Swapnil Bhartiya of IT World comfirms it:
I reached out to Plex via email and Scott Olechowski, the co-founder of Plex replied, saying, 'We are very excited to have a crack at bringing our users Apple TV. It’s been a long requested platform and we’re excited to work on it. We want it, our users want it…and we’re anxiously awaiting the tvOS developer beta info, so we can finally dig in.'
I further inquired if Olechowski believed that tvOS will allow Plex developers to offer the app to the platform or if there could still be any hurdles. He replied, 'There is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform. There are multiple ways to go about it, based on the tvOS SDK we now have access to. We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options.'
Everybody could see this coming a mile away as soon as an Apple TV SDK was announced. I'm still curious though, about what Siri features announced this week we'll be able to use when watching video that isn't from iTunes.
Ideally, things like "Skip forward 5 minutes" to go to an exact time stamp, and "What did they just say?" to play the last 15 seconds of a video with closed captions will be built into the video playing framework. And commands like "Open the Plex app" should work since that's at the OS level.
But more advanced features like "Play that episode of Modern Family with Edward Norton" and including Plex results in searches such as "Show me James Bond films" will almost certainly not work. I wonder what else we'll be missing out on with a Plex Apple TV app, and if it'll be enough to make me want to start buying more content through iTunes.