Plex has joined a long list of companies offering discounts and extended free trials to help keep people entertained and healthy during coronavirus isolation.
The media app is offering free access to its Live TV feature for everyone for three months, through June 30.
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All you need is a TV tuner and an HD over-the-air antenna, but a paid-for Plex Pass is not needed to watch television channels through any of Plex's apps. If you don't have a tuner and antenna, some of Plex's hardware partners are offering these at a discounted rate, in a further bid to help out during the pandemic.
Live TV channels available through Plex include ABC, CBS and NBC. Content available during the free trial includes reruns of classic TV shows, new programs, news channels, and content for children.
The free offer does have some limitations, however. DVR functionality is not included, so shows cannot be recorded and saved to watch later. Also, the program guide only extends 48 hours into the future instead of the usual two weeks for paying Plex customers.
But these are minor limitations, and mean a wide range of live TV is still available for free for three months. It may only be a small gesture, but it will help keep you entertained and informed while isolating at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Plex also said this week how it has used its technology to help stream educational videos to children stuck at home. The company also said it had helped a San Francisco school distribute educational content remotely to tablets and web browsers. Educational institutions are encouraged to contact Plex at firstname.lastname@example.org to get help with streaming content to children learning from home.
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