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Comment What do you say I continue to not get cable (Score 1) 149

and continue to use Netflix and Amazon, and if I feel like it step up to using Hulu Plus. All three are still cheaper each month (or year) than cable. If I decide to subscribe to a single web channel, and I have one, it's going to take a lot of channels, plus Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime together to catch up to the cost of cable. Honestly I don't care about most of the channels cable has.

Comment I still use the crap out of it. (Score 1) 385

If I order a CD off of Amazon a lot of the times it's CHEAPER than buying the MP3 album - and it comes with the MP3 album already ripped as a bonus. If it weren't for the fact I like to rip my disk to ogg I could put the CD in the box unopened and it would be cheaper than buying the digital album. Yes I realize I could convert the MP3s to ogg, don't lose site of what I'm doing here.

I buy my movies mostly on BluRay, when I buy a DVD I usually buy them from a super cheap bargain bin for $3 each. I rip them and put them on my media server. I don't have to worry about bandwidth caps or my unreliable cable connection to watch movies I bought that way. I have a toddler, on weekdays my TV pretty much plays Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, and Popeye non-stop. I would rather play it all off of that hard drive that I filled up off of my legally purchased DVD's than have the bad karma or pirating. (even though half or more of that is in the public domain - the restored versions are worth a few bucks)

Yes I Netflix and Amazon Prime. I don't trust all of these companies to be perpetually available, and I don't trust the gestapo not to take over the Internet.

Comment Re:Great, can we get keyboard naviation from Netfl (Score 1) 134

EXACTLY

WAF is a very heavy considering in my HTPC. Putting all my movies, music, and photos on KODI has a high WAF, however having to go to the Wii or use a clunky touchpad for Netflix is very low on her tolerance list. She will generally switch to the Wii so she doesn't have to deal with the stupid browser launcher and touchpad.

Comment Re:Great, can we get keyboard naviation from Netfl (Score 1) 134

ICON = Idiots Can Operate Now
GUI = Goober User Interface
I use WIndows because I don't know how to use a computer.

All things I said in the 90's.

My real reason for wanting to be able to use my keyboard is I built a Kodi system and put all of my media on it. I really don't want to have to switch back to the Wii so my wife and kids can use Netflix, which they can't live without, and Amazon Prime video, which I have.

That and I have https://amzn.com/B00SIIU2N6 ">this as a control. I can make it work with the crappy little touchpad and have done so, but it breaks the feel of the whole system.

Comment Great, can we get keyboard naviation from Netflix? (Score 1) 134

There's one thing really holding my HTPC back from sheer awesomeness.

The fact I can't navigate Netflix with a keyboard. Sure there's some rough scrolling and what have you, but it sucks. I want full screen arrow navigation. I know a webpage CAN do it, but why it won't do it is beyond me. The fact it CAN be done on commercial boxes with dedicated apps just annoys me so. I've tried to get copies of the apps meant for Blu-ray players, I even tried installing Dolphin to see if I could get the Wii version to work. No good.

Friggin arrow keys! How hard could that be?

Comment Re:Well, I'm in the clear. (Score 1) 115

I have a toddler that LOVES to push the panic button on the Ford's remote. Nah, about the only thing I'm really missing is opening the trunk without going to the drivers side door first, or opening the rear passenger door to shove the toddler into his seat first. Guess with time they decided you only need one keyhole on the outside of the car.

Comment Re:Microsoft Office Plugin / DirectX suport (Score 2) 204

I've pulled this on a users behalf before. They both loved and hated it, and in reality it was an I.T. guy doing a work-around for what a user should do on their own. I've also converted videos to WMV. Same story, and THOSE videos won't work if they send the Power Point to a Mac user.

I just want some sort of plugin I can deploy with the KBOX that will launch it as though it were native, or better yet have VLC automatically report itself as the opener of those files like Quicktime did. (I looked it up, apparently 2013+ this isn't an issue).

Comment Microsoft Office Plugin / DirectX suport (Score 4, Interesting) 204

I hate to ask for this because overall I'm anti-Microsoft, but I'm a systems administrator at a company and I can't seem to teach my users much of anything, any time I do they have turnover and it's lost. It would be great if there were some way to make VLC the player that worked with Power Point. For some gawd-aweful reason Microsoft thinks you need an Apple product to playback h.264 video in a Power Point presentation and we don't allow that anymore since it's pwned.

I just want to thank you for an awesome product. I use it as a baby monitor with an IP cam at home (no MS products there). I use it on my phone to play podcasts in my car, I love the ability to increase playback speed (that's a little "non-sticky" of a setting). I

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