Plex just introduced its Live TV functionality on Xbox One, giving console owners access to live stations delivered over the air. It’s a major update for the Xbox version of the software, and it comes with full time-shifting functionality so users can pause, rewind, and fast-forward content. That’s only a taste of what all Plex has released, though, and Roku users are in a treat.
Roku users got access to Plex’s Live TV functionality back in October, so there’s nothing new on that front. However, Plex has announced a bunch of new features for Roku, the most important being full time-shifting functionality. Time-shifting enables the user to pause live tv, then fast-forward through the commercials when they return, as well as rewind content.
Roku owners watching Live TV will now see the current time and a place marker above the progress bar, as well as the ability to instant replay something. There’s also now closed captioning for both Live TV and DVR content. Full time-shifting has also arrived on the PMP desktop client and Plex Web App.
As in the past, Plex users will need to sign up for a Plex Pass in order to use the Live TV functionality. The Plex Pass isn’t free at $4.99/month (with yearly and lifetime options, too), but it does unlock a bunch of features you otherwise won’t get, such as the ability to download your content to a mobile device for offline viewing. Frequent Plex users would be best advised to get the $119.99 Lifetime pass, which provides forever-access to these features.
In addition to Plex Pass, users will obviously also need a TV antenna to retrieve the over-the-air TV channels, as well as a digital tuner that connects the antenna to the TV — some newer TVs have the digital tuner built in. However, for this purpose Plex requires users to get certain compatible TV antennas and tuners, a list of which is found here.
SOURCE: Plex Blog