Watching a movie or a TV show is something we all enjoy after a day of hard work. I already had a fully featured home theater system built by using a Raspberry Pi, but it required me to sit and watch in front of the TV (more on that here). I was not a big fan of doing this specially when watching lengthy movies. Therefore I upgraded this setup to wirelessly stream media so that i can watch them on a phone or a tablet. The media content is shared from a single location, and multiple devices can connect to it and stream the content.
Having a dedicated device for handling downloads becomes handy if you have a lot of downloading to do throughout the day. But maintaining a separate computer just for downloading is an overkill. Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices that are capable of downloading are quite expensive as well. Fortunately, we no longer have to look far thanks to the variety of inexpensive, single board computers that are rapidly gaining popularity today. The Raspberry Pi is in the forefront of this arena.
This post describes how to setup an inexpensive download box using a Raspberry Pi.
Ever since I started playing around with the Raspberry Pi, I wanted to push its limits further by experimenting with more demanding projects. The latest project I worked on was to build a fully featured home theater/media center using a Raspberry Pi. I had the following goals in mind when I started working on this project.
- Be able to play movies and TV shows in most common video formats.
- Show movie information such as name, year, genre, tagline, synopsis, cast and rating.
- Keep track of movies I have already watched.
- Make suggestions on new/upcoming movies based on my preferences.
- Standard IR remote control for interaction.
- Access to online streaming services such as Youtube.
- Support for plugins and extensions to add additional functionality.