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now tx, plex client and server

Probably the best and most cost effective bit of tech i bought this now tv plexyear is a now tv box! the box was initially 10 pound but they seemed to have added packages like i got a 3 month entertainment pack with it so the box costs 20 quid! – no contract like normal sky and i can add movies package which will cost a tenner a month. Any way its bundled up with loads of sky channels, catch up players for itv, bbc etc thats all cool. the box is simple the remote is simple just rire in you wep key to connect to your wireless and your away!!

Now the extra bit is a simple walk through can add plex client

i got the plex 2.6.9 here

Next, grab your Now TV remote and press the following buttons in order, relatively quickly. If you fail once, just repeat and try again:

Home x3, Up x2, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right

write down the ip address of the box and make a note of it, Next press ‘OK’ on the ‘Enable installer’ option presented and agree to the developer agreement that appears (you have to pretend to read it all, so just hold the down button until its fully scrolled and press ok). You will need to agree one final time on the pop up box and your NowTV box will restart.

Once it’s reloaded and back on the home screen fire up your web browser on your PC and go to the address which was shown to you earlier. If you got it correct, you will be presented with the developer screen. Select browse and select the zip file you downloaded. It should then install and the plex should kick in and you select close and it presents you with a icon on the menu – now as long as you have setup a plex server on your network you should be able to stream music and movies from the plex server .

plex serverplex is available here

its available for mac, linux and windows and clients are available for raspberry, android, iphones etc.

I setup a plex account and when i installed it on the android it can see me plex server from outside over mobile network as the server opens a port on the router automatically for you giving you access from outside from your plex clients – also you can add friends so you can share plex servers!

one note i installed rasplex, its very nice but it didnt work right on my raspberry A – so installed raspbmc and the plex plugin and it works flawlessly. Pretty straight forward when you have raspbmc installed.

  1. Download the PlexBMC add-on repository from here:
    http://hippojay.gith…ddons-3.0.0.zip
  2. Install this into XBMC (System > Add-ons > Install from zip file).
  3. Go to Add-ons > Get Add-ons > PlexBMC Add-ons for XBMC
  4. PlexBMC is a set of two add-ons.
    1. PlexBMC provides the main access to content. Enable it in Video, Music, or Picture (you only need to enable in one location). (This is required.)
    2. PlexBMC Helper allows you to control XBMC from a Plex remote (such as on mobile device or the web). Essentially it causes PlexBMC to appear just like a Plex Home Theater instance. Also required for “Now Playing” support. (This is optional, but highly recommended.)
  5. Once the add-ons are enabled, you can update to new releases simply by updating your add-ons within XBMC.

 

 

changed raspberry pi distro

made a quick change over to xbian from raspbmc

for one i was sick of raspmbc pushing updates to my raspberry and rebooting and it being bricked! and was sick of when i reinstall i have to have a bloody network cable in when ive got a USB wireless dongle on the raspberry so i switched to xbian flashed the sd card then insterted the card into the raspberry straight boots up fast, went to programs and settings and selected install wireless on reboot and selected a 5 sec pauce to drop to terminal which is handy if i want a console! it reboots installs a few packages without a cable being plugged in! asks a few questions and i was on the wireless network – simple easy setup seems very slick. Im still testing but will probably set my second raspberry up using it.