Plex today is taking its Live TV service, including its DVR, out of beta, while also expanding to Apple TV and Android, and introducing a new “time-shifting” feature that allows you to pause, rewind and fast-forward through your live TV programs. The company first introduced its DVR capabilities for those who connect a TV tuner and antenna to their Plex setup last fall, then moved to more fully target DIY cord cutters this summer with the added ability to stream live television.
Plex’s Live TV service, by way of background, offers an alternative of sorts to the current plethora of live TV streaming services. But instead of offering “skinny bundles” that combine local broadcast stations with top cable TV channels delivered over the internet.
The idea is to offer a more affordable way for cord cutters to watch some of broadcast TV’s best programming, without having to spend extra money on yet another streaming service. At the time of the Plex Live TV launch, the company also expanded its lineup of supported digital tuner vendors. Plex users can stream live TV and record their favorite shows right from the Plex app. The subscription service that enables this and many other features is called Plex Pass, and is only $4.99 per month.
With the exit from beta, Plex Live TV works on a number platforms, including iOS, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, and the web.