Updated: Added clearer specifics on how to setup HDTV streaming on a Plex media server.
On Thursday, Plex joined the numerous other apps and services that offer live streaming TV without a cable subscription — albeit with a slightly different configuration than what you get with, say, YouTube TV, SlingTV, among others. Live TV on Plex will first be available on Android TV and iOS devices. Further devices will be supported in the future.
Unlike the aforementioned over-the-top (OTT) live-TV services, Plex does not have any channel packages or on-demand content. In fact, no live-TV content is supported by the app itself. Much like how
You also need a Plex Pass, which is
Using Plex to watch live, over-the-air HDTV will have its benefits over simply watching through an antenna alone.
As with other content stored on your Plex media device, the app will scrape metadata like art and episode information from the internet for whatever programming is coming through your antenna.
Furthermore, you will be able to record live TV through Plex’s DVR feature. Simultaneous streams and multiple recordings will also be supported but will be dependent on the USB TV tuner you use. Plus, you will be able to watch your TV from any device connected to your
Time-shifting — fast forward, rewind, etc. — will be included in the service but will not be available until a further update later in June.
While Plex’s TV streaming looks and functions differently than the dedicated streaming services out there, it is also a vastly cheaper solution to cutting the cord without completely ditching TV, and it avoids the confusion or bloat often found with those services.
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