Warning!: Plex Home Theater is deprecated and no longer in development. We have focused our efforts on the newer Plex Media Player app instead and recommend moving to that app.
For most users, installing and configuring Plex Home Theater is straightforward.
Installing the App
Plex Home Theater is officially available for 2 platforms:
- Mac OS X (Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later)
- Windows (Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8)
While Plex does not currently formally support any Linux builds, there are several third-party builds available via our forums
Installation is always via an installation package and follows a platform’s usual installation method. Generally, you need to start the installer and follow the bouncing ball to completion.
Configuring the HTPC
Once you have the App installed, you can configure things for your Home Theater. There are many ways this can be done, and no one way is “right”, though some ways may work better for you. Some good information is provided in the Audio Configuration Guide.
Related Page: Audio Configuration Guide - Plex Home Theater
HDMI is the most convenient way of connecting the HTPC as it sends both video and audio in a single cable. To use HDMI, you’ll need:
- HDMI out socket on your HTPC
- HDMI in on the Receiver/AV Amplifier or
- HDMI in on the TV
You can use HDMI to connect directly to:
- your receiver/AV amplifier or
- your TV
Using Digital Optical Audio and HDMI
In some cases, you might want to avoid using your AV Amp to handle the video signal. Perhaps your Amp doesn’t handle the video signal well and distorts the image or changes the audio lip-sync. In this case:
- Connect an HDMI cable from the HTPC directly to the HDMI input on the TV
- Connect a TOSLINK (Digital optical audio) cable from the HTPC to your receiver/AV amp
Using an analog Stereo audio connection and ‘other’ video connection
You might want to use an analog stereo connection for audio. In this case:
- Connect an analog stereo jack from the HTPC to the receiver/AV amp. You may need a converter to convert to coax
- Connect the video out (whatever it is) from the HTPC to either the AV Amp video input or directly to the TV
If you have problems deciding which is the best way, visit the forums for advice.