I am finally getting serious about dumping Sky, and the long-delayed installation of fibre to my house is now expected to take place in January. So I am deciding whether to move to fibre, and what my replacement will be.
I ideally want two streaming boxes, one for the bedroom and one for the living room. I may subsequently add a third in the spare room. They will be networked back to the router using ethernet over powerline, which gives about 90mb/s transfer rates at the moment so will be fine for streaming.
What they must be able to run are apps for:
- Lightbox (since a sub comes with my broadband)
- Plex (most of my media is on a plex server)
What it would also be nice to have, but not essential, are some or all of the following:
- iPlayer (if I get a VPN)
- Amazon Prime video
- Kodi (I'm planning to build a HTPC running NextPVR, with terrestrial and satellite tuners, to record TV and strip the commercials etc, and Kodi as a backend seems to work well)
- ability to play local files off a USB drive.
I really like the look of the nVidia Shield TV, but I understand it doesn't have a Lightbox app. Apple TV seems to have most of what I want (including 4K and HDR support), but I'm wary of starting to buy into the Apple ecosystem, I believe it doesn't work with USB drives, and I'm not so sure how well it plays with Kodi. I'm looking for the above features, as well as ease of use and a high "wife acceptance factor"
I'm interested in GZers' thoughts about whether there are other choices, and what the best option might be.