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Live TV fails to start and buffers frequently

mzimmerman01mzimmerman01 Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

I am a big fan of Plex. I have been a Plex Pass subscriber for a number of years. For a few months, I adopted Plex to be my DVR. There have been some minor hiccups, but I think that is a good product. I am disappointed in actually watching live TV using Plex. All of my TV use Rokus. Whenever I try to watch TV, it will show loading, and I typically get a pop up indicating that it failed to start. If I go to my Plex server, exit the PMS, and start it again, this will allow me to watch a channel. Next, while watching this channel, I will usually see this live TV buffer frequently. I currently have my server reboot everyday to try to limit this behavior. I also read up on the transcoder, and the speed of this live TV is usually around 1.9-2.0, which seems to be adequate.

So, my question to you here is, how can I get a better experience for Live TV when using Plex? Again, I am using Rokus for this. And my server is pretty beefy, AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor 3.50 GHz and 24 GB Ram.

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  • teabag1701teabag1701 Posts: 89Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Is this remote watching or local, is it cable live or OTA live, what kind of wifi router do you have, what internet speeds do you have?

  • mzimmerman01mzimmerman01 Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    It happens both on my local network or remote.

    I am not sure what the difference between cable live or OTA live. I am watching live cable TV, using HDHomerun Primes.

    My router is ASUS AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band, https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Tri-Band-RT-AC3200-Ultra-Fast-AiProtection/dp/B00S9SGNNS

    My internet speeds are about 100 Mbps download and 11 Mbps upload

  • mzimmerman01mzimmerman01 Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Anyone have any other suggestions?

  • mzimmerman01mzimmerman01 Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I will update my Roku and see if that makes this work better Thank you JamminR

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