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One More Thing

| 30 Aug 2010 | by 167 Comments

We have a confession to make.

There’s something we haven’t shared with you yet.

We’ve been working on it for quite some time.

We hope you like it…

(Click on the image to find out what it is)

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  1. aerialsch August 30th, 2010 12:04 am

    Damn you’re teasing us… can’t wait for September 1st!

  2. Pete August 30th, 2010 12:06 am

    Now this will really get the conspiracy boys excited!!!
    Can’t wait…great job lads!!

  3. Jannem August 30th, 2010 12:06 am

    This is starting to be painful. Next to being the manufacturers of one of the greatest pieces of freeware for the Mac, you sure have a sense for drama! I can’t wait for it to be September 1st…

  4. Lars August 30th, 2010 12:06 am

    Stop. The. Teasing! :P

  5. Mubariz August 30th, 2010 12:07 am

    Fab news but please – AANDROIIID!!!

  6. Ralf August 30th, 2010 12:07 am

    Wow, ok, sweet. Was almost switching to Boxee due to the time it took you guys, but now…..awesome!

  7. Pete August 30th, 2010 12:16 am

    You guys rock…….AWESOME………

  8. johan andrén August 30th, 2010 12:22 am

    is this coming to ipad as well?

  9. elan August 30th, 2010 12:24 am

    Yes, it’s a universal app :-)

  10. Gerd August 30th, 2010 12:30 am

    Very cool feature! But I second that: please port it to Android!!

  11. Andrew August 30th, 2010 12:32 am

    This is awesome. My mouth drops at the skill required to make all this in less than 6 months. I thought I was doing well starting off with PHP, but this is huge!

    Where’s that donate button..

  12. TheSwede August 30th, 2010 12:39 am

    However. Article says it will release tonight. But it is wednesday, right? :)

  13. elan August 30th, 2010 12:41 am

    @TheSwede: Timezones screw everything up. The app actually went on sale by accident in New Zealand and we had to pull it quickly. We’ll post Plex/Nine at midnight EST Tuesday Aug 31 (a day early), assuming all goes well.

  14. CharlesV August 30th, 2010 12:49 am

    Totally amazing. The TechCrunch article does a lot of talking about local streaming — does the transcoding adjust for external use? Can I stream from the bus?

  15. elan August 30th, 2010 12:50 am

    @CharlesV: Yes, you can stream over 3G. The quality ain’t gonna be nearly as good as over WiFi, but it works.

  16. Dirk August 30th, 2010 12:58 am

    This is going to be great!!!
    Two questions..

    -Will the iPhone/iPad app be free?
    -Will it do live conversion if the videos in my collection are not in format supported by iPhone or iPad (like Air Video)?

  17. elan August 30th, 2010 1:01 am

    @Dirk: It’ll be $4.99, and yes, it does live conversion.

  18. Jimmy August 30th, 2010 1:14 am

    This is awesome!!!
    What isn’t awesome is that ugly shirt in the video, give me an address and I send you a beautiful red one. YNWA!

    Plex nine looks ridiculously good!

  19. Graham August 30th, 2010 1:15 am

    Is there a mirror of the video on youtube or something? The crunchgear streaming video app gets stuck where the guy starts saying that he doesn’t know how the TV shows got on his computer.

  20. Nudgenudge August 30th, 2010 1:17 am

    …I want to spend 4.99 for the app, and 100 times that for an iPad.

  21. Hilbe August 30th, 2010 1:22 am

    Another request for Android support. Looks sweet.

  22. Aleks August 30th, 2010 1:22 am

    This is so cool:D can’t wait!!

    this is what I have been missing in plex8, was using rowmote untill now, but I’m sure as hell going to switch to Plex iOS app;)

    elan, you guys rocks!!

  23. issakainen August 30th, 2010 1:27 am

    This is the best moment of my life. (And to wife and daughter, if you are reading these, after you two of course… ;))

  24. Tobias August 30th, 2010 1:28 am

    Seriously cool! Will that stream over HTTP? I guess you need to do some kind of port-forwarding in my router for it to reach my server when stream over 3G.

    Also, what hardware is required for live conversion from 720p (mkv) to whatever my iPhone4 is capable of handling? Will my mac mini do the trick or should I order a new? :)

    Really looking forward to it!

  25. Maarten August 30th, 2010 1:29 am

    Really, really good guys! I love you! ;)

  26. Julien Angeli August 30th, 2010 1:30 am

    A remote control app for iOS is a good idea, BUT:
    I have tried almost every virtual remote on my iPod Touch, and my opinion is done: I will stay with my Apple Remote.

    with an iOS remote control there are 2 problems:
    1) you have to take your iPa/od, unlock screen, launch the remote app and then only you can control PLEX. Too much steps, too long. while with the Apple Remote (or any Chameleon, Logitech etc) you just pick it up and that’s it

    2) you have to WATCH the iPa/od screen as it’s a flat touch surface. With the Apple Remote, even in the dark, you just pick it up and control PLEX and that’s it, your fingers feel where the buttons are

    So I just hope that Elan and other devs won’t drop Apple remote support.

    that’s for the remote part.

    For the streaming part on the other hand, it’s a nice idea. Maybe not so useful inhouse (why look a movie on a little screen if you can watch it on a big TV?), but through Internet it might be cool.

    I dont know what protocol use this iOS app to hook with the PLEX engine, but maybe something could be possible:

    Suppose you are somewhere with friend and a wifi spot
    Suppose your PLEX backend server has a fix IP, or maybe some fix address
    Then logically you could connect remotely to your PLEX server at home, and watch the streamed (live converted by PLEX) movie. Same applies for 3G/UMTS connexion, but then careful to the bill at the end of the month!

    This part of the iOS app is very interesting.

    Elan is right when he compares PLEX to a house. The way all devs (re)builded the ground of the PLEX suite opens endless possibilities, and it was worth waiting for 0.9.

  27. Svein Jarle August 30th, 2010 1:33 am

    Wow… You left me breathless. Stunning. Only problem for my sake is that I live in a student home that’s been firewalled to the neck, so I can only dream about using this outside of my little room. But I’ll buy it nevertheless!

    But one thing I have been looking for the previous couple of weeks – does this app support remote playing of the media as well? I mean, can you browse to a TV-episode on the iOS-device, and have it play on the Plex/Nine Mac Mini hooked to the TV? That would be killer. I could browse for a movie on my iPhone and start it remotely when my friends have settled, without having to turn on my TV beforehand to look for it.

    And secondly – does the streaming support subtitles?

    Great job, plex team! Can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  28. elan August 30th, 2010 1:33 am

    @Tobias: Yes, over HTTP. Port-forwarding is required, we’ll be adding NAT-PMP as soon as we can but for now you can configure manually. 720p conversion is supported, you need a pretty powerful computer, something like 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo or faster.

  29. etudes0 August 30th, 2010 1:35 am

    Ohhhhh…..dang it…here I was thinking of building this my self ( I do iOS dev work) but you guys have done a great job of it looks like. This is awesome work guys. I would love to be a part of that project.

  30. elan August 30th, 2010 1:36 am

    @Svein Jarle: Yes, we support remote playing. Subtitles aren’t supported in this first version but will be shortly, lots of the code is working already!

  31. MTI August 30th, 2010 1:47 am

    So in effect, the iOS app will be a mix of the Controllr app, the Apple Remote app, and AirVideo/StreamToMe? If true, that is just soo awesome!

  32. elan August 30th, 2010 1:50 am

    @MTI: Don’t forget, you can also play online content through the app as well, which none of those other apps can do. And all that yummy metadata for your library content. It’s a media center in your hand!

  33. Thomas August 30th, 2010 1:53 am

    Another request for Android support. Looks sweet. – SORRY for being such as complainer… you guys are doing fantastic!

  34. MTI August 30th, 2010 1:56 am

    @elan: Yeah, this is just so very very good! Really, this might prove to be the software platform of the year! I (and my alter ego, hafnium) have previously been a bit harsh and critical towards you guys. Please know that I fully regret (most of) that! :-D At least I now understand why you were so busy (and secretive)… :)

  35. Francois August 30th, 2010 2:03 am

    but as I got an iPhone 3G, I’m not upgrading to iOS until Apple fixes the LAGGING issue!
    Looks nice doh :)
    C’mon Apple fix this already!

  36. elan August 30th, 2010 2:04 am

    @Francois, it’ll run fine on iOS 3.1, you don’t need to be on iOS 4.

  37. Mitch969 August 30th, 2010 2:06 am

    Elan, yesterday I was explaining you on the forum that it was the future to be able to watch everything from anywhere and that a plex client for iDevices will give Plex a huge visibility.

    And you did it in one night, you are crazy guys ;-)

    Just a question Elan, what means the television icon on the picture posted ?

    If you reply that Plex/Nine will fully support EyeTV, I will have an heart attack for sure !

  38. elan August 30th, 2010 2:10 am

    @Mitch969, not sure I know what picture of the television icon you’re talking about, but if you link me to it, I’d be happy to explain.

  39. MTI August 30th, 2010 2:13 am

    Another question: How will the iOS app perform with very large libraries (e.g. an iTunes music library with triple digit songs in it or a movie library with close to 2 thousand movies)? Will it cache posters/cover art for example?

  40. Topher Fangio August 30th, 2010 2:13 am

    Okay, so I posted something in the forum discussing what I thought would be a pretty cool iOS App, and you guys totally hit the nail on the head. Outstanding job! I can’t wait to get my hands on this and try it out (now I understand why everything was so secretive)!

    I didn’t really see it in the video, how do you support browsing to the TV show you want to watch on the iPhone and then playing it on your TV? I only saw two buttons pop up when he clicked the movie, and one of them was “Resume where left off”…

  41. Guillaume August 30th, 2010 2:13 am

    This. Is. Epic.

  42. MTI August 30th, 2010 2:15 am

    Sorry, I meant an iTunes library with for example 50k songs in it…

  43. elan August 30th, 2010 2:19 am

    @Topher: You can set to automatically ask you each time, or default to playing locally or on the selected remote player.

  44. elan August 30th, 2010 2:20 am

    My library has about 35k tracks in it and it does fine, but there’s definitely more caching we could be doing. For a 1.0, I think it’s quite usable!

  45. yumemi August 30th, 2010 2:21 am

    Without subtitles support, it’s useless…

  46. Topher Fangio August 30th, 2010 2:22 am

    @Francois – Have you seen the do-it-yourself fix for iOS that turns off spotlight indexing? It’s supposed to help tremendously on a 3GS. Might help :-)

  47. Ben August 30th, 2010 2:22 am

    Hey Elan, I’m just in awe of what you guys are doing with this! Currently the App is only on the US Store (At least, it is from the link on the frontpage)… Will it be going worldwide on Wednesday? I’m really excited!!

  48. Mitch969 August 30th, 2010 2:24 am
  49. elan August 30th, 2010 2:24 am

    @Ben: yes, worldwide.

    @yumemi: We will be adding subtitle support shortly, most of the work is complete.

  50. Raygan August 30th, 2010 2:25 am

    Holy… Crap.
    This takes my cobbled together combination of Mac and iOS apps and turns it into yesterday’s Jam. Amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
    You guys are fantastic. And I’m glad you’re making the app a paid app; I’m happy you’ll be making a few dollars off all your hard work and I’m sure anyone who gets a crack at the Mac app will be happy to chip in for the iOS app. And if they aren’t we can ignore them as cheapskates.
    And for the port forwarding aspect, can I recommend you take a look at this open source code? The stand-alone app version of it works amazingly well for me.

  51. elan August 30th, 2010 2:27 am

    @Mitch969: It represents a library section with TV Shows in it. Of course, you can have as many different sections as you want (e.g. I have two movie sections displayed in that same screenshot). If you look closely at the icon, you’ll see Barkley, of course.

  52. Raygan August 30th, 2010 2:31 am

    Yeah, where IS that donate button? :-)
    I just tried the one at the top of the page and it didn’t work, and it’s absent from the main page of the site. You guys should make sure you’ve got it working for September 1st; if anybody else is like me they’ll want to reward your hard work with a little hard cash.

  53. o6sidian August 30th, 2010 2:33 am

    Going all i-Stuff never felt as right as today :-)

    Thanks guys!

  54. elan August 30th, 2010 2:33 am

    @Raygan, we appreciate the thought, please reward us by purchasing the app :) We’ll then use that to buy beer. Or tequila.

  55. Mitch969 August 30th, 2010 2:33 am

    Thanks Elan, so I won’t have an heart attack today ;-)

    EyeTV integration is the last piece missing in Plex.

    Anyway, you made my day !

  56. Scott August 30th, 2010 2:35 am

    Great job guys. As always :-)

  57. Knape August 30th, 2010 2:47 am

    Thanks, this is great news!
    Will the remote application be able to stream from rar-archived files. I have probably half my library in split 50mb rare files and don’t won’t unrar them usually.

  58. Bram August 30th, 2010 2:49 am

    Angry Birds integration!? Really??
    Can’t wait to find the Golden Eggs in Plex!

  59. elan August 30th, 2010 2:49 am

    @Knape: I’m sorry, there is no support for rar’d or zipped media in the Plex Media Server. Perhaps time to script an unrar? :)

  60. Darryl August 30th, 2010 3:00 am

    It’d be awesome if we could fling angry birds at actors we dislike. :)

  61. Guillaume August 30th, 2010 3:49 am

    Oh please tell me aTV is an iOS device and tell me Plex is available on it !

  62. Glad2Hear August 30th, 2010 3:51 am

    Thank you elan for this great app! This is going to be the first app that I’ll buy for my iPhone :)

    *Just got it a month ago… never found something worth buying… Until NOW!!!

  63. Sune Pedersen August 30th, 2010 3:55 am

    Great work!! looking forward to see my content while traveling by train etc.

    Quick question. Does it play plugin content which uses the flash/silverlight from webkit to display content, like netflix and hulu? If so, how do you do that? screen capturing?

  64. Joshua Ochs August 30th, 2010 3:58 am

    Ugh, TechCrunch – the kind of place that refers to the menubar as a “Finder toolbar”:

    “It’s an applet that sits in your Finder toolbar (next to your clock, Wi-Fi signal, and battery indicator… that sort of thing)”

    Yeah, real Mac-savvy folks over there.

    This kind of treatment doesn’t surprise me from TechCrunch at all, but I’m extremely surprised you’d give the exclusive peak to such an outlet, as opposed to Engadget, TUAW, etc.

  65. El Massman August 30th, 2010 4:01 am

    Congrats on another AWESOME app guys!

  66. Nixta August 30th, 2010 4:03 am

    Oh ho! You guys are gonna make a mint on that iOS app, and deservedly so! Great job, Elan & Co. I cannot wait to hand over my cash.

    I’ve skimmed the comments, so please forgive me if this has been answered, but can I have my media server feed a Plex client on my friend’s Mac Mini over the web? I’ve got plenty of CPU (iMac i7) and upload bandwidth (2Mb)?

    But who cares about that?? Congrats on some excellent work!

  67. Will August 30th, 2010 4:05 am

    Elan – this looks amazing!
    Do you have any plans for rolling it out to other phones (particularly android) or will it remain iOS only?
    Well done on keeping it a secret – that must have taken a lot of effort…

  68. niklas August 30th, 2010 4:18 am

    This is magic stuff – well worth the wait, I will surely buy the iOS app to support you guys! :)

    Still need to ask you about one feature (sorry) – airtunes control?

  69. Pedro August 30th, 2010 4:30 am

    WOW! OOC, is the iOS app totally written from scratch, or is it based on the mac client?

  70. Neckaros August 30th, 2010 4:39 am

    Wow great job! I’m very excited about the new library system. The old one was a big mess.
    I’m glad you are having this iPhone paid app! you will finally be rewarded for your great great job!


  71. John Grange August 30th, 2010 4:43 am

    The streaming looks awesome but sorry the remote portion is luke warm, I already have a remote app that does this : rowmote. What I want is a remote app that mirrors what the official apple remote app does but controls plex ; people keep missing the idea of a touch screen interfaces I want to manipulate the media directly, not some icon on the screen, it is a touch interface not a mouse :-) So make the local streaming interface actually control the remote plex and we will be set!

  72. DCstewieG August 30th, 2010 4:47 am

    My comment from the 25th: “man you guys could put it in the App Store for 5 bucks and be rolling in dough”

    Apparently you guys thought this was such a good idea you sat down and coded it up in 5 days. Tell me I’m wrong! :)

  73. Ed Stone August 30th, 2010 4:55 am

    I love it but what’s with a US only release on the ios app? Kinda takes the edge off the whole thing.

  74. puithove August 30th, 2010 5:02 am

    Holy crap! You guys effing rock! I’m going to have to take the day off…

  75. Anders August 30th, 2010 5:10 am

    Since you are supporting transcoding, will you have some support for DLNA?

    It would be awesome if Plex could stream to my Sony Bravia in the bedroom that has wifi and DLNA.

  76. John August 30th, 2010 5:11 am

    I noticed the iPad has gesture support, but I’ll the iPhone have it as well?? That’s all I want in LIFE Plllllzzzz

  77. maxrogers August 30th, 2010 5:43 am

    Great work again! Really excited!!! ;o)

  78. Jagaskywalker August 30th, 2010 5:44 am

    Muchas gracias from Spain. I follow you since day one and this is the greatest upgrade since then…

    One request…. how do you handle multiple audi tracks ? Would it be possible (in future versions) to allow changing it ?

    Thanks !

  79. Vaska August 30th, 2010 5:46 am

    Will it play DVD’s straight up via the interface or will it be the kind of wonky setup playing via DVD Player that it currently has?

  80. hopfi2k August 30th, 2010 5:54 am

    +1 for EyeTV integration…so necessary

  81. Dan August 30th, 2010 5:55 am

    The current version of plex has seemed to stop scraping fan art. will plex/nine fan art work?

  82. esku75 August 30th, 2010 5:59 am

    OMFG that’s great :D congratulations

  83. xain09 August 30th, 2010 6:09 am

    MY jaw just hit the floor! KILLER APP + KILLER iOS APP = FTW!

  84. Gary C August 30th, 2010 6:15 am

    I see some advantages over the Air Video app and WD Player:
    1. I currently use the WD HD Live as my media player on my HDTV, but it doesn’t have any metadata or pretty screens. Scrolling and organizing is very manual.

    2. I use Air Video for my iPad, but it also doesn’t have metadata (but it does have subtitles)

    I might be convinced to buy a new MacMini, unless this might be able to run on the rumored iTV (using your app).

    I agree with the previous commenter. The remote app is cool, but for those with Harmony universal remotes, I hope that the apple remote / hardware remote is supported.

  85. Nikko August 30th, 2010 6:29 am


  86. Mando August 30th, 2010 6:30 am

    Amazing…absolutely amazing…great work Plex team!!

  87. Peter August 30th, 2010 6:59 am

    Looking forward until tomorrow and the new Plex/Nine and I’m VERY excited about the new app version!

    OF COURSE I’ll buy the app directly – very cheap price for a remote control of this complexity and easy to use (ref: crunchgear video). The last one cost me aprx 400$ (Harmony) ;-)

    Does Plex/Nine support several apps using the same Plex/Nine (but not at the same time)? Everyone in our family has an iPhone and will probably want this app and use it as a remote, when I show them mine…

    Happy Coding!

  88. pojkfittan August 30th, 2010 7:02 am

    “Devil horns” and a loud scream “hell yes”! Can’t wait to use both plex for mac and iOS.

  89. lang August 30th, 2010 7:06 am

    Will the iPad app support authentication to the media server? And please…let it work over 3G!

  90. Arno August 30th, 2010 7:07 am

    Damn this is absolutely fantastic news!! Hope you sell a million apps.

  91. Pascal August 30th, 2010 7:13 am

    This is just awesome. Consider my purchase of this app as the donation I would have given you anyway (I don’t really need the app)!

  92. Jerome August 30th, 2010 7:49 am

    This is such awesome news! Thanks so much guys for all the hard work.

    One question: I can’t seem to find out if this has been covered, but will Plex be able to serve two different videos at the same time? In other words, can I watch something on my iPad (using the Plex app) while my wife is watching something on Plex on our HDTV?

  93. Kainen August 30th, 2010 8:17 am

    No rar:s? That’s one of the best features of plex!
    Will you add support for rar:s later?

  94. Jason August 30th, 2010 8:18 am

    elan – does the Plex iPad app support VGA out? Please say yes. ;)

  95. fhb August 30th, 2010 8:27 am

    Will it be possible to download movies in a compatible format (e.g. I am going to a hotel for two weeks next month and there is a special internet location and no internet on my room.)? This would be great for everybody during holidays (imagine being @starbucks or mcdonalds or whatever place offers free wlan and downloading a couple of tv-episodes for times you got nothing to do (this is especially handy if you haven’t got the 64gig ipod/ipad/iphone but only the 8gig model)).

  96. Bram August 30th, 2010 9:02 am

    Can I send you beer out of gratitude?

  97. Michael August 30th, 2010 9:05 am

    I was very confused regarding the exact release time, but at the moment I’m convinced it’s 9 hours from now, at midnight EST in the United States, but the mention of New Zealand got me wondering if you meant Australia’s Eastern Standard Time zone, in which case maybe you mean “a day early” as in “early for folks in the USA, on-time for folks just left of the international date line.”

  98. nystigmus August 30th, 2010 9:31 am

    Hey Elan,
    Amazing work. One question, will iOS 4 background audio playback be possible for the streaming content? This would be killer for music. I know that StreamToMe has this functionality.

  99. NEI August 30th, 2010 9:49 am

    Fantastic! Time to replace some apps on my Mac and iOs devices!

  100. Russ August 30th, 2010 9:56 am

    I’m so happy you guys announced this today! It seems everyone is super excited about this, and rightly so! Get ready for tomorrow, because this is what you’ve been working toward this whole year (plus more). Great job devs, you rock :D

  101. elan August 30th, 2010 9:57 am

    @nystigmus: Yes, background audio is supported :)

    @Michael: I’m confused too, Australia and NZ seem to be in the future.

  102. Marius August 30th, 2010 10:09 am


    Yes yes and yes!

    Bye bye air server, bye bye crap remotes. I have wanted this for so long! Thank you so much for your hard work! This is going to be killer!

  103. Mattias August 30th, 2010 10:15 am

    Dont see why it would be bad over 3G as long as you have a fast connection. I have 4-5Mbit 3G here in Sweden so it should look just as good as over wifi

  104. wally007 August 30th, 2010 10:17 am

    Cant wait. Finally official PLex remote that will ( hopefully ) get updated along with main app. buying it as soon as it hits app store. ( last remote i hope, i bought like 6 of them already and dont use any of them )

  105. Ross Shannon August 30th, 2010 10:18 am

    Excellent reveal! I’ve been anticipating Plex/Nine as if it’s a new videogame.

  106. elan August 30th, 2010 10:20 am

    @Jerome: Yes, it can serve out as many different streams of media as you have the CPU and network for.

  107. wally007 August 30th, 2010 10:28 am

    Are you going to have some kind of Introductory ( animated or otherwise ) video on release day (something along the lines of Drop Box intro video ) ?

    I’d love to show it to my colleagues at work but unless it has anything to do with TCP/IP or Multicast , they’re just “slow”.

  108. Andrew Procter August 30th, 2010 10:31 am

    Can’t wait for midnight! I’ll have my mouse finger & wallet ready! You guys are fantastic.

  109. Nick August 30th, 2010 10:38 am

    Hey @elan did I read this right, no support for RAR’d content? 100% of my media (2TBs) is Rar’d and plex has never had a problem before. Either way Im super excited about 9 and will be gladly donating again!

  110. Touf99 August 30th, 2010 10:55 am

    Hi élan
    I am so excite d and The Time which i wait for this beta
    Thank you for all your work
    Thank all The developer
    One more thing :
    i live in Paris
    When and at chat Time do you pût plex for all,
    And where are you living because there is décalage horaire between France and states,
    And i watt to be good for dowload plex nine.
    Thank you ver much

  111. Jay Tyler August 30th, 2010 11:12 am

    Nick- I never understood why content was RAR’d?

  112. Nick August 30th, 2010 11:26 am

    @Jay Tayler my media comes from a source that is a big fan of Raring. Its just how its always been.

  113. Russ August 30th, 2010 11:46 am

    There si so much software out there these day, and lots of it unrars it for you with no worries on your end. Maybe it’s because I’m a freak, and love to organize everything, but having my stuff in rars would drive me bonkers :p

  114. Russ August 30th, 2010 11:47 am

    Damn sorry for the spelling errors…I blame the Plex team and all the excitement :p Anyways, if I were you guys, I would be unraring those files ASAP, and getting ready for the software experience of the year.

  115. defsquad August 30th, 2010 12:06 pm

    i agree with @Nick, i get a bit of rar’d content and current XBMC nightly/Boxee binaries are able to play the media in the rar archives. i’m not sure if plex is able to do this or not, but it sure would be cool.

    anyway, aside from that, i’ll join the masses in saying congrats on another huge milestone for the PLEX dev team. this is by far the most polished OSX media app available!

    donation coming your way when i get home from work.

  116. fanden August 30th, 2010 12:10 pm

    Awesome work from Plex team! You guys rock!

  117. Mayhem August 30th, 2010 12:14 pm

    So, I’m guessing, since you have transcoding in place for the iOS app, you also have it set up for the OSX app? Will I be able to watch my library on the road? I”m always off about somewhere on a random network wanting to just browse my home library, I’d rather not watch on my iphone in a hotel room.

  118. Phill August 30th, 2010 12:30 pm

    Oh no! Everything was going great until the following bombshells:

    1. No Rar support – quite a lot of my media is Rar’d because up until now they’ve worked fine with XBMC and then Plex.

    2. The Plex Media Server needs Snow Leopard to run properly, which is fine for my Mac mini downstairs but my iTunes library is on an iMac that currently can’t be changed from Leopard yet.

    And it was all going so well, that’s progress for you :(

  119. elan August 30th, 2010 12:32 pm

    @Phill: (1) Unrar-ing media is very easy, and I bet you’ll see a script pop up that will do it automatically for you any day now :) (2) is actually an error in the article, it works fine on Leopard.

  120. Phill August 30th, 2010 12:55 pm


    Thanks – on both counts.

    Consider another Plex app sold when it turns up in the UK iTunes store.

    PS: the run up to the launch of Plex/Nine has been brilliantly staged, well done. Really looking forward to this.

  121. Brandon August 30th, 2010 12:57 pm

    Wow, what a bombshell! I just picked up the excellent Controllr app for Plex. The developer of it certainly deserves some money, so I don’t mind that I paid for it when I’ll be replacing it with Plex only a few weeks later. This is pretty impressive, though, basically combining two other apps that I was using (Controllr and AirVideo) to do way more than either app could do alone. Two things that I want to note/ask about:

    1. If Apple reveals iTV tomorrow and it’s running iOS with apps as most people are anticipating, the Plex app on there will instantly make it look a whole lot more appealing. We all know that Apple won’t be offering built-in functionality that is comparable to what we want from a media center, but having a $100 Plexbox that’s streaming from your Mac is something we can all recommend to our friends and family.

    2. The article notes that video plugins will work, but the only one mentioned specifically is Revision3. Will any video plugin written for Plex9 be able to stream to an iOS app? So, in a couple days we could all be watching Hulu and The Daily Show on our iPhones at last?

  122. elan August 30th, 2010 1:02 pm

    @Brandon: (2) In theory, yes. In practice we’ll going to be enabling the plug-ins slowly as we test and make sure the experience is good. Of course, you could override our settings and do whatever you want :)

  123. Justin August 30th, 2010 1:15 pm

    I’m wondering about the catalog experience with the iOS app. I’ve been using HD Remote on my iPad for this as of late and would love to have the Plex app replace it. To do this, it’d have to have a nice browsing experience to go through my library of movies and TV shows. This should work in a vertical and a horizontal orientation, maybe with specific views that work in either. Ideally, I’d love it if there was a grid layout for horizontal and a list with nice display of info for vertical. What would be even nicer is if there were little graphical flare added to each when you narrow down your search or want to get other media related to one you’ve selected, ie, show other movies with DeNiro in them, and have it rearrange itself. Of course all of this should use the information that is scraped by Plex and cache the fanart and thumbnails so that it shows them quickly when the app is opened instead of having to retrieve every time. If this is what your app does already, I’ll gladly buy it the minute it comes out. If it only has part of them and you can add the rest in the future, I’ll buy it too. Sounds like a great start Elan.

  124. Nick August 30th, 2010 1:18 pm

    Another thing I just thought of about not being able to read rar’d files. Its going to be a pain for those of us that use torrents to get (legal) media. I have to unrar to watch, but keep the original rars to seed…Why was this feature removed again?

  125. Justin August 30th, 2010 1:24 pm

    elan – I’m in debt to your hard work and have always loved Plex, will be donating shortly. I don’t mean to dwell on the issue, but are there any plans to re-implement support for rar’s? Without going into unnecessary details, my whole organization/downloading/seeding schematics are based around them. I’m almost second guessing whether to update (almost)..

  126. oOLiquidNightOo August 30th, 2010 2:02 pm

    You should have a large DONATE button on this page while the love in the room is so prevalent.

    I hope this iPhone App makes you guys a gazillion dollars.

  127. Russ August 30th, 2010 2:17 pm

    I was also shocked by the bombshell about rar files
    70% of my content is in rar files, including new content grabbed daily, I’m really hoping there will be support for opening rar files on the fly in future, fingers crossed there’s a plugin for it

  128. Russ August 30th, 2010 2:20 pm

    But that won’t stop me from upgrading, or buying the app

  129. e kronos August 30th, 2010 2:25 pm


    will we be able to play DVD ISO’s (with menus etc) from our iOS device? (This is the major shortcoming of AirVideo at the moment). Most of my movie collection is DVD images…

  130. spock August 30th, 2010 2:30 pm

    Great job Plex team! I discovered Plex last fall and ran it on my MacBook, After that I was hooked. Since then I’ve upgraded my entire setup — bought a Mac Mini, Harmony Remote, Bose home theater system, Drobo & new TV with the sole intent of running Plex as our primary home theater experience! In my opinion and the family would agree, its the best Mac app out there for multimedia delivery hands down. Elan, you and the Plex team (developers, skin masters, Anna and Barkley) have indeed changed the game. Thanks for the dedication, the long hours and days of coding, designing, re-designing and dev testing into the night as the remainder of us dreamt about version 9. Again, great job everyone; hats off and subservient bows backwards as I exit. Keep up the great work!

  131. elan August 30th, 2010 2:31 pm

    @e kronos: No support for VIDEO_TS/ISOs at the moment, that would need a whole other can of whoop-ass.

    @Russ/Justin: RAR support is not planned, sorry.

    @Justin: There is no support yet for a grid list, but it’s planned, we definitely make to make this an awesome experience for exploring your media.

  132. Mayhem August 30th, 2010 3:43 pm

    Video TS and ISO was always buggy for me anyways, glad i just converted 300+ movies…!

  133. Rod August 30th, 2010 3:44 pm

    Elan, your work and that of the PLEX team is very much appreciated. I was wondering if the Hulu and Netflix plugins will be ready to go with Mac based system (not the iOS) in 0.9 upon its release. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  134. elan August 30th, 2010 3:48 pm

    @Rod, thanks for the kind words! In theory those should work fine with the same caveats as under Plex/Eight (need older version of Flash, etc.)

  135. Russ August 30th, 2010 4:00 pm

    Thanks for clarifying elan. I’m super excited to upgrade, you guys have done a fantastic job! I’m sure I’ll manage without rar’d content until I get around to converting / scripting. Will definitely be buying the app

  136. leroy jenkins August 30th, 2010 4:00 pm

    how do i send you money? do you accept google checkout or paypal?

  137. Rod August 30th, 2010 4:59 pm

    Thanks for the reply Elan, Plex nine looks pretty fantastic. Can’t wait to try it.

  138. Russ August 30th, 2010 5:08 pm

    Hey there can’t be two of us, Russ :p

  139. elan August 30th, 2010 5:10 pm

    Uh oh, a Highlander-style Russ-off.

  140. Josh Perrin August 30th, 2010 5:40 pm

    just sent you guys some money for a few celebration beers!!

    I encourage everyone to support this great effort. Just incase you missed it, the donate button is in the top right hand corner of this page.

    Can’t wait for the app, and now I really hope Apple releases an iOS apple tv!!

    Thanks Elan and the whole dev team for all the hard work!!! Plex9 looks great!

  141. dev August 30th, 2010 5:42 pm

    i know it’s offtopic, but elan, i wanted to ask 1 thing, which for me is very important.
    Example – Scrubs tv show on my mac mini. Will i be able to see on my iMac thru Plex all watched/unwatched episodes stored on my mac mini? Now i only see ALL episodes,but can’t see which ones are watched and which ones are not. Will i be able to continue watching an episode on iMac from the point i stopped it on my mac mini ? I’m waiting for this since.. since-i-can’t-remember-when. It will really make me happy. Thanks for all the work you have done, anyway, u Guys are Great!

  142. elan August 30th, 2010 5:58 pm

    @dev: A massive “yes”. This is the raison d’être for the Plex Media Server.

  143. Da August 30th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Hmm, where’s the update?

  144. Paul August 30th, 2010 6:23 pm

    Isn’t it time to release the new version? I stayed up and everything! :)

  145. elan August 30th, 2010 6:25 pm
  146. Ronald August 30th, 2010 7:20 pm

    This is awesome! I am already thinking about changing my network setup for this. Where does the ios app connect to for streaming media? To the central library or to plex client?

  147. Peter August 30th, 2010 7:21 pm

    Any chance that there is an android port in the works?

  148. elan August 30th, 2010 7:22 pm

    @Ronald, the iOS app is a client just like Plex now, both connect to the server.

  149. mustachu August 30th, 2010 7:48 pm

    Well, I’m wondering if there are any improvement about performance?

  150. Ronald August 30th, 2010 7:49 pm

    Excellent! Just as I expected, but it wasn’t really clear in the video. Can’t wait to start using it. Thanks for the good work, you guys rock!

  151. wally007 August 30th, 2010 7:54 pm

    From screenshots it wasnt clear whether there’s a way to turn iPAD into FUL screen gesture remote control ?! Only screenshot included where gesture screen was displayed showed there’s still buttons on the bottom which i hope we’ll be able to HIDE. ( i hate looking at the TV AND the remote and if there’s still buttons on the gesture screen then user will still need to look at the iPad not to accidentally press any of the buttons )

  152. ckarv August 30th, 2010 7:55 pm

    Oh man, I’m buying this app instantly it becomes available in the app store. Tell me when, okay? :)

    Great work as always!

  153. lockhart August 30th, 2010 8:19 pm

    No RAR support is horrible. Hundreds of gigs of content in RARs that I need the originals to seed, and I have to unrar EVERY SINGLE ONE to play it in the new plex? WHY would you take this out? There must be a technical reason at least.
    I can’t understand this at all.

  154. ckarv August 30th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Only available in US store? :(

  155. iYom August 30th, 2010 8:35 pm

    <Elan :

    Plex for iOS isn't available on French Itunes Store… TOO BAD :-)

  156. Carlos Paramio August 30th, 2010 8:38 pm

    Can’t wait to buy the iPad/iPhone application as soon as it was available at the iTunes App Store Spain. Thank you for this amazing piece of software!

  157. ckarv August 30th, 2010 8:54 pm

    Available and bought from Finnish App Store! Nice!

  158. Peter August 30th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Just bought the app! Bye bye Harmony… ;-)

    Question (again):
    Does the Plex/Nine server support several iPhone apps as remotes on the same server? (not at the same time) Family-issue – everyone wants there own app in there iPhones = good news 4 you!

    Many said i before – hope you make millions of $ on this app to support your good work with Plex in the future to :-)

    Happy Coding

  159. Lars August 31st, 2010 1:37 am

    No RAR support is a total dealbreaker for everyone I know that uses Plex 8, unraring is realy not an option, you have to rethink this, and I found out it AFTER I bought the Iphone app…

  160. lang August 31st, 2010 5:12 am

    Available on Canadian Store (just purchased).

  161. Seamus D Dog August 31st, 2010 6:02 am

    A few questions for the developers …

    1. Harmony support included in Plex Nine?

    2. Can I have Plex 0.8.x and Plex Nine on my Computers at the same time? (Want to make sure everything works okay before switching) …

  162. marc wilder September 7th, 2010 3:30 pm

    Could someone please help me understand how to view my movies from my iTunes. I see that I can listen and see album artwork on my iPhone 4 but I cannot figure out how to show and view my movies. I am using the Plex app on the iPhone 4.

    I am using a Macbook Pro 15″ late 09 model running Snow Leopard.


    Marc W

  163. elan September 7th, 2010 4:07 pm

    @marc wilder: I recommend you head to the forums for more support, but I’d need more information on the movies. If they are DRM’d then they would not be playable (or visible) on the Plex clients.

  164. Peter November 23rd, 2010 9:25 am

    Please HELP
    ISO – Issue.
    I have one movie that is in ISO format.
    It plays fine but once done I have no way out of the movies main menu.

  165. elan November 25th, 2010 2:43 am

    @Peter: does the ‘x’ key work?

  166. Peter December 7th, 2010 12:03 pm

    YEAH, that gets me out of it thanks.
    Does your Plex iphone app have a keyboard feature?

  167. Peter December 9th, 2010 5:14 am

    Ok the iPhone app is great. Scratch that – Awesome!
    No browser app or menu item?
    Seems like there are some 3rd party and open source ones that would make this product shine even more. I hate quitting Plex to go online and plugging in a keyboard and mouse or vnc via iPhone. I’d love to just select Browser from the main Plex menu and use the iPhone’s Plex app’s keyboard.

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