airplay in all the glory, but especially advanced, it is not. Sure, it is good that the technology is there, and sometimes using video mirroring from Mac to Apple TV will do it good. But it feels like Apple has abandoned its function for wireless transmission of sound and image, it has not happened to any of Airplay-front for a long time now.
Lucky then that there are third-party alternatives. We have looked at some options that make the Apple TV a competent media player for your own movies, TV shows, photos and music.
In this test, we will focus on the Apple TV and the possibility to play our own local files. Plex and Infuse also has a good app for IOS, but we're in the Apple TV into focus.
Plex – mostly, but not always the best
Plex is undoubtedly a classic in the context, and many were happy enough when it got a new Apple TV app in conjunction with new generation of Apple's media player was released in the fall of 2015.
the very foundation of Plex is Plex media Server. The first thing we need to do (if we have not used Plex before) is to start this, which is made from Plex site. As the sound of the name will this serve as our media server. It is from this web interface all control of our files is done, and it is through this Apple TV app will find the files we want to check on.
In this test, we use a Mac for Plex Media Server, but want we rather use a NAS as a media server that's fine too. A list of the Nazarene Plex supports available here. When we set up Plex Media Server and added to the files we want to sync, we load down Plex on Apple TV and log on to our account there.
Apple TV app is very dependent on its server on the computer. We can not, for example download subtitles to movies from our app and we can not adjust and manage metadata, or edit our library.
The app will be almost just a mirror of what we have on the hard drive (although a well functioning and good looking one). Basically the only thing we can do from the Apple TV is to adjust the video quality, audio format, and change subtitles files if we have several such.
To adjust metadata, editing libraries, and so on, made from Plex Media Server. Are you okay with these limitations work Plex for Apple TV, for the most part just fine.
The metadata allows Plex nicely
Plex manages metadata how good any time, usually. Our files are neatly packaged with relevant information – it feels like we're in a streaming service rather than in our own file library.
But even if the packaging is Plex strong side, it can sometimes need a little help. With a neat file structure on the server and files listed under The film's name + year or series name + s01e01 and so on, we will be well. Usually, it works just fine, but at one point manages Plex among the assembled SVT program Kobra with an old 80's roll …
Plex is good enough in its free version, but there is also a premium version with some additional features. We equip iOS app includes receiving iCloud similar functionality for syncing your iPhone's library to Plex. We pay a little extra, we can control our Plex Media Server directly from iOS and additionally offline sync our material from our server directly to the iPhone. As a very own streaming service that is.
Stylish and feature rich
good at metadata
Greater control over the library through the server