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Plex Brings Live TV to Roku

Offers new option for cord-cutters on that platform, but currently lacks DVR support 10/12/2017 11:32 AM Eastern

Plex said it has launched its Live TV feature on Roku devices. The addition lets Plex users watch live TV (via an integration with broadcast TV antennas and tuners) and use trick-play features like pause, rewind and fast-forward.

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Out of the chute, Plex users on Roku are not yet able to schedule recordings through the Plex DVR, but can watch recordings from Plex’s other platforms, such as web browsers, Amazon Fire TV devices, Apple TV boxes, and IoS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Plex said the beta release for Roku is out today, with a release for all Plex Pass subscribers expected in about a week.

Plex’s offering is largely targeted to cord-cutters, and competes in that arena with companies and products such as Nuvvyo (the Tablo and the just-launched Tablo Dual), Dish Network (AirTV Player), TiVo (Roamio OTA), and ChannelMaster (DVR+), among others.

MVPDs such as Comcast are also starting to introduce skinny-bundle packages for broadband subscribers that center on the local major broadcast TV stations, plus the ability to buy add-on programming packages.

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