bobbymg
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Beginner wants to set up a Media Center

Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:57 pm

I'm interested in setting up a Raspberry Pi 3B+ as a media center. I see there are several companies selling "kits", Seeedstudio, Adafruit, and LibreElec. Would one of these be a good way to start? I plan on dedicating an RPi just for media, so a PC OS, like Raspian, is not needed. I intend to use this for family entertainment on a HD TV, so a remote control would be handy. Any advice will be appreciated.

Bob D.

mrreality13
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Location: texas usa

Re: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center

Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:00 am

i usehttps://libreelec.tv/downloads_new/ on my zero and have it on a sd card for my 3b+
remember ,never approach a computer thinking this will only take a minute
~~pi zero w and a 3b+

fruitoftheloom
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Re: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center

Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:31 am

bobbymg wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:57 pm
I'm interested in setting up a Raspberry Pi 3B+ as a media center. I see there are several companies selling "kits", Seeedstudio, Adafruit, and LibreElec. Would one of these be a good way to start? I plan on dedicating an RPi just for media, so a PC OS, like Raspian, is not needed. I intend to use this for family entertainment on a HD TV, so a remote control would be handy. Any advice will be appreciated.

Bob D.

If you run LibreElec, then you can use a Android SmartPhone App to control Kodi if both on same network:

https://libreelec.tv/about/

https://kodi.wiki/view/Kore
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DarrenHill
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Re: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center

Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:13 am

The Pi also has CEC built-in, so in many cases if you're using a HDMI connection to your TV then the TV remote itself can run things.

There's no real need for a kit (unless you want to have things just delivered and ready to work). A Pi 3B+ running LibreElec will cover most things, and it's easy to set up if you have a PC or Mac handy as there's even a set-up program you can download which will burn the SD card for you.

The key point to remember is that you don't get any actual media to play. That you need to provide yourself.

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