OpenELEC 7.0 Linux distribution now available for PC, Raspberry Pi, and WeTek Core

Most operating systems, like Windows 10 or macOS, are designed to do multiple things. After all, many people want their computers to serve many tasks, such as productivity, media, and gaming. Some operating systems, however, are targeted at a single use to minimize the overhead and maximize the power of the hardware. Not to mention, it can create a more immersive experience. One such focused OS is OpenELEC. This Linux distribution is designed to serve as a media center — nothing more, nothing less. Today, the popular distro reaches stable version 7.0. There are images for both x86 and Raspberry Pi 2… [Continue Reading]


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Sling begins rolling out cloud DVR beta for Roku users

Cord-cutters are certainly aware of services such as Sling TV and devices like Roku, the latter also being popular even with those who still retain a cable or satellite connection. There are drawbacks to some of this since you can’t record a show you’ll miss, though Sling does allow you to go back and watch what has already aired — on certain channels. Now Sling wants to change all of that, bringing a cloud DVR to its service. The new release is a slow roll out and is beta only. However, the stats on it are promising. There is no… [Continue Reading]


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Roku introduces five new set-top boxes, features 4K and more

Today is a big day for Roku. The company has never before introduced this many new players to its lineup or carried some of the features now available. The new lineup should contain something for just about everyone, including those on a budget. In fact, a budget is where the lineup begins. The new Roku Express features 1080p support for only $29.99. Perfect for those looking for a second box in another room. If you’re still living with an older TV then you can pay $39.99 for the Express+, which comes with a composite jack and a/v hookup — those… [Continue Reading]


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Plex adds DVR support worldwide, including HD

If you have never used Plex then you may be missing out on a great source of entertainment. The media server can be used on multiple devices. You’ll need to install the server on a computer that’s always on (and holds your media), but the required software is free. You can then access your content on a set-top box like Roku or Fire TV, or even an HTPC. You’ll just need to install the relevant Plex app on your devices. A new update is promising global DVR support worldwide and you’ll be able to use it from mobile devices anywhere you… [Continue Reading]


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Grab your popcorn, AMC lands on Roku

AMC doesn’t always show the latest films, but it does land some big names from Hollywood, and of course it’s responsible for producing some excellent original content. It’s become a go-to channel for surfers looking for something to watch. Now the entertainment network is coming to that tiny set-top box in your living room. The channel debuts just in time for the mid-season launch of Fear the Walking Dead. If you’re into zombie apocalypses then that’s certainly for you. Roku claims “Customers who subscribe to AMC through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider can stay current with full episodes and… [Continue Reading]


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Windows 10 drives users to MediaPortal alternative

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The release of Windows 10 spelled the end for Media Center. It wasn’t unexpected, users have known it was coming for a while, as Microsoft had ceased developing the service. That didn’t make the loss any easier for the loyal following of HTPC users.

From Microsoft’s abandonment, other businesses grow. MediaPortal, which has been a solid solution for quite some time now is one. Though, other options for Media Center refugees also exist.

MediaPortal announces an influx of new downloads since Microsoft’s latest operating system release. “The Team MediaPortal notices an increase of downloads of both MediaPortal 1 and MediaPortal 2 at the time when Windows 10 update started to be delivered. Besides the raw numbers, there is also a trend regarding download origins: now the United States are on top with 30 percent”, the organization announces.

MediaPortal 1 and 2 are separate versions that bring different things to the user. You’ll need to decide which you’d prefer to go with. The website will describe each. Both are free, though.


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