nVidia Shield TV – Is It As Good As It Sounds?
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nVidia Shield TV – Is It As Good As It Sounds?

Traditionally I’ve been an Apple fan, initially having an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, an Apple TV and an iMac to serve as an iTunes server to run the Apple TV. I’ve since switched to Android for my phone, Chromecast for my TV Streaming and lately the nVidia Shield Android TV system for more versatile TV than the Chromecast supports. I do still have my MacBook Pro, although I have a PC as well for other things (such as gaming). nVidia Shield TV versus the Apple TV It’s fair to say that I haven’t looked at the latest Apple TV, so my experiences are based on the Apple TV 3 rather than the Apple TV 4, which I understand does a bit more. However, I’d already switched to…

nVidia Shield TV (2017) With Live TV using Kodi
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nVidia Shield TV (2017) With Live TV using Kodi

I’ve spent far too much time on this and looked at building new kernels, updating ROMs, plugging in USB devices and generally gone around and around in circles pulling my hair out trying to get it to work. Even with the long awaited Experience 5.2 update in place, I was still out of luck because my USB tuner ( a Sony PlayTV – nice and cheap from EB Games or eBay ) isn’t supported. In fact only a couple of USB tuners are supported on the Shield and it’s not clear yet whether that will even work with Kodi or just Google’s Live Channels app. But, I did get a solution working. Read on to find out more… The nVidia Shield TV is an awesome…

Howto write to an external drive with GNURoot Debian on an Android device
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Howto write to an external drive with GNURoot Debian on an Android device

I’ve spent all day on this and there’s frustrating very little information available on Google about it – so here’s what I’ve discovered. First, the scenario… You have an Android device connected to your TV and you want to install SickRage onto it and have SickRage process the TV files on to an external hard-drive. For these purposes I’m using the nice little cheapy box the KII Pro Hybrid which comes with Android 5.1 pre-installed and Kodi. Initially I had setup SickRage on a seperate machine and that was networked to an external USB disk via the router, which shared it via a Windows Network. The problem is, copying gigabytes of TV Show at a time is incredibly slow and impacts severely on your wireless…

TV in Every Room, wirelessly
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TV in Every Room, wirelessly

If you’ve got kids, or want a TV in the bedroom but don’t want to have to run new aerial cables through the roof, this article might just be able to help. How would you like to have access to your terrestrial TV, Recorded Programs, Movies, Music, Music Videos etc in every room where there is a TV? It’s remarkably simple with Kodi (the new name for XBMC). The easiest way to set everything up is to use a main server which will store all your media, hook it up to your wireless network (or preferably hook this one in directly with a cable into your router/access point). If you’ve got multiple TVs you want to hook in, you’ll need a reasonably powerful machine for…

Samsung Smart TV with Networked Plex Server
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Samsung Smart TV with Networked Plex Server

My mother in law has a fairly large collection of movies and a number of TV Series which she stores on an external hard drive on her iMac in her ‘study’ room. She then has two Samsung Smart TVs which I had previously hooked up to the network (since they can access the Internet and run things like Skype and so on) using a bunch of HomePlug AV2 adaptors.

Linux / Mythbuntu tweaks to improve LeadTek DTV2000DS reliability
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Linux / Mythbuntu tweaks to improve LeadTek DTV2000DS reliability

I’ve been using Mythbuntu with XBMC since Frodo was released – and before that I was using Windows Vista Media Center with the Leadtek DTV2000DS dual tuner DVB-T card. Under Windows the card is pretty reliable, but Windows Media Center just wasn’t configurable enough for my liking, so I preferred XBMC. Of course, XBMC requires a backend Live TV provider for which I use MythTV since it seems to be the most reliable.