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Plex LogoPlex is a media center software including a media server, and desktop (Mac OS X, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1) and mobile clients (iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8) and now is now also available on Chromecast. Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any devices. Plex is also running on Apple TV (2nd and 3rd) generation. However, you need to tweak the Apple TV with PlexConnect on Mac OS X or Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This is not a simply doing, you need to install several apps, create and install a specific Apple TV profile. Especially, inexperencied user face problems to get PlexConnect running. Hence, there is an easier way to use Plex on Apple TV without PlexConnect or jailbreak via AirPlay mirroring using Plex for iOS.

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AirParrot-Reflector logoAirParrot and Reflector App are versatile tools to use Apple’s AirPlay function to mirror screens. The well-known function of AirParrot for Mac or AirParrot for Windows mirrors the computer screen to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation). Using Reflector for Mac or Reflector for Windows PC turns your computer into an AirPlay receiver and enables AirPlay screen mirroring from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to computers.

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AirParrot logo bigAirParrot 1.5.4 for Mac OS X was released on February 28, 2014. AirParrot 1.5.4 is a minor update with changes in the trial period, a new start and registration screen and resolving an issue in regard to the mouse cursor.

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Reflector App IconReflector 1.6.3 for Mac is now available. Now supported iOS devices can mirror at 1080p when “Optimize For” is set to High-Resolution. Further more, this version improves Reflector and AirPlay stability. The trial period has also been improved. Previously, the trial was limited to one ten-minute mirroring session every ten minutes. Reflector 1.6.3 changes this period to seven days and adds a watermark. The Mac version can record your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad screen, the Windows PC one does not. The video screen capture works seamlessly on my Mac Book Pro 13”, mid 2012.

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Reflector App IconReflector 1.3.3 is running seamlessly on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Reflector is an AirPlay receiver which connects iPods, iPads and iPhones to computers and projector. Reflector mirrors your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups. There is both an Windows PC version and Mac OS X version available. After opening Reflector on your PC or Mac, you just need to start the AirPlaying mirroring on your iPhone or iPad. Squirrels, the makers of Reflector, released Reflector 1.3.3 update for PC in November 2013. Beside Reflector, Squirrels developed also AirParrot, an app to AirPlay a computer’s screen to Apple TV.

AirWeb_logoAirWeb is the first app to mirror a web browser in full screen viewing on your TV via Apple TV AirPlay. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have built-in AirPlay feature to mirror a web browser via Apple TV to your TV as well. However, this feature displays the web browser in the particular iDevice format only, not in full-screen size of the TV like AirWeb does. 

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Update: AirPlay Mirroring: AirParrot 1.2 For Windows Still Stutters On Videos
AirParrot logo bigOn September 26, 2013, AirSquirrels released AirParrot 1.1.7 for Windows. As reported previously for AirParrot 1.1.3, AirParrot 1.1.7 is still defective on my Acer Aspire 1810T running on Windows 8.1 Preview, too. AirPlay mirroring my PC’s screen to my Apple TV 3 still stutters every time I try to AirPlay videos to my Apple TV. Up to now, I did not face any sound problems to fix.

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Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.2 Update
Update: OpenPlex App Installs And Manages PlexConnect on Mac OS X
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 7.0 Beta 1 And Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.1.1 Update
Update: Plex On Apple TV Without PlexConnect Or Jailbreak via AirPlay
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.1 Update
Update: PlexConnect Running On Second Apple TV 6.0.2 Update
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.0.2 Update
Plex LogoApple released the major update Apple TV 6.0 on September 20, 2013. As I have already posted for Apple TV 6.0 beta, PlexConnect is still running on this latest update on Apple TV 2 and 3! Follow my instructions for Mac OS X or Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to get PlexConnect working. Apple TV 6.0, which has been in beta testing since June, brings with it iTunes Radio (US iTunes account required), AirPlay from iCloud, iCloud Photos and Videos (replacing Photo Stream), iTunes Music Store and conference room mode.

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AirParrot logo bigHalf a year ago I reported about performance problems of AirParrot 1.1.3 on Windows 8 while AirPlay mirroring the PC’s screen. And I’m not the only one who faces this annoying “features” of AirParrot on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Preview. Just have a look at the comments on the above mentioned post. However, two commentators of miApple.me, called ‘bickbadger’ and ‘Arde’, provided two separate fixes for that problems. I tested it with AirParrot 1.1.6, using a Acer Aspire 180T running on Windows 8.1 Preview with Windows Media Center installed and an Apple TV 3: And it works for me, if I combine this two fixes! 

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Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.2 Update
Update: OpenPlex App Installs And Manages PlexConnect on Mac OS X
Update: PlexConnect Running on Apple TV 7.0 Beta 1 And Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.1.1 Update
Update: Plex On Apple TV Without PlexConnect Or Jailbreak via AirPlay
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.1 Update
Update: PlexConnect Running On Apple TV 6.0 Update
Update: PlexConnect Still Works On Apple TV Software 6.0 Beta (5.4 Seed 3, iOS 7) After Update