updated 11:40 am EDT, Thu November 3, 2011
Plex talks about native Google TV app
Plex, makers of a media sharing app for the home, has brought out details of its upcoming native app for Google TV. The app now falls under the entertainment app category and, on a basic level, lets owners playback local media onto HDTVs connected to a Google TV device over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The app will tap into the myPlex cloud service to sync with the Android app, resuming playback where users left off on their smartphones.
Remote servers are also made simpler as well, without the need to configure port forwarding on a network router. Queues, for adding movies or videos to watch later, also come with the Google TV adaption. The only removals are that of the remote control and an updated UI for non-touch based devices.
Plex also admits that the initial Google TV has limited HLS support, which is what the app requires for transcoding. This allows for reducing bandwidth and converting media so it's compatible for playback on users' devices. This isn't such a big problem as media is usually stored on a local network and is therefore fast. Also, Google TV has a wider file type support than some out of the box.
Plex should be available on those devices that have been upgraded to the revamped Google TV interface and should be available from Android Market on those sets. A matching Android phone app is coming but doesn't have a release date.