Plex brings Live TV to Android smartphones and tablets

Plex has been beta testing Live TV since the beginning of June, now it’s ready for prime-time with Android phones and tablets being able to access the new feature after it had been restricted to Android TV (which miraculously hasn’t died yet)previously. Join us after the break for more details.

So long as you have a supported digital antenna and tuner, you’ll be able to stream Live TV via your Plex Media Server (PMS) to your Android devices in your home. If the DVR function is set up on your PMS you’ll also be able to schedule, browse and view recordings on your Android device. With Live TV you can pause, stop, fast-forward and rewind live shows just like you can with your own content.

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Plex says that its Roku, Amazon Fire TV, web, and Smart TV apps are next in line to get Live TV functionality, hopefully, sooner than later. It’s important to remember that to access the Live TV you will need to be a PlexPass subscriber which costs you $5 monthly, $40 annually, or $120 for a lifetime membership. You’ll also need to have the PMS running version 1.8 or higher.

Plex is fast becoming the only media app you need on your phone, tablet or TV device, especially with its ability to handle any video format you throw at it. What are your thoughts on the ability to access Live TV on your Android smartphone or tablet?

Source: Plex

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).