New KODI server build

  • 1 February 2017
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SPEC-01 case that holds our KODI server

Our current living room KODI server is getting a bit old. We currently have 8TB of storage between 2 x 3TB and a 2TB hard drive. Media is spread across the drives and is starting to get a bit disorganized. Part of the disorganization is because of the age of some of the data. Back when I first started ripping media for what was then called XBMC I used the command line interface program transcode to do a lot of work.

Kodi/XBMC - Audio doesn't play for movies with DTS-HD/DTS (Bluray rips)

  • 5 November 2016
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KODI displaying some bluray movies

One of the things Santa blessed me with this year was several Bluray movies. And while we have a Bluray drive attached to one of the televisions in the house it's not always the most convenient method of playing movies. Most of the Bluray discs came with the option to download a "digital copy," but copies are often laden with DRM. I like the ability to stream from our Kodi/XBMC box to any device so I ripped several of the discs only to find out that none of the rips had any audio. When I checked the MakeMKV settings it appeared audio was correctly inserted in the stream.


KODI / XBMC movie reorganization

  • 5 November 2016
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I've been using XBMC, now KODI, for a few years now. Over those years I've tried ripping my optical media using a wide variety of programs, exported to many different formats (OGG, AVI, MP4, MKV), and used a few different naming conventions (with underscores, without underscores, appending DVD/Blueray to the name, with(out) date). The different naming conventions really stuck out last night while I was adding more video to our KODI server.

Zoomtak T8H Review and comparison

  • 19 September 2016
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Zoomtak T8H Android box

There are dozens of Android boxes for cord cutters. We've owned a couple of boxes, the lower-end Pivos XIOS DS Media Play, and the more beefy MyGica ATV582. Both boxes are good machines, but compromise on certain features. When it came time to buy a new Android box to run KODI on we looked for a device that combined the best features of each box and we ended up with the Zoomtak T8H.