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Plex Media Server gains a DVR feature, starting with HDHomeRun tuners

Jared Newman | Sept. 2, 2016
Windows Media Center DVR holdouts: Plex wants to be your modern replacement.

Over time, though, Plex plans to support more than just HDHomeRun tuners. Plex will work with some partners directly, Williams says, but companies such as Hauppauge and Elgato will be able to add support on their own. In the long term, the Plex community could be allowed to build device support as well, though Williams didn’t give a timeline for any of these developments.

“We had a pretty large intersection of Plex users who also use HomeRun devices, so it was low-hanging fruit,” Williams says.

If there’s one major missing piece from Plex’s DVR solution right now, it’s the ability to time-shift watching live TV. Without making any firm commitments, Williams says Plex is looking into it. “You could imagine that at this point, 90 percent of the work is done with the components that are already built,” he says.

As for pricing, the DVR service requires a Plex Pass, which costs $4.99 per month, $40 per year, or $150 for a lifetime membership. TV program guide data costs money, after all, and while Williams says DVR will be available for non-subscribers in the future, it’ll likely be in a limited trial capacity or have recording limitations.

We’ll have a deeper dive into Plex’s DVR solution soon.

 

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