servers where you could store your media files. They closed these down (I’m guessing because of piracy issues). You can still stream your media remotely directly from your home server.

I’m trying to figure out why the side bar is necessarily better. In the screenshot it looks like you can’t see much of your media. Most other apps use a bar at the top. I’ll give it a go though.
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7 months ago
New UI looks great, but it is waaaay too late. Already jumped on the Infuse wagon.
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7 months ago
Much prefer infuse Pro.
I thought Plex removed their servers from ap tv or something to that effect.
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7 months ago

Infuse doesn't need a server in the same way plex does. Infuse just needs a file store exposed to it through a supported protocol. So technically it needs a server in that it needs some device to expose a drive to your network through SMB, but that device can even be a NAS enabled router. My main reason moving to Infuse is because I would get

That's a server. Anything that "serves" a file to another device. A server doesn't have to be an all powerful thing. It can simply be an ipad or iphone. It's still serving content.

If your content is natively supported then plex is no different than infuse and doesn't require any more power. In fact the only time you need a decent CPU is when video must be transcoded. But h264 and h265 are both supported on the ATV4k so no transcoding needed.
And I can still use my mac mini at the same time and never notice other people are connected.
Of course infuse connects to and works great with plex media server and maintains your watch/unwatched status across all devices.

The beauty of plex is that it ensures your content, no matter the format, can play everywhere, on everything. I have a ton of different devices in the home and I stream to friends and family so plex is a wonderful thing for that. Infuse is fine if all you ever use are apple devices and only apple devices.

Until infuse 6 infuse was horribly slow with open menus and I would still use plex on my ATV. Now that it's been updated it's as fast as plex so i'm using it more. Though if I want atmos/DTS:X I switch over to another device.
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7 months ago
And for those of you that use them, Plugins are removed on this version. So, if you use them, don’t upgrade.
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7 months ago
If only netflix and other streaming platforms had a touch of plex in it, i would use and enjoy them more!
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7 months ago

Infuse still needs a server. That's where it's content comes from. Connected to something on your network. I connect infuse to plex media server.

And just because you use plex doesn't mean your media is transcoded. It transcodes only if your media isn't supported natively. And then it only transcodes what is needed. Often times it plays my video file without transcoding but transcodes the audio as I keep the HD audio track for all my rips. That requires almost no power to do so. I use a mac mini as my server and can play 4k HDR files on plex on the ATV4k no problem.

I use both infuse and plex depending on the content though I much prefer the plex UI.



Infuse doesn't need a server in the same way plex does. Infuse just needs a file store exposed to it through a supported protocol. So technically it needs a server in that it needs some device to expose a drive to your network through SMB, but that device can even be a NAS enabled router. My main reason moving to Infuse is because I would get a noticeable performance hit on my Mac Mini if someone started playing something through plex. I know that it wont transcode if the source file is supported by ATV's native video player, but that seemed to be the exception rather than the norm for me.
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