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chromebox - what to do ?

Hi all
so, pretty new to this stuff.
I bought a chromebox ASUS CN60 like a year ago
and dont know what to do with it.

ive watched some how-to videos, but now more confused than ever.

I would really like some software to watch some free TV
As i am starting to hate my cable company. LOL...

I have lots of movies downloaded on my PC, which, i suppose i can network with the chromebox ?
its not imperative that i do, i have a 1TB drive which i can plugin via USB with movies...

One video i had watched had suggested opening the chromebox to modify it before i can install Linux ?

I would really rather not do this , i would kinda rather have Linux (or variation - im old-school), but if the chrome OS does everything i want, do i have to change to Linux ?

Also, a question.
Ive read that i NEED something like KODI to change the format of movies downloaded, so that i can view them on the TV.
Is this really so ?
Does not the TV act like a monitor ?

I actually tried installing XBMC on my computer once a couple of years ago and hated it (i think it was XBMC?)
it would not find all of the movie files, and the ones it did, it changed the names and directory format etc...
i really do not want to go through that headache again.

So, what would you suggest ?

thanks
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That's a lot of questions... Sounds like you need to watch some videos about what Kodi can do vs. what ChromeOS can do.

And yes, to install any variant of Linux you must remove a write protect screw. Not complicated.

IMO - install Kodi (LibreElec) with these instructions: http://kodi.wiki/view/chromebox

LibreElec is an all-in-one Kodi release based on a very minimal Linux kernel. It should do everything you want.

Also, Kodi/XBMC has never messed with files. Maybe it was MediaBrowser/Emby. That's more likely to have done what you suggest.
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That's a lot of questions... Sounds like you need to watch some videos about what Kodi can do vs. what ChromeOS can do.

And yes, to install any variant of Linux you must remove a write protect screw. Not complicated.

IMO - install Kodi (LibreElec) with these instructions:

LibreElec is an all-in-one Kodi release based on a very minimal Linux kernel. It should do everything you want.

Also, Kodi/XBMC has never messed with files. Maybe it was MediaBrowser/Emby. That's more likely to have done what you suggest.
thanks

Just remembered.. my bad...
it was called PLEX that re-named files
made copies, changed directories etc...
so no plex needed is a good thing.

i watched a video, right...
removing the screw seems rather easy.

so this will let me watch free TV shows ?
(mainly i watch news, CNN, RT, PBS, Free Speech TV, NatGeo, animal planet, science)
Nothing else really... but a documentary or movie now and again will be nice...
but then i download lots of them already.


so will i need a remote control ?

(cant post a link)
but with a USB and IR ?
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Kodi will let you watch any video file on your network. No, it won't let you watch TV shows from cable unless you set up a PVR backend or buy an HDHomerun to stream TV from antenna or cable.

For remote, flirc works well, but there are many other options too.
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