Tuesday, June 25, 2013

RaspberryPi - OpenElec media centre, MPEG2 playback and iPlayer

A new version of OpenElec is out - it's reckoned to be the best build of XMBC for the Pi (very stable and lightweight). The two reasons I'd like to use the Pi (well, aside from it being a cheap AirPlay replacement) is that it can playback my MPEG2 off-air recordings and be a very competent BBC iPlayer.
Licenseing for MPEG2 playback - it's a very modest couple of quid to enable hardware MPEG2 decoding (MPEG4 and H.264 is there already);

the root p/w for it is openelec

With that done it's trivial to grab the iPlayer app and install it - so far it's played very nicely!

The other VOD apps you might like are;
  • 4OD
  • TWiT
  • Blip.tv (feat. The Engineer's Bench podcast!)
  • Youtube
These are all available from the Programs->Install AddOns menu.

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