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

Sep 23 2014

News - Plex Is Getting More Expensive

Got Plex? If so, you probably already know about the upcoming changes to pricing. If you were thinking about picking up that lifetime pass, now's probably a good time:

We’re working harder than ever to bring more Plex goodness to all your favorite devices, and we’re super excited about the things we’re working on and can’t wait to share them with you over the next few months! With premium features and content, sometimes come moderate cost increases. So on September 29, 2014 we’ll be making some changes to our Plex Pass subscription rates for new subscribers:

  • Monthly Plex Pass subscriptions will increase from $3.99 to
    $4.99 per month.
  • Annual Plex Pass subscriptions will increase from $29.99 to
    $39.99 per year.
  • Lifetime Plex Passes will increase from $74.99 to
    $149.99.

Plex

Sep 19 2014

News - FAVI Launches All-in-One Android Based Projector

I wouldn’t base my home theater around a small OTT in the box projector, but I do find systems like that to be quite useful for impromptu viewing around the house or while traveling so it’s great to see more players entering the space – especially as the functionality embedded into the projector/player expands.

FAVI just announced one of these mobile, battery powered projectors, but instead of leveraging a Roku Stick it embedded Android 4.2.2 in the device so you can get access to pretty much all that the Play store has to offer for content and games. Native resolution is 854x480, so it’s not going to have that crisp HD look, but for there were always going to be some tradeoffs for mobility.

PR after the click.

Sep 17 2014

News - D-Link Announces Affordable Wi-Fi Smart Plug

If you're sold on Home Automation (HA) the cost, while sometimes unpleasant, is just part of what it takes to accomplish the larger goal. For those who aren’t as convinced or have simpler targets, spending a couple hundred dollars to “smart” one plug is a hard sell, which is where an item like the just announced D-Link DSP-W110. For $40 you can get your feet wet, or setup an easy mechanism for rebooting those problematic HD-PVRs Smile.

Full PR after the break.

Sep 14 2014

News - SiliconDust HDHR Prime and MTR700 Tuning Adapter Issue

Every now and again we get an opportunity to see a company doing the right thing for their customers, even when it’s painful for them to do it. It’s unfortunate that this sort of thing often comes as a surprise and we don’t get to see it more often, but when the company is SiliconDust it wasn’t a shock to find out that they made the right/expensive choice to fix a recently discovered issue with Motorola’s MTR700 tuning adapter. The full breakdown is explained in the link below, and even more details available here. Whether this issue affected you personally or not, it’s clear that SiliconDust deserves some kudos.

Update 09/18/2014:

Looks like the update is rolling out now and it has fixed the issue. If you've been affected by this problem make sure to check your FW.

When you order a SSL cert from a website it is cheap because it is fully automated. If you want to reissue SSL certificates with something non-standard about them to work around a bug nobody was aware of before it requires special handling. Think custom script development, custom signing ceremonies, etc.

Option 1: we do nothing and wait for the MTR700 firmware to roll out.

Option 2: we do the workaround. Calculation: external costs + internal costs divided by the number of customers we expect to hit the problem over the next 3 months = approx $400 per affected customer to do the workaround.

Some days you just want pick up a large stuffed-crust pizza, a tub of ice cream, and go home.

SilconDust Blog

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