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Trakt.tv — September 27, 2016

Trakt.tv

header2x-4d604ad76f87e156c5ad2fa7358fcf17Trakt.tv is a very helpful little plugin for Kodi. What makes it so helpful is that it acts as a backup of what I’ve watched and how far through a series I am. After every movie or TV program it asks me to rate the show (optional). More importantly it records that I’ve watched it by “scrobbling” (just sending what I watched and when) up to the Trakt.tv portal and records it on my profile.

I’m sure it collects my viewing habits and does some strategic selling of my statistics somewhere along the line. But fair play to them. If I wanted to I could join in with the whole social aspect of discussing what I’ve watched, but what I get out of it happens when I reinstall Kodi. I activate the plug-in, it then syncs with my profile and marks all the local media I’ve actually watched as watched.

So I always know where I’m at.

Build a Raspberry Pi Media Centre — September 22, 2016

Build a Raspberry Pi Media Centre

Following on from the previous post about setting up a Home Media Client/Server setup I thought I’d put together a “how to” for building your own Raspberry Pi Media Centre with Kodi and a list of ingredients.

Buy a Raspberry Pi SBC

Which one? The fastest and best at the time is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The Pi 2 Model B will do, but why not take on the latest and greatest?

* SBC = Small Board Computer.

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Home Media Client/Server — September 21, 2016

Home Media Client/Server

Playing Media

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Kodi

A couple of years ago I decided to get the TV connected to something other than satellite and cable. It seems that in this environment XMBC was the daddy of all things media and a few generations on it’s now called Kodi and is truly an awesome media player.

The way to use Kodi to stream media to the TV over HDMI was either to buy a pre-built Kodi device or build my own using a Raspberry Pi. Don’t let the build your own side of things put you off – it really is more simple than you can imagine. All for under £50 you can build a very capable HD 1080p media player.

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Case for the Raspberry Pi
  • 8GB Micro SD card
  • 2A Micro USB Power Supply (same as your phone uses)
  • HDMI cable
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OpenELEC

You can even buy the SD card preloaded with Kodi so no need to copy it on yourself. That said I chose to download and install OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) which is a pre-made Linux Operating System containing Kodi and ready to go.

Now you can use wireless from the newer Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which has it built in, or by using a USB adapter with a Model 2 B, I really wouldn’t recommend it. Wi-fi just doesn’t have the bandwidth for full HD in my opinion (unless you run 802.11ac). So get the Pi hooked onto your Ethernet network.

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