Today’s Apple TV Update breaks PlexConnect Hack


If you have been using the PlexConnect hack, then we’ve some bad news. The Apple TV update that was rolled out earlier today breaks the PlexConnect hack.

Few months back, Plex had released a clever hack called PlexConnect to bring Plex to Apple TV without the need of jailbreaking the device.

Plex is a popular media player system that includes Plex Media Center, the front end media player and an associated media server called the Plex Media Server. Here’s how the hack worked:

Usually tweaks involve modifying app binaries or running compiled code on the Apple TV, but, in this case, Plex does all its magic on the server, that is your PC or Mac. The tweak intercepts all requests sent by the Apple TV Trailers app and responds with content from your Plex server in the same format as so that the app can understand the data. This way, the Trailers app on your Apple TV is tricked into believing that the videos from your Plex server are actually trailers, and plays them without any problems.

Earlier today, Apple quietly rolled out an update to add new apps for Vevo, The Weather Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, Disney Channel and Disney XD.

Unfortunately, the Apple TV update breaks the PlexConnect hack. The Trailer app used HTTP requests, which were intercepted by the PlexConnect app. After the update the Trailer app is using HTTPS. Plex CTO Elan Feingold has told MacRumors that there is nothing they can do about it.

Plex CTO Elan Feingold told MacRumors that the company was “saddened to hear that PlexConnect stopped working” and that “we can only hope that in the future Apple decides to release an SDK for the ATV”. “The level of interest in the project was quite high.”                                         

To make matters worse, since the update was rolled out from the backend, which did not involve any manual intervention by users, there doesn’t seem to be any way to avoid the update to continue using the PlexConnect hack.

[Via MacRumors]