Plex Testing TV App Integration Across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Plex this week began testing TV app integration on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as spotted by MacRumors readers Casey Bailey and Will Sigmon. The feature is available in the latest beta version of the Plex app through TestFlight.

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This integration will enable users to keep track of Plex's on-demand content in Apple's TV app across the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Plex's on-demand content will be recommended in the TV app and also sync with a user's Up Next queue. Plex joins dozens of other providers offering TV app integration in the United States, such as HBO Max, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, HGTV, NBC, A&E, The CW, MTV, Showtime, Starz, and others.

Plex is a popular media player that in recent years has introduced a growing library of free, ad-supported TV shows, movies, and other content from providers such as Warner Bros., Crackle, Lionsgate, MGM, and Legendary Entertainment. It is only this on-demand content that will be integrated in the TV app, and not a user's personal library of locally stored content, according to a Reddit user identifying as a Plex employee.

"This feature will only work with our free on demand movies and TV shows," the employee said. "We'd love to integrate personal media as well but that's not technically possible for a couple reasons. To make this work we provide Apple with a list of content we have available for streaming. As detailed in our privacy policy, we don't know what content our users have in their personal media libraries."



TV app integration will require version 7.14 of the Plex app or later, currently in beta testing. There is no timeframe for a public release yet.

Update: This article has been updated with clarification from a Plex employee that TV app integration will be limited to Plex's free, ad-supported video content from partners like Warner Bros., Crackle, and Lionsgate.

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Top Rated Comments

Jamie0003 Avatar
25 months ago
This is awesome, but when is Netflix going to support it? I literally want to stop using Netflix because it’s so irritating when every other app supports TV
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lemon Olive Avatar
25 months ago
Well this is sure to be interesting, considering this would be the first user-supplied content to appear in the TV App. Better hope that meta data is good.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RoboCop001 Avatar
25 months ago
This is awesome! I thought it wasn't possible for some reason. I wonder when Netflix will cave. I've actually forgotten to watch stuff on Netflix because it's not in the Up Next.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
25 months ago
Very, very nice!! Does this mean it would work with Siri too?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lemon Olive Avatar
25 months ago
Now that I think about it, Plex does have their "own" content that they provide besides the user library. This is probably just for that content. :(

It's unlikely anything significant has changed for Apple to start allowing user supplied content to start infiltrating the TV app.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lemon Olive Avatar
25 months ago

I've gotten pretty accustomed to the customization you get on the Plex home screen, this is gonna be a hard sell for me but I guess we'll see how it goes.
The frequency with which the Plex Home Screen shows things I've finished watching as 10% complete is pretty irritating.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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