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Plex Just Added a New DVR Feature


PlexToday Plex announced that they have teamed up with HDHomeRun to bring a DVR option to Plex.

“We’ve put a lot of time into this release, and the result is a really elegant DVR, which takes advantage of all the power and intelligence of Plex,” said Scott Olechowski, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Plex. “Plex rounds out the cord cutting experience with a beautifully organized, easy-to-navigate interface that makes all your content available wherever you go. Now you can view TV in a living room or on your phone, using a streaming stick in a hotel, or even on a plane when you’re offline. The addition of DVR allows our customers to make Plex the heart of their media experience. No other solution comes close.”

This new update will allow you to turn any streaming media player that supports Plex like the Nvidia Shield, Roku, Fire TV, and more into a DVR. To make it work you will need a new HDHomeRun and a Plex server running.

So what can you expect?

program guide by channel (ABC)From Plex:

Plex DVR features include:

Play from Any Device: A true media hub, Plex allows you to play any recorded content on virtually any device, consolidating and organizing your DVR recordings with all your other media (music, photos, and videos). Recordings may be watched on dozens of platforms, while media can be viewed, organized, and played from a consistent, clean interface no matter which device you’re on.

Rich, Easy-to-Navigate Interface: Plex makes information on your TV shows, movies, or sports look beautiful by automatically adding movie posters, plot summaries, cover art, and descriptions. The Plex experience also includes enhanced extras for recorded TV content, including show descriptions, episode synopses, and season information. Plex organizes everything you record, making it easy to find what you want to watch.

Discover More of What You Love: Plex DVR provides a rich a program guide for all your favorite channels, including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, PBS, CBC, BBC, ITV, Telemundo, Univision, and many more.  The programming guide also highlights content for you, like “News,” “Sports,” “Premieres,” and “Upcoming Favorites.” Plex even recommends upcoming broadcast TV based on your viewing habits and content you already have in your Plex libraries.

Easy, Intuitive Setup: Unlike the typically complex and fragmented software that cord cutters need today, Plex replaces the bland electronic program guide, and eliminates the need for DVR recording software, automatically identifying and integrating with tuners and antennas.

The company has partnered with SiliconDust, creators of the popular HDHomeRun (HDHR) line of tuners. Users simply connect an OTA HDHR tuner (or a CableCARD version) to their network and any digital antenna, and can immediately start recording.

Access Content Whether On and Offline: With Mobile Sync and Cloud Sync, you can sync recordings to your mobile device for access when you are offline, or to your favorite cloud storage account, including Google Drive, Amazon Drive, and Dropbox, for access when your computer at home is offline.

Customize a DVR that Suits You: Plex allows you to custom build your DVR. Add more tuners to record as many shows at one time as you like, or add more storage and record as much content as you can handle.

Stunning Picture Quality: Signals received through HD antennas far surpass the picture quality of cable and satellite for stunning, uncompressed, high definition broadcast.

Priced Right: Plex’s DVR allows greater functionality and freedom all at a significantly better price than traditional cable or satellite TV. In addition to a tuner and antenna, users only need a Plex Pass, which costs $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $149.99 for a lifetime subscription.

Plex DVR is available now in Beta for Plex Pass subscribers. Starting at $4.99 per month, Plex Pass is a subscription-only service that enables users to enjoy the very best Plex has to offer, including Mobile and Cloud Sync, Premium Music, full access to all Plex Apps, parental controls, and much more.

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  • I’m hoping that other DVR devices like the Tablo DVR will become available to use with Plex at some point as well, love the idea of having it all in one place!

  • Randy Brooks

    This is great news! I already have the right HD HomeRun and Plex Pass. I just need to sign up for the beta. Love that I will be able to get my antenna shows on Plex now. The HD Homerun app and other options are horrible. The DVR aspect is just a huge plus. Read it here first. Luke, you really are doing an oiutstanding job making this the go-to hub for all things cord cutting.

  • EJ16

    I’m naive to Plex. How are the recordings stored? Through laptop? External hard drive?

    • Randy Brooks

      It would depend on where you store your media library. Plex is a server with the primary purpose of broadcasting your own media library over the air. It just provides a really nice user interface, and the ability to connect with other web based free media. It’s like a simplified Kodi.

      • EJ16

        Thank you

  • Mark

    No live OTA or time shifting kills the deal, tablo or dvr+ seem to be better, I will have to make a decision in the next few months. Would have been nice to have everything under one app.

    • NashGuy

      Keep in mind this is a beta. They’ve indicated that they’re considering adding live TV support and that DVR management controls will eventually be implemented in various Plex client apps, so that you can schedule recordings in the same interface that you use to watch them. Plex makes some nice software and continues to improve, so I don’t doubt that at some point next year, this will be a first-class competitor to TiVo, Tablo and CM DVR+.

      • Mark

        Just found out there is a tablo app on the plex server,reading through the development posts on the tablo forum now. Tablo is more expensive, but it looks like the app was first developed 2 years ago, hopefully the 4 tuner goes on sale later this year.

    • Randy Brooks

      Agree. Not having live TV baked into the DVR function was a shame. I did end up installing the HDHomeRun pluggin, but it is kind of wonky compared to just using the HDHomeRun app. I get a lot of “server too slow….” messages. It works for me becasue it cost me nothing extra and the programming is pretty robust. I was able to program it to record any Bengals game regardless of time and channel. Pretty cool. When they get live TV and programming across Fire TV, I’ll be really happy.

  • CX1

    Pretty bare bones but has potential. Sucks that none of the new options post Windows Media Center have a schedule grid. PITA searching for everything.

  • Don K

    I’ve tried this and it definitely has potential. IMO, live viewing and time shifting are a must before it comes out of beta. So far, Plex has been rock-solid for me.

    I have two HDHomeruns and I would love to use Plex for cross-platform OTA viewing and DVR/time-shifting. I currently use WMC for recording and viewing on PC’s, the Kodi HDHR plugin for AFTV and Android devices, and the InstaTV app for iOS devices. It would be nice to just use one application for everything OTA.

    I already use a Plex server to share my music collection, digital photos, and videos. It has worked extremely well for this. Once they finish the DVR functionality I’m sure that it will work just as well.

  • Playnice

    I wish this worked with the Ceton line of tuners, WMC it’s a pita and unsupported now. The ceton doesn’t owe me anything I guess and it’s not exactly cord cutting but it beat the Hades out of the lousy cable dvr.