stratis63
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:26 am

in the market are smart tv's with internet connectivity and a complicated user interface but at the same time million of tv sets do not have that option.

A project that would convert a normal lcd tv to a smart tv would be ideal. Any group developingthat project?

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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:12 am

Attaching the Raspberry Pi is easy. Once connected, with a bluetooth dongle, you can experiment with a number of control options like wireless keyboards, mice, remotes, touchpads, and even use a WiiMote (although for the WiiMote, drivers still have to be ported.) For software, XBMC or the likes of that (once ported) will be great. Or just a full screen browser will work as well.
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:57 am

Ill probably do this aswell, with XBMC, VLC, Chrome/Firefox and a nice Window Manager(like KDE) i could see the Pi being a great dumb-to-smart tv converter

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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:18 pm

I would like to see the Pi tied in with as a smart TV add-on.

As Love-Film and NetFlix and dominating the market and there is plenty of content, but no device out there that can run this clearly on your TV at home.

I think this would require a broweser and a screen player.

Is there anyone out there that would like to undertake a project like this?  I would be interested in getting involved and arranging help etc.

Is there anyone out there?

stratis63
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:51 pm

remember Boxee is an extenset internet tv add on 130 usd currently.

If we can do it with a total cost including Keyboard less than 40  usd it would be a great thing.

Anyone to undertake such a task?

Meeeee
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:07 pm

I've experimented with TV streaming web development in the past and have been thinking of doing this for while.

Ideally the concept I was thinking would need:

A Raspberry Pi

A HDMI connection

A wireless internet connection

A web browser

A wireless controller (maybe in the form of a mobile app & phone)

A website to accompany the service with social tv content

nma83
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:17 am

This kind of application came to my mind too when I was reading about the RPi.

I envision a setup having:

1. TV connected to RPi via HDMI

2. WiFi USB adapter plugged into the RPi

3. WiFi router at home connected to broadband, RPi connects to this router

4. Smartphone on the same WiFi network

There can be daemon on the RPi listening for commands over a pre-determined port number. Smartphone app will provide a keyboard and mouse-like pointing device interface, which will send commands to daemon on RPi via the local WiFi network.

The daemon emulates the keyboard/mouse and transfers input to the OS.

The extra requirement here is only the WiFi USB adapter, smartphone and WiFi router are assumed to exist already.

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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:34 am

Boxee is actually just a branch of the XBMC with some extra non-open source bells and whistles. I know thats a bit over-simplified.

I currently use my XBMC box to watch TV either from a browser (Midori or Firefox) or from within XBMC itself via various plugins. I run Ubuntu as the OS.

Small wireless keyboards (about the size of a large smartphone) complete with touchpad are available, I use one in my setup. They are not very good if you need to do a lot of typing. But ideal for browsing or using as a media center controller.

As for smart phone control there are already plugins to do this with XBMC. I use my android tablet to control my XBMC sometimes.

So once the XBMC is ported to the PI there will already be a wealth of plugins and controls options available. The only possible problem is that the odd plugin might not work with the port.

On the Live TV or on demand stuff there are plugins for  iPlayer, TVCatchup, Hulu Netflixand quite possibly others.  Also if  TVHeadend will work with the PI and you can get a DVB-T USB dongle to work then you can use the PI to stream live TV over your network.

So the realms of a nice small and very cheap media center/ smart TV box is certainly possible in theory.

I for one will be experimenting, once I get a PI, as this then frees up a rather large Dual Core PC that I can use elsewhere in the house. It will be interesting to see how far it can be pushed.

Oh and lastly, I have tried using a wifi connection for video streaming, from a server on the same network, it works but only just. And HD vids are a no-no, unless you are on top of the wifi router. DVD quality had stutter most of the time. I do understand that some of this can be down to buffer size. But think very carefully about using a Wifi only option. Also the more wifi connected things you have on your network the less bandwidth each device will have.
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nma83
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:55 am

Apart from specialised remotes like XBMC, I would also like to have generic keyboard/mouse control as provided by:

http://www.remotedroid.net/

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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:19 pm

You could control it simply by remote, move the mouse with arrow keys on the remote and such, then have an IR reciever hooked to a form of input port and use Processing(A Program, its free) to read the output and act on it, it would not be that hard. But cool Idea by the way.
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tech_monkey
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:14 pm

LIRC anyone.
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stratis63
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:22 pm

nma83 said:


Apart from specialised remotes like XBMC, I would also like to have generic keyboard/mouse control as provided by:

http://www.remotedroid.net/


if you have done it and works fine can you give me a hint so I can do it as well!!

Pi Lover
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:56 pm

Instead of buying everything you need from modmypi.com they sell a set up kit that includes:


An  ModMyPi Case in the colour of your choice.
An 8GB Bootable SD card fully loaded with the Debian Linux operating system.
A  Wireless USB keyboard.
A Wireless USB mouse.
A powered 7 port USB 2.0 Hub.
A USB WiFi dongle.
A USB SD Card Reader to switch files between your PC and your Raspberry Pi.
A 5V 1000mA USB detachable UK plug socket.
A micro USB to USB cable.
An RCA composite video cable and audio cable.
A gold plated HDMI cable.
An ethernet LAN cable.

All for only £69.98

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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:24 pm

I assume that you are going to need a serviceable Adobe flash player for BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm etc ? I tried the iPlayer but it complained that I had no flash player.

I installed gnash on the default Debian image under qemu using apt no problem but there was no browser plugin. I downloaded the gnash source from git but it wouldn"t build because of autoconf problems. Has anybody managed to get gnash installed with a browser plugin and demonstrated iPlayer and others working ?

tech_monkey
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:17 pm

Can't comment on Debian itself, but under Ubuntu  Flash works fine. I can use iPlayer, and it works very well. Did have a problem with an older version of Ubuntu 9.04 I think, where the iPlayer would work but wouldn't go full screen.

I just installed Flash via the Firefox browser and it works, from memory I think it took me to an Adobe website for the download. Chrome has a few issues with some flash based streaming services, and Midori works well.
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:29 pm

Lovefilm switched from Flash to Silverlight as far as I know, or did they undo that?

When I was customer there my Ubuntu notebook would not be able to show any movies anymore and Moonlight (the Silverlight port by Novell), did not have working decoding libraries.

Was one of the reasons I cancelled my Lovefilm account :-/

andreww
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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:21 pm

@tech_monkey I assume that you are talking about Ubuntu on a pc ? I"m trying the rpi Debian squeeze distro running on qemu. There is no official flash player for arm Linux afaik and so gnash is probably the best bet. Perhaps waiting for a supported rpi version of xbmc is the best option since the video should be optimised for the rpi gpu whereas gnash might be very slow.

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Re: smart web tv with rasberry pi anyone?

Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:47 pm

My startup, YouCue TV, is currently developing an XBMC/Opera TV-based RPi device to sell for $60 and work streaming TV out of the box.

If anyone would be interested in helping us out, we'd love to have more developers!

More information will be available at http://youcuetv.co/

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