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Replace Boxee by Raspberry Pi as most TV support doing video+USB keybard over HDMI

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/02/22

If for instance your Boxee gets old or breaks down, you can use a Raspberry Pi as a replacement with Kodi as media player.

This combination will understand the Video+USB over HDMI which most TV supports officially named HDMI-CEC , but most vendors “invented” their own names (see list below).

The core is the kodi support for CEC.

Basically it comes down to using three cables going to the Pi: Power from TV (or some other source), HDMI to TV, and wired Ethernet. And a distribution for RaspberryPi containing kodi will work, for instance from OpenELEC Mediacenter – Download: Raspberry Pi Builds

Chad MILLER has more details on how to get this to work: My Boxee box is getting old, but I knew of no replacements. The problem is I …

Names known for HDMI-CEC via Wikipedia:

Anynet+ (Samsung), Aquos Link (Sharp), BRAVIA Link and BRAVIA Sync (Sony), HDMI-CEC (Hitachi), E-link (AOC), Kuro Link (Pioneer), INlink (Insignia), CE-Link and Regza Link (Toshiba), RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) (Onkyo), RuncoLink (Runco International), SimpLink (LG), T-Link (ITT), HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, VIERA Link (Panasonic), EasyLink (Philips), and NetCommand for HDMI (Mitsubishi).

Because of the naming, turning on CEC can be confusing: How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your TV, and Why You Should

–jeroen

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