Saturday, December 4, 2021

IR Remote Configuration for MythTV Using Mythbuntu Control Panel

This video shows an example configuration of an infrared remote for MythTV using Mythbuntu Control Panel.

Infrared Hardware

The IR receiver shown in this video is an Inteset model INT-IR36-MCE (not the same as Inteset IReTV).  Ubuntu Linux identifies the chip in the device as "Feature Integration Technology Inc. (Fintek) F71610A or F71612A Consumer Infrared Receiver/Transceiver".  HP Media Center IR Receiver model OVU400102/71 is another IR receiver that uses this chip.  Verify the model number when purchasing the receiver.  Alternatively, purchase another IR receiver that is compatible with the NEC protocol if using a TiVo IR remote and one that is compatible with a Linux kernel driver.  Also, a TiVo Roamio remote is used in the video.

Key Descriptions

TiVo Roamio Remote Configuration for MythTV
Key descriptions while watching live TV, watching a recording and global as applicable:
  1. Jump to main menu (=)
  2. Jump to live TV (;)
  3. Directly control the TV power
  4. Show information (I)
  5. Directly control the TV input (also known as source)
  6. Switch between preconfigured zoom modes (W)
  7. Exit (Esc)
  8. Select (Enter)
  9. Navigate (arrow keys)
  10. Change channel (arrow keys up and down)
  11. Directly control the TV volume
  12. Show EPG (S)
  13. Directly mute and unmute the TV
  14. Record (R)
  15. Delete (D)
  16. Add bookmark (F5)
  17. Play (P)
  18. Sticky fast forward or skip forward one second while paused (.)
  19. Sticky rewind or jump back one second while paused (,)
  20. Pause (P)
  21. Jump to bookmark (K)
  22. Jump ahead (Page Down)
  23. Jump back (Page Up)
  24. Switch to the previous channel (H)
  25. Show pop-up menu (M)
  26. Cycle through channel groups and all channels in the program guide (/)
  27. Jump to the start of the recording (B)
  28. Select (Enter)
  29. Exit (Esc)

Software Setup

The following steps can be used to set the TiVo remote to work with a specific TV and use the remote  with MythTV:
  1. Open a web browser and visit TiVo's instructions here to make the remote control the TV power, volume, mute and input directly.
  2. See the video for configuring Ubuntu.
  3. Open a web browser, and visit http://BACKEND.IP.ADDRESS.HERE/mythweb/settings/mythtv/keys
  4. Under Jumpoints Editor, enter "=" for Main Menu and ";" for Live TV.
  5. Under Keybinding Editor, delete "F5" for Menu Blue and MenuEPG, enter "F5" for Add bookmark, delete "B" for Toggle active PIP/PBP window, and enter B for Jump to the start of the recording.
Example tivo.toml content for Ubuntu 20.04:

name = "tivo"
protocol = "nec"
variant = "nec32"
0x3085d028 = "KEY_1"
0x3085d029 = "KEY_2"
0x3085d02a = "KEY_3"
0x3085d02b = "KEY_4"
0x3085d02c = "KEY_5"
0x3085d02d = "KEY_6"
0x3085d02e = "KEY_7"
0x3085d02f = "KEY_8"
0x0085302f = "KEY_8"
0x3085c030 = "KEY_9"
0x3085e014 = "KEY_UP"
0x3085e016 = "KEY_DOWN"
0x3085e017 = "KEY_LEFT"
0x3085e015 = "KEY_RIGHT"
0x3085c031 = "KEY_0"
0x3085c033 = "KEY_ENTER"
0x3085c032 = "KEY_ESC"
0x3085f00d = "KEY_EQUAL"
0x3085c036 = "KEY_S"
0x3085e019 = "KEY_ENTER"
0x3085d024 = "KEY_DOT"
0x3085e011 = "KEY_SEMICOLON"
0x3085d023 = "KEY_P"
0x3085d021 = "KEY_P"
0x3085e01e = "KEY_UP"
0x3085e01f = "KEY_DOWN"
0x0085301f = "KEY_DOWN"
0x3085708d = "KEY_ESC"
0x3085d022 = "KEY_COMMA"
0x3085d020 = "KEY_R"
0x3085e013 = "KEY_I"
0x3085b044 = "KEY_W"
0x3085e018 = "KEY_D"
0x3085e01a = "KEY_F5"
0x3085d025 = "KEY_K"
0x3085d026 = "KEY_PAGEUP"
0x3085d027 = "KEY_PAGEDOWN"
0x30859060 = "KEY_M"
0x30859061 = "KEY_B"
0x30859062 = "KEY_SLASH"
0x30859063 = "KEY_H"

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Top 10 Free Movie Apps in Amazon Appstore

The apps below are sorted by the customer rating listed on Amazon.  All of the apps listed are compatible with a Fire TV Stick.  If searching the app store, be careful about choosing a compatible app since there are some similarly named apps that are not compatible with a Fire TV Stick.  Some apps require signing in using a separate TV provider such as Comcast Xfinity with the appropriate level of access.  The rating information is current as of August 21, 2021.

When not watching recordings from Comcast, my personal favorite app for watching free movies is IMDb TV.  IMDb has been owned by Amazon since 1998.  In addition to watching free movies, IMDb can be used to see movie information including a release calendar, DVD and Blu-ray releases, top rated movies, news, movies coming soon, and showtimes in theaters.  Also, IMDb can be used to keep track of what movies you want to watch.    


Top 10 Apps for Watching Free Movies

Roku Channel
Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Number of ratings: 39,145

The Roku Channel is your home for free TV.  Watch an ever-changing selection of hit movies, TV shows, 100 live channel with news, weather and sports, and popular kids’ entertainment–all totally free. Enjoying your favorite entertainment has never been easier.  Download and start watching for free.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Number of ratings: 4,802

This is a new app, so the number of ratings is understandably low.  Watch thousands of free movies and TV shows anytime with the IMDb TV app.  IMDb constantly updates their library with new titles from an array of genres including comedy, drama, romance, thriller and original shows.  No paid subscription is necessary.  IMDb TV is always free.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Number of ratings: 51,047

Download Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal.  It’s where the best of streaming meets the best of TV.  And best of all, you can watch for free (or upgrade for more).  With the free version of Peacock, you get instant access to hundreds of free movies from major Hollywood studios such as Universal, DreamWorks Animation, and Focus Features.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Number of ratings: 499,543

Download now to stream Pluto TV's 100+ channels of news, sports, and the Internet's best, completely free on Amazon.  Also, get access to Pluto's free video-on-demand library of over 1000 entire movies and full TV episodes.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Number of ratings: 411,699

Watch thousands of hit movies and TV series for free.  Tubi is 100% legal unlimited streaming, with no credit card and no subscription required.  Choose what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, with fewer ads than regular TV.  Tubi is the largest free streaming service featuring award-winning movies and TV series.  There is something for everybody; from comedy to drama, kids to classics, and niche favorites such as Korean dramas, anime, and British series.  Download now and start streaming for free today.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Number of ratings: 91,101

Watch hours of Dance Moms, Devious Maids, and Bring It!  Now you can watch your favorite Lifetime shows and movies wherever and whenever you want, right on your Fire TV and Android devices.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Number of ratings: 64,307

Watch your favorite Hallmark Channel original shows and movies wherever and whenever you want with the Hallmark TV app!  Just launch the app and log in with your cable or satellite provider account. If your cable or satellite provider isn’t currently available, rest assured that we’re working on it and will have them up soon.

Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Number of ratings: 112,673

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television.  Original AMC programming includes The Walking Dead — the highest-rated series in cable history, Fear the Walking Dead, Preacher, Better Call Saul, Dietland, Humans, Into the Badlands, McMafia, The Terror and many more.  Also, watch a selection of specially curated movies.

Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Number of ratings: 17,540

Turner Classic Movies presents Watch TCM, a “TV Everywhere” service that lets you enjoy unlimited access to the best of TCM, at no additional cost with your TV subscription.  Not your ordinary “TV Everywhere” service, WATCH TCM is a content rich and in-depth movie companion that lets you experience the richly textured world of classic movies that only Turner Classic Movies can bring you.  Make sure you get TCM at home.  You need to get TCM at home with either a cable or satellite TV package in order to access Watch TCM.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Number of ratings: 65,598

Watch full episodes of Freeform shows like Cruel Summer, Good Trouble, grown-ish, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, The Bold Type, Motherland: Fort Salem, Siren and many more!  Connect your TV provider to unlock episodes, stream movies and watch live TV.  No TV Provider?  No Problem!  Binge complete seasons of throwback Freeform shows, including The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Baby Daddy.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Epson 2250 Projector with Fire TV Stick and Sony AV Receiver

This video shows how to remove the Android TV stick in the Epson 2250 projector and connect a Fire TV Stick.  You can remove the Android TV stick, and sell it with the additional remote that comes with the projector to recoup some of the projector purchase price.  The Fire TV Stick remote can turn the projector on and off, and the Fire TV Stick remote can control the volume on the Sony AV receiver.   Also, the video goes over some audio considerations.  The projector was placed on the AV receiver for the purpose of creating the video.  The projector should not be placed on the AV receiver when powered on so proper heat venting can be maintained.

Connecting the Fire TV Stick Using the Epson Power Supply

The Fire TV Stick can be connected using the power supply on the back of the projector.  The HDMI extender cable that comes with the Fire TV Stick is needed due to the very short length of the USB power cable.  The picture below shows this connection.

Epson Home Cinema 2250 with Fire TV Stick