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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)

About andy dingfelder

Andy has over 20 years of technology leadership experience in Software Testing / Development / Project Management and Team Leadership in multiple industry sectors, including: Telco, Healthcare, Technology and government. He is currently working as a Senior Test Consultant for Planit Software Testing. Master's Degree in Public Information Information Systems, and over 10 years of board governance experience for multiple organisations. Full bio is available at: Follow him on Twitter at Andy Dingfelder lives in the Wellington region, New Zealand with his wife and two daughters.
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