Plex's Grid View Channel Guide for Live TV Now Available for Apple TV

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Plex's new Live TV grid view, which is designed to allow customers to find TV shows and movies through a traditional grid-based user interface, is now available for Apple TV.

    The grid view is available for both live TV content and content saved using the built-in DVR functionality in Plex. It first rolled out on the web in June before launching for tvOS today.


    Grid view organizes TV shows by channel and time of day, much like a standard cable TV guide, with a scrollable timeline format for an overview of what's on every channel that's available to you.

    Accessing live TV and the new grid view option requires a Plex Pass, priced starting at $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year. Plex is currently offering a deal through Best Buy that provides six months of Plex Pass service for $19.99.

    Plex has been offering live TV options since August 2017, with customers able to access over-the-air television channels with no cable subscription using an antenna and a TV tuner. Free over-the-air programming includes major US networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and the CW along with local programming, news, and sports.

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    Article Link: Plex's Grid View Channel Guide for Live TV Now Available for Apple TV
  2. shpankey, Jul 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018

    shpankey macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2014
    Nope... not working here. Just checked
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    Just checked plex website, no mention of it for apple tv yet, in fact they say it's still only available on their own web app. Unless this is a rolling release? I would think this would be in their blog though, what's your source??
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    Found it, you have to click on guide, then on channels... not nearly as good as the web app though. :/
  3. KhrisGarcia macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I have this on 3 Apple TVs now with a home run prime and Comcast. Works great. Very happy they went with the grid menu. It’s much easier for me.
  4. shpankey macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2014
    I should add, that pic is not representative of how it looks on atv, thats from the web app. Half the screen is cutoff w/ a lame info section and the atv grid is much smaller. :/ Better than no grid I guess, but wish we would have got the web app grid!
  5. dbrewood macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2018
    Manchester, UK
    I guess this is of no use if one has not bought a pass (yet) and lives in the UK?
  6. Muttznuttz macrumors member


    May 21, 2014
    Correct. I just checked their site (I have Plex Pass). Input UK and region as London. No broadcasts found
  7. dbrewood macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2018
    Manchester, UK
    @Muttznuttz drat, I thought that may well be the situation, thanks for confirming.
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I haven't followed this space very closely in the last few years. Wondering if anything has changed in regards to CableCard and DVR recording on anything other than Windows Media Center.

    Question for you.

    Does the Plex DVR record cable channels such as ESPN, AMC, TNT, etc?

    Does the Plex DVR record premium channels such as HBO and Showtime?

  9. jeffreco macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2015
    Fort Wayne, IN
    It will record cable channels if you have the right hardware. Plex works with devices from Silicon Dust. These are basically network tuners that can take either an over the air signal, or cable with a cable card. If your local cable company encrypts the premium channels, which most do, I don't believe Plex will record those channels. It works really well on the cable channels an will edit out commercials automatically if you choose that option.
  10. Cordorb macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    I still keep an old windows 7 system going ( support to 2020 ) to make Windows .WTV files via media Center
    and Plex /nPlayer/infuse/VLC apps can use the WTV format on all but the encypts channels.
    Still need the same Windows system to see encypts channels files

    Not sure Silicon Dust will ever get right to decode that ( they have tried ) things may change in 2020.
    This would leave only tivo

    SO CABLE CARDS in a silicon dust type device still work BUT getting harder to find the right person in a cable company to activate or fix problems after all these mergers.
    Side note - Windows media player still has the best jump about selections buttons for skipping soap ad's.
  11. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    You do need a Plex Pass, but it should work in the uk - website certainly shows British channels...
  12. mwd25, Jul 14, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018

    mwd25 macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2012
    Is this available on roku? Ive never seen a grid on it. In fact, even when I have the plex site open in firefox, where it says "channels" in thepicture mine says Discover. If I click on that I still dont get "Channels" option. Just watch now,movies, news, show and sports.

    Never mind all, I had to update the server to newest version. Now all is well
  13. Spendlove macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2015
    Cambridge UK
    Is anyone in the UK using Plex for live TV? If so, what is your set up.
  14. dbrewood macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2018
    Manchester, UK
    Yeah but if you look up UK and North West and check availability nothing shows up.

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