Oct 08 2014

News - Plex Comes to XBox

Plex fans with an Xbox One (360 is "coming soon") can now enjoy their media on the Microsoft gaming console. I think this is great news and strengthens the device's position as a media consumption hub.

Plex for Xbox is currently available for free to Plex Pass subscribers. In the future, it will be made available, for a fee, to those without a Plex Pass. In addition to the Xbox app, a Plex Pass also gives you exclusive premium features and early access to new ones.

Plex

Oct 05 2014

Review - Ditter U20 Media Player

Ditter U20

Ditter is a company you’ve probably never heard of located in Shenzhen China, the ultimate home of most electronics. If you google the brand however, you’ll find a lot of forum chatter surrounding their affordable line of XBMC-compatible media players available for sale from a number of sources. We received the U20 model—which uses an Allwinner A20 dual core 1.2GHz CPU and have been putting it through the paces. Available for just under $50, this tiny box is similar in footprint to an AppleTV, and touts a world of features at a fraction of the cost. In this review, we will dig deeper to see if all the hype lives up to the performance.

Oct 02 2014

News - Intel Fixes Netflix DD+ HDMI Audio Issue

If you use Intel HDMI audio with the Windows 8.x "Metro" Netflix app you know that Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) output has been broken for, um, forever. Thankfully, they just released an updated audio driver that solves the issue! Huzzah!

Unfortunately at the moment it looks like they've only updated it in the Ivy Bridge GPU driver package for the NUC, so it won't install easily if you're running something newer. That said, there's no reason why you can't download the driver, extract the ZIP, then fire up Device Manager and manually update the Intel Display Audio device driver (it's under Sound, video and game controllers). That's what I did Smile.

Oct 02 2014

News - HTR Reviews Actiontec MyWirelessTV Wireless HDMI Kit

We can all agree that cables are best, but it's also true that sometimes it's just not possible (or maybe convenient) to run them and that's where wireless technology lends an ever useful hand. I've never played with a general purpose wireless HDMI device, but I get questions on them all the time so it's great to see other sites reviewing them.

MyWirelessTV uses Actiontec's own 802.11n WiFi protocol that operates in the 5GHz band. It supports the transmission of a 1080p/60 signal (2D and 3D) and multichannel audio at a distance up to 150 feet. (WHDI also operates in the 5GHz band, with products generally listing a range of 100 feet.) The package includes two relatively small boxes that measure 4.75 by 4.125 by 1.25 inches. The transmitter unit (MTWTV-8400C0) has one HDMI 1.4 input to accept the signal from a source or AV receiver, as well as one HDMI 1.4 output to pass that signal through to a local display via an HDMI cable while you wirelessly transmit the signal to a remote location. That means you can send the same source(Drunk to two displays.

Home Theater Review

Sep 29 2014

News - OpenELEC 4.2.0 Released

There are lots of ways to run XBMC Kodi, but one of my favorites, especially on a low power system, is OpenELEC because its embedded approach makes installation and management of the media ecosystem so simple. I'm a bit late with this news (looks like it came out on Friday), but it's never too late to note, and congratulate, on a milestone. Enjoy.

  • OpenELEC-4.2 is now based on Kernel linux-3.16, Mesa-10.3, llvm-3.5 and Xorg-1.16.
  • We updated the Nvidia Graphic drivers in the 64-bit image to 340.x (32-bit remains on 304.123), systemd to systemd-216, our Connectionmanager to connman-1.25 and XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2.
  • We switched our libc from eglibc to glibc, upgraded to glibc-2.20 and binutils-2.24.
  • We added support for nss-mdns, support to perform filesystem checks on every boot for our both default system partitions and ffmpeg-2.4 to our x86 builds. With switching to ffmpeg-2.4 on our x86 builds we now support h265(HEVC) and Dolby Atmos.
  • OpenELEC 4.2 includes a new MMC/SDCard driver for RaspberryPi. This is now the default sdcard driver. It should avoid some of the issues of the old driver, like polling with interrupts disabled, and could improve performance and avoid interfering with other drivers (e.g. USB or LIRC).
  • OpenELEC now uses the PSTATE CPU scaling driver for Intel Systems and includes drivers for more hardware like DVB devices and WLAN adapters.

OpenELEC

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