Plex has just updated their Amazon Fire TV app with a significant interface overhaul. In doing so they’ve also added support for Live TV and DVR capabilities to Fire TV devices. This means you can now connect a TV tuner to your Plex server and stream live programming to all of your Fire TV devices with recording and time shifting capabilities.
The new Plex interface is certainly not going to go over well with everyone. It’s essentially the same interface that was pushed to Android TV devices earlier this year with very little change. This has some major drawbacks, like no longer being able to use the play/pause button on the Fire TV remote, since Android TV remotes don’t have that button. Hopefully, Plex doesn’t take long to customize the app a bit more for the Fire TV platform.
New interface aside, the updated app brings the much-anticipated ability to stream Live TV to Fire TV devices. Plex first launched these capabilities on other platforms earlier this year, but now it’s finally available for Fire TV devices.
The most common way to take advantage of the Live TV and DVR functionality is to have an HDHomeRun networked tuner box. However, you can also connect a USB or PCI tuner directly to your Plex server and have access to the tuner from Fire TV devices. Some of the supported USB tuners include the Hauppauge WinTV-DualHD, Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q, Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One, and the AVerMedia AVerTV Volar Hybrid Q, as well as the PCI-E based HAUPPAUGE WinTV-quadHD tuner card.
This Plex update also adds the ability to rename the device within the app. This should allow for a much better experience using Plex’s Alexa voice-control capabilities, for those of you who have multipe devices running Plex. The new interface is also said to be much better on memory, so it should seem snappier and smoother, especially on weaker devices like the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick. A Plex Pass subscription is required to use the Live TV and DVR features.