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Plex Tips: How to Stream iTunes M4V Movie with Plex

By Tony Moton

June 05, 2017

Now, many iTunes users face the difficulties while playing M4V files on Plex, such as "Plex won't play M4V files", "M4V movies not show up in Plex" and so on. And this problem is the topic we are going to talk about today. If you are suffering from these issues, find a solution here.

What is Plex?

Plex Media Server is a user-friendly way to store all your movies, TV shows, photos and other media in one place–and make it accessible from any device, whether you're at home or on-the-go. Plex can organize all your media content together. Thus to help you stream the files from other devices, such as XBMC (Kodi), Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV wirelessly. If you're looking for a no-headache way to watch your movies anywhere, this is it.

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 Server –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 Client - 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.

Why the M4V from iTunes can't be Played via Plex

In fact, Plex media Server supports all common video formats including MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, DIVX, and more. However, Plex has stated clearly that it can't support iTunes video in M4V format for playing or streaming. The main reason is that most of the iTunes video comes with FairPlay DRM protection, which prevent the M4V movies from playing on non-Apple devices. Of course Plex is included. But it is still possible to stream M4V movies via Plex as long as you remove the DRM from M4V videos.

Guide on How to Convert M4V Movies for Playing on Plex

TuneFab M4V Converter is highly recommended to crack DRM from purchased or rented M4V movies. It can help you convert M4V to universal MP4 format thus to remove the DRM protection. And all the original audio tracks and subtitles will be preserved in converted MP4 files. Once the conversion finished, you can stream the M4V movies with Plex Media Server and watch them on any device in your house.

Note: TuneFab M4V Converter (Windows) is not able to convert iTunes rental videos/movies currently, so Windows user is out of luck for the moment. For Mac users, however, you can still use TuneFab M4V Converer(Mac) to convert iTunes rental videos/movies.

Step 1. Add M4V Videos

Download, install and launch the TuneFab M4V Converter for Mac. Then click "Add Files" to add videos. Select the movies you want to convert and click "Add". The iTunes movies will be added to the conversion list.

Add M4V Movies

Step 2. Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles

TuneFab M4V Converter will preserve all original subtitles and audio tracks by default.  But you can still free to select and preserve any one.

Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles

Step 3. Convert M4V to MP4

Click "convert" button to remove DRM and convert M4V to MP4. The whole conversion will be finished soon. You can find the converted files from "History" button.

Convert iTunes Movies

With TuneFab M4V Converter, it makes possible to stream iTunes movies via Plex. Now you can add the converted MP4 iTunes movies to Plex media server freely.

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