Pick the Right Kodi Box (UPDATED FEB 2015)

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(Yesterday 10:18)zirconicus Wrote:  But is it stable now ? I fear bugs,alpha and beta version of software etc etc
For example i read that openelec is in beta stage and with bugs, no plex support like rasplex for the Pi2 etc etc

Well the C1/C1+ is not an OpenElec supported platform, so the OE builds (which wrxtasy is being so good as to produce) are unofficial. I'd put them at somewhere between Beta and not-quite-RC level.

Plex was an optional requirement in your list - so thought it wasn't a deal breaker. I think you probably need to go down the x86 route if you want that. Which means either a CPU fast enough for CPU decode of HEVC, or a newer CPU/GPU with hardware HEVC support and a little time for hardware support for Intel HEVC decoding to be implemented?

HEVC is new. It takes a while for new things to become stable. If you want stable and high WAF then probably not a good idea to go for a new, quite bleeding edge, codec...
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(Yesterday 10:18)zirconicus Wrote:  But is it stable now ? I fear bugs,alpha and beta version of software etc etc
For example i read that openelec is in beta stage and with bugs, no plex support like rasplex for the Pi2 etc etc

So just get a Minix android box instead then. You can choose one that fits most if not all of your requirements. It's been discussed many times already. Minix X6 for a cheaper option (but still very good if you don't need 4k yet), Minix X8-H Plus for a more expensive one.

Here are two useful comparison charts to help you choose:

http://www.minix.com.hk//downfile/201504...275361.jpg
http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/04/25/a...-and-s812/
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Looking for a box that can house and run Plex, Showtime anytime, HBO go, Amazon prime, Netflix, and Kodi.

Would like to hav 1080p support as I play MKVs from my NAS (via Plex). Not wedded to Plex so willing to play via other options.

Need hdmi and optical out for home receiver.

I'd like to have an App Store type experience where I can boot up, then select which app I want and jump in. IR support would be great so that I can set up with my harmony remote.

Lost on chromebox, minix or wait for new fire TV. Other option?

Your help is appreciated.
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(Yesterday 10:18)zirconicus Wrote:  But is it stable now ? I fear bugs,alpha and beta version of software etc etc
For example i read that openelec is in beta stage and with bugs, no plex support like rasplex for the Pi2 etc etc
Yes stable enough for me to use the C1+ and OpenELEC everyday without crashing. I hate unstable platforms.

- Plex client support is available on any Kodi device, its even built into one of the Kodi skins called Amber.
- SPDIF / Optical for C1+ / RPi / Chromebox etc is available via various USB < > SPDIF adapters.

- With AMlogic S802/S805/S812 devices - OpenELEC / Kodi is a lot quicker and much preferred.

- For HD Netflix, Amazon ,HBO Go etc - you need a device with closed Firmware otherwise paid HD video streams are not available. The cheap Fire TV stick is preferred and then get another device just to run Kodi.
There are far too many compromises trying to do it all on one device, don't make this beginner mistake

Detailed answers to various C1+ questions are over in this thread, link below:
http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=...pid2096879
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