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Hands-on with TiVo's new buddy, Plex Media Server

Derek Walter | July 2, 2015
There's still nothing like a TiVo. Those quirky sounds and the remote control that's shaped like a giant peanut still beat out the experience found on a lot of "smart" TVs.

Plex Pass deepens the experience

The good news is that everything I've described so far is free. You don't need a TiVo subscription (though if you have a device you probably already have one) or a Plex Pass to make this streaming work.

There are certain advantages, however, to getting a Plex Pass. For $5 per month ($150 for a lifetime subscription), Plex throws in Vevo music videos; a Gracenote subscription for metadata, automatic playlist generation, sonic fingerprinting, and other tools for your music library; cloud sync to any of the company's mobile apps; movie trailers, interviews, deleted scenes, and other extras that you can add to your personal movie library; photo sync; and more. Not having a Plex Pass, though, won't impact your ability to send content to your TiVo.

If you have a TiVo, this is a great way to stream content from your media library. However, the experience still isn't as fast or deeply integrated as what Apple, Google, and Amazon have cooked up with their respective ecosystems. Being limited to 720p resolution is another turn-off.

 

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