Amazon has revealed that Plex will soon integrate channels into the Fire TV’s live experience, which consists of the Live tab and the channel guide. While Plex is best known for its great local media player capabilities, it launched a collection of live streaming ad-supported channels last year. That offering of channels has grown from just over 80 channels to over 130 channels and soon you’ll be able to access those channels from within the Fire TV interface.
Most apps and services that integrate into the Fire TV’s live experience tend to only integrate a subset of channels. For example, Pluto offers over 200 channels in its app, but only around 50 of those channels are integrated into the Fire TV’s channel guide. We’ll have to wait and see how many of Plex’s channels get integrated when the update arrives. We also don’t know when the integration will happen, apart from “soon.”
Unfortunately, Plex will only be integrating channels from their free ad-supported library. Amazon tells me that over-the-air channels within Plex that are provided through an HDHomeRun network tuner will not be available within the Fire TV’s various live interfaces. That’s a real shame because I’ve seen countless comments from people wanting HDHomeRun channels to appear in the Fire TV’s channel guide.
It’s unknown if the lack of integration of OTA channels from Plex is a limitation on Amazon’s side or on Plex’s side. Channels from a Fire TV Recast and channels from the built-in tuner of Fire TV Edition televisions will, unfortunately, remain the only way to integrate over-the-air channels into the Fire TV’s live expereince.