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Using Raspberry Pi 3 as IPTV box.

Post by russell » Wed 22 Feb 2017 10:28

Having become somewhat disillusioned with the performance of a number of Android IPTV boxes I thought I'd have a go at using a Raspberry Pi instead. The latest version has a 1.2 GHz 64 bit quad core processor and a powerful graphics processor. It has built in WIFI, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and USB connectivity and an HDMI output for the TV. All for £35! Just add a power supply and an SD card and you're ready to go.

I installed the latest version of LibreElec, a cut down Linux with Kodi ready installed, and added the Filmon Simple add-on and was able to view dozens of UK channels and control the system from my standard TV remote control (most recent televisions have HDMI-CEC built in to do this, it may need enabling in the settings of your TV).

Next, to allow me to get iPlayer and ITV Player and HD TV streams I added a VPN manager which is much easier than trying to set up a VPN on Android and installed the following add-ons:
BBC iPlayer
ITV
TV Player

All work well with only very occasional buffering.

If anyone is interested in trying it I have made a few notes on setting it up here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/352 ... Vsetup.doc

Russell
P.S. With it running and displaying an HD stream it is using less than half of its RAM and only 12 % of its processor power so it is well within its capabilities.

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Re: Using Raspberry Pi 3 as IPTV box.

Post by martyn94 » Wed 22 Feb 2017 13:43

russell wrote:Having become somewhat disillusioned with the performance of a number of Android IPTV boxes I thought I'd have a go at using a Raspberry Pi instead. The latest version has a 1.2 GHz 64 bit quad core processor and a powerful graphics processor. It has built in WIFI, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and USB connectivity and an HDMI output for the TV. All for £35! Just add a power supply and an SD card and you're ready to go.

I installed the latest version of LibreElec, a cut down Linux with Kodi ready installed, and added the Filmon Simple add-on and was able to view dozens of UK channels and control the system from my standard TV remote control (most recent televisions have HDMI-CEC built in to do this, it may need enabling in the settings of your TV).

Next, to allow me to get iPlayer and ITV Player and HD TV streams I added a VPN manager which is much easier than trying to set up a VPN on Android and installed the following add-ons:
BBC iPlayer
ITV
TV Player

All work well with only very occasional buffering.

If anyone is interested in trying it I have made a few notes on setting it up here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/352 ... Vsetup.doc

Russell
P.S. With it running and displaying an HD stream it is using less than half of its RAM and only 12 % of its processor power so it is well within its capabilities.
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Post by Leok » Wed 22 Feb 2017 19:44

Thanks for posting that Russell.
I am also very interested in the RaspberryPi and Linux solutions.

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Post by russell » Mon 13 Mar 2017 18:42

mariad wrote:Which vpn are you using now?
IPVanish

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Post by Santiago » Fri 17 Mar 2017 19:01

Thanks for posting this. I'm tempted with a similar project but how much time did you need to set aside for it?
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Post by russell » Sat 18 Mar 2017 10:25

It took me a couple of afternoons, after collecting together the required bits, to arrive at what I considered to be the optimum set-up for our use. That included messing it up and starting again a couple of times. I set up another one for a friend in an hour or so following my own guide.

I have since played around with it a little, setting it up to be able to stream photos, music, and videos direct from my main computer. Not that I really find much use for that!

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