Plex Live TV and DVR REVIEW

One of my favorite things to do it relax in the evening with my family while we watch TV. The thing about that activity that isn’t relaxing is dealing with missed episodes of programs we watch and annoying commercials in the middle of the shows. That’s why I was so happy to have a satellite system with a DVR included for many, many years. I love having the ability to fast forward through commercials to get back to my shows. Within the past few months we’ve discovered just how costly our satellite system is though and even though we made switch to a new provider, we are still considering alternatives to our current entertainment decision. ‘Cutting the cord’ is a viable option for the most part except that we would lose our DVR option — unless we decided to go with the Plex Live TV and DVR option.

DETAILS

USER EXPERIENCE

As I mentioned above, there are several pieces to this system that you have to have in place before you can start cutting the cord to your cable or satellite company. First of all, I want to note that the signal you are pulling in from outside your Plex media server is a ‘over the air’ signal. This means that for the most part, you will only be able to access local broadcast channels — not cable channels. For my area, this means I can potentially access the following 30+ channels:

  • CW
  • Bounce
  • Escape
  • Ion
  • PBS
  • Create
  • NBC
  • METVN
  • Grit
  • Tele
  • RetroTV
  • Fam
  • PBS (WUSIDT)
  • World
  • Create (WUSIDT)
  • Heroicn
  • Antenna
  • 3Angels
  • Proclam
  • 3ABNL
  • 3ABNRAD
  • ABC
  • LAFF
  • CoziTV
  • PBS (WKOHDT)
  • PBS (WKOHDT2)
  • WKOHDT3
  • HD06
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • FOX (W47EED)
  • WNINDT3

Even though Plex shows these channels as being available in my area, that doesn’t mean I can access all of them at my house. In fact, I can typically only access about 10 of these. It really depends on the OTA (over-the-air) signal that the station pushes out and your physical location in your town. If there are a lot of trees near your house or a lot of houses in your neighborhood, all of these things can interfere with an antenna signal and when it comes down to it, that’s what you are actually reading and able to record on your DVR.

So, now that I’ve made that point, I want to outline what equipment I was using along with the set-up steps.

EQUIPMENT

SET-UP STEPS

At this point, you should be able to start with setting up the Plex DVR through the Plex Web App. You’ll click on Settings > Live TV & DVR. You’ll end up seeing compatible tuners on your network. You’ll select yours and then click Continue. You’ll be asked to enter your zip code so that Plex pulls in the providers for your area. Once it pulls in your channel listing, you can select what channels you actually want to view. Next, Plex will initialize your guide and process the DVR and within a few minutes, it’s ready to go.

At this point, you should be able to see ‘Recording Schedule’ and ‘Program Guide’ under the Live section in your Plex settings menu. You’ll be shown programs in a poster-style view of the shows that are available right now.

NOTES

CONCLUSION

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Originally published at macsources.com on January 7, 2019.

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