Welcoming Plex on Samsung

08.03.12 134 Comments

There’s really nothing that makes us happier than Plex being made available on more devices (well, except maybe a nice cold micro-brew on a hot summer day). We love our Roku channel, Plex comes on every LG Smart TV sold, and an increasing number of DLNA devices can talk to our server as well.

We’re happy to officially announce that you can now get Plex on your Samsung TV or Blu-ray player! Most 2010 and 2011 models with Smart Hub are supported (check the full list), and 2012 models will be supported before too long.

The app has been in development for a long time, and it used to rather complicated to install if you wanted to check it out, but now it’s available in the Samsung app store, so it’s just a few clicks away from being on your device.

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The app was developed primarily by hd1080, who first contacted me over a year ago. He’s been an incredible help during that time, suggesting improvements for our API, finding bugs, and just being an overall cool guy to hang out with (virtually, of course; this *is* the 21st century). He’s since been joined by the talented Orca, and between the two of them they’re making awesome progress in adding new features.

The app is ridiculously good looking, and if you’re familiar with our Laika client, the interface is very close, which makes it the richest UI available on a device. In addition, there are other cool features, like native support for external SRT subtitles (without transcoding), and even 3D support. See more details here. The Samsung devices generally have excellent codec support as well.

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The Samsung client is a labor of love for the guys, and if you like it, I would highly encourage you to donate to their project.

If you have a supported Samsung device, download the app and check it out, and let us know what you think!

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  • Loving the app.
    Is there a setting to lock 4:3 to 16:9 all the time. Now I have to “crop black bars from video”


  • I second what another user reported above. The app is brilliant. OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT IT DROPS THE CONNECTION EVERY 10-30 Minutes!!!!!!! COME ON PEOPLE!!! Don’t tell me I’m the only one this is happening to. I know there’s more than just a few of us. There is nothing wrong with my network. The Netflix app and YouTube app work fine on TV. I have a UN46F6400AFXZA model Samsung Smart TV. Cost me nearly $1k. And the main reason I got it was for Plex and the Time Earner Cable app. Oh sure they both installed very easy. And I thought I was in love with this TV for at least the first 10 minutes. Then they just start dropping connection. Unbelievable. 2014 and this is the best we can do. Screw it. I’m going back to reading books. I’m done.

  • Hello, I have plex app on my Samsung smart tv, and most of the channels are working, but I can’t get CBS News channel to wok as it is giving me an error message saying that the Samsung app does not have the ability to support this channel. Am I doing something wrong?

  • I’ve enjoyed using the Plex app on my Samsung TV that I never use my AppleTV anymore. I decided to get a second Samsung TV to be able to view the movies in the bedroom and it appears that only one Samsung TV can have it configured. Am I missing something? How can I get both of the TVs to link to the Plex account?

  • Hello, same problem with Toshiba. I have Plex App on my Toshiba tv, and most of the channels are working, but I can’t get CBS News channel to wok as it is giving me an error message saying that the Toshiba app does not have the ability to support this channel. Am I doing something wrong?

  • to play 3d iso on plex download makemkv , make sure you include the mvc file then download tsmuxer and click m2ts , when finished rename the file 3d mvc and add it to your plex library. when you select the file on your samsung tv choose direct play and your tv will switch to 3d automatically

  • Just curious, but on my new sammy tv, it looks like the UI is running in a really low resolution, like 720p or less. Is that normal? Also, the colours just don’t have the vibrancy they do on the normal app. Any chance of adding in a feature to hide menus on the main screen or update to the latest plex interface (where some of the menu items are hidden in the left panel that flips out when you press left)?

    • @Troy ~ On many of these platforms, the UI elements are limited to lower resolutions than the TV.

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