PLEX Live TV Free for 3 Months

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For the next 3 months, Live TV will be free—no Plex Pass required.

If you have an HD antenna and tuner, then now you can stream your free live TV to all your devices without Plex Pass through the end of June (DVR and other premium features still require a Plex Pass). And if you don’t, we got some of our hardware partners to offer them to Plex users at a discount for a limited time. You can stream reruns, new shows (treasure them!), news, or kids programming. Stream it all around your home or while you’re away. Maybe it will help educate, entertain, enlighten, or another e-starting-word. Get the details here. We’ve been working especially hard to fix lots of issues with Live TV based on thoughtful feedback from the community. Stay tuned for more details on that soon.

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  • +2 votes

    I have plex pass already, but does any of the other things actually exist in Aus? like the HD Home run? sure free to air tv sucks, but it would be cool to add it to my Plex Server, also cool colouring book, The Plex Pistols.

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      Yeah, you can pickup a HD Home run on the interwebs. I got one, it's works great!

    • +4 votes

      I use 2 dual "unsupported" USB tunner from the windows 7 WMC seem to work fine. If you got one give it a go it might just work. As long as the tunner install successfully on the same PC as the server, just try "Add device" in the "Live Tv & DVR" section in the settings. When it ask for guide use one of these for your location. www.xmltv.net (big thanks to those who made that for us for free)

    • +1 vote

      I haven't watched FTA in years, but I still have 2 x SonyPlay TV tuners connected. Each has dual channels and it worked great.
      I got the Tuners from deals posted on OZ $15 each and woked well under Windows 10.
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/339116

      Drivers were a little difficult to obtain, but in my years of testing pretty much any USB TV tuner seems to work.

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        Holi crap its 4 for $20

        unfortunately no store in my area have 4 at the same time.

        just ordered on for $18

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    With live TV streams on the net already, what does this do extra? Is it lik a PVR & you can pause/record/rewind?

    • +1 vote

      Yes it a full feature PVR record series and remove ads. (Require Plex pass)

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      By live TV streams, do you mean you could stream Free To Air channel 9, ABC, SBS, etc on a laptop? Like normal TV but on your computer? I looked into doing this a few months ago but never worked it out.

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        I'm in the same boat as you… kinda confused as well!
        Looking at this page https://www.plex.tv/en-au/tv/ and it seems like free to air TV but access to some sort of other streamed content?!

        Also unsure what equipment is a HD antenna and tuner… a normal TV?

        Maybe someone who uses it currently can help answer?

        • +1 vote

          You need to have a supported TV tuner connected to the machine that runs your Plex Server application. This may be a USB-connected tuner, or an internal card in the computer. Standalone devices like TVs or set top boxes are not sufficient, it must be a tuner connected to the computer.

      • +1 vote

        That's correct. For example, I have a Mac Mini in my loungeroom with a USB TV tuner connected. Plex Pass allows me to stream all my stored content to any device anywhere in the world. With Live TV I can also stream live TV from the Mac Mini tuner to any device in the world. So if I was in a hotel in Budapest and wanted to watch the Channel 9 NRL broadcast on a Friday night I could watch it live, time shift it, or record it and watch it later.

  • +4 votes

    I use an old PS playtv I had laying around. Works great. Had to do a bit of extra config to get it to work through

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      Care to share how? I have a old one lying around too :)

      • +1 vote

        The only difficult part was finding the drivers.
        Don't recall where I downloaded them, but the file is called EyeTV_Diversity_2008_3150000a_W8.exe and worked under Win 10.

        From memory, I think I ran the setup then did the usual trick of going to TEMP folder while setup was running to copy the drivers to a dedicated folder.
        Then the add new hardware, I have drivers.
        Think it works best, installing the drivers first. Sorry I can't recall.

      • +1 vote

        Thanks testeagles for the tip. Just got it working on win7, plug in usb, in device manager there will be an unkown device with the exclamation mark. right click that and update drive. point manually to the folder of the driver. just ignore warning "not correct driver for this device" and install anyway.

        This driver work just fine for me: https://mega.co.nz/#F!r95XXDYB!YZjyIOM2exbczYFqt5jvkg

        Thank you to this person https://www.psxhax.com/threads/sony-ps3-play-tv-tuner-driver...

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    As Vodafone TV has an inbuilt tuner, is there any benefit adding this to the Plex app on the device?

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      I couldn't get it to recognise the TV tuner, so no

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      If the Vodafone TV could load the Plex server, perhaps. Then you'd get a PVR recording service.

      The Plex EPG might also be helpful, compared to the Channels apps EPG.

      You would probably need a different device to take advantage, to be honest.

  • +1 vote

    What is the cheapest TV tuner to watch SCOMO's confusing speech using PLEX?

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    How do you enable this? Do you just sign up for the 30 day trial?

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      The regular account or Basic account on the server, will have a Live TV option.

      https://support.plex.tv/articles/225877347-live-tv-dvr/

      The DVR functions might not work, it does use comskip to strip out the ads from a recording, so you probably won't get the full DVR options, just the watching of TV shows and the EPG for about 2 weeks ahead.

      You can also buy IceTV as a TV EPG guide instead of the Free xmltv link provided on this page, plex pass in Australia doesn't get a free EPG since their old provider closed down, which I believe is the same company that Microsoft Xbox was using for their TV channels list data ( OneGuide has been broken/ unusable for over a year ).

      IceTV has been around for maybe 20 years? Maybe longer supporting PVR TV's. It's something like $50/yr or $4/month. I'd have to check.

      If you have the network HD Homerun tuner, this is replicating the network streaming but with a nicer EPG. It is a bit clunky & slow though, as the video is streamed over wifi, sic. But, it's TV on a tablet/ phone/ laptop.

      If your plex server is decent/fast, it can switch between channels / tuners quickly.

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      You also have to update the web app to get thia feature under settings>General

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    What is the difference from mediaportal?

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    Signed up and tried watch a movie, but following error occurs,
    Playback Error
    An error occurred trying to play "Wheels on Meals".
    Error code: s6007 (DRM)

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    Using TVHeadEnd/Antennas with Plex works well also. Great if you have a NAS or Server and you want more configuration.

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    would it work with a vodafone tv? it has antenna in….

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      as per my comment above, I could not get it to work. The TV tuner is not recognised. If anyone else managed to do it, please let us all know.

  • +1 vote

    I use a Synology DS918+ NAS for my Plex - what FTA Tuner can I use and how to connect. (already have life plex pass)

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      HD Homerun is easiest to implement, natively supported. You can use some USB ones on Synology, Inside a bit of research a while ago to implement on my NAS, but never finished the project. If you find a good value USB tuner that works with Synology please let me know :)

  • +1 vote

    I just want hardware acceleration for transcoding for free.

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      There are a few server devices (Nvidia Shield and WD My Cloud Pro) that do not require a Plex Pass for Hardware-Accelerated Streaming:

      "On these specific devices, a Plex Pass subscription is not required. Hardware-Accelerated Streaming is turned on by default for everyone on these devices."

      https://support.plex.tv/articles/115002178853-using-hardware...

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        That's good but I want it for my Gaming PC that is doubling as a media server so that it can transcode without buffering.