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How can I stream with my Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1342

Don from Fullerton, CA

Bret bought his first Raspberry Pi in a kit and it comes with Linux. Leo says yes, it's called Despian. He can't get his Chrome browser to stream certain websites because they are missing plugins, though. Leo says that's because there is an open system like Linux, some sites refuse to use it due to copyright and piracy worries. He should try using Plex or XBMC as a media server. It could do a better job of handshaking. NOOBS would allow him to choose a different OS like RaspBMC.

How can I make a low energy streaming network with Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1307

Bob from San Jose, CA

Bob has been ripping DVDs for his personal use and putting them on a Plex server so he can stream them from his network. But since his network uses older PCs, it's taking up a lot of energy. Can he use a Raspberry Pi to use less energy?

Leo says he can, and he can even use a NUC server. Plex has a Raspberry Pi plugin called RasPlex, and that's where Bob can go. There's also one for XBMC as well. The Raspberry Pi 3 is very fast and powerful, but also low powered.

What is Kodi and how can it be free?

Episode 1306

Tom from St Louis, MO

Tom has installed Kodi on his Amazon Fire TV. This used to be Xbox Media Center, or XBMC. He's wondering how this can make money if it's free to use. Leo says it's an open source project. Developers may not do it for money, but they do it for recognition or just because they wanted it badly enough. They might also get jobs from it. This all started with Linus Torvalds who wrote Linux in 1992. He kept the copyright but gave it away. The internet also made it possible for programmers to work on a project together without having to be in the same physical location.

What are my options when Windows Media Center stops working?

Episode 1191

Tyler from Thousand Oaks, CA

Tyler has been using a cable card with Microsoft Windows Media Center on his computer to watch TV, but now with Microsoft killing WMC, what are his options? Leo says that there are other options including Kodi (formerly XBMC) and Plex. The Chatroom says TEAM Media Portal is an option because of the digital rights management issue. The reason why Microsoft killed Windows Media Center is because they want people to buy the XBox One game console. Tyler can watch, but can't record.

How can I cut the cable with Xbox Media Center?

HDHomeRun Prime

Episode 1134

Brian from Winterhaven, FL

Brian has Verizon FIOS and he doesn't like the extra charges for every box. He's been thinking about cutting the cord. Leo says that there's a technology called MOCAA (Multimedia Over Coax Alliance), which allows all boxes on the same coax to get all of the data. TIVO and Media Extender support it, but it's not supported by Microsoft anymore, so there's no future there.