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Since turning off my cable TV, i would like to view some of my TV shows from the various network websites. Can i use RPi to do this, so i don't have to invest in a larger PC or laptop for this minimal function?

  • Do you know what format the videos are provided in. What country you in? I think in UK BBC's iplayer is now working on the Pi. Netflix and Lovefilm too. So it is likely but... – Piotr Kula Jun 24 '13 at 8:22
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Yes you can.

If you have a spare SD card or are happy to use your existing one you could install Raspbmc (as a dual boot).

http://www.raspbmc.com/

There are plenty of guides to installing it and there is also Sam Nazarko's book available on the Raspbmc website.

I wrote an article last year on setting up Raspbmc which you may also find useful:

http://intelligentheating.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/raspberry-pi-powered-tv-and/

There are some links there for the plugins you will need to watch BBC iplayer, Amazon VoD etc. as well.

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Yes. The Midori browser may be limited, but it's faster than the Chromium browser. Here are the instructions to get HTML 5 videos to play on either.
http://lin.jojen.de/?p=32
Get HTML5 videos to play in Chromium on Raspberry Pi

  • HTML5 video is not a format but a standard for markup. What video formats does this "Midori" support? MP4/OGG/WEBM? Allot of content is provided in flash or silverlight wrappers also - Companies are reluctant to move away because they don't know which video format to choose. At the moment its MP4 and WEBM that are leading but there is still a big split in browser support. cough Explorer VS Chrome VS Firefox cough – Piotr Kula Jun 24 '13 at 8:19

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