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HTPC News Roundup 2017 Wk 42: VidAngel files for bankruptcy, Ryzen 7 and 5 benchmarks leaked, Unprotect iTunes videos

Welcome to the htpcBeginner HTPC News Roundup 2017 Wk 42. This week saw AMD APU benchmarks leaked, a landmark Kodi pirate streaming box case, and more. Read on for the latest in HTPC news and updates!

htpcBeginner Recap

In case you missed them, here is a recap of all our interesting articles published last week:

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  1. NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Home Media Server - $299.99 editors pick
  2. Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player - $89.99
  3. Roku Premiere+ 4K UHD - $83.99
  4. CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit - $69.99
  5. Xbox One 500 GB Console - $264.99

SmartHomeBeginner Recap

HTPC News Around the Web

Netflix, Amazon, movie studios sue over TickBox streaming device

TickBox is a streaming media player which has garnered the ill will of movie studios, as well as Amazon and Netflix. It’s an Android 6.0 box that sports Kodi. Instead of hosting content, TickBox TV features an aggregate search that finds streams for users. However, TickBox uses pirate streams to allow access for consumers. As such, there’s been a lawsuit over the illicit streaming device. Luckily, there are plenty of legal Kodi boxes and fantastic Plex client devices for your streaming needs.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U Raven Ridge APUs performance leak out

Although Intel dominates at gaming and efficiency, AMD is fantastic at home theatre PC tech. Its APU line is well suited to HTPC builds. Recently, performance leaks revealed that the Raven Ridge Ryzen 7 and 5 APUs match Nvidia’s GeForce MX solutions. Its forthcoming chips should work well in HTPC builds.

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming

Media server software option Plex just keeps getting better. With its VR capabilities, live TV options, and more, it’s a fantastic piece of software. Now, Plex unveils its Android Auto for simple server-based music streaming. This feature makes it incredibly easy to stream music content in your car for compatible in-car audio systems. With this, you essentially have your own personal Spotify.

Streaming service VidAngel declares bankruptcy after losing legal battles with studios

VidAngel, a streaming service, recently filed for bankruptcy after long legal struggles with studios. Their operations involved selling edited and encrypted DVDs to users that watched the videos online, then having those sold back to VidAngel for $19. Thus, it offered $1 rentals to consumers. But this came as a direct violation of the DMCA.

Kodi box landmark court case: Trader to be sentenced for selling boxes, as he still insists he was doing nothing illegal

Upgrade XBMC to KodiIn a massive move, a seller of Kodi boxes that came preloaded with illicit streaming addons has been sentenced. This sets a new standard in cracking down on pirate streams. Thankfully, there are loads of legitimate Kodi addons (PSA: Kodi is legal, only some third-party addons are illicit).

Did you find any interesting news stories or projects from around the HTPC space? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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About the author

Moe Long

I am Managing Editor of htpcBeginner and SmartHomeBeginner, and a freelance writer with a focus on tech media. I run Cup Of Moe and have been featured in MakeUseOf, The Penny Hoarder, TechBeacon, Cliqist, Bubbleblabber, DZone, and EpicStream. As an HTPC enthusiast, I'm quite fond of my Plex server and enjoy playing with my Raspberry Pi. When I'm not hammering away at my keyboard, I can be found drinking far too much coffee, running, and listening to vinyl.