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Raspberry Pi
Posted by: DavidS
Date: August 13, 2014 09:33AM
Are any of y'all using one of these? The new B+ model looks like an incremental improvement from the B (more USB ports, microSD slot). I'm thinking of getting one to run XBMC on my basement HDTV.

For a bit cheaper than another Roku, what the heck. Maybe I'll find some other uses for it as well.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: August 13, 2014 12:49PM
I've been pondering one to use as a HTPC. I would prefer gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0, though.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 13, 2014 12:55PM
These are fun devices, we use them as DIY computer systems. The XBMC is an easy way to start using a Pi.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: August 13, 2014 01:08PM
They're fun to play with, but if you're just looking to play video, you'd probably be better off with a Roku or a Chromecast.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 13, 2014 01:11PM
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They're fun to play with, but if you're just looking to play video, you'd probably be better off with a Roku or a Chromecast.

XBMC is a pretty nice interface, and it's easy enough to add a hard drive to the Raspberry Pi to add media.

This is quite a bit different use scenario than a Roku or a Chromecast.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: DavidS
Date: August 13, 2014 01:21PM
I started using XBMC on an original Xbox (bought off Craigslist for this purpose only). I've used it on an Apple TV1 and 2 (since sold) and my jailbroken iPhone, so I'm familiar with all the things it can do.

I also have 2 Roku boxes (a 2XS and 3) that have the Plex channel to access my home media server (running Plex Media Server).

I think the cost of another used Roku would be about the same as the Raspberry Pi, but I like the idea of tinkering with that and finding other uses as well.



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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: Tofer
Date: August 13, 2014 02:14PM
I hacked a 7-day, web-connected timer to my espresso machine with a raspberry pi and some wires and solder. It was a pretty fun project, and now my espresso machine is all warmed up by the time I get out of bed. smiling smiley
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: p8712
Date: August 13, 2014 02:16PM
I have a Raspberry Pi B (no plus) running raspbmc. It works great. Rasplex works pretty well as a plex frontend too. Anything specific you want to know? Mine uses a couple of of bucks a year in electricty and interates with my Samsung TV's CEC, so I can use the Tv's oem remote to control it.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 13, 2014 04:52PM
I wish you could still watch Amazon Instant Video via XBMC. That was one of my favorite add ons when I used XBMC as a media front end.



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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: DavidS
Date: August 13, 2014 04:58PM
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I wish you could still watch Amazon Instant Video via XBMC. That was one of my favorite add ons when I used XBMC as a media front end.

Hmm.. I thought that there was an Amazon Instant plug-in the Bluecop repository. Also, I read that you can enable AirPlay streaming on XBMC and send it over from another source (i.e. iPhone).



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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 13, 2014 05:09PM
Amazon enabled DRM over a year ago. Unless Amazon changed course or a work around was found????

When I used Amazon on iOS, AirPlay was disabled. Amazon enabled AirPlay video about a month after I sold my iPad 3. Because of course they did. That's just how things always work. :-)



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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: p8712
Date: August 13, 2014 07:31PM
Airplay works great to the Pi. You turn a single setting on and it 'just works' I've used ipads and iphones with no problem.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 14, 2014 03:32AM
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Airplay works great to the Pi. You turn a single setting on and it 'just works' I've used ipads and iphones with no problem.

You mean via XBMC? That's how I tend to use AirPlay on non Apple devices.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: p8712
Date: August 14, 2014 08:34AM
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Airplay works great to the Pi. You turn a single setting on and it 'just works' I've used ipads and iphones with no problem.

You mean via XBMC? That's how I tend to use AirPlay on non Apple devices.

Oops, yes, in XBMC.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 14, 2014 08:36AM
Just double checking. There might be other AirPlay receiver implementations. Glad you like your Pi and AirPlay works well. I don't have many iOS devices or Macs left, so AirPlay isn't as much of a concern these days, but AirPlay receiver used to be the holy grail for me.
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Re: Raspberry Pi
Posted by: tenders
Date: August 14, 2014 10:17PM
We use a Raspberry Pi to play videos on the DVD screen of our minivan, using the RCA inputs.
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