Plex app brings local media to Google TV


Hot on the heels of this past weekend’s massive update of the core Plex software comes the announcement that the media center is now also available on Google (s GOOG) TV.

The Plex team added compatibility with Google TV to the latest version of its Android app this morning, bringing local media sharing on steroids to devices that have already received the Google TV 2.0 update that is rolling out this week. From Plex’s Android blog:

Now — we’ve heard Google TV maligned many times over the past couple weeks. We’ve heard it said that the new Google TV is not newsworthy. I admit I was a bit skeptical at first — but I’m here to tell you that we’ve been impressed with how Plex performs on our demo unit.

Google TV users will have to install the Plex media server on one of their computers to make full use of the client. Among other things, the app supports playback of media shared within the home network, as well as access to a number of Internet content channels. The most noteworthy one at this point might be Spotify, making it possible to access the music streaming service on Google TV devices before Spotify has launched an official app.

Update: The Plex team has informed us that it is currently impossible for them to relay Spotify streams to Google TV devices.

The Google TV implementation also comes with complete support for Plex’s new cloud service and its media-sharing capabilities, which means that Google TV users can now easily access their friends’ personal media libraries.

Plex for Android costs $4.99. Check out a few screen shots of the app below:


Anterpreet Singh

I have installed plex on my Google TV, and I have Plex media Center installed on my Mac. I’m unable to play Spotify own my Google TV. The spotify play lists are picked up by the Google TV, and I can search Spotify using Google TV, but I cannot play them.


I have the same problem. I’ve checked multiple message boards and chats and do not see a solution.

Dan McGuirk

It’s not possible to get Spotify to work, because it requires transcoding, which Google TV doesn’t support. Most of the custom video channels will not work for the same reason.

Plex is still great for playing local media, though. I picked it up today and it only cost 99 cents.

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