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Your Guide to Plex – How to Stream iTunes Movies via Plex

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Dec. 20, 2016

---"I'm new to Plex, and I already have movies bought from iTunes. So is there a way which allows me to watch them with Plex media server?"

---"I have a collection of iTunes M4V videos. Does Plex support iTunes M4V videos?"

---"Why iTunes purchased videos can't be played with Plex Media Server. Any idea?"

If you need help figuring all these questions out, it's time to check out this article, the ultimate guide to stream iTunes movies, TV shows, music videos and more with Plex Media Server.

What is Plex?

Plex is an ultimate solution for people who want to organize their personal media – music, recorded TV shows, movies, photos, etc. easier than ever. It brings all the media content together and makes it simple to stream them to various devices, including TV, Xbmc, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV or Apple TV wirelessly. It not only makes your collections look great but also helps you find what you're looking for in a more efficient way.

Plex is actually a combination of two things: a server where all of your media sits and a client, which you use to access your data.

  • The Plex media server is a program which runs in the background on the host computer, and is responsible for managing the media by searching selected folders called sources.

  • The Plex client is a program which you run when you want to access your media. It accesses your media from any Plex media server on your network.

Is It Possible to Stream iTunes Movies to Plex Media Server?

Generally speaking, Plex Media Server supports nearly all kinds of video formats including MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. However, it is the M4V iTunes file that Plex doesn't support. Because videos purchased from iTunes (and most other similar online stores such as Amazon) have Digital Rights Management (DRM) to implement restrictions on usage. But it is still possible to stream iTunes video with Plex Media Server and all you have to do is remove the DRM from M4V videos.

Related Article:

How to Convert iTunes DRM-ed Movies for Streaming to Plex?

Method 1. Remove DRM from M4V Videos via DRM Media Remover (Win)

DRM Media Remover is capable of removing DRM from iTunes purchases and rentals at fast speed without losing the original quality. By using DRM Media Converter, you can easily stream iTunes movies via Plex and watch them conveniently on every device in your house. DRM Media Converter Features:

  • Compatible with Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.

  • Crack DRM restriction from M4V, WMV, ASF videos files.

  • Strip protection from DRM-ed audio files including AA, AAX, WMA and more.

  • Convert both DRM-locked and DRM-free video/audio files to common formats like WMV, MKV, MOV, MP3, MP4, etc.

  • Convert videos specifically for portable media players including iPhone, Samsung, PSP, Xbox, PS3, Zune, etc.

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Step 1. Add Video to the Program

After downloading and installing the program, you can launch it and import iTunes M4V movies via the "Add" button. Click on "Add" > "Add Files" to import the media file you like from computer to the main interface. You can find DRM-ed files easily with the "Find DRM" options display in the drop-down list of "Add" button.

Add Video to the Program

Step 2. Select Output Format

To convert video files, please click on "Video files to" to select the output format you want. You can find almost any video format you want from the pop-up interface.

Select Output Format

Step 3. Convert M4V Files

Now click on "Start" button to start converting iTunes movies or video. To convert M4V files, you will see a pop-up windows which asks you to follow specific steps in order to ensure the M4V files can be converted successfully. You should follow the three steps as told and click on "OK" to continue the process.

Convert M4V Files

Method 2 Convert iTunes Movies with iTunes M4V Converter (Mac)

With iTunes M4V Converter, you can easily play iTunes DRM-ed movies, TV shows, music videos on Plex media player or stream them to other device like Samsung Smart TV, Xbox One, Android TV, etc. It is specially designed for Mac users and it is fully compatible with macOS 10. 12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9. iTunes M4V Converter features:

  • Specialized in removing DRM from iTunes M4V movies, TV shows, music videos and more.

  • Convert M4V videos to MP4 format to fit multiple mobile devices and media players.

  • Keep subtitles, closed captions and AC3 5.1 audio track.

  • Convert both DRM-locked and DRM-free video/audio files to common formats like WMV, MKV, MOV, MP3, MP4, etc.

  • 100% preserved original video quality.

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Step 1. Add iTunes Videos

Launch the program and click "Add files" to add video files. You can select multiple videos at one time because this program supports batch conversion.

Add iTunes Videos

Step 2. Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles

You can choose to preserve one particular audio track and subtitle from the original subtitles and audio tracks. Or you can skip this step and let the program preserve all original subtitles and audio tracks by default.

Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles

Step 3. Convert M4V to MP4

Now click on "Convert" button to start removing DRM from the iTunes video files. When it is done, you can find the output MP4 files via the "History" tab.

Convert M4V to MP4

It is a bad thing about Plex Media Server that it doesn't have the option to play movies/videos/TV shows you've purchased through iTunes. Thanks to iTunes M4V Converter and DRM Media Converter, you are now able to stream the iTunes video via Plex Media Server and watch them on any devices you like. Have a try!


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