Plex, the popular home media server app, has just gotten a big feature update. In partnership with SiliconDust, the company that produces HDHomeRun digital tuners, to bring TV playback and digital video recording directly into the app.
Inside the software, Plex can detect a connected HDHomeRun and display the program guide as a grid of shows. All of the shows you’d expect from over-the-air signals are available for users to watch on any device. This means your Android TV will also be able to stream live TV (unless you choose Live Channels instead).
In addition to the program guide, there is a new section for your recordings. Plex has built-in recording support, so once it connects to your HDHomeRun you’ll be able to start taking advantage of its DVR. You’ll be able to schedule recordings and view your recordings in a sleek interface. It seems to have all the neccessary interfaces you would need for a DVR.
When can you start to see this? The DVR feature is currently in beta. While you can download the Plex Media Server software from their forum, keep in mind that they’re likely continuing to polish it.
Additionally, users will need a Plex Pass, costing $5 per month, an HDHomeRun, and some sort of tuner. That tuner can be an antenna or a cable card, depending on which HDHomeRun you purchase.
The DVR feature is not available for the Plex Media Server on the NVIDIA Shield TV currently, although it does seem possible that will happen in a future update.