Having read the many threads about using Plex Live TV they all seem to be a few months old, so I thought I'd do a thread sharing my experiences over the last week.
I live in Rural Foxton so i'm not blessed with a decent internet connection, i've managed to acquire 5Mb/s via a rural wireless provider, it does quite well as it has low contention but it's not really enough to use streaming services in anger, plus it tends to load up at peak times as all the pesky kids get home from school and play Call of Duty.. I've been looking for a way to ditch my Sky subscription as I don't have a sports subscription and am basically using it to deliver HD freeview, so the cost seemed excessive. Streaming tvnz wasn't too bad but I can't find a wife friendly way of deploying it on my HTPC using a remote control.
I have a plex media server at the back end and an HTPC for the front end so when Plex announced it could do live TV I took it as a sign to start investigating how to deliver OTA HD content via the Plex front end. So last week I acquired an HDHomerrun box, I already had an ariel installed by the previous owner so I hooked things up and after a bit of trouble shooting I was able to the HDHomerun app to show a decent quality feed. Configuration in Plex was reasonably simple and I was able to show live TV and record via the Web app. And here's where things slipped up a bit, Plex have yet to release a live TV add on for their Windows 10 Media Player software (I didn't read the small print so after doing the man thing and swearing at the computer for an hour I finally went back to the website and found that out). So my current work around is to have the HDHomerun software for viewing live TV and Plex for the recorded stuff (with an AHK script configured so i can flick between the two using the remote), i'm hoping Plex will release an updated Media Player that includes live tv so I can ditch the HDhomerun app.
Setting things up is reasonably simple
The EPG setup for Plex is different, there appears to be no channel view which is a pain, the EPG only seems to be two days ahead also so you can't search for programs airing further in advance
I like the auto delete feature where it deletes the program after you have watched it (saves me having to delete 2000 episodes of Home and Away that the wife watches... honestly it's the wife that watches it)
I'm not a big fan of having to use a different app to view live tv, but the Plex web view doesn't seem to be remote friendly, it also means I have to teach the wife how to use the plex app on her phone so she can set programs to record (in reality she will just ask me to do it...). I looked at using the Plex Android phone app to deliver live tv, but it doesn't support streaming to chromecast yet so that was non starter.
Is it friendly enough for me to ditch the archiac and expensive (but user friendly) Sky box? Well it's early days so I will keep this thread updated on Wife UAT...