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Plex Incorporates Live TV With Addition of 80-Plus Free Linear Channels to Platform

Stephanie Sengwe

Plex continues to transform into a free streaming platform. Today, the streaming app that is best known for streaming personal media, announced they are adding free ad-supported Live TV to their platform with the addition of over 80 channels (a full list is below).

Unlike some other free ad-supported services that are available in select markets, most of the channels on Plex will be available globally. At launch it will be available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android and desktop. The company expects to bring it smart TVs, as well as gaming consoles soon.

The announcement comes just weeks after Roku added a new Live TV Guide to The Roku Channel. Plex will also now be going head-to-head with Pluto TV, which was acquired by ViacomCBS last year, and already has 24 million active users. Comcast has also entered the ad-supported linear TV space, through their acquisition of Xumo and through the launch of linear channels in Peacock.

The addition of Live TV on Plex offers consumers a variety of options, ranging from live news like Reuters and Yahoo Finance, to kids shows like “Toon Goggles,” to all things sports including live games, original programming and movies/docs from fubo Sports Network, to gaming and esports on IGN1, and two new LGBTQ+ channels from Revry. Live TV on Plex also offers comedy, game shows, anime and 19 music channels.

One nice feature on Plex is that you will be able to re-order and hide certain channels that you don’t want to appear in your channel guide.

“Two of the most important factors for an enjoyable streaming experience are easily being able to find something of interest to watch, and being able to watch it from any device you choose,” said Keith Valory, CEO of Plex. “Plex offers consumers across the globe a simple yet powerful platform for access to all types of content that can be streamed from all types of devices.”

In May, Plex announced they added Crackle and its library of movies and TV shows. Starting today, Plex users now have access to thousands more titles to stream, courtesy of the Sony Pictures Television and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. app.

Last August, the app signed a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for the rights to a package of feature films available to users only in the U.S.

The agreement allows U.S.-based users to access a package of library feature film titles from Warner Bros., in addition to already available content like live and recorded over-the-air television, trustworthy news, popular web shows, podcasts and over 60 million HiFi streaming music tracks.

They followed that up by striking another deal with Lionsgate to add even more content to the ad-supported platform. However, the deal with Lionsgate permits Plex to distribute their content worldwide, with geo-restrictions dependent on each title.

Full List of Plex Linear Channels

Channel Markets
80s Party Global
AFV Español Global
AFV Family Global
AsianCrush Global
BAMBU US + Canada
Beast Mode Global
Bedroom Beats Global
Channel Fight Global
Choppertown Global
Comedy Dynamics US + Canada
CONtv US + Canada
Cooking Panda Global
DarkMatter TV Global
Deal or No Deal US Only
Docurama US + Canada
Dove Channel US + Canada
DrinkTV Global
EDGEsport US + Canada
Electric Now US Only
Electro Anthems Global
ESRevolution Global
FailArmy Global
Footballers Lives US Only
Friday Feels Global
fubo Sports Network US Only
Game Show Central Global
Glewed.TV Global
Gravitas Movies Global
Hip Hop Bangers Global
Hollywire Global
Hollywood Classics Global
Hometalk TV Global
Hot R&B Global
Hottest of the Hot Global
IGN TV Global
Kidoodle TV Global
KidsFlix US Only
KMTV Global
Latin x Pop Global
Law & Crime Global
Like Yesterday Global
Love Destination Global
Made In Hollywood Global
MAV TV Select US Only
Maverick Black Cinema Global
Midnight Pulp Global
Monster Kids Global
Neural Focused Global
Nosey Global
Only 90s Kids Will Understand Global
Party Global
party tyme karaoke Global
People are Awesome Global
People are Awesome Global
PlayWorks Global
Popstar! TV Global
Real Nosey Global
RetroCrush Global
Reuters TV Global
Revry Global
So…Real Global
SportsGrid Global
SQAD Global
Surf Now TV Global
Tankee Global
Tastemade US Only
Texas-Sized Hits Global
TG Junior Global
That 70s Channel Global
That’s Hot Global
The Archive Global
The Boat Show Global
The Bob Ross Channel US + Canada
The Design Network Global
The Film Detective Global
The Pet Collective Global
Toon Goggles Global
Trending Global
TV Classics Global
Unidentified Global
Unwind Global
WASH TV Global
WeatherSpy Global
Whistle TV US + Canada
Wipeout Xtra US Only
Wu Tang Collection Global
Yacht Rock Global
YUYU TV Global

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