nlcarter
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Using a Pi to replace a Roku

Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:44 pm

Greetings:

I've seen several posts regarding streaming FROM a Pi to something else, but I'm wanting to connect my Pi to my TV, via an HDMI cable, and stream to it from my PC or laptop via my ethernet (or wireless) network. You know, like a Roku-type device. Has anyone done this? If not, does anyone have some suggestions based upon recent experience on a similar project?

We like to watch the occasional baseball game, but we use an antenna to get our 30+ digital channels, so we don't have cable or satellite. MLB games are almost never broadcast on OTA channels anymore. We have a very good internet service so we can watch the occasional game on the internet. In the past I've connected an RGB cable (and an audio cable) from a laptop to the TV to accomplish this, but there's got to be a better way.

Any help?


Thanks!!

Neil

nlcarter
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Re: Using a Pi to replace a Roku

Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:11 pm

Obviously I'm missing something. I don't see how setting up a Pi to be a media server is going to get my PC's desktop to my TV. I already have a Pi configured with TvHeadend acting as an OTA DVR. I also have a Synology NAS acting as a DLNA server with Serviio to play back the recorded stuff. I don't need another media server system. I simply want to be able to 'sling' my PC desktop to my 'dumb' TV via something running on another Pi connected to the TV via an HDMI cable. If that something needs to be another media server, I don't see how to accomplish that. Before anyone asks, yes, I'm completely unfamiliar with Plex and/or XBMC, etc.

Thanks!

nlcarter
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Re: Using a Pi to replace a Roku

Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:14 pm

And just to add to the picture. I want to do this over my ethernet network, NOT wireless.

Thanks!!

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Re: Using a Pi to replace a Roku

Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:06 am

Your reference to Roku doesn't really help as the main feature is streaming media in a way equivalent to Kodi.

It sounds like the feature you're after is the screen casting available to a Chromecast or some FireTV devices. If the stream you're after is encrypted then it will have to be decoded on your laptop and re-encoded - the Pi almost certainly won't have a suitable DRM library/keys.
There are several alternatives around:
- https://github.com/anshulrouthu/RPiCast is video only and hasn't been touched since 2014.
- rPlay looks promising (http://www.instructables.com/id/AirPlay ... /?ALLSTEPS) although https://jerrygamblin.com/2015/05/09/rpl ... ng-on-you/ is a touch worrying.
Have a Google yourself.
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Re: Using a Pi to replace a Roku

Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:57 am

6by9 wrote:Your reference to Roku doesn't really help as the main feature is streaming media in a way equivalent to Kodi.

It sounds like the feature you're after is the screen casting available to a Chromecast or some FireTV devices. If the stream you're after is encrypted then it will have to be decoded on your laptop and re-encoded - the Pi almost certainly won't have a suitable DRM library/keys.
There are several alternatives around:
- https://github.com/anshulrouthu/RPiCast is video only and hasn't been touched since 2014.
- rPlay looks promising (http://www.instructables.com/id/AirPlay ... /?ALLSTEPS) although https://jerrygamblin.com/2015/05/09/rpl ... ng-on-you/ is a touch worrying.
Have a Google yourself.
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Siamak83
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Re: Using a Pi to replace a Roku

Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:04 am

Hi Guys,

I think this may help sort thing out:
https://thepihut.com/blogs/raspberry-pi ... -pi-tv-hat

One can use Kodi to get the stream from the other Pi.

Cheers
Siamak

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