Welcome to the htpcBeginner HTPC News Roundup, April 21, 2017 edition! This week saw torrent support from a Russian MP, reports of an upsurge in Kodi repository popularity, and the best Kodi addons for 2017. Read on for the latest in HTPC news and updates!
In case you missed them, here is a recap of all our interesting articles published last week:
HTPC News Around the Web
Typically torrents are frowned upon by politicians. But Senator Lydumila Bokova admitted her fondness for torrents. Bokova elucidated at an “Internet and Law” event that her love of torrents derives from cost. Attending the cinema is expensive, whereas a torrent is free. Further, Bokova criticized Russian initiatives to block pirating, and collaborations with search engines like Google to limit search results to pirate sites. [Read: Install Transmission using Docker – BitTorrent Download Client]
Windows debuted its Windows 10 Creators Update in April 2017. Unfortunately, some users found various apps not working properly. Windows Report comments that a Plex users discovered Plex not working after a clean installation of the Windows 10 update. While it’s unknown why this issue occurs, there is a fix. It’s as simple as browsing the old.windows diectory and navigating to syswow64 to copy the mfplat.dll file into c:/windows/syswow64. Plex is aware of the problem and working on a fix. But for now there’s an easy workaround. [Read: Setup Plex Server with Raspberry Pi 3 – Low Power Media Server]
Kodi remanins one of, if not the, most popular open-source media center. TVAddons, a major repository for unofficial Kodi addons, continuously expands its number of users. March 017 witnessed a huge jump, with almost 40 million unique site users. Kodi emerged into the mainstream owing to accusations of piracy. Notably, the Kodi team stays neutral as the platform is open-source. Rather, it’s community-sourced addons that may offer pirated content. But part of Kodi’s immense surge in popularity is owing to the likes of the Premiere League taking on so-called “Kodi boxes.” This in turn led to more awareness of the Kodi platform. [Read: 20 best Kodi addons 2017: Movies, TV Shows, Live TV and more]
Ubuntu 17.04 debuted in April 2017. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, issued several changes. The mobile version of Ubuntu for smartphones and tablets got nixed, and Canonical announced a migration away from Unity instead opting for Gnome as Ubuntu’s desktop environment. The latest iteration of Ubuntu still uses Unity as its default desktop environment. The change to Gnome won’t officially arrive until the next version. ZDNet praised Snaps, the new package management system and compatibility with the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen processors. Linux distributions such as Ubuntu are fantastic as HTPC and server operating systems. Many media server software options including Plex, Emby, Madsonic, and Subsonic boast Linux compatibility.
As more users seek to cut the cord, streaming services rise in popularity. CBS’s streaming service, CBS All Access further bolsters its lineup with an expansion into films. At launch, CBS All Access boasts 18 movies, but its streaming television lineup sports more than 8.500 TV episodes. This includes currently airing shows such as NCIS New Orleans and The Young and the Restless as well as classic television including Star Trek. With services such as YouTube TV and Sling on the rise, the legal streaming market is poised to make cord cutting even easier. While this 18 film lineup is admittedly meager, it’s a move toward crafting CBS All Access as a more comprehensive streaming platform. [Read: A Cord-cutter’s dream all-in-one: OpenFLIXR Media Server]
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