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Plex for Android 4.8 includes HEVC for 4K, Playback support and AC3 Passthrough for Android TV

by on August 10, 2015

Stephan Jukic – August 10, 2015

Plex is a tool that a lot of users probably love for managing their media libraries, whether they be legitimate or completely pirated, and now that tool has gotten even better, particularly for those of us who’ve been craving 4K ultra HD video playback on Android TV devices.

This is because Plex’s version 4.8 for Android has now added in three new features that all have some importance for 4K video lovers and other types of users.

The first of these features, and the most important for 4K is the inclusion of HEVC version H.265 for decoding compressed 4K video inputs. This now gives playback support to 4K UHD videos. Basically, devices with Android TV that are connected to a 4K display can now decode 4K content that has been compressed through HEVC, which is now used almost everywhere 4K videos are involved. Thus, if you have a 4K TV, you can now also feed 4K content from Plex to it.

Android TV in a Sony 4K ultra HD Television

Android TV in a Sony 4K ultra HD Television

Next on the list is MKV playback support. This new addition is possibly even more useful to most Plex users (the majority of them likely still don’t have 4K TVs or display devices with UHD). MKV playback support wasn’t previously supported on Android with Plex and now, just like that, it is. However, there is a catch: it has to be activated manually within an experimental player mode under the app settings control in Plex, at least on tablets and phones. However, with Android powered ultra HD TVs, the new MKV feature works natively, with nothing to manually adjust in any menu.

Last of the three is AC3 passthrough. This new feature is specific to Android TV and will let videos that use Dolby digital surround (AC3 or also called E-AC3) audio codecs to pass raw unaltered digital audio directly to a TV or stereo receiver instead of being streamed to an Android TV in the form of a re-encoded stream from Plex’s own server. What this also means is that true surround sound is now possible through Plex on your Android TV, as long as you’ve got the right audio equipment.

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  • Katarina
    March 13, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Plex for Android TV includes 4K support. But Kodi supports 8K resolution. If you want to watch plex with the 8K resolution you can install it on Kodi tv. Kodi is one of the best open source live streaming apps. You should update Kodi to take its maximum benefits.


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