Streaming services on LibreELEC 9.0 with Kodi 18.0

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© Lead Image © Natalia Lukiyanova,

© Lead Image © Natalia Lukiyanova,

Article from Issue 227/2019

Thanks to Kodi 18.0, LibreELEC 9.0 now supports the DRM encryption used by many streaming services. However, integrating Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services does involve some manual work.

One of the most common tasks for the Raspberry Pi is still deployment as a media center. In combination with the Kodi media center software, the Rasp Pi can turn every "dumb" TV into a smart TV. Content from locally connected data carriers, an intranet, or the web can then be played back. These features are now available on even the simplest of modern TVs; however, with appropriate hardware upgrades and advanced configuration, the Rasp Pi media center can also record TV shows or stream them to the network so you can watch TV on your PC or smartphone.

The LibreELEC Kodi distribution serves as the basis for many Rasp Pi media centers. Under the hood, the operating system available for the Raspberry Pi and other small-board computers (SBCs), as well as for PCs, follows the "just enough operating system" principle – that is, Linux reduced to the bare bones.

Shortly after the release of Kodi 18.0, dubbed "Leia" by its developers, the LibreELEC project also announced the latest edition of its distribution, version 9.0.0. In this article, I take a look at what has happened in both projects and investigate how well new features, such as retro games and streaming services, perform on a Raspberry Pi.


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