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i wouldn't use the builds, so understand what i'm going to do, and it's just a case of deciding on which are the best repo's to use and what addons to install.

 

from the comments beneath the tvaddons video it looks like they're upsetting the people who use their repo so might give it a miss unless i find i really need it for something.

 

you have any recommended skins and addons you think i should try george?

so far looks like i'll only install

addon installer

exodus

velocity

Netlflixbmc

 

can't find a skygo addon at the moment.

 

:b33r:

 

to be honest all kodi really needs to do is play their dvd collection, sky go and netflix reliably every thing else like exodus and velocity i might skip.

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everything on skygo and netflix can be had like you say through the addons anyway but because it's for my parents i really want to try and make sure they aren't breaking any copy write laws which some of the addons probably are with the content they play, but it seems like i'm in a catch 22 position from what i've been able to glean so far from google, sky go and netflix seem to be the 2 hardest addons to find that reliable work, yet other addons work perfectly and can play the content of those 2 channels perfectly but probably illegally.

 

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i'd give you one duan but they won't work for you in the states, we use a different digital signal to what you use over there.

 

we use dvb-t/dvb-t2 and you use atsc/qam i believe.

so my cards wouldn't be able to decode your television signals.

 

if you really want one look on ebay,

 

do some research first and make sure it will work on linux, you'll want an atsc/clear qam card :- https://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/ATSC_Devices

 

if you want a usb type then i believe this works fine :- http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Hauppauge+WinTV-HVR-950Q&_sacat=0

 

this is the usa equivalent tv card i put in my last build for my daughter:- http://www.ebay.com/itm/TBS6704-ATSC-Clear-QAM-Quad-Tuner-PCIe-Card-Windows-2000-XP-Vista-7-8-10-Linux-/331721016745?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

 

her card :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/TBS-FREEVIEW-DVB-T2-Terrestrial-Replacement/dp/B00VK0R3KE/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1468460106&sr=1-2&keywords=tbs+dvb-t2

and i am currently using the older full height type in my setup. :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/DVB-T2-Tuner-Definition-Digital-Receiver/dp/B006MTN32A

 

here's tbs site for drivers :- http://www.tbsdtv.com/products/tbs6704-atsc-or-clear-qam-quad-tuner-pcie-card.html

 

must admit i've spent a few hours testing kodi today and can't say i'm that impressed with it, nothing really wrong with it but mythtv seems so much more intuitive to navigate and use to me even though they are very very similar.

 

probably just me being biased and more used to using mythtv.

 

the content available on kodi via the addons is very impressive though, can't say ive used mythtv to stream anything off the net except for a short test a few years back so no idea how easy or hard it would be to get the same content on mythtv but might look into it again one day.

 

:b33r:

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the content available on kodi via the addons is very impressive though, can't say ive used mythtv to stream anything off the net except for a short test a few years back so no idea how easy or hard it would be to get the same content on mythtv but might look into it again one day.

This is what should have been long ago, I want to kick myself in the for not keeping track from the beginning :pullhair:

 

Thanks for explaining the whole region thing, Should have known better.

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don't see why not.

 

way i look at it is they are both front end media players, used to play all your media easily.

 

both play anything on your pc, both can be setup to stream content from the net, both can be setup to record things.

only real difference i can see is mythtv needs a dedicated backend to start with before it will work whilst kodi doesn't.

 

think of it like this ubuntu is the same as suse,

both are linux os.

 

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what happened to all of iamgeorgeareu posts?

 

did i upset him somehow and he deleted them or did something else happen that i've missed causing him to delete everything of his from the topic?

 

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what happened to all of iamgeorgeareu posts?

 

did i upset him somehow and he deleted them or did something else happen that i've missed causing him to delete everything of his from the topic?

 

:b33r:

 

I don't know terry, but it wasn't Staff that flushed them.

 

:) Y

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i couldn't care less, but i really don't understand why some people do that, seems a little childish to me.

 

does make it look like i'm nuts (even if i am.) and talking to myself though. :laughing:

 

back on topic though, my parents are happy with their new universal remote and kodi, it's only setup to play their video files at the moment. i still can't make up my mind if i'm going to set it up to stream things off the internet yet.

 

:b33r:

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nothing much to it really, they run a windows 7 pc i'd previously connected to the tv and sound system, so just installed kodi, pointed it to their video files folder and then they could easily find the video they wanted to watch using kodi.

 

to make things work with a remote i bought a flirc device :- https://www.flirc.tv/to control the pc,

i bought this instead using any other remote control method like a wifi keyboard setup that nigel uses on his pi kodi machine (and i'd already used one with great results on my daughters mythtv box.) because i wanted everything to be controlled by 1 remote instead of the 4 controls they'd other wise need.

1 for tv

1 for skybox

1 for sound system

1 for pc

 

the universal remote i bought wasn't the cheapest but works great (can control loads of things including lights.) :- https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Companion-Control-Entertainment/dp/B00N3RFC4G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1470512502&sr=8-3&keywords=harmony+universal+remote

 

then it was just a case of using the harmoney app (installed on an android tablet.) to set things up so at a single button press it would turn on all devices and put things on correct channels for whatever they wanted to watch. not the best and easiest app to work with and took a while before i got everything setup but works great so far.

 

because they use the pc for other things, i left things so they first have to manually turn it on and start kodi but after that everything is controlled by the remote.

 

:b33r:

Edited by terry1966

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Nice not having to fumble around looking for remotes :lol:

 

Excellent terry, thanks for sharing :tup:

 

Edit: caught off guard with the windows pc?

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it was store bought so came with windows, but to be honest even with a linux os the setup would be the same after installing kodi because flirc works on any os and acts like it's a keyboard, you just use it's own app to set keyboard presses to the remote buttons signal.

setting up the pc part was really easy, because both harmony and flirc apps have a kodi setting so things just worked once i chose them.

 

when i set things up on my daughters dedicated pvr using mythtv and a different universal ir remote, i had to train flirc by pressing a remote button and then telling it what key press i wanted it to use, was easy enough but took a little longer to set things up, but still much much easier i found than using lirc and editing files to set up an ir remote to control things like i had to do with my own mythbox.

 

:b33r:

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