For those that know me, you know that I’ve operated my own media centers for years based on Kodi. Kodi is a nice platform, but they have always been lacking in standard channel support like Hulu or Netflix. Plus the upkeep of dedicated Linux boxes for the immediate family has chewed into too much of my time.
So, I’ve recently changed to using Emby for my local media to replace the Kodi functionality, using Mi Boxes (AndroidTV) on the primary TVs and cheap refurbished Roku’s on the smaller TVs in the house along with the Emby channel. The upkeep demands are minimized and now I have channel options I did not before.
I figured I’d start a TV category here to share interesting things I’ve found that others may enjoy. It might be an interesting YouTube channel, or a channel/app I found for my Roku and/or AndroidTV box.
To start with, Pluto TV! I’m a cord-cutter and don’t miss cable TV and it’s cost one little bit. Pluto TV gives you a number of interesting channels for free, and it is totally legitimate. They have a scrolling guide that presents their 100+ channels nicely.
There are a number that are my particular favorites, from the movie channels that span various genres, old TV shows, to even a dedicated Mystery Science Theater 3000 channel – you can definitely find something of interest!
While you do have to watch the occasional commercial (hey, they have to pay the bills somehow!) that is a small thing to put up with for quality streaming channels to your device.
It streams perfectly with my Android TV and Roku and it available for many Smart TVs and never your regular computer. Be sure to create an account to sign in so their viewer membership goes up! The more viewers, the more attractive they become to sponsors, which will make more channels available. Gee, it’s like the way TV worked in the 80s!