Originally Posted by replayrob
You know, it's amazing how useful/stable/quick Kodi is on the Pi3.
I run the alpha Krypton build of Kodi... everything just works- even the scraping is flawless.
It's no exaggeration when I say the sub $50 Pi3 (including case/power supply, heat sinks, etc..) performs as well as a media player as my Dune Smart HD and my PopcornHour A-500.
Only thing the Pi3 can't do is HEVC (h.265) playback without delays.... so for that you buy the $60 (including case + power supply) ODROID C2
which has absolutely no issues with h.265 playback on Kodi.
I love Kodi (OSMC) on my Pi3. I bought the Canakit off Amazon.com - came with the Pi3, SD card loaded with NOOBS, power source, case, and heat sinks. Quick and easy to put together and get running. I have it set up to act as a sort-of-PVR for all of our TV shows and the streaming is almost flawless.
I FINALLY got my wife to cancel the cable TV last week. She had been clinging to the cable company DVR for years. To ease her transition, I moved my Pi3 into the bedroom - she likes watching her shows (The Real Housewives, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, etc) while relaxing in bed. After a bumpy start, she's starting to master Kodi.
However, this left me without an OTT box in the family room. So I dug out my old 1st gen Pi B+ (had been experimenting with making a MAME out of it) and reloaded Kodi (OSMC) on it. I was in a hurry to watch the FSU/Wake Forest football game, so I only loaded Kodi and the 2 addons I really needed. I am pleasantly surprised at how well it streams in this minimal configuration. When I used it before, I had it loaded down with a lot of addons I never used. The performance suffered for it. Now, it's a bit slower on the commands than the Pi3, but it works surprisingly well.
Right now, I am enjoying the Cubs/Dodgers playoff game without problems...