I believe I am done looking at cord cutting solutions.
There are many solutions out there, and they all claim to be superior. Basically it comes down to the following requirements:
- Need a media box of some sort. Could be a PC (Windows, Linux, Mac or a variant such as Raspberry Pi), or an AndroidTV (or one of several variants such as Nvidia Shield, Amazon Fire etc. All have their own pros and cons
- A tuner (either standalone hardware, a USB card, or a PCI card if using a PC)
- A recording device (or a media PC that is capable) if you want to be able to record, along with media to record to
- a digital antenna or a satellite dish. Note that a satellite dish will not provide High Definition signal (at least in NZ) and offers less channels.
I have decided to go with:
- an AndroidTV solution along with a USB tuner card (which plugs into an antenna for local Freeview)
- Kodi software running on the media box for streaming content
- Plex for (recorded) local media
- Local NAS for network storage
More details in the next few days about my decisions (and whether they were wise)