Q: I want to be able to download a movie (from iTunes or other place) on my PC and then connect it to my Sony Bravia TV via Plex Media Server (I have the cables) to watch on the bigger screen rather than the 13" screen. iTunes tells me that I can only watch it one device at a time. Is there a way around this. Is another rental place better. Do I need to have the apple TV box instead of Plex or similar? Thanks!
As the question above asked by a user, do you usually buy or rent movies/TV shows from iTunes (iTunes does not rent TV shows any longer)? Have you tried to transfer iTunes videos to your Sony Bravia TV?
Definitely, you can not get what you are expecting smoothly like the user, you will find that it's impossible to watch the iTunes movies/TV shows on Sony TV directly. We have to use an Apple TV or get rid of the annoying iTunes DRM protection.
This page is useful for you to watch iTunes videos on Sony Bravia TV via Plex. We will divide the tutorial into two parts:
Part One: Remove and Convert iTunes DRM Rented/Purchased Movies/TV Shows
Step 1. Download a professional iTunes DRM removal tool.
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Step 2. Load iTunes Movie/TV Show
Add video to this iTunes DRM remover and recorder. Drag and drop your videos to it directly, or you can click "File" to load videos as showed blow.
Step 3. Select Output Format
Click "Format" bar to choose Plex Media Server supported file format to output
Step 4. Start Converting iTunes Rented/Purchased Video
Click the round icon "Convert" in the bottom right corner on the software's interface to start the conversion. And you can find the converted DRM-free iTunes video immediately by clicking "Open".
Part Two: Stream iTunes Rented/Purchased Movies/TV shows to Sony Bravia TV via Plex
Step 1. Download Plex on Windows
Once the download is complete, install and launch the app. After it has launched, you should see an arrow icon in the system tray on Windows, or in your menu bar on Mac.
Step 2. To launch the Plex Server interface, right click on the arrow icon and click on "Media Manager." This should open Plex in your default browser, and you should see this screen:
Step 3. Click on the "Add a section" link in My Library. A popup will ask you if you want to add movies, TV shows, music or photos. Select the type of media you want to add.
Once you've selected the type of media, you'll have to point Plex to the folder(s) where your TV shows/movies are stored.
Step 4. Add all the locations on your disk where you think you have your videos stored, and hit save. Once you click save, Plex should automatically start scanning your media and fetching artwork and other associated metadata from the internet.
You can repeat the process for other media types like movies and music. With this,you're done with configuring the server. Plex will keep updating your library as you add new files to the source folders. Learn more.
Step 5. Stream the DRM-free iTunes videos to Sony Bravia TV by turning into Plex Media Server using DLNA (just make sure the same local network between Plex and TV at your home).
Or you can just store the well converted movies/TV shows to an external hard drive, and then connect the USB to the Sony Bravia TV via a USB port. In this way, you can simply play both iTunes rented and purchased videos on your Sony Bravia TV.