Plex DVR recording is finally here thanks to a new partnership with the SiliconDust, the makers of the HDHomeRun digital tuner. Plex DVR enables free over-the-air access to 86 of Nielsen’s 100 most watched shows in the US for 2016, according to Plex. One show that it won't work with is Game of Thrones because that's only visible on encrypted HBO channels. Plex says that "Broadcast TV delivered via antenna is available immediately — no waiting an extra day (or months) to watch, as is the case with many streaming services," with a wink and a nod directed at Hulu. And while that sounds like time-shifted, or even live streaming of broadcast television shows, Plex says that currently only shows recorded to completion can be viewed with Plex DVR. Still, you can keep adding tuners and storage to record as many shows at a time as you like.
Once recorded, Plex DVR users can view their shows from pretty much any device, online or off, from anywhere in the world thanks to a multitude of clients for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices; Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and other media streamers; Xbox and PlayStation game consoles; and many brands of smart TVs.
Plex DVR adds two new sections to the traditional Plex interface: Recording Schedule, and Program Guide, with the latter even recommending upcoming broadcasts based upon your viewing habits and content currently in your video library. There’s no need for additional DVR recording software or programming guides, and Plex DVR can start recording as soon as it detects an HDHomeRun tuner and antenna on to the network.
Plex DVR beta is available today
"We’ve put a lot of time into this release, and the result is a really elegant DVR, which takes advantage of all the power and intelligence of Plex," said Plex co-founder Scott Olechowski. "Now you can view TV in a living room or on your phone, using a streaming stick in a hotel, or even on a plane when you’re offline. The addition of DVR allows our customers to make Plex the heart of their media experience. No other solution comes close."
The Plex DVR beta is available today and requires a Plex Pass subscription ($4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $149.99 lifetime), a digital antenna, and HDHomeRun tuner which starts at around $113 for the 2-tuner model.