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Expires on 30/06/2020Posted 25th Mar
Plex Live TV is free for the next 3 months.

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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).

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Avoid this like the plague. I’m an avid Plex user, spending a lot of time on the support forums, and 90% of the support cases relate to LiveTV and the awful program guide they use for the UK. We have iPlayer, ITV Hub, etc. already. Don’t bother with this unless you want a good excuse to pull your hair and teeth out.
I would be wary about using their DVR service. It is quite unreliable and is so finicky to be head against a wall bashingly annoying.

Their source for the guide is often well out of date - why they don't just use the OTA guide here in the UK I will never know...
Shouldn't this be in freebies?

Is there an issue with this site at the moment - loads of freebies are ending up in with the deals...
Al66626/03/2020 09:26

does anyone use an aerial these days? seems obsolete ...


I used to say this but realised the quality on BBC News HD on freeview is vastly superior to streaming it.
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I would be wary about using their DVR service. It is quite unreliable and is so finicky to be head against a wall bashingly annoying.

Their source for the guide is often well out of date - why they don't just use the OTA guide here in the UK I will never know...
Cool thanks
Shouldn't this be in freebies?

Is there an issue with this site at the moment - loads of freebies are ending up in with the deals...
meherenow25/03/2020 21:58

I would be wary about using their DVR service. It is quite unreliable and …I would be wary about using their DVR service. It is quite unreliable and is so finicky to be head against a wall bashingly annoying.Their source for the guide is often well out of date - why they don't just use the OTA guide here in the UK I will never know...


Yeah it's not the best. The HDhomerun app is pretty horrible (the layout) but reliable, never seems to stutter like plex DVR, at least for me anyway.

Also plex has to transcode the stream whenever you select a channel to play so you can pause etc, so it takes a while when you're flicking through channels, I don't like that it isn't instant at all. Not sure why it takes so long as other services that use my HDhomerun don't. Personally if I'm going to watch tv I'll just end up using my freeview box. Pity really because it's nice to have all my media in one place.
Edited by: "tjc2005" 25th Mar
How do you activate this ? I have PLEX - Clicked on Live Tv & Dvr AND it just asks me to pay for a PLEX PASS.
Dave
tjc200525/03/2020 22:38

Yeah it's not the best. The HDhomerun app is pretty horrible (the layout) …Yeah it's not the best. The HDhomerun app is pretty horrible (the layout) but reliable, never seems to stutter like plex DVR, at least for me anyway. Also plex has to transcode the stream whenever you select a channel to play so you can pause etc, so it takes a while when you're flicking through channels, I don't like that it isn't instant at all. Not sure why it takes so long as other services that use my HDhomerun don't. Personally if I'm going to watch tv I'll just end up using my freeview box. Pity really because it's nice to have all my media in one place.


It’s ok it’s not the best just ok - my brother works for a hedge fund in New York and was able to easily watch from his office live bbc sky and other news programmes covering the General Election via my Plex DVR installation here in the UK. So it’s works. My big issue with it when I record a programme it saves it as a .ts file and so won’t play back until converted to another format. Plex won’t re- encode it on the fly. What I want is Amazon’s FireTv recast DVR product which sadly only released in the USA.
Krs-won25/03/2020 22:17

Shouldn't this be in freebies?Is there an issue with this site at the …Shouldn't this be in freebies?Is there an issue with this site at the moment - loads of freebies are ending up in with the deals...


Yes as I said on another deal, its only possible to add one tag and usually if you provide a price to reflect its free, the auto filters tag it as a freebie, but this seems to not be working reliably enough.
matwalaboy26/03/2020 00:26

Yes as I said on another deal, its only possible to add one tag and …Yes as I said on another deal, its only possible to add one tag and usually if you provide a price to reflect its free, the auto filters tag it as a freebie, but this seems to not be working reliably enough.


There's no "seems" about it, there were at least a dozen freebies posted in deals yesterday, and quite a few were from "experts"....might be an idea to check that the posts are in the right location for the time being...
tjc200525/03/2020 22:38

Yeah it's not the best. The HDhomerun app is pretty horrible (the layout) …Yeah it's not the best. The HDhomerun app is pretty horrible (the layout) but reliable, never seems to stutter like plex DVR, at least for me anyway. Also plex has to transcode the stream whenever you select a channel to play so you can pause etc, so it takes a while when you're flicking through channels, I don't like that it isn't instant at all. Not sure why it takes so long as other services that use my HDhomerun don't. Personally if I'm going to watch tv I'll just end up using my freeview box. Pity really because it's nice to have all my media in one place.


On my Apple TV I use plex for local media but the channels app for live tv from hdhomerun.

the channels app is superb.
i don’t use their DVR as I don’t want to pay a monthly fee for dvr. I use plex DVR on the rare occasion I want to record tv. Plex DVR kinda sucks
fryitup26/03/2020 07:47

On my Apple TV I use plex for local media but the channels app for live tv …On my Apple TV I use plex for local media but the channels app for live tv from hdhomerun.the channels app is superb.i don’t use their DVR as I don’t want to pay a monthly fee for dvr. I use plex DVR on the rare occasion I want to record tv. Plex DVR kinda sucks


They claim to have improved their TV stuff in the latest update will be interesting to see how much. I've got the HDHomerun Quattro but barely use it right now.
whiteswan25/03/2020 22:56

How do you activate this ? I have PLEX - Clicked on Live Tv & Dvr AND it …How do you activate this ? I have PLEX - Clicked on Live Tv & Dvr AND it just asks me to pay for a PLEX PASS.Dave


You need to update your server to the latest version
Been considering a HDHomeRun for a while as we are ditching sky and moving to Now TV instead. I have Plex server and pass already but sounds like the DVR/Live TV function isn't great. Is the HDHomeRun at least reliable?
Can't you get the same channels on Pluto TV and Tubi without signing up to anything or even having an Ariel?
CyDoNiA26/03/2020 08:11

Been considering a HDHomeRun for a while as we are ditching sky and moving …Been considering a HDHomeRun for a while as we are ditching sky and moving to Now TV instead. I have Plex server and pass already but sounds like the DVR/Live TV function isn't great. Is the HDHomeRun at least reliable?


The HDHR device itself is super reliable.
Avoid this like the plague. I’m an avid Plex user, spending a lot of time on the support forums, and 90% of the support cases relate to LiveTV and the awful program guide they use for the UK. We have iPlayer, ITV Hub, etc. already. Don’t bother with this unless you want a good excuse to pull your hair and teeth out.
WiteWulf26/03/2020 08:50

We have iPlayer, ITV Hub, etc. already. Don’t bother with this unless you w …We have iPlayer, ITV Hub, etc. already. Don’t bother with this unless you want a good excuse to pull your hair and teeth out.


What an opportunity Plex have to integrate the "Freeview Play" type content into Plex... if only the UK market was big enough to be important to them...
It says no channels available in the UK..
does anyone use an aerial these days? seems obsolete ...
Al66626/03/2020 09:26

does anyone use an aerial these days? seems obsolete ...


I used to say this but realised the quality on BBC News HD on freeview is vastly superior to streaming it.
They couldn’t find a provider in my area which is stokenewington joke
It says no provider in my area stokenewington
Al66626/03/2020 09:26

does anyone use an aerial these days? seems obsolete ...


Er, me. How else do you get your tv for free?
Ken_Gibson-Quigley26/03/2020 08:16

Can't you get the same channels on Pluto TV and Tubi without signing up to …Can't you get the same channels on Pluto TV and Tubi without signing up to anything or even having an Ariel?


Tubi isn’t in the UK as far as I know.
How to:

Plex makes Live TV feature free for 3 months, here’s how to get set up on Mac, iPhone, Apple TV 9to5mac.com/202…tv/
meherenow25/03/2020 21:58

I would be wary about using their DVR service. It is quite unreliable and …I would be wary about using their DVR service. It is quite unreliable and is so finicky to be head against a wall bashingly annoying.Their source for the guide is often well out of date - why they don't just use the OTA guide here in the UK I will never know...


My plex live tv is reliable and work perfectly including live tv recoding. I’m using hd homerun connect Quatro. I guess your server isn’t fast enough or may be your network has some issues.
anuruddha26/03/2020 10:30

My plex live tv is reliable and work perfectly including live tv recoding. …My plex live tv is reliable and work perfectly including live tv recoding. I’m using hd homerun connect Quatro. I guess your server isn’t fast enough or may be your network has some issues.



LOL, er OK.

I'm pleased you think yours is working a-ok.

I urge others to check out the Plex forums and you will see a very many users complaining about ongoing issues (and issues that have been going on and on and on for years).

I can assure you, as someone who makes a living in I.T., that my server and network have ZERO issues.

I enjoyed reading your "guess" though...
Edited by: "meherenow" 26th Mar
Thank's OP, Does anyone know if i can get this through Virgin Media.
For those who are struggling to find a correct tv guid for your area plex.tv/tv/
meherenow26/03/2020 10:38

LOL, er OK.I'm pleased you think yours is working a-ok.I urge others to …LOL, er OK.I'm pleased you think yours is working a-ok.I urge others to check out the Plex forums and you will see a very many users complaining about ongoing issues (and issues that have been going on and on and on for years).I can assure you, as someone who makes a living in I.T., that my server and network have ZERO issues. I enjoyed reading your "guess" though...


I have to say I have your experience, too.
Experienced IT guy running plex on a well specced server.
I love plex and use it daily, but Plex DVR is the weakest link in the solution, and I think in UK its just as much down to their data provider as the software solution.
e.g. channels incorrectly marked (or not) as HD.
Also it was released before it was ready... I am all for early/beta adoption of new software (e.g. steam early access), but plex DVR was not ready for even beta access. E.g. there was no EPG table view for like 1yr+, transcode on live view etc.

If you are only interested to watch live tv, you have a HDHR, and you dont already have plex server, I would recommend seriously to consider channels. getchannels.com/app…tv/
Its not free (or even cheap :() but it does work really really well for live TV with pause.
Since getting this on my Apple TV I dont go anywhere near my TVs internal interface to watch telly (its sony android sh*te)
Edited by: "fryitup" 26th Mar
fryitup26/03/2020 07:47

On my Apple TV I use plex for local media but the channels app for live tv …On my Apple TV I use plex for local media but the channels app for live tv from hdhomerun.the channels app is superb.i don’t use their DVR as I don’t want to pay a monthly fee for dvr. I use plex DVR on the rare occasion I want to record tv. Plex DVR kinda sucks


Yeah I sometimes use the live channels app on shield. Which can do DVR but not remotely to my networked PC. Plex does a good job of removing the ads for the most part and then neatly adds it to my plex library.
I personally prefer Kodi's pvr service (the legit one) i find it much more reliable than plex's.
fryitup26/03/2020 11:22

I have to say I have your experience, too.Experienced IT guy running plex …I have to say I have your experience, too.Experienced IT guy running plex on a well specced server.I love plex and use it daily, but Plex DVR is the weakest link in the solution, and I think in UK its just as much down to their data provider as the software solution.e.g. channels incorrectly marked (or not) as HD.Also it was released before it was ready... I am all for early/beta adoption of new software (e.g. steam early access), but plex DVR was not ready for even beta access. E.g. there was no EPG table view for like 1yr+, transcode on live view etc.If you are only interested to watch live tv, you have a HDHR, and you dont already have plex server, I would recommend seriously to consider channels. https://getchannels.com/apple-tv/Its not free (or even cheap :() but it does work really really well for live TV with pause.Since getting this on my Apple TV I dont go anywhere near my TVs internal interface to watch telly (its sony android sh*te)


Heartily agree.

We were happy (read, easy for kids and other half to use) for many many years with XBMC Kodi on our Shield TV's etc and me maintaining what everyone wanted on our NAS. The only caveat was that everybody had to remember what they were watching on different devices.

Drunk bought a Plex lifetime cheapish last year and never bothered with it for a few months until I bought the HDHR.

So now I have even more of a headache when Plex doesn't record what was expected, or doesn't sort TV eps in the expected order, even though they ARE named correctly. Or insists that some recordings are "TV movies".

Not to mention the client crashing regularly, stupid spinning circle, something Kodi/SPMC hardly ever did.

And the need to be CONSTANTLY online to make all your offline content accessible. Nonsense. There's more palaver, like not being able to "allow" my other half to delete her own stuff, more unnecessary maintenance for me... And it goes on, seriously, I would urge anyone to check out their forums and the Plex Reddit as well. I've only myself to blame for the drunken purchase, and I've tried to stick with it, but bleh. It is on the whole infuriating. Don't get me wrong, there are SOME good aspects, but the bad far outweighs it for me. It's only in the last week the ability to record a programme that's already started has been added! Time shifting live TV is maddening at best.

I did look at Channels, and will probably go for that, but was thinking of checking out Emby first. Emby just seems to "work" from what I read. Well, at least better than Plex...
meherenow26/03/2020 11:41

Heartily agree.We were happy (read, easy for kids and other half to use) …Heartily agree.We were happy (read, easy for kids and other half to use) for many many years with XBMC Kodi on our Shield TV's etc and me maintaining what everyone wanted on our NAS. The only caveat was that everybody had to remember what they were watching on different devices.Drunk bought a Plex lifetime cheapish last year and never bothered with it for a few months until I bought the HDHR.So now I have even more of a headache when Plex doesn't record what was expected, or doesn't sort TV eps in the expected order, even though they ARE named correctly. Or insists that some recordings are "TV movies".Not to mention the client crashing regularly, stupid spinning circle, something Kodi/SPMC hardly ever did.And the need to be CONSTANTLY online to make all your offline content accessible. Nonsense. There's more palaver, like not being able to "allow" my other half to delete her own stuff, more unnecessary maintenance for me... And it goes on, seriously, I would urge anyone to check out their forums and the Plex Reddit as well. I've only myself to blame for the drunken purchase, and I've tried to stick with it, but bleh. It is on the whole infuriating. Don't get me wrong, there are SOME good aspects, but the bad far outweighs it for me. It's only in the last week the ability to record a programme that's already started has been added! Time shifting live TV is maddening at best.I did look at Channels, and will probably go for that, but was thinking of checking out Emby first. Emby just seems to "work" from what I read. Well, at least better than Plex...


Ive used mythtv 10-15 yrs back, then xmbc/kodi for many years with tvheadend, tried emby ~4-5 years back and didnt like it, now on plex. (I hear that the emby fork jellyfin is worth a look, but didnt have the time to investigate it).
I have a server thats on 24/7 so not concerned about always on.
Really I love plex with exception of the DVR, but the fact is that I simply dont record enough TV to really care much on DVR these days. Channels for live + pause is 95% what I need, and on the rare occasion I must record something I will fall back on plex.
fryitup26/03/2020 11:47

Ive used mythtv 10-15 yrs back, then xmbc/kodi for many years with …Ive used mythtv 10-15 yrs back, then xmbc/kodi for many years with tvheadend, tried emby ~4-5 years back and didnt like it, now on plex. (I hear that the emby fork jellyfin is worth a look, but didnt have the time to investigate it).I have a server thats on 24/7 so not concerned about always on.Really I love plex with exception of the DVR, but the fact is that I simply dont record enough TV to really care much on DVR these days. Channels for live + pause is 95% what I need, and on the rare occasion I must record something I will fall back on plex.


I used my good old Xtrend running Openvix for many a year, recorded straight to the NAS and could access from any DLNA device. Thinking of going back to that, it worked flawlessly as a Freeview DVR after, ahem, its primary function's source dried up.
I love Plex. I use it every day.

This, though, is an absolute waste of time.
Yep. Listen to the consensus people.

This is a complete pile of dump.
meherenow26/03/2020 10:38

LOL, er OK.I'm pleased you think yours is working a-ok.I urge others to …LOL, er OK.I'm pleased you think yours is working a-ok.I urge others to check out the Plex forums and you will see a very many users complaining about ongoing issues (and issues that have been going on and on and on for years).I can assure you, as someone who makes a living in I.T., that my server and network have ZERO issues. I enjoyed reading your "guess" though...


Was there any reason to be so rude about it? They simply made a suggestion, it wasn't a dig at your IT knowledge.

Personally I had no issues with Live TV - it worked snappily for me. The main thing, compared to using Plex for local media, is to have devices that are capable of decoding a wide range of formats. If you avoid transcoding during Live TV, you will not suffer from 90% of its issues.

However, this tends to go against the entire value proposition of Plex, which is that media plays independently of the client's capabilities.

I stopped using it a while ago, not due to performance, but due to stagnant and outdated metadata, as others have said.
meherenow26/03/2020 11:41

Heartily agree.We were happy (read, easy for kids and other half to use) …Heartily agree.We were happy (read, easy for kids and other half to use) for many many years with XBMC Kodi on our Shield TV's etc and me maintaining what everyone wanted on our NAS. The only caveat was that everybody had to remember what they were watching on different devices.Drunk bought a Plex lifetime cheapish last year and never bothered with it for a few months until I bought the HDHR.So now I have even more of a headache when Plex doesn't record what was expected, or doesn't sort TV eps in the expected order, even though they ARE named correctly. Or insists that some recordings are "TV movies".Not to mention the client crashing regularly, stupid spinning circle, something Kodi/SPMC hardly ever did.And the need to be CONSTANTLY online to make all your offline content accessible. Nonsense. There's more palaver, like not being able to "allow" my other half to delete her own stuff, more unnecessary maintenance for me... And it goes on, seriously, I would urge anyone to check out their forums and the Plex Reddit as well. I've only myself to blame for the drunken purchase, and I've tried to stick with it, but bleh. It is on the whole infuriating. Don't get me wrong, there are SOME good aspects, but the bad far outweighs it for me. It's only in the last week the ability to record a programme that's already started has been added! Time shifting live TV is maddening at best.I did look at Channels, and will probably go for that, but was thinking of checking out Emby first. Emby just seems to "work" from what I read. Well, at least better than Plex...


Your server or clients do not have to be online to watched downloaded/synced content. And there's a configuration that enables users to delete their content - you just have to add the option in the configuration file.

Live TV certainly has its issues, and I don't bother with it anymore. But those examples seem like they can be solved easily.
Edited by: "edanfalls" 26th Mar
edanfalls26/03/2020 14:23

Was there any reason to be so rude about it? They simply made a …Was there any reason to be so rude about it? They simply made a suggestion, it wasn't a dig at your IT knowledge. Personally I had no issues with Live TV - it worked snappily for me. The main thing, compared to using Plex for local media, is to have devices that are capable of decoding a wide range of formats. If you avoid transcoding during Live TV, you will not suffer from 90% of its issues.However, this tends to go against the entire value proposition of Plex, which is that media plays independently of the client's capabilities.I stopped using it a while ago, not due to performance, but due to stagnant and outdated metadata, as others have said.



i found their original reply to be rude actually.
edanfalls26/03/2020 14:28

Your server or clients do not have to be online to watched …Your server or clients do not have to be online to watched downloaded/synced content. And there's a configuration that enables users to delete their content - you just have to add the option in the configuration file.Live TV certainly has its issues, and I don't bother with it anymore. But those examples seem like they can be solved easily.



Nobody in my house is downloading and syncing content so this is redundant - if for any reason the server goes down at Plex's end - or there is an interruption to the internet connection then it's back to Kodi as Plex would be useless to serve my own content on my own network (never mind transcoding or wasting time syncing content to individual devices for no reason).

It was my understanding that only the server admin can delete content from, say, our NAS where everything is stored. I'll hold my hands up if you can show me otherwise?

Also, our main client (Nvidia Shield TVs) are more than capable of playing without transcoding - yet there are still myriad issues with both locally served content and Live TV and recordings. Something that never happened with Kodi/SPMC or my Openvix box for Live TV/recordings and it's the DVR capability that I have the most beef with (and to that extent the poor implentation of watching live tv time shifted).

i'm not sure why people stick up for Plex so much - it's a poor fudge compared to what it proclaims to provide. And their own forums tell pretty much this same story, it's there for all to see.
Edited by: "meherenow" 26th Mar
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