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# 208102 26-Jan-2017 17:00
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I’m looking for suggestions of a simple-to-operate setup for Mum as I’m a novice when it comes to things like media centres.

 

There’s not much that appeals to her on FTA and she hasn’t missed being able to record FTA since the digital switchover.

 

She doesn’t have (or want) the internet, Sky or a smart TV.

 

She mainly watches DVDs through a cheapo player, either store-bought, borrowed from the local library or disks I’m creating by digitising her VHS library.

 

One thing with that though is that if she’s watching several different dvds of TV series at once, rather than rely on her 90+ memory, she writes down which episode she’s up to for each dvd.

 

So in whatever new setup she’d be learning, would episodes get flagged so she can see where she's up to or could she even delete them after she’s watched them?

 

She doesn’t live far away so I don’t mind the option of rotating two hard disks so she can be watching one while I load the other.

 

So any ideas? Maybe up to $500 – that’s not much of my inheritance  8-)

 

TIA


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  # 1710416 27-Jan-2017 08:05
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Plex is good for tracking what youve watched, but has to be media stored on the drive, not DVDs etc.





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  # 1710431 27-Jan-2017 08:37
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The whole keeping where you are up to and moving it between devices is the one thing that VHS still wins out over anything else for. That and no unskippable ad's at the start.





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  # 1710722 27-Jan-2017 15:49
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Glars: I’m looking for suggestions of a simple-to-operate setup for Mum as I’m a novice when it comes to things like media centres. 

 

Kodi. Works on Android devices or PCs or R.Pi's. Very simple install, add sources for TV or movies or music via browse interface, auto updates library via Internet thanks to 'XBMC Library auto updates' add-on.

 

 

 

Glars: She mainly watches DVDs through a cheapo player

 

Kodi will add a DISC menu item is a disc drive is attached. It can auto start the DVD and try to skip FBI copyright warnings.

 

 

 

Glars: One thing with that though is that if she’s watching several different dvds of TV series at once, rather than rely on her 90+ memory, she writes down which episode she’s up to for each dvd.

 

So in whatever new setup she’d be learning, would episodes get flagged

 

Yip, Kodi puts a tick mark next to each episode / movie. You can also set a filter to hide watched episodes.

 

 

 

Glars: so she can see where she's up to or could she even delete them after she’s watched them?

 

Kodi library auto cleaner add-on.

 

 

 

Glars: ... I don’t mind the option of rotating two hard disks ...

 

Watch out for the auto delete & update add-on if they can't find the source.

 

 

 

Glars: So any ideas? Maybe up to $500

 

R.Pi @ $60

 

Kodi @ $0 + time

 

External HDD @ $100

 

External DVD drive @ $??





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