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Old 01-08-2017, 02:49 PM   #1
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Kodi and Roku update

first the newest Roku:
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Roku Express $29.95 $10 more for AV RCA connector for old TVs.

Bought one for the guest room. Perfect. Works the same as my Roku3.

I share Netflix with my son, and he shares his Amazon Prime with me.

One more thing... If you haven't looked yet, you might wanna try Kodi... .
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Now Kodi (formerly XBMC)

https://kodi.tv/

Free, interesting and many options... Suggest you look it up. I am using it, but not experienced enough to give it a review. So far, I like what I see.
Hope someone here will open the discussion.

Open Source...Don't let the first page throw you. It's nerds talking to nerds, but the program itself works quite well.
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We use Kodi on both of our Fire TV boxes for live OTA TV, program guide, and DVR functionality. It's also set up to access our owned media (movies, music, photos, home video), but we rarely use it for anything other than live or recorded TV. Along with Netflix, Amazon Prime, CuriosityStream, and all the other free apps on Fire TV, we have access to everything we would ever want to watch.

I've used XBMC/Kodi for years. It's not as easy to set up as Plex, but unlike Plex, it's free, open source, and well-supported by the online community. The third party add-on's are limitless, but beware... many of them will point you to pirated content. It's best to stick with the official Kodi add-on's.
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I just started using Kodi on my new Sony Bravia, also like what I see. Was not able to get it to record yet. So if you know some tricks, pls share.
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I just started using Kodi on my new Sony Bravia, also like what I see. Was not able to get it to record yet. So if you know some tricks, pls share.
There are a number of different ways to do this. I'll describe my setup, which is fairly common according to online research I've done.

First, we have a HDHomeRun tuner that receives the OTA signal and is hooked up to our network (Cat5 to router). Thus any device on the home network can watch live TV.

Next, we have a desktop PC with Windows Media Center (WMC) configured to access the tuner. It's also set up to record using the PC's HDD and it gets free access to electronic program guide (EPG).

To get all this over to Kodi requires a simple piece of free software called ServerWMC, which does exactly what its name implies... it acts as a server for WMC so that Kodi (the client) can access it. We don't actually use WMC or even have it running on the PC. It just needs to be configured one time and ServerWMC does the rest.

In Kodi, set-up is simple. Under settings, you have to enable Live TV. After doing that, it asks you to select which PVR software to use. Choose ServerWMC from the list. The only configuration required within Kodi is to tell it the name of the PC running ServerWMC.

That's it. Now any device running Kodi on your network can watch live TV, along with the EPG, and full DVR functionality. Totally free. As I said, we have Kodi running on two Fire TV boxes and I also have it on my Android phone. Kodi will run on virtually any platform.
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There are a number of different ways to do this. I'll describe my setup, which is fairly common according to online research I've done.

First, we have a HDHomeRun tuner that receives the OTA signal and is hooked up to our network (Cat5 to router). Thus any device on the home network can watch live TV.

Next, we have a desktop PC with Windows Media Center (WMC) configured to access the tuner. It's also set up to record using the PC's HDD and it gets free access to electronic program guide (EPG).

To get all this over to Kodi requires a simple piece of free software called ServerWMC, which does exactly what its name implies... it acts as a server for WMC so that Kodi (the client) can access it. We don't actually use WMC or even have it running on the PC. It just needs to be configured one time and ServerWMC does the rest.

In Kodi, set-up is simple. Under settings, you have to enable Live TV. After doing that, it asks you to select which PVR software to use. Choose ServerWMC from the list. The only configuration required within Kodi is to tell it the name of the PC running ServerWMC.

That's it. Now any device running Kodi on your network can watch live TV, along with the EPG, and full DVR functionality. Totally free. As I said, we have Kodi running on two Fire TV boxes and I also have it on my Android phone. Kodi will run on virtually any platform.
Thanks for details, very helpful.
In my case I'd like to record from the direct link, w/o a tuner and could not get it to work yet, but will keep trying .
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Bump for the latest Kodi update.

New Kodi 17 “Krypton” Is Out Now – Brings Tons Of Changes Along With A New Default Skin | MobiPicker

For some of us less nerdy types, it may seem too complicated to try but as with anything else, it's a learning process. Since it's free, nothing ventured, and maybe something to be gained. Worth a try.
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Bump for the latest Kodi update.
Related article: Kodi Is Not a Piracy Application
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A suggestion for Roku... XTV

Think you'll like this one. Free... much live, and many recent movies.

https://www.rokuguide.com/private-channels/xtv

You might also wanna try TubiTV
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