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Amazon Fire stick TV and plex?

gonepostl 4,107 338 December 1, 2014 at 12:44 AM
I searched the net but couldn't find an absolute answer to my question. Is anybody else streaming 720p mkv files to their fire tv stick using plex? What do I need to buy, a plex pass, the 5 dollar android app, anything?

What is required to stream 720p mkv files from the plex media server on my laptop to plex on my fire tv stick? What configuration do I need and what do I need to buy?

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I searched the net but couldn't find an absolute answer to my question. Is anybody else streaming 720p mkv files to their fire tv stick using plex? What do I need to buy, a plex pass, the 5 dollar android app, anything?

What is required to stream 720p mkv files from the plex media server on my laptop to plex on my fire tv stick? What configuration do I need and what do I need to buy?
you should be able to stream from the Plex server you setup to your laptop via your web browser.

This is where I would start to make sure it works, if you like it I think you would just need to buy the Plex app from the store (keep an eye out it was free as part of the deal of the day not long ago)
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You can do this with a Chromecast and plex on your computer and then the plex app on your smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS). Chromecast has been $25 or less the last few days.
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I searched the net but couldn't find an absolute answer to my question. Is anybody else streaming 720p mkv files to their fire tv stick using plex? What do I need to buy, a plex pass, the 5 dollar android app, anything?

What is required to stream 720p mkv files from the plex media server on my laptop to plex on my fire tv stick? What configuration do I need and what do I need to buy?
https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/...-tv-stick/

Looks like the stick doesn't handle mkv files, so your laptop will need to transcode them. Plex Media Server will do that, but if your laptop isn't up to snuff it will be choppy.

You would then need the Plex app on the amazon stick. Whether you pay the $5 for it or get it with a PlexPass is up to you. Once the Plex app is installed, log in to link it with your Plex Media Server (running on your laptop), and you should be good to go.

Do you have the server running on your laptop already?
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https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/...-tv-stick/

Looks like the stick doesn't handle mkv files, so your laptop will need to transcode them. Plex Media Server will do that, but if your laptop isn't up to snuff it will be choppy.

You would then need the Plex app on the amazon stick. Whether you pay the $5 for it or get it with a PlexPass is up to you. Once the Plex app is installed, log in to link it with your Plex Media Server (running on your laptop), and you should be good to go.

Do you have the server running on your laptop already?
Yes sir I do, works flawlessly. I just played some 720p mkv on my android phone with the $5 plex app. The Phone was playing transcoded video from the laptop that was running plex media server.

I still have a couple more questions.
1.) Doesn't plex come pre-installed on the fire stick tv? Do I need to buy it?
2.) My fire stick tv hasn't been shipped yet. Plex is 2 dollars on the android app store. If I buy it now, will it be bound to my android phone on amazon account? Or can I load it on my fire stick tv when it finally arrives?

Btw, I already bought plex for my android phone, I would assume it wouldn't bind more then 1 Plex app to my phone but Idk.
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Yes sir I do, works flawlessly. I just played some 720p mkv on my android phone with the $5 plex app. The Phone was playing transcoded video from the laptop that was running plex media server.

I still have a couple more questions.
1.) Doesn't plex come pre-installed on the fire stick tv? Do I need to buy it?
2.) My fire stick tv hasn't been shipped yet. Plex is 2 dollars on both google play and android app store. If I buy it now, will it be bound to my android phone on amazon account? Or can I load it on my fire stick tv when it finally arrives?

Btw, I already bought plex for my android phone, I would assume it wouldn't bind more then 1 Plex app to my phone but Idk.
It looks like there's an app for Plex through amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Plex-Inc/dp/B004Y1WCDE/ , but I don't know if the stick comes pre-loaded with it or not.

Given that you already have Plex running on other devices, setup on the stick should be a breeze....just install the Plex app if needed, log in, and start streaming!
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It looks like there's an app for Plex through amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Plex-Inc/dp/B004Y1WCDE/ , but I don't know if the stick comes pre-loaded with it or not.

Given that you already have Plex running on other devices, setup on the stick should be a breeze....just install the Plex app if needed, log in, and start streaming!
I'm just concerned it going to bind plex to my phone on my account. I already have it purchased for my phone but idk. Can somebody put my paranoia at ease? Basically I want to buy the app now and load it up on the 17th when I receive my fire stick tv. I don't know how the amazon appstore works.
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Since Plex for Android is not free, I doubt it comes pre-installed on the Fire TV Stick. (I don't have one yet.)

Android and iOS Apps are bought once per account (although you might need to buy apps separately from Google and Amazon and sometimes there are separate phone and tablet versions). You can have multiple devices on each account.

Technically you don't have to use the Plex app to watch videos from a Plex server on the Fire TV Stick (or Roku or Chromecast), however, it's much easier than using DLNA. (Although Rarflix for Roku isn't bad.)
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Since Plex for Android is not free, I doubt it comes pre-installed on the Fire TV Stick. (I don't have one yet.)

Android and iOS Apps are bought once per account (although you might need to buy apps separately from Google and Amazon and sometimes there are separate phone and tablet versions). You can have multiple devices on each account.

Technically you don't have to use the Plex app to watch videos from a Plex server on the Fire TV Stick (or Roku or Chromecast), however, it's much easier than using DLNA. (Although Rarflix for Roku isn't bad.)
Yup, it won't even let me buy it! Hopefully once I get my fire tv stick, and it binds to my account I can buy it again! ***Crosses fingers***

I'm buying this for my parents for Christmas, I have a question, if I buy this on google play store, will it show up in the "apps" section on the stick? I want to make this as easy as possible for them. I could buy it on the google play store and save 3 bucks right now! There's like zero information on the fire tv stick, kinda aggravating.
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Yup, it won't even let me buy it! Hopefully once I get my fire tv stick, and it binds to my account I can buy it again! ***Crosses fingers***

I'm buying this for my parents for Christmas, I have a question, if I buy this on google play store, will it show up in the "apps" section on the stick? I want to make this as easy as possible for them. I could buy it on the google play store and save 3 bucks right now! There's like zero information on the fire tv stick, kinda aggravating.
the stick does not have google play. You will have to buy it from the amazon store.

Also apps are bound to the account, the hdhomerun app I got I was able to install on like 4 devices
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