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I see there is a stand alone OS for Kodi, http://kodi.wiki/view/Kodibuntu

Might give it a whirl when I rejuvenate my HTPC. I did try XBMC a few years back, but I had no success as a standalone OS, it just didn't like my hardware so I in turn did not like XBMC.

I also see kijiji is flooded with "experienced" android/kodi installers that can change your world for $150  ;D 

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With a "buntu" suffix it's definitely a Linux OS which is almost, but not quite, "Bullet-Proof".

The only thing that can infect a Linux OS is one that's designed to destroy a Mac.  That's what almost destroyed mine over two years ago.  Losing my "Windows Applications" didn't help, but that was my fault.

Good luck, Al, with your Linux OS.  I hope it's got a Configurable Firewall because if it doesn't your *new* OS will be down the drain in nothing flat.

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It is a *nix version but the GUI is solely dedicated to home theatre for use with a remote rather than a mouse/keyboard. Not sure if it even includes a browser, but it's non essential anyway.

I have a decent amount of experience with Linux and use a variety of distros for my uses, if an install were to go bad for whatever reason I could reformat and have a new OS up and running in 20 minutes, even Xandros  ;)

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i installed the Linux version on my Pivos Android tv box 'cause at the time there were problems with the Android version of XBMC, Linux version is very fast and clean, though i just set it up for straight a straight XBMC box with nothing else on it (browser, OS, etc).

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I think I've settled on an Android CS918...

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=169392

http://www.amazon.com/Andoer-Android-Player-RK3188T-Control/dp/B00HF3XRDC

After researching for a decent media player I found the Roku, despite excellent user reviews, was extremely limited in Canada, primarily Netflix and YouTube of the advertised 1200+ apps  ::) and also has a very limited file format compatibility, unsuitable for me. Gonna give this Android a whirl with XBMC/Kodi and a gamepad/keyboard/touchpad controller. Price is right and it will at least do what my dying WDTV did with the exception of displaying media content information.

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I am in a similar boat. My WDTV is dying also. Playback issues, file errors, working one day and refusing to the next...

Been looking at a Roku Stick (been looking at SlingTV) and I have the same issues of file format compatibility with the set-top box.

will look at this player, thanks for the idea

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yeah, Roku is no good, at least in Canada, unless you just want it for Netflix, won't run Kodi/XBMC except via Plex server, and that is really unreliable and spotty (i had a Roku and experimented with it, gave it to my sister who has Netflix). i noticed it was Amazon.com Al, do they ship to Canada, and is that in U.S. $? a lot of people on RedFlagDeals seem to like this one, though it's more expensive http://www.everbuying.net/product1080094.html , i find in most cases theonly difference in boxes is loading time, once they start streaming they're basically all the same, as long as it has good wifi.

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Hard to believe my WDTV is ~ 4 years old and still going strong. My gal watches at least 10 movies a week.

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@brick, even if my WDTV wasn't giving me issues I think I'd be looking at getting one of these devices just for the many extra features.

I purchased this....

http://www.amazon.ca/Yuntab-Google-Android-RK3188-Cortex/dp/B00OFF3DGY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446381827&sr=8-1&keywords=cs918

and this....

http://www.amazon.com/Rii-i8-Wireless-Rechargable-Raspberry/dp/B00Z81U3YY/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1446384290&sr=1-11&keywords=wireless+mini+keyboard

Cheap Chinese products so it may be hit and miss, but it isn't breaking the bank either so I don't mind experimenting a bit.

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nice Al, Kodi will fly on it  :)
i still have my WDTV in storage, along with my Patriot Box Office, not much use for them right now since i stream instead of downloading. another problem with the Patriot is the wifi dongle is almost exclusive to the Patriot and expensive since they no longer make them, and my dongle died (that doesn't sound right  ;D ).

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Hoping the box works "out of the box"  ;D some have said that they have installed custom firmware, I guess when I get the thing hooked up I can see where the good and bad points of the machine are and decide if a firmware upgrade is right for me.

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Box arrived next day, I plugged it in and started it up but could not connect with my server (Windows shares/SMB) which was upsetting me at first but then the SMB shares magically appeared and I was able to link to all my data on my home server. The little keyboard is simply awesome to use with this machine! Searches in Netflix and Youtube as well as entering user names and passwords has been so much nicer.

The next hurdle is figuring out how to get content in Kodi, I have ad on installer and see the ad ons from within there, but have no idea how to access them once I agree to install them. So far I've grabbed Phoenix, Genesis, and TV shows, they seemed to install somewhere but I don't see them anywhere on the Kodi home screen.

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Is it a media server, a normal size PC?

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try this first Al to see if they installed, on Kodi home screen put your cursor on VIDEOS, then move it down to Add-ons and click it, Phoenix, Genesis, etc. should be there, just a matter of clicking on one of them to start it (menu- movies, tv shows, etc.). i'll check back after work to see if it worked, we'll have you watching movies by tonight  :)

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Is it a media server, a normal size PC?

No, it's just a little device, smaller than the WDTV. I pasted links above.

try this first Al to see if they installed, on Kodi home screen put your cursor on VIDEOS, then move it down to Add-ons and click it, Phoenix, Genesis, etc. should be there, just a matter of clicking on one of them to start it (menu- movies, tv shows, etc.). i'll check back after work to see if it worked, we'll have you watching movies by tonight  :)

I did that, I see the add ons that I have enabled in Video/Add-ons but they are in a huge list of other add ons. I was looking through phoenix last night and was able to watch HGTV, one of my favorites.  :)

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if you go to VIDEOS>Addons, then scroll to the bottom,there is one there called Get More..., click on that and it will show you what addons are enabled, ones you don't want just click on it and it will give you a sub-menu with options, including disable and uninstall, i just use uninstall (and of course you can also install new ones on the list).
from main Kodi menu Al, go to Programs>Program Add-ons, and see if you have a program listed there called Config Wizard, if not, go down further to Get More.... and get it, that program makes it VERY easy to get good addons, as you'll see when you download and open it. i'd also highly recommend Prime Wire (also called 1 Channel), my favourites are Prime Wire, Genesis, Phoenix, and IceFilms, after that, just anything that catches my eye, they're free and i can always uninstall them if i don't like them  ;D

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Thanks townie, I'll follow your instructions and see what I can come up with.

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keep me posted Al, i'll keep checking back or pm me  :)