Media Centre Solutions

Postby Rik on Tue 5/May/15 12:31pm

What media centre solutions are people using to watch vids 'n stuff on their TVs?

I've just put Kodi onto a Rasberry pi and installed Yatse on my phone.

I love being able to shout 'play movie arrival' at my phone and bikes magically appear on the TV for my enjoyment :D

Ain't technology great
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby dwgknz on Tue 5/May/15 1:01pm

Rik wrote:What media centre solutions are people using to watch vids 'n stuff on their TVs?

I've just put Kodi onto a Rasberry pi and installed Yatse on my phone.

I love being able to shout 'play movie arrival' at my phone and bikes magically appear on the TV for my enjoyment :D

Ain't technology great


I grab the usb out of the tv and walk over to the pc and transfer files.

Years ago I tried to set up a media station via the ps3, worked for a day or two then ran into cinavia and the fact that it wouldn't automatically connect to the pc I was using as a server.

Went back to the usb stick.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby BrokenKonaRider on Tue 5/May/15 1:21pm

i3 Small form factor quiet PC next to the TV with:
- a dual dvb-s TV card for tuning into freeview,
- mediaportal for watching things,
- spotify for listening to things o
- wired into the router for watching online things
- lots of hard drive space
- various games and some x-box controllers for the monkeys

Been bullet proof for years and is really easy for everyone in the house to run.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby ChumlyPogward on Tue 5/May/15 1:39pm

I use these little Minix android boxes http://www.minix.com.hk/Products/NEO-X8-H-Plus-Android-TV.html

Hook up to the wifi, will read pretty much any file I have acquired from the internet off my main pc and play it through HDMI hooked up to a projector. Has XBMC installed. Would do 4k if I could display it.

The only issue has been audio sync, but this is probably because I am using the analogue out to an old amp.

9/10 would recommend, especially as they are about $150 each.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby Scotty on Tue 5/May/15 4:04pm

Chromecast with a casting app for doing local files sitting on my media server (which is an old P4 sitting in my basement running Lubuntu).

Although lately I've been playing with PS3 media server instaled on the P4 and running everything through my PS3, which has been working great as well. :)
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby AgrAde on Tue 5/May/15 4:39pm

Full size HTPC case, which is actually pretty nice. Fits a full size ATX board and graphics card in it:
http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.p ... 99&area=en

which is housing my old office computer (3.2ghz core 2 duo, 4gb ram etc). It doubles as a server with a couple of big drives in it.

Bog standard windows 7, controlled by wireless keyboard/mouse. Anything else feels slow and clunky to use.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby Conners on Tue 5/May/15 5:30pm

Apple TV streaming from my laptop running Plex Media Server. Plays anything I've thrown at it so far.
Works mitna, Plex iOS app lets me run everything from my phone/iPod on the couch too.
And now that I have a semi decent amp I get 5.1 sounds via the optical audio connection as well.

Bring the iHate - but it works. And Apple TVs are something like $110 now, and have RedBull TV as a built in all for watching live UCI DH on your big screen in HD goodness with zero faffing.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby Wobbler on Tue 5/May/15 5:40pm

AgrAde wrote:Full size HTPC case, which is actually pretty nice. Fits a full size ATX board and graphics card in it:
http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.p ... 99&area=en

which is housing my old office computer (3.2ghz core 2 duo, 4gb ram etc). It doubles as a server with a couple of big drives in it.

Bog standard windows 7, controlled by wireless keyboard/mouse. Anything else feels slow and clunky to use.


What a magnificent front panel!
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby happybaboon on Tue 5/May/15 6:05pm

It's amazing such a magnificent front panel was possible alongside next generation cooling performance.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby happybaboon on Tue 5/May/15 6:06pm

Either a HDMI from your PC to your TV, some sort of sharing app (most of the name brand tellys will have them, of varying goodness), or load a USB up with stuff. I've done all, with varying degrees of successyness.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby znomit on Tue 5/May/15 6:37pm

Rik wrote:I've just put Kodi onto a Rasberry pi and installed Yatse on my phone.


I have a Pi with XBMC set up in the shed should I ever feel the need to get on the trainer again. Its kinda laggy, are you using a Pi 2?

We use an apple TV in the house. Its stops working whenever I am gone for more than a day and then starts working again immediately when I return. Usually its great.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby AgrAde on Tue 5/May/15 7:44pm

Wobbler wrote:What a magnificent front panel!


happybaboon wrote:It's amazing such a magnificent front panel was possible alongside next generation cooling performance.


I couldn't believe how redefined the styling direction of my living room was after adding the impressively beautiful and purposeful LC13-E. Such magnificence was unexpected given how highly compatible the chassis was, and the next generation performance it offered. Without compromise, this LaScala series offered me freedom.

It was also half the price of anything comparable. A++ would buy again.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby happybaboon on Tue 5/May/15 7:59pm

There's a reason why the LC13-E is the first choice for those who need the most freedom with their HTPC.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby Rik on Wed 6/May/15 5:44am

znomit wrote:
I have a Pi with XBMC set up in the shed should I ever feel the need to get on the trainer again. Its kinda laggy, are you using a Pi 2?

Nope no it's a 1 but a model B. I get no issue with lag.
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Re: Media Centre Solutions

Postby danose on Wed 6/May/15 9:06am

if you want more grunt than a pi/chromecast etc these look good :

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecific ... ID=9430444

though for a tiny bit more you can get a NUC and a proper cpu

HEVC is going to be the big hurdle for a lot of systems - requires a reasonable amount of grunt (either gpu or cpu). Which is why I don't muck about and just use an i5 macmini :)
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