How to Set Up Plex Live TV and DVR

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One of the benefits of being a Plex Pass member is being able to connect a TV tuner to your home network, and then access those channels through Plex. Additionally, Plex gives you access to a guide for programming on those channels. You can also leverage the DVR component on Plex to record movies and shows, which you can then save to your Plex library. To reiterate, using the Plex Live TV and DVR features does require you to be a Plex Pass member. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.

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Steps to Set Up Plex Live TV and DVR

  1. Connect your HD antenna to your TV tuner, and then connect your TV tuner to your home router. In this example, I’ve got an HD antenna connected to an HD Homerun Duo TV tuner.
  2. Launch the Plex web browser, and then log in to your Plex account. Your Plex home screen appears.
  3. Click the “Settings” icon in the upper right corner of the screen. The Settings screen appears.
  4. Scroll down the menu on the left side of the screen until you arrive at the Manage section. Click “Live TV and DVR” in the Manage section. The Live TV and DVR screen is displayed.
  5. Click “Set Up Plex DVR” on this screen. A list of detected DVR devices on your network appears. Click to select your device and then click “Continue.” The DVR Setup screen appears.
  6. Click “Scan Channels.” The progress of your channel scan will be displayed, along with the number of channels found. The total number of channels found will be displayed when your scan is complete. Click “Continue.” A screen appears, asking you to enter your postal code.
  7. Enter your postal code, and then click “Continue.” The information associated with the best detected channel guide will be displayed. You can always click the Guide drop-down to see other available guides. Click “Continue” on this screen to move ahead. A DVR Setup complete screen appears, with a note that your DVR is being initialized.

After your DVR is initialized, you can access your Live TV and DVR from your Plex home screen by clicking “More” in the menu on the left side of your screen. Then click “Live TV and DVR” in the menu on the left side of the screen. The Recommended screen will appear by default, but you can click the drop-down menu along the top part of the screen to see either your Guide, your DVR schedule, or browse upcoming programming.

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