Plex is arguably the top media server software option available. In Septemper 2016, Plex added DVR capabilities to its already robust server software. In a June 1, 2017 announcement, Plex DVR live TV joined the comprehensive Plex featureset. [Read: How to watch TED Talks on Plex - TED Talks Plex channel install]
Plex DVR adds live TV, further caters to cord cutters
Plex Media Server is tailored to cord cutters. Becase Plex is essentially a do-it-yourself (DIY) sort of Netflix, the popular server software aided many cord cutters. Alex Cranz over on Gizmodo boasted "Plex just killed my cable box rental." [Read: Install Sub-Zero plugin for Plex - download subtitles automatically]
Since adding the Plex DVR functionality, Plex further honed in on cord cutting. The Plex team even added a dedicated guide to cord cutting covering everything from what it it to best practices. Plex DVR live TV yields further home theatre PC (HTPC) performance. [Read: Setup Plex server with Raspberry Pi 3 - Low power media server]
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The Plex DVR live TV component allows live streaming of content linked via select over the air (OTa) as well as cable devices. Therefore users may record content with Plex DVR as well as watch live television. Moreover, Plex DVR live TV streaming will be available straight from the iOS and Android apps. [Read: Monitor Plex usage with PlexPy - See what your Plex users are watching]
Plex DVR live TV streaming: The future of television
While the advent of Plex DVR live TV streaming bolsters an already strong media server software option, it speaks to the future of television. Although cord cutters are increasingly prevalent, the television remains central to the viewing experience. Nielsen research discovered that despite the migration away from traditional cable packages, millennials nevertheless watch the majority of video content on television screens. [Read: Plex vs Emby: A comprehensive comparison]
Using server software such as Plex or Emby fostered a shift away from cable and sattelite subscriptions. Now, it's streaming media that largely dominates the video consumption space. With a la carte streaming services such as Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, cord cutting remains a feasible solution. Notably, Hulu launched a live streaming TV service. But unlike Sling, DirecTV Now, and PS Vue, Hulu's live TV offering boasts its on-demand streaming service as well. [Read: 5 Best Plex client devices 2017: Plex TV boxes to stream from server]
As Plex DVR adds live TV, expect this budding trend of combining live with on demand streaming to continue.
What do you think of the new Plex DVR live TV feature?