Dec 15, 2014

Guide on Streaming iTunes Movies via Plex Media Server to TV


What is Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server is the back-end media server component of Plex, which is closed source as proprietary software. It can be configured to index content in any directory on the machine it is run on, as well as automatically acquiring iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture content. In addition, it integrated channels that provide the user with a growing list of community-driven plugins for online content including YouTube, Vimeo, TEDTalks, Hulu, Netflix, and CNN video.

Why Can’t We Play iTunes Movies on Plex Media Server

Since more and more people began to use Plex Media Server, the problems came out one by one. The most common one is that some users are not able to watch movies from iTunes via Plex Media Server. Before looking for a solution, you need to figure out the reason why we can’t directly play iTunes movies on Plex. That is because movies and TV shows rented or purchased from iTunes are locked by Apple’s FairPlay DRM protection which doesn’t allow us to directly stream or play iTunes content on any non-Apple software or devices. Those video files are encrypted in M4V format which is not supported by Plex Media Server.  Therefore, in order to stream and watch the protected iTunes M4V movies with Plex Media Server, you must remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V files first, and then convert these movies to Plex Media Server compatible media formats, such as MP4, MOV, AVI, MPEG, etc.

Best Solution to Enable iTunes DRM Videos Playable on Plex Media Server

To accomplish that task, what you need is a powerful iTunes DRM removal and video converter tool like TunesKit DRM Video Converter for Mac. It can not only remove DRM protection legally from iTunes movies, but also convert the protected M4V movies to Plex Media Server supported MP4 formats at 20x fast speed. With this iTunes DRM Video Converter, you can easily stream any HD iTunes movie rentals and purchases via Plex and watch the DRM-free iTunes movies on any devices as you like. 

Steps to Stream and Watch Videos from iTunes with Plex Media Server

After download and install TunesKit FairPlay DRM Video Converter on your computer running Mac OS X 10.8 or later, open it by double clicking the program icon.

Step 1. Click "Add Files" button to import DRM protected iTunes M4V movies to TunesKit DRM Video Converter. Or you can also drag and drop the M4V movies from iTunes library to the program directly.

Step 2. Click "Convert" button to start converting iTunes M4V to Plex Media Server compatible MP4.


Step 3. After iTunes M4V to Plex Media Server conversion, find the DRM-free iTunes MP4 videos and transfer them to Plex Media Server for watching.

For Windows users, TunesKit iTunes DRM Media Converter for Windows is a great choice to strip DRM off from iTunes movies and TV shows.