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New appletv x265 support

znerkenznerken Posts: 22Members ✭✭

Hey

I have a problem with cpu peaking on pre gen Apple TV when playing x265 files(10 bit audio 1080p). Is it supported to play these on the new appletv, with less transcoding? Basically not transcoding from x265 to 264. If not, will there be a new update to the app that supports this? Thanks!

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  • BastardSheepBastardSheep Posts: 340Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Plex Server hasn't been updated yet to support h.265 on AppleTV's, so will be transcoding for now. Apple changed something in how the back end has to operate which requires pretty big changes by Plex. I can't recall the exact details. It's hidden away somewhere in one of the many other threads on h.265/HEVC.

    There's a workaround that works if playing .mp4 files which involves manually editing the tvos.xml file on your server. You can give that a try. Other than that, only option is to wait.

  • dragonmeldragonmel Posts: 619Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @BastardSheep

    yeah.. it takes a one line addition to the tvos settings file server side to playback HEVC content on the apple TV and it works with the previous version of apple TV not just the 4k....

    it has nothing to do with apple changing anything... and even if it did.. is yet another reason that plex should have coded its own playback engine at the hardware level and not depend on apples API in the first place...

  • znerkenznerken Posts: 22Members ✭✭

    I think Plex should prioritise this. There are loads of people waiting for the update.

  • T'hain Esh KelchT'hain Esh Kelch Posts: 392Members ✭✭✭

    @znerken said:
    I think Plex should prioritise this. There are loads of people waiting for the update.

    I think they should prioritize something else. Like, proper playback of ALL media. There are way more people waiting for that.

  • MrScrewzlooseMrScrewzloose Posts: 24Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Anyone have a link to the how-to or the line of code that's needed for the tvos.xml?

  • kendalskendals Posts: 10Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited October 12

    Follow this thread...https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/283275/is-hevc-already-in-the-apple-tv-4-profile

    The answer in there is the lines you need to add...

    Jus for the record. I have an ATV 4K, NAS Plex sever, made the changes listed in thread above and Plex on ATV plays H.265 content perfectly (I use iVI pro to re-encode all my video to H.264 and now I will reencode everything to H.265. I need to save some space on my NAS!

  • dreamer81dreamer81 Posts: 47Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    The plex team is prioritizing this. They have been working non-stop since the ATV 4k was released to fix this bug, and I can feel they are close to releasing a beta fix soon.

    Of course they wouldn't let a huge bug like this survive for a long period. It would be really silly if they did.

  • jcarr84jcarr84 Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Hey, I'm new to this forum/posting. But is there a beta version that supports x265 .mkv direct play through apple tv yet? If not, where would be the quickest way for me to find out when it's released, instead of continuously posting on here haha.

  • BastardSheepBastardSheep Posts: 340Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @jcarr84 said:
    Hey, I'm new to this forum/posting. But is there a beta version that supports x265 .mkv direct play through apple tv yet? If not, where would be the quickest way for me to find out when it's released, instead of continuously posting on here haha.

    Not yet. There's workarounds to get it going by editing the tvos.xml file, but I believe that only works for .mp4 containers. To do it properly Plex need to make some changes to the server side. I'm sure it'll be in the notes for the various updates when it comes (both server and client), so just keep an eye on those.

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