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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 is a CISO/CTO in the fintech sector with over 20 years of experience in Software Delivery and Team Leadership in multiple industry domains. Master's Degree (MPA) in Public Administration Information Systems and over 10 years of board governance experience for multiple organisations. Full bio is available at: and links available at or follow him on Twitter at Andy lives in the Wellington region, New Zealand with his wife and two daughters.
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