LG Televisions

I have been through a few different televisions in the last few years.
But this will be the last one for awhile this time.
The LG OLED televisions are just awesome!
The 2016 and up models have improved greatly over the previous generations.
For one they are as bright and brighter than most LED Televisions out and instead of only having 30,000 hour lifespan they now are over 100,000 hours that is higher than what most LCD/LED televisions are rated.
As far as Burn/in and I mage retention yes they can retain images but so can LED/LCD panels.
There has been rigorous testing and it seriously takes a whole lot of abuse to cause permanent burn in.

The picture quality of OLED is the best you can get!.”Period” Better than Plasma at it’s latest generation.
OLED does not have a back light like LED panels do the OLED’s individually light up which brings deepest blacks any tv can produce and very bright Whites. Which makes HDR really shine with Dolby HDR being supported in the 2016 models and HDR-10 it’s a no brainer to get a new OLED television if you are a TV/Movie buff like I am.

I love my LG UHD 60″ TV but it’s going to get sold to make up for this new purchase.

I do Not like curved TV’s but the curved model offer 3d and the standard flat does not and both are about the same price.
So curved it most likely will be.

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AMD Video cards

I like to keep my options open so I never limit myself to 1 specific brand and say I am a die hard.
But the last few years AMD has been the brand I generally purchase CPU or Video cards.
Main reason for this is bang for the buck.
As far as CPU’s go I have only purchased AMD since they broke the 1ghz barrier back in 2000.
Sure I’ve purchased a few Intel CPU’s for HTPC builds but for my every day use Computer I choose AMD CPU’s.
Intel CPU’s are great but a top tier Intel CPU will cost you more than your mainboard ,Ram,Bluray drive & SDD or plain HDD put together.
Want to game well Intel plays best with Nvidia and like Intel Nvidia charges top dollar for their top tier graphics cards $700+ so for a Intel CPU and Nvidia card alone will cost you $2 grand for the 2 parts.
2 grand will build you one kick ass AMD PC.

The biggest issue I’ve had with AMD graphics cards is since they decided on Dual Bios cards.
Don’t get me wrong it’s great being able to flash your vcard to test other FW or even unlock you $200 card to the $350 card is great.
The dual Bios comes with different settings depending on which way the switch or button are.
1 will be a lower clock speed the 2nd will be a higher clock speed which means louder fans and more heat.
I have owned the HIS 290x and Now the Sapphire Radeon Fury Tri-x Nitro the HIS has the switch and the Sapphire has a button to switch bios versions.
And neither of them had any info on which bios version was attached to the switch so it’s just try and fly.
I went through the instruction booklets on both brands and not even a mention of the Dual Bios or what the switches are and do. There is not even a mention of the switch or button on the cards.
So it’s contact the manufacturers or search the nets and hope you get accurate info from forums.

The HIS 290x the switch clicked towards back of the case is the Turbo/Nitro Bios. Switch clicked towards front of the case is lower clock speeds better temps and quiet fans.

The Sapphire Fury Tri-X Nitro The button Clicked so light is on is Nitro setting this is max clock speeds lots of heat fans can get noisy. Button clicked Light off basic clock speeds less heat quiet fans.

These settings aren’t something you can see as you use your PC unless you have a setup that gives real time temps of the GPU as you use it.
This is something that should be explained some peoples setups are not good with heat dispersion so a max clock may just ruin the graphics card or the PC.
These manufacturers really need to include something in the paperwork to explain this.

ATSC 2.0-3.0 under 20 over 20

Must read info regarding ATSC.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATSC_standards

“Evolution and revolution” coming as ATSC readies new broadcast standard

ATSC 3.0: Where We Stand

Kodi Jarvis 16.0 Final released 02/20

Update is in grab it at Kodi site:-)
Windows version is downloadable Kodibuntu install 14.0 if clean install and run commands in the terminal to get latest version.
If already using Kodibuntu just go ahead and run commands in the terminal.

Simple commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If upgrade turns into older version run command
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Lastest version of Kodi for Kodibuntu is only upgradable through command does not get new version via download section like Windows version.

As quick as latest version has released i’ll take a guess they will stay with their goal of doing smaller updates and fixes to keep new versions rolling out faster.

Here are the improvements.
https://kodi.tv/kodi-16-0-jarvis-mark-xvi/

Update 03/09/16:
Kodi 16.1 RC 1 is available.
Release Candidates are fairly stable so give it a try.

Kodi underfire by likes of uninformed Amazon.

Kodi does NOT endorse or include applications / addons that enable piracy driven 3rd party apps that facilitate the links to watch-stream unreleased/Pirated movies on their software.

Kodi/XBMC has and always will be software that is a media player only A awesome open share your movie nights among not just multiple rooms on HTPC cases but for also watching your favorite recorded shows on any devices such as Android tabs , Cell phones, Ipad ,Ibook, Fire TV, Smart TV’s and many others the list goes on visit google read educate yourself. Silicondust, read Kodi!. People this opens up a new era of consumer based control unseen before now.  To benefit the use of 3rd party hardware that is legitimate like Silicondust HDHomerun and other seasoned manufacturers that produce these tuners to watch and record Tv within Kodi that is following the letter of the law. These are okay to include in your Kodi bundle.

With that said since Kodi aka: XBMC is open software they will not and do not tell users of their software to not use 3rd party apps that can be found in awesome repositories all over nets. They are all for openness of using their software as you see fit.

Beware quick buck scam artists taking from people who would be getting the software for free in the first place.But DO NOT produce a Kodi/XBMC box with the full monty  meaning loaded with 3rd party apps that base consumers think is legal and okay to purchase.

Kodi is the trademark holder for the Kodi name and franchise. Amazon has already banned Kodi sales from their web/site sales with an almost passive aggressive agenda to cover their own collective asses.
Why had Amazon did this? Well it was for what I believe is a lack of knowledge on the consumer and Amazon how Kodi 3rd party addons work. Or was just a stunt to kiss the content holders ass to garner more funds for their upstart to crumble bright and upcoming starts with new bold ideas.

SO what are 3rd party apps?
In simple terms-A thirdparty application is any app that is not an official Kodi Application But uses Kodi’s Media Center software to integrate into Kodi itself. 3rd party apps are NOT developed by Kodi programmers. 3rd party apps allow the consumers of Kodi to add whatever they want to Kodi to either open up new options and availability that Kodi alone does NOT produce.

Apps that allow the users of Kodi to watch Streaming movies from the theater or sometimes not yet released are Exodus, Genesis, 1-Channel, Pheonix.  And quite a few others. This is only on the movie side of viewing. And these apps listed are not created by the Kodi team.

Small Media center boxes based on Android OS are almost the size of a cigarette pack but square. People on Ebay, Amazon other online retailers are selling these boxes fully loaded with 3rd party software that enables pirate streaming of Movies not out of theaters or not yet even released to theaters & same with Television shows.
The sales of these fully enabled boxes are not just getting Kodi taken off online retail sites but are destroying Kodi’s name.

Kodi team is all for installing your loved 3rd party apps since Kodi is open source software.
Developers at Kodi aren’t saying what to install or not install on your Kodi setup. But they are asking if You do sell hardware with Kodi installed DO NOT have any 3rd party applications installed. This is for the consumer/end user to add on.

Download your own repositories and install the 3rd party apps you want after you purchase a Kodi box in it’s vanilla form. Kodi software it self is free and can be downloaded. https://kodi.tv/

I have a few of the small Boxes that came with pre-installed 3rd party apps myself.
And the little boxes are great but they are great with just Kodi installed on it with no 3rd party apps

Want some Repositories? The link is for multiple repos that need to be unzipped with WinRAR. WinRAR is free and downloaded for Windows= http://rarlabs.com/download.htm

to Install repositories in Kodi go to:
Settings
then select Addons then click on install from zip file.
navigate to where you unzipped the repository folder which will contain about 30 repositories in zipped files.
The individual repos need to be zipped for install in Kodi.
Here is the 30 repos in one zipped file which does need unzipped.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3116735/Repositories.rar
This file does not contain every repo just a good start.

The file is clean and been scanned but still scan with your Antivirus anyhow.

Can also install repositories by going to System, File Manager , Click add source.
Add File source box will pop up click in the address type bar that will say NONE.
Type in exactly as I list=   http://srp.nu
Now Click Done
At bottom of window will be a blank bar that says Enter a name for this media Source
Type SuperRepo then click OK.

Go back to home screen and in settings click Add-Ons then click on install Zip-File scroll down until you see SuperRepo click on it and install the Supernova repo.

This step can be taken over and over again adding new repositories.
Here are more links for you to add manually yourself:-)

http://xunitytalk.me/xfinity
http://fusion.tvaddons.ag
 http://zeusrepo.com/zeus/
http://srp.nu

SuperRepo is a must have if you want some of the best 3rd party addons.
The more repo’s you have the more application selection you will have.

While Kodi team doesn’t care what 3rd party apps you use copyright holders do. So beware and know your local,state,gov , laws. Even streaming unreleased movies is considered pirating.
There are many cool 3rd party apps that are not for pirating movies or TV. Steam is awesome! PVR, Advanced Launcher and many, many more.

Most important if your going to sell Kodi boxes do so without any Repo’s or 3rd party apps installed.
Kodi alone is already kick ass!

Tip: If you do decide to install many repo’s and add-ons. Kodi does not support this. Don’t go hitting the official forums looking for a solution to an issue. Your on your own!

 

 

 

Finding the right HTPC case

Have went through 3 different HTPC cases. Every change made me happy but not for very long.
What Bothers me most is the lack of any on case display. Why? Bling factor is one of them but not the main reason for wanting one.
Wanting a LCD or OSD is for music and time.
If i’m listening to music from my HTPC which I often do i’d rather not have the TV on just to go through what I want to play or to see what is playing.
It can cause burn-in on the TV and is a waste of electricity.
With a small LCD display on front of case can scroll through music and see what’s playing with out the need of TV being on. Plus I like looking below the TV while waiting for Supernatural to come on and see what time it is or how much longer I must wait.

There are the beautiful cases that incorporate a excellent 7″ touchscreen LCD on front of the case.
The cost is now $360 to $800 which has dropped significantly over the last 2 years.
Is it awesome? HELL YES! Is it really needed? Nope.
Bling factor  +50!! Usefulness not so much let’s think about this. Will I be watching any movies on it? Not a chance I have a 60″ HDTV it is connected to.
So this leaves the only useful option to see what music is on when TV is off and what time it is.
This can all be done on a LCD that is 2 x 20 in size and will accomplish what is useful.

If I had $360 to blow sure i’d get one of these awesome displays of techgeekiness. Flex my HTPC muscle.

Now to finding a case that has the feature of a small LCD display is another quest.
They are out there but not in the huge numbers they should be.
I’ve located the model I want and it has been discontinued and costs $275 used:-(
Can always go ahead and pull the DVD drive from my HTPC and add the nMEDIAPC Silver Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-S 5.25 drive bay slot. This would accomplish what I am looking for.
But I just don’t want to give up my DVD/Bluray slot for a LCD display panel. I want both!
Have I ever used the DVD drive? No, but why should I give that option up.

Then there is the nMEDIAPC Black HTPC 2800B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case 
Which costs $89.99 and the LCD panel isn’t programmable which means i’d still have to purchase the nMEDIAPC Silver Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-S:-(

The search for HTPC case bliss continues on. Will I find that sexy sleek case I’ve always wanted but could never have?
Will the case continue to allude me? Or will I just be crushed under the mad chase of case bliss?