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Create the Ultimate Nerd Den with Plex’s Live TV Channels

Nerd culture has become an undeniable part of pop culture over the past few decades. Naturally, this means there’s plenty of Plex Live TV channels where you can find programming that focuses on topics like sci-fi cult classics, video games, e-sports, and anime. Check out some of these proudly geeky picks to get your proudly geeky fix!


“Tokusatsu” is a Japanese word that literally means “special effects.” It refers to a genre of live-action shows and/or movies that feature a ridiculous amount of special effects. This term can sometimes include monster movies like Godzilla and superhero TV shows.

TokuSHOUTsu specializes in superhero shows like Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman. If you have fond memories of watching Power Rangers as a child, then this channel will be right up your alley!


Bring the Comic Con vibe into your home with CONtv, a channel dedicated to movies and shows that highlight fandom interests like sci-fi, anime, retro films, and cosplay. There are plenty of movies that range from cult classics to interesting titles you’ve never heard of.


Do you like “Let’s Plays” and “Reaction Videos” on YouTube? You may be surprised to know that Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a show from the late 80s/early 90s that might be right up your alley. Essentially, it’s about three characters forced to watch terrible movies so that mad scientists can study their reactions.

There’s plenty of sass, jokes, and poking a lot of fun at ridiculous movies. Riffs on Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Samson vs. The Vampire Women, Operation Kid Brother — there’s a bunch here to watch. This would be a fun one to leave on in the background while doing some housework. And regular work.


Known for their video game coverage, IGN goes from articles to videos on this Live TV channel. Keep up with the latest video game reviews, industry news, and upcoming games to look forward to. Some shows focus on specific platforms (like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck), so I highly recommend checking out the channel’s schedule beforehand to find an episode with a topic you’re interested in.


Short for Video Game Entertainment & News Network, VENN leans into pop culture and gaming with its 24/7 programming. There’s a focus on online culture as well, including e-sports, streaming, and chatting with influencers.


Back in the day, video game competitions were mostly between groups of friends or local meetups between some of the area’s best players (and their fans). Nowadays, tournaments are fully sponsored productions with professional teams, marketing, stadiums, and everything. Thanks to livestreams and televised broadcasts, more people are now aware of how hype an e-sports tournament can be.

If you love competition — or are curious to see what a video game competition is like — this channel is your first stop. ESTV offers a broad range of competitive video games including virtual car racing, League of Legends, PUBG, Apex Legends, and classic chess.


PlayWorks is a unique channel that offers videos covering a broad range of topics such as travel, indie horror shorts, geeky comedy, and video games. Creators that may appear on this channel include Annoying Orange and Tankee.


Want more e-sports? This channel covers large e-sport events all over the world, broadcasting competitions for games such as Dota, CS:GO, and PUBG.


RetroCrush is a great channel for anime enthusiasts. Learn more about the shows of the past, or revisit the ones of your childhood, with a variety of classic titles from the “Golden Age.” Programming includes series such as Astro Boy, Beelzebub, and Giant Gorg.

CONtv Anime

CONtv Anime aims to be another source of anime for all the fans out there. This channel features shows of all genres, including titles like Yakitate!! Japan and Kodocha.

A8 Esports

The gaming competitions continue with A8 Esports. This channel is dedicated to video games, e-sport tournaments, and talk shows with an emphasis on e-sports.

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