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Android Live TV from differnt IP (location)

mooney101mooney101 Members, Plex Pass Posts: 2 Plex Pass

I'm looking into setting up a nivida shield for live TV and recording but I have one question. Can another andoird TV device like a Mi Box for example stream live tv from my home server (shield) if its different IP? I have an elderly friend who use my antenna to watch her local shows but is on Roku. I had a simple.tv set up which worked great until they went out of business. I want her to be able to watch live TV as well as the recorded shows. Can an android TV box do this for her? Thank You

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  • rwhaphamrwhapham Members, Plex Pass Posts: 257 Plex Pass

    The short answer is "yes, but...". An Android TV device can play live TV from a remote server, but with a couple of caveats. The biggest is that, currently, only the admin account supports live TV. So if your friend has their own Plex account and you are sharing libraries with them, then they will not be able to view live TV. I fully expect this will be implemented at some point, but when is anyone's guess. Second, and you're probably already aware of this, you'll be at the mercy of your upstream and their downstream bandwidth, which will most likely cause the stream to be transcoded. So be sure your Plex server has the CPU to handle this.

    You might also want to look into direct tuner support on the Android TV box itself. I know a Shield TV is a pricey option, but it supports USB tuner sticks. I don't recall if the Nexus Player or Mi Box do, though. Just a possible alternative solution.

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  • theperformanceonetheperformanceone Members, Plex Pass Posts: 16 Plex Pass
    edited August 15

    If you plan on possibly doing this in the near future you might want to stick with the PLEX supported devices. If you look at the release notes you will notice their priority for updates follow those devices. Google Nexus , Razor Forge & NVIDIA Shield and of course the Apple TV as well.

    https://www.plex.tv/apps/streaming-devices/android-tv/

    Especially considering you want to minimize the down time and frustration for your elderly friend.

    The Mi box is not currently supported, several forum members have posted their results/attempts.

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