Plex Rolls Out Live TV Support for Over-The-Air Channels Within iOS App

Plex will today begin integrating a live
television feature
into its popular video streaming and
personal media application for iOS and Android TV, allowing Plex
subscribers to stream live TV on their smartphones wherever they
are located. The company said that live TV is supported only
under the Plex Pass subscription tier, which starts at

To use Plex Live TV,
users will have to install a digital antenna, connect a digital
tuner, and sync everything to their Plex Pass subscription
account. Once set up, subscribers will be able to watch live HD
content on channels available over-the-air, from major US
networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW, as well as local
programming, news, and sports. International programming
includes CBC, BBC, ITV, Telemundo, and Univision. As with all
live video streaming services, the channels available vary
depending on your zip code.

That’s right, today we’re rolling out support for Live TV! And
we’re doing it in a truly Plexy way. It’s built right in to the
Media Server, so you’ll be able to stream live (starting with
our Android TV and iOS apps, with more to come) anywhere in the
world through the power of Plex!

Plex Live TV is launching only on iOS and Android TV
right now, but the company mentioned that any content recorded to
Plex DVR from a live broadcast can then be watched on any device
that Plex supports. With the launch of live TV, Plex has also
enhanced its DVR features, allowing overlapping recordings on the
same channel, a “smarter” scheduling system, taped show
management within the iOS app, and general improvements to the
DVR user interface.

Plex has also expanded the supported DVR devices that work with
the service so that it’s easier than ever to begin using live TV
and DVR features. Additionally, the company has rolled out
support for a wider array of digital tuners including models from
Hauppauge, AVerMedia, DVBLogic and more. Users can find a
complete list of supported antennas, tuners, and DVR systems

Besides the low-tier $4.99/month option, Plex Pass is available in a
$39.99/year tier and $119.99 for a lifetime subscription. Plex
said that after launching on iOS and Android TV, more of its
apps will gain the live TV feature sometime soon.