If you have a Plex Media Server but don’t have Plex Pass, we have some good news for you. For the next three months, the company is making its Live TV streaming feature free—no Plex Pass required. You’ll still need an antenna and tuner, but you’ll have plenty of time to decide if the feature is worth the price.
You might be wondering why you’d even bother running over-the-air TV through Plex instead of hooking your antennae straight to your television. The latter option is undoubtedly cheaper, but it’s also a terrible experience. You won’t any guide to quickly see your channels, and you can only watch live shows (short of buying more hardware).
Plex, on the other hand, provides an interface to navigate your channels and see what’s showing. And more importantly, you record Live TV (assuming you have a NAS or a hard drive connected to your Media Server).
With Plex TV you can watch live shows from any of your devices (not just your TV), and pull up your DVR and watch it anytime or anywhere you want. Unfortunately, while Plex is making Live TV free for three months, that doesn’t include the DVR functionality.
But, for free you can get a good feel for how the service works and how much you’d use it. Then you could always step up to the $5 a month Plex Pass to pick up the DVR feature. Or watch for a sale on Plex Pass lifetime passes.
You will need some hardware, specifically an antenna and a tuner that’s compatible with your media streamer. To help support the effort, Plex is offering sales on a few bundles to get you going.