March was ‘Show and Tell’. It seems that David Wilkinson has been into home theater technology for some time. He brought in several Raspberry Pi-based setups. These devices run Kodi, software to create a media center computer on various devices. It was not possible to demonstrate Kodi without a connection to his home network with both tuner devices and stored content.
From the KODI website:
Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi (kodi.tv) runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and YouTube pages.
I asked David to send an email with links to the items he showed us. Below is the meat of that email:
The HDHomeRun Prime works with cable (not Frontier or Fios). With Comcast, most channels do not have copy protection and so can be viewed on Raspberry Pi. On Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) most (all?) channels do have copy protection.
For Charter Communications I do not know [which channels are protected]. If you want to view protected content, you need to use the viewing software on a different platform (Windows 10 and XBox1 are already working, Android and MacOS coming I believe).
To test out the multi-boot feature, you do not need to buy anything — all you need is a flash drive and the PiDrive version of NOOBS, which is a free download <http://downloads.wdc.com/misc/PiDrive_Foundation_Edition.zip>
Flirc case and IR Dongle:
Kodi version of Flirc case
If anyone is looking for an inexpensive 4K HDR TV, I would highly recommend
Hisense 50H8C ($499 at Best Buy, 4 year warranty from Hisense). Larger sizes are
As we discussed at the meeting I ordered the WDLabs WD PiDrive Compute Centre. This is a kit to build a complete desktop or maybe a home theater computer using a Raspberry Pi 3 – the Pi is included along with a 375GB hard drive (USB 3 interface), keyboard, custom case, and all the cables needed. Even an appropriately sized wall wart to power it!
At this point, there is nothing planned for next month except to have a meeting. See you then.