Originally Posted by mcguidance
The only thing I wish Plex had is Live TV support. Were there ever any discussions to add it? ....
I"m sure it's come up, several times over the years. Plus, it's one thing Plex does not have compared to XBMC or Media Browser. I'm not familiar with the other two that much since I have never used MB and it's been years since I used XBMC.
Given what people want 1) electronic program guide (EPG), 2) and the ability to record, and 3) watch live TV, there possible a few issues and it's overall usefulness. The usefulness is probably the biggest question. For me, it would be useful, especially if Plex could allow for remote streaming. It would also useful for me on LAN since Comcast encrypts all channels and I choose not to get cable boxes for all TVs. But I figure I'm more the minority in home usefulness. Most people, probably have either cablebox or antenna feed connected to the TV and use the TV's build in turner to watch live TV. Thus, I think this is more a niche or a niche request.
The EPG, I'm not sure if there are issues. I assume TitanTV would be the popular choice, but I'm not sure if there would be some kind of licensing fee or allow ads to be shown. I think EyeTV use to have it as an option, but there was a fee to continuing using. I think it was TVGuide and, last I knew, it was $20 a year. WIndows Media Center has the fee build into the cost of the OS or Media Center (Windows 8) for it's EPG.
As mentioned earlier, there is a really big issue with cable companies being allowed to encrypted all channels. Since a lot of people have cable, that means they need a cablecard, which means the Plex would have to get cablecard certified. From what I read, not cheap nor quick. This is one of the reasons why WIndows Media Center is the only one cablecard certified. The XBMC option would fines for ClearQAM or OTA channels.
The recording and playback is probably the easiest. I would assume it either be server addon or a second server. Plex can play WTV (WIndows Media Center recordings); although fast forward and rewind don't work very well, but skip works ok.
That said, back on Plex 8.5, there was a plugin one guy did that did allow Plex to play live TV with the HDHomeerun. It's was rough. No EPG, no TV channel listing, so to speak. It had it, but it was more like what you saw with the other libraries like movies and TV shows. I don't think it ever got to beta. I did use it here and there, since the TV I had predated ClearQAM and OSX only had few options for TV--EyeTV, MythTV, and SageTV. I was familiar enough with OSX and had issues getting MythTV to install and work; never got it to work. SageTV worked, but ran into a wierd audio issue, and didn't care how it worked the DiNovo Mini. EyeTV had no trail period and the return policy was horrible for the software only purchase. The Plex channel worked, but the player needed work. THe picture had a bit of fuzzyness; I assume it had to do with deinterlacing. Thus, I think it's possible.