Roku

Switching To Using roPosterScreen for HMS

Switching To Using roPosterScreen for HMS

After almost 9 years of using my Home Media Server project I have accumulated over 2500 individual videos. HMS is written in BrightScript, and runs on the Roku Players and TVs. When I originally wrote HMS I only had a few hundred videos, so loading times were short. On my older players it can now take several minutes before the user interface is ready to use. This can cause family members to randomly say things like “This is too slow” and “When are you going to fix it?

Movie Box - Offline Movie Server for Roku

Stream movies from a Raspberry Pi without using a network connection. Useful during power outages, hiking in remote locations (with a HMDI monitor strapped to your pack, or locations with restricted or no available network. This combines my HMS and Clortho projects with a simple installation script to setup an old Pi I have laying around so that it will stream movies from a USB drive directly to the Roku.
Saving the state for Home Media Server

Saving the state for Home Media Server

Home Media Server is a Roku application for streaming video from a http server. I started the project in 2009 after Roku released the SDK for their devices. Originally it was a server and a client, but I rewrote it in 2010 as just a client so that the only external dependency was a http server that could handle partial file requests. In 2013 I rewrote the client to use the gridScreen layout which lets you display more content at the same time and makes it easier to split things into categories.

Home Media Server Updates

Tonight I finished adding delete handlers and a delete confirmation dialog to HMS. This is probably the state that the code will be in for my LFNW presentation next Saturday.

Streaming Local Video With Your Roku

Ever since I switched from Dish Network to a Roku player a few months ago I have had a couple of things I wanted my player to be able to do. The ability to categorize my Netflix queue is at the top of my list and it would be very cool to be able to play video from a local server. The SDK won't help me modify the Netflix application, but streaming from a local source is actually not a huge problem.