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December 2016


Thursday, 8 December, 2016

XTV is my newest favorite channel on the Roku box. Unlike most of the channels I have for the Roku, you can't use the box itself to install the channel. It is private and can only be installed by using your web browser. The channel contains links to live broadcast stations, movies and TV shows. If you hook up to XTV, you can probably get rid of your cable or satellite box. Here's how to install XTV:

  1. Go to and login to your account.
  2. In the Manage Account area, click on Add a channel.
  3. Enter XTVIPTV in the Channel access code box, then click on Add channel.
  4. Click on Yes, add channel.

The channel has been added to your Roku, but you won't see it on screen in the Roku Home screen. To get it included, on the Roku go to Settings | System | System Update and update your Roku box. This will update the Roku software and will add any new channels.

Note: If you have a rather slow Internet connection, you shouldn't try to play any live TV on the XTV channel. The 24/7 and Live TV sections are both live streaming. The On Demand section is not.

I've been trying out various salsas, hoping to find one I can use in place of my homemade Chipotle hot sauce. I think I may have found the right one: Reser's Baja Cafe Restaurant Style Salsa (Medium). It has the right consistency, heat, taste and is not watery like most other salsas. I will try it out for the rest of the week and let you know what I think.

I decided to re-install OSMC on my Raspberry Pi media center box. One major reason is that I could not access the TV tuners sitting on my LAN, so I decided eliminate all the half-tries I have done and to try installing the O/S from scratch all over again.

After installation, I tried the TV tuners again and could not connect to them. I did get a cleaner version of all my media, though. I may have to buy a more up-to-date version of the HDHomeRun tuners.

Quote of the day:

Paranoids are people, too; they have their own problems. It's easy to criticize, but if everybody hated you, you'd be paranoid too.
     D. J. Hicks

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Hobby Stuff

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Monday, 5 December, 2016

I have been doing some exploring concerning my Roku 3 box. Here are some of the things I have uncovered.

Platform Secret Screen (Antenna Screen)

This Roku page is called different things on various Roku boxes. On my Roku 3, it's the platform screen.

On your remote, hit

  1. The Home button 5 times
  2. Fast Forward once
  3. Down arrow once
  4. Rewind once
  5. Down arrow once
  6. Fast forward once

This sequence will show you a screen with your WiFi connection strength, as well as other stuff.

Secret Screen

On your remote, hit

  1. The Home button 5 times
  2. Fast forward 3 times
  3. Rewind 2 times

Configuration and other information on this page.

Picture Quality

If you want to see what kind of picture quality your Roku can handle, you can do the following.

  1. Install the Vudu channel as one of your Roku channels
  2. Click on Vudu, then click on Browse
  3. Click the right arrow until you get to the Gear icon
  4. Click the down arrow until you get to Playback Quality
  5. Run the test.

Developers Screen

  1. Hit the Home button 3 times
  2. Up arrow 2 times
  3. Right arrow
  4. Left arrow
  5. Right arrow
  6. Left arrow
  7. Right arrow

This is where channel developers hook into their local Roku system.

Quote of the day:

Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
     Oscar Wilde

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Hobby Stuff

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother