Watch Live TV On Android TV Even Faster With The Latest Plex Update

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A Plex live TV update now lets you tune to channels even quicker than before on Android TV devices.

This improvement is part of the latest app update now rolling out to devices.

The quicker live TV channel access is specific to the gridview channel guide.

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Quicker Android TV access to live TV

The whole purpose of this improvement is to quicken the time it takes to access a live TV channel.

Previously, when clicking on a TV show or movie airing right now through the gridview channel guide, the user would be directed to the TV show or movie page. Here, they were then provided with the option to click "watch" to start watching.

This is now what's changed. Instead of heading to the title page, Plex will immediately tune to the channel so you can start watching even faster than before.

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The improvement only affects what's airing right now. Any other show or movie clicked on in the gridview channel guide will still direct the user to the TV show or movie page.

Plex live TV just keeps getting better

Plex's take on live TV is only one of many. However, it is a little different from others due to its primary focus on free over-the-air live TV channels.

Just like other OTA live TV devices, Plex live TV requires an antenna. However, once setup and connected to a DVR, Plex live TV becomes a powerful live TV solution.

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Not only does it allow the user to record local live TV, but those recordings, as well as live TV in general, suddenly becomes accessible on other devices, including smartphones.

How to get started with Plex live TV

Like many of the advanced Plex features, live TV streaming is made possible through the use of a Plex Media Server.

Users can set up a Plex Media Server on their PC or through an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device. More details on how to set up a Plex Media Server on the SHIELD TV can be found here.

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In addition, users will want to make sure they have an active Plex Pass subscription as well. Plex Pass can be subscribed to on a monthly or annual basis. Alternatively, a lifetime Plex Pass subscription is available and this is the cheapest option in the long run. For more details on Plex Pass, see here.

Last, but not least, you will of course need to have the latest version of the Plex Android app installed on the Android TV device. The Plex Android app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.

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