Plex is one of the top media server software options. It's certainly my most used media server alternative. While Plex media server provides an easy means to access your content from anywhere, it's further honing an already excellent platform. Largely, this derives from DVR and live TV support. Through the use of an over-the-air antenna, Plex users beneft from additional cord cutting means. Now, there's Plex live TV and DVR Apple TV support. [Read: 5 tips for users moving from Kodi to Plex - Things to consider]
More cord cutting options for Plex users
Plex media server is an excellent home theatre PC (HTPC) offering. Notably, Plex caters to cord cutters. It's essentially a do-it-yourself (DIY) Netflix allowing ease of access to video, music, and even photo content from any Plex client device. [Read: 5 apps to edit subtitles manually for streaming to Kodi, Plex, and others]
With its honed platform, Plex continues to debut features which make cord cutting more feasible. With its live TV update, Plex allowed certain platforms to access live TV using compatible OTA antenna hardware. Next, a DVR functinality complemented the Plex live TV feature. While initially Plex live TV and DVR was limited to the web app, iOS, and Android TV, Apple TV and Android mobile users now benefit from the DVR and live TV features.
Best Plex Client Devices:
- NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Home Media Server - $199.99
- Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player - $89.99
- Roku Premiere+ 4K UHD - $83.99
- CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit - $69.99
- Xbox One 500 GB Console - $264.99
Because of its widening selection of devices and cord cutting options, Plex is rapidly becoming the go-to media server option. Althouth Emby is a fantastic server choice as well, you'll find Plex more user-friendly. Plus, the live TV and DVR features are now out of their beta. All you need to get going is a Plex Pass and supported digital tuner and antenna. Furthermore, you'll now find time shifting. This means you can pause, play, fast forward, and rewind. [Read: 6 ways to store local media for streaming on Kodi, Plex, and more]
Plex live TV and DVR Apple TV support: The future of streaming
The trend is clear that streaming is here to stay. Moreover, the options continue to expand, and focus on both live and on-demand content. This might manifest as DIY services like Plex, Emby, Subsonic, and Madsonic. Alternately, it may be subscription options such as DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or PlayStation Vue. However, it's not only on-demand content but live TV which seeks to permeate the streaming spaces. With the rise in popularity of Netflix, consumers became used to accessing content anywhere and being able to watch what they wanted when they wanted. [Read: Enable subtitles in Plex - How to configure subtitles for Plex]
Through its live TV and DVR functionality, Plex offers capablilties to view on-demand as well as live content. Taking it a step further, DVR combines the live and on-demand for a best of both worlds scenario. By continuing to expand the array of platforms which support Plex DVR and live TV, there's a commitment to allowing users to utilize live TV and DVR, something even some paid services lack (we're looking at you DirecTV Now). Through debuting features like VR capabilities, Plex proves its willingness to adopt cutting-edge technology for a top-tier experience.
What are your thoughts on the Plex live TV and DVR Apple TV support and Android mobile functionality?