Record live TV without a cable subscription

“Cord cutters, you too can record your favorite live TV shows and watch them whenever you want, thanks to Plex DVR!” Lory Gil writes for iMore.

“Combined with HDHomeRun and an HDTV antenna, I can record live broadcast television and watch it at my leisure, just like my cable subscribing friends do with their DVR,” Gil writes. “You can too.”

“Plex is a media server that you can load your movies, music, and photos onto. You can then watch, listen to, or view that content across any supported device with the Plex app,” Gil writes. “Plex DVR is a feature in the Plex Pass subscription that lets you record and watch free digital broadcast channels so you can also watch TV any time across your supported devices. You’ll need a few things before you can set up Plex DVR…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Also, AppAdvice last month had a good article regarding cord-cutting:

Before we get started, here are the things you’re going to need:

1. A 4th Generation Apple TV
2. A Subscription to SlingTV, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue
3. An HD Antenna
4. An HDHomeRun Connect Box
5. The Channels App for Apple TV

Based on my experience, if you have all these pieces, your Apple TV can serve as the way you watch TV, period. You won’t need to jump between inputs…

Read more in the full article here.

Making sense of myriad cord-cutting options – March 17, 2017
The ultimate cable television cord cutting solution for Apple TV owners – February 17, 2017


  1. My setup:

    Apple TV (4th Gen)
    DirecTV Now & PlayStation Vue (until DTVN gets DVR)
    OTA HD Antenna
    Channels App
    HDHomeRun Extend
    Plex Media Server with DVR (Record OTA Stuff)

    1. Do you have any information on where the Channels app will save recordings to? I currently use it for live TV, and Plex DVR, which works pretty well, but it would be interesting to see what Channels comes up with for the DVR.

    2. The channels app is dependent on the HDHomerun, as a matter of fact it only works with the Silicondust HD tuners, the
      the channels DVR is $8/month, plex pass $39.00 annual or $119 life time…..

  2. I use a Tablo tuner box with a connected USB hard drive. It costs $5 a month for access to their TV guide so you can program channels to record using either your iOS device, or the Apple TV app. The iPhone and iPad apps provide more functionality than the Apple TV app.

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