Welcome to the htpcBeginner HTPC News Roundup 2017 Wk 26. This week saw developments in the Kodi illegal addon crackdown, Plex automatic quality adjustments, and a new Linux OS from System76. 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:
- 6 Ways to store local media for streaming on Kodi, Plex, and more
- Intro to cord cutting: PlayStation Vue review – Channel lineups, DVR, and more
- 10 Best subtitle addons for Kodi English subtitles
- How to install Kodi using AppStarter on Fire TV – Method 5
HTPC News Around the Web
A crackdown on Kodi illegal addons emerged and continues to progress. It’s important to remember that while certain addons do present illegally accessed content, Kodi itself is completely legal. Moreover, many addons are perfectly legitimate like these must-have addons for broadcast TV streaming. [Read: 10 Best legal streaming addons for Kodi media center]
The latest in the Kodi addon pirating realm finds content owners targeting Kodi users. Previously, content owners focused on stream hosts rather than individual streamers. But Kieron Sharp, chief executive of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) allows that Kodi users, not merely resellers of “fully loaded Kodi boxes” and developers, may come under fire. [Read: Best legal Kodi streaming boxes – Best Kodi box 2017]
Plex is arguably the top media server software option available. The revolutionary platform continuously debuts revolutionary features. Recently, Plex announced its live TV DVR functionality. Now, Plex debuts its automatic quality adjustment feature. [Read: Enable subtitles in Plex – How to download and configure subtitles for Plex]
With spotty Wi-Fi and internet speeds, especially cellular networks, consistent quality is tough to maintain. But Plex rolled out an auto quality adjustment which allows for continuous play without having to increase and decrease quality manually. Currently, this is only available on Android Mobile, iOS, and Apple TV apps. Additionally, it’s limited to Plex Pass members at the moment. [Read: How to watch TED Talks on Plex – TED Talks Plex channel install]
Linux is an awesome operating system, especially for HTPC purposes. There are many Linux media center software options, HTPC distros, and torrent clients. The likes of Kodi, Plex, Emby, Madsonic, and Subsonic are compatible with Linux OSes. Linux PC manufacturer System76 is poised to make the leap from hardware to software even more with its Linux distribution Pop!_OS. [Read: 5 Best Linux laptops you can buy in 2017 – Linux compatible laptops]
While System76 has carved out a niche for its laptops and desktops preloaded with Ubuntu, Pop!_OS is a homespun derivative of Ubuntu. It’s based on Ubuntu 17.04 and utilizes the GNOME desktop environment. According to System76, it’s an operating system, not distribution. Moreover, it appears to be a fairly vanilla Ubuntu iteration at the moment albeit reskinned, running GNOME, and tailored to creators, makers, and developers. [Read: 10 Best Linux home server distros – Stability, performance, ease of use]
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Among the many versions of Kodi, lightweight operating system OSMC is one of the most popular. June 28, 2017, marks the two-year anniversary of a stable OSMC release. According to a celebratory blog post, OSMC plans to revamp OSMC with Debian 9.0 at its core, as well as a new and improved My OSMC. Additionally, there’s expected user growth and support for more platforms like PC in addition to OSMC’s own Vero. [Read: OpenELEC vs OSMC for Raspberry Pi media center]
With cord-cutting on the rise, many users are turning to streaming services to replace cable such as Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. However, sports is an admitted weak point. FuboTV, however, is a cable alternative which boasts an impressive sports streaming lineup. As TechHive reveals, FuboTV continues to add channels, notably with an onus on sports streaming. Further, its introductory pricing is at a reasonable $35 a month. But this is expected to eventually rise to $50 a month. It’s a neat new service which promises to make cord cutting for sports fans even more feasible.
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