As always, the developers behind the Plex media server continue to be hard at work, constantly looking for neat features they can add to the software. Plex isn’t just a solution for streaming your own digital library. It can also capture live TV via an OTA antenna, tap into a DVR solution to record things from that signal, as well as a number of other things like podcasts, news, TIDAL, and more.
The ability to tie in OTA TV is big, but what if you don’t want to tie in an antenna or don’t live close enough to any broadcasted signals (there are those who live in the middle of nowhere for their own zenful purposes).
Recently, they pulled together over 80 channels that stream online and made them available to the Plex software. This adds another option in the library options and it even includes a live TV guide for all of it, so that you can instantly see what’s playing on each one.
These aren’t the same channels you would normally get OTA though. These are exclusive options online that cover everything from cartoons, to news, to gaming, to comedy, to anime, and more. You may find that some of this content is far superior to OTA content or something to simply ride along with it all if you add an antenna to the mix as well (for the local stuff).
Between this and all of the other streamable content (ie, access to all sorts of free movies) they have added to the software, it’s easy to say that this is the best personal media server solution you could possibly ask for. It’s all-inclusive and has such a long list of features to play with (although many of these features you do need a Plex Pass membership for, which can be subscribed to monthly or via a one-time lifetime license).
They really do a great job with this software and we look forward to learning about what’s next on the agenda.