Does anyone use KODI or XBMC instead of Satellite or Cable TV?
For those of you who don't what KODI is all about, its internet streaming for live sports programs and the latest movies, all for free. I got tired of paying for cable TV and maybe they would add a new movie every 3 or 4 months and nothing ever changed.
If you are a computer wiz you can download and install KODI for yourself. For those like me who were not born with a computer user’s manual attached to their diaper, then you can buy an android like I did with KODI already installed. The android is hooked up to your internet connection, either wifi or Ethernet cable then to your TV via a HDMI cable. They say you need a 10Mbps internet speed connection, I think it might work with a little slower speed..
KODI is so far ahead of cable or satellite it's not fair to compare them, they are not in the same league. With KODI you can watch every live sports even there is for free. You can watch almost every movie that has ever been made, I've seen some flicks from 1898. I can also see the latest movie that being play at the theater I've already seen the 5th Wave, Room, Our Brand is Crisis, The Hatful 8,, these are good movies, I watch about 15 minutes of Deadpool, it sucked. Haven't bother to watch Ride Along 2,
Anyway, you get the idea, any new movie coming down the pike, I get to watch them for free. I've turned into a big fan for Korean movies, American movies are so predictable I know how it will end long before the end of the movie, not so with Korean movies, they have more twists to them then a barrel of snakes. You can watch programs and movies from almost every country on earth.
I’m curious, is KODI or XMBC being used by anyone?
I have used XBMC and KODI with mixed results. I have a great deal of fluctuation in my internet speed which sometimes is a pain. My speed are better now (upgrade) but I don't find myself watching it much. I just don't have the time to. I don't much like the interface, always takes me awhile to get to what it is I want to watch. I've also had two boxes blown because of inconsistent power, despite the fact they were plugged into a surge protector. They boxes are more sensitive than my other electronics plugged into the same strip.
That was what I was wondering about, getting a internet connection with the speed needed to stream movies or whatever.
As for surge protectors, most are selling false hope that don't provide any real protection.
I bought a 10 amp Power Conditioner, big enough to protect all my sensitive electrical devices. The difference between a power conditioner and a surge protector is this, a power conditioner will isolate your device from the power source. The electricity goes through the conditioner first, then it is passed on to your device, the conditioner takes all the hits or surges and isn't directly connected to your device so your sensitive devices are protected.
Just to give you an idea, a Powervar 10 amp power conditioner, if you bought it direct from the company, they want $650 to buy one. I found a new one still in the box on Ebay for $175. If you want to protect your sensitive electrical devises, you get what you pay for.
If you want to know more about power conditioners, just PM me
If you don't need to power large loads you can get a couple of lower power UPS for much less that will do the power conditioning job just fine. Even better if your devices are spread out.
Also note that all surge protectors should have joule ratings, the higher the number the greater the protection. Some are so small they are useless. If they don't have a rating on the package they are probably not worth buying. You get what you pay for. Also, surge protectors can "wear out". The protection circuit sacrifices itself during surges. Some surge protectors have built in status indicators to let you know if the protection is gone.