Plex Live TV Service with ‘Time Shifting’ Comes to Apple TV

Plex has today announced on its official blog that it is taking its Live TV service, including its DVR, out of beta, with the introduction of a new ‘Time Shifting’ feature which allows you to pause, rewind and fast-forward through your live TV programs. More importantly, the company is expanding its Live TV service to the Apple TV as well as Android TV and mobile OS platforms.


Starting today, Apple TV users can watch live TV and record shows, movies, sports, and more with Plex DVR. You will however still require an antenna and tuner (such as this SiliconDust HDHomeRun Connect unit) to make use of the Live TV feature and watch local programming, sports, and news, but as long as have a Plex Pass it’s all free. If you don’t already have the Plex Pass, you can get it for $4.99 per month, or less if you subscribe monthly or annually.

With all the hard work we’ve put into what we believe is clearly the best DVR on the planet, we’re ready to take the training wheels off and call this officially out of beta. There’s lots more great stuff in the pipeline too, don’t worry!

On top of Live TV support, we’re giving you the ability to time-travel (pause/play, rewind, and fast forward) through the Cosmos of Live TV. Time shifting** means you don’t have to time your snack quests during commercials.

For more information on how to get started, check out this post detailing supported digital antennas and tuners.

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  • C Pak

    Has anyone tried this service?

  • We are going to be reviewing it soon, stay tuned.

  • Michal

    have been using plex with live tv / dvr for many months. quite nice when you can get it to work right. that said, there are a lot of issues arising from the many different plex platform combinations… but, it is quite nice when working.

  • BigCat

    Thanks! Looking forward to the review.

  • poopchute

    Thanks for the info.
    What DVR do you use? Where did you get it? Thanks

  • Michal

    i’ve gone with Hauppauge (dualHD) for the OTA signals, though i wish i got the silicondust HD homerun… seems better supported. i have plex running on linux (ubuntu) in a vmware/esxi host.

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    The DVR works as expected. Been testing this feature for a few months now. The Live feature either needs more work or I need help with my Silicon Dust because the video plays for a few seconds then freezes on all channels. I have Plex on my WD Ex4100 NAS drive. Everything is up to date. Tablo is still better for recording while Silicon Dust with the overly expensive Channels app on Apple TV and iPad are better for live viewing (switches and connects faster).

  • mcfilmmakers

    “but as long as have a Plex Pass it’s all free. If you don’t already have the Plex Pass, you can get it for $4.99 per month”

    So it isn’t free.

  • poopchute

    Unless you already have Plex Pass – as stated.
    Then it is free.

  • Michal

    frankly i’m surprised they went out of ‘beta’ – it is still very much beta, if you ask me.

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    The DVR is good. It is the Live feature that I would agree that is still in Beta mode. Also, where is the grid/guide either one or 7 days in advance? I know that the antenna can capture only 1 day of information from the towers so why not even show that?

  • Looking forward to it!

  • mcfilmmakers

    No, plex pass is not free. It’s INCLUDEDwith Plex pass but not free.