Will the Raspberry Pi 2 computer take over your living room?

Posted: February 6, 2015 in Home Media

Announcements were made this week by Microsoft and Raspberry Pi that the new Raspberry Pi 2 computer will be able to work with a special version of Windows 10 (http://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/). This is a big deal. There are apps like Plex and Playon that run on the Windows operating sytem that add value to your home media environment. Remember Plex (www.plex.tv) allows you to view your movies, pictures and listen music from just about anywhere in the world. And its Free! Playon (http://www.playon.tv) gives you pretty much all the programming you get on cable (without ESPN). It also gives you access to the free Hulu content you want to watch. By the way playon is on sale now for $19.99 vs. the normal price of $100.

So getting back to the Raspberry Pi 2 and Windows 10. First a Raspberry Pi computer only costs $35 (http://www.raspberrypi.org/blog). Second are the specs:

  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM

Raspberry Pi 2OK, so now you have to wait, because the version of Windows 10 is a developers version. But considering 4.5 million of the older version Raspberry Pi’s have been sold. Someone very quickly will have a Raspberry Pi with Windows 10 available for sale.

I am currently posting questions on the appropriate forums looking for someone who will tackle this project and load Plex on it to be sure it works. I believe it will and for less than $50 (a guess) you will have a home media PC that can provide you content anywhere you go.

By the way, Plex works very well with Roku boxes, android tablets and IOS.

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