How to set up and use Plex DVR

How to set up and use Plex DVR

Here's how you can record all of your over the air (OTA) TV to your PC using Plex.
The digital video recorder (DVR) functionality is one of the things that you oose when you pull out your cable box from under your TV. A replacement that works with OTA TV channels can be purchased, but using your PC or Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a more better way.

One such way of doing this is with the hugely popular media server software, the plex. It recently added beta DVR functionality.

Here's how to set it up.

How to set up and use Plex DVR

A Plex Pass subscription and some form of connected TV tuner are the only things you need in order to be able to set it up. A HDHomeRun Connect will be used fir the purpose of this guide. All the management of your Plex DVR will take place within the Plex Media Server web app in your PC's browser.

How to use Plex as a DVR

    Go to settings in Plex Media Server.
    Click on server.
    On the sidebar, click on DVR (Beta).
    Select your tuner from the box.
    You'll see the channels already detected. If you want to rescan click on scan channels.
    Select your country from the dropdown box
    Click continue.
    Enter your postal code to allow Plex DVR to pull in channel guides for your area.
    After your DVR has initalized, select the best guide for your area from the dropdown box.

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Now your Plex server is set to receive live TV over your local network. You won't be able to watch live TV, you can only record it. so for the purpose of watching live TV, you'll still need something like the HDHomeRun official app or Kodi. Hopefully, in time to come, you'll be able to schedule recordings from the regular Plex apps too.

To record is easy, it's just that you will need to first set up a library. You'll be prompted when you first try to record something, if you don't have a library yet. It's a simple process that involves specifying which drive and folder to which you wish to save your recordings.

Inside the Plex is a program guide which is extremely full featured and easy to navigate. You're able to view by type — show, movie or radio — as well as by what's live, starting soon and upcoming. there are recording options available to allow you to record just an episode or all new episodes of a TV series.

Once you're done recording, they'll show up in your DVR section, inside any of the Plex apps that was used to synchronize or stream at your leisure. It's as simple as that.