Oct 202013
 

It doesn’t exist.
With that out of the way, here’s a bit of a link dump of how I’ve come about as close as I can.

I don’t like DVDs or VHS or Blu-Ray. It’s cumbersome, it’s fragile, it’s outdated. I don’t like being a slave to TV listings. I’d rather watch TV or Movies on my schedule.

Overview: Parts that actually get used
PC (Plex Server / Subsonic Server / VNC Server / SABnzbd / Sickbeard / Couchpotato / Headphones)
Roku 3 (Plex Client / Netflix / Amazon Prime / Revision 3 / TWiT / Spotify / Pandora)
iPad / iPhone (Plex Client / iSub Client)
Android Tablet (Plex Client/ Subsonic Client)

Overview: Other stuff that works, but not as well as what I actually use
Raspberry Pi (Plex Client-rasplex / XBMC Player-openelec)
BoxeeBox (XBMC Fork – Media playback from fileshare)
Xbox (original xbox with xecuter modchip and a really old xbmc)
Chromecast (useless at the moment)

PC Hardware
I picked up a Gateway DX4870 and swapped out the internal hard drives for ones I had from previous builds
PC Specs: Windows 8 x64 / Intel Core i5 3330 @ 3.0GHz / 8 GB ram / 500GB hybrid system drive / 3TB internal data drive / 4TB external drive

Living Room
TV – 24 in Sony Bravia LCD TV
Roku 3
Bookshelf Stereo with RCA Line In
Unused – Blu-Ray Player / VCR

Cutting the cord does no good if you don’t have anything to watch.

Video Content
Legit – Streaming
http://netflix.com
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DBYBNEE
http://revision3.com/
http://twit.tv/
http://www.canistream.it/

Acquire Content – Local Video – Legit
Capture VHS – Dazzle DVD Recorder
Recorded / DVR – http://www.mythtv.org/ http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=MythicalLibrarian

Acquire Content – Local Video – Semi-Legit
Note: Ripping DVDs is semi-legit due to DMCA’s prohibition of breaking encryption related to copy protection. It’s paid for. Morally guilt-free, but technically illegal.
http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2013/03/the-ripinator-semi-automated-dvd-ripping
http://www.dvdfab.com/
http://handbrake.fr

Local Content Server – Video
http://www.plexapp.com/
https://my.plexapp.com/subscription

Manage Local Content – Video
http://wiki.plexapp.com/index.php/Media_Naming_and_Organization_Guide
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Video_library/Naming_files
http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk
http://www.filebot.net/

Advertisement:

Audio Content
Legit – Streaming
https://www.spotify.com/
http://www.pandora.com/

Acquire Content – Local Audio
Rip CD – http://www.audiograbber.org
Buy MP3 – http://www.amazon.com/MP3-Music-Download/b/ref=sa_menu_mp3_str?ie=UTF8&node=163856011

Local Content Management – Audio
https://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard
http://www.mp3tag.de/en/

Local Content Server – Audio
http://dilerium.se/musiccabinet/

Yarr
Unfortunately, not everything is available through legit means.

If you’re gonna pirate stuff, might as well keep up on what’s new.
http://www.rlsbb.com/ http://www.rlslog.net/

A lot of people like usenet for downloading content. I would imagine the following set of servers would get pretty good results. Block accounts are cheaper if you’re not pirating 24/7.
Main Block Account – http://www.news.astraweb.com/
Backup Block Account – https://www.gebruikhet.net
Backup Block Account – https://www.newsdemon.com
Free 10 day retention – 1mbit – 2 connection http://www.xsusenet.com/sign-up/

Download Usenet content with SABnzbd – http://sabnzbd.org/
For finding movies to download as they come available – https://couchpota.to/
For finding TV to download as it comes available – http://sickbeard.com/
For finding albums to download as they’re available – https://github.com/rembo10/headphones

Need indexes to find nzb files for SABnzbd to download
VIP Account
http://dognzb.cr/
https://www.smackdownonyou.com/

Free Account
https://www.nmatrix.co.za/
https://www.oznzb.com

Related Subreddits
http://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters
http://www.reddit.com/r/htpc
http://www.reddit.com/r/hometheater
http://www.reddit.com/r/PleX/
http://www.reddit.com/r/roku
http://www.reddit.com/r/xbmc/
http://www.reddit.com/r/sickbeard/
http://www.reddit.com/r/usenet/

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