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goalscrounger Posted on 04/12/2018 15:02
Best "box" to stream NAS Content Via Kodi
 
 
I'm not interested in dodgy streaming apps but need a box of some description to host Kodi so that I can push local media from a NAS to my TV. I'd also like to be able to access internet streaming such as Riverside Live and iPlayer so I'd also need web access.

Any suggestions? I've been looking at a Roku Ultra box (which I understand would also allow me to access local TV stations for free when I'm in Chicago)but am open to better suggestions from any experts out there!
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TheFair86 Posted on 04/12/2018 15:46

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100% hands down nvidia shield. I stream from a nas which runs sonarr and radarr to download tv shows and films in 4K (but itís customisable) and play everything through kodi on the nvidia shield. Handles uncompressed Blu-ray 4K rips with dolby atmos like a champ
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borojim57 Posted on 04/12/2018 16:51

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Nvidia shield tv without doubt[^]
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Jimmy_Salmon Posted on 04/12/2018 16:57

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Just purchased one of these boxes. What apps do you recommend to download? Streamkings?
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dooderooni Posted on 04/12/2018 17:35

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Shield, Shield and Shield again.

Got one the other week and it's now running Emby Server and streaming to 3 separate Kodi clients.

With it having an ethernet connection and a superb spec it's much better than anything else out there.
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Sadgit Posted on 04/12/2018 18:30

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trust me go Intel NUC everyday of the week.. you can get a 2nd hand Celeron for £100 or so. I use mine with windows 10, 4GB, 64gb ssd. All 2nd hand. I have multiple kodi clients so use a shared SQL library on the NAS. Updates/cleaning of the library is so fast on a real PC than anything else. and if is fast, I have used many many other systems.. I am a nerd.

PS all via 5GHz wifi, no need to be via CAT5e/CAT6. 99% of my stuff is CAT5e but not the NUC as it isn't required.
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NYboro Posted on 04/12/2018 18:58

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I'll second the NUC - cost me less than $150, dual-bootable Linux and Windows 10. Also gives me the ability to run an SSH tunnel or VPN connection to my virtual server in the UK for British TV.
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borojim57 Posted on 04/12/2018 20:41

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Streamkings can be downloaded onto the shield via their site www.streamkings.be or from the play store app.

Works great on the shield
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goalscrounger Posted on 06/12/2018 16:50

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Thank you all!!
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Emmersons_BrazillianDong Posted on 06/12/2018 19:06

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Im really interested in how people set things up to download rather than streaming.

Are you using torrents rather than nzb or both? How large is the nas?
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dooderooni Posted on 06/12/2018 21:12

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Emo, search for "htpcguides" and there are tutorials on there.

A VPN is a must though.

Sonarr and Radarr are essentially the same thing, one for TV and one for movies.
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TheFair86 Posted on 06/12/2018 23:46

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Emmo, Iím using a hp microserver nl54 which is about 5 year old now i reckon as a rough guess. Itís a small cube slightly taller than a receiver / amp but narrower and less depth. It basically sits behind our tv and wins windows 10, got 5x 4TB HDís in it but thatís for all sorts of storage. One is used for movies and one for tv shows

I run usenet using newsdemon, if code is still valid can use reddit50 for discount - I pay £3.50 a month

The download client is sabnzdb

Radarr and sonarr track the films and tv shows that I watch - you can scan what you already have and just add them as you want more. You set up quality profiles so you can Ďacceptí a 1080p for example but if a 4k version comes out it will upgrade it and delete the 1080p one. It will monitor the ones youíve added so if it gets released or broadcast it knows and will download immediately. Youíll pretty much max out your line too as well, with no upload unlike torrrents

I watch everything via kodi on nvidia shield - it handles every file format like a champ, have tested it using jellyfish test files and it can handle well above the uncompressed 4K Blu-ray rips so fairly future proofed.

The shield also has apps for iPlayer Netflix prime video iptv and all that jazz

I use trakt.tv too which gives you feeds you can monitor in Radarr and sonarr so you can browse whatbis popular, new, genres etc and I use this to look for new content - you click add to list and radarr/sonarr will pick it up in the feed.
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