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    I ended up getting a TCL 49 inch 4K LED Roku TV.

    Currently christening it with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It looks fantastic.

    Absolutely love the roku tv menu. I'm already in love with this tv and (sorry I'm not sorry about sounding cheesy) am so proud of myself for all the work I have done on this basement/man cave. 1 year of working on it when I could find the time. Ripped carpet up and discovered oak floors. Sanded, stained, poly'ed. Sanded the wood paneling walls and painted white (took like 3 coats of gripper and 3 coats of white paint haha), painted the walls above the paneling. Cut and installed all the baseboards. Assembled all the furniture. Today I put my Jesse Winker signed bat on the wall (got it from mcmculbreth's
    Bro in law haha!), got the couch down here, and purchased and just set up the new tv. Did everything by myself. Tv is the cherry on top!
    This post is only about half as good as it could be. Show off all of your work, we need pictures!

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    This post is only about half as good as it could be. Show off all of your work, we need pictures!
    It's really strange, when I try to post pictures I get some error. Been happening for about 6 months.
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    LG OLED's are by and far the best picture available, and they've been the best available for about 3 years now. In fact it wasn't until recently that other brands began selling OLED tv's, and they won't tell you this but they are actually buying the OLED tech from LG and sticking it in their tv's because they can't compete with it in house.

    But this technology is way out of your price range.

    Unless you are watching Blue Ray and/or have 4K satellite package there is no reason to buy a 4K tv either, unless you plan to get either/or in the next 3 years. There is very little broadcast in 4K. 1080 Full HD is all you need.

    With a dozen members of my family it seems as though someone in the fam is buying a new tv nearly every year, so I've seen the gambit.

    If you like Best Buy and aren't opposed to buying out of box, then that would be my first destination. Often times their best deals are not advertised, and you can usually get more knocked off if you're willing to negotiate with a manager.

    That being said, from my experience most entry level tv's (those under 500$) are fairly equal. And a store brand like Best Buy's Insignia might meet your demands quite well rather than pay a 25% premium on a name brand like Sony.

    Buy an Amazon Fire Stick, go to youtube and download the Kodi app (and then the Covenant add-on) to it and watch any and all movies/tv for free.


    P.S. GoldenEye N64 in the mid/late 90's was the s h i t!
    Is Kodi legal?

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    Is Kodi legal?
    For almost everything people actually use it for, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    It's really strange, when I try to post pictures I get some error. Been happening for about 6 months.
    What error? Have you used up all of your space on Redszone for images?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    For almost everything people actually use it for, no.
    In the US, many of the add-on uses are currently sketchy but, based on what I've read, technically legal (for now). It's another story in England. I'm certainly not an attorney so folks should do their own research and decide for themselves.

    And just so other folks know (because it keeps coming up), Kodi itself is a completely legit and 100% legal program. Great media server and a lot of solid fully legal supported add-ons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelSD View Post
    In the US, many of the add-on uses are currently sketchy but, based on what I've read, technically legal (for now). It's another story in England. I'm certainly not an attorney so folks should do their own research and decide for themselves.

    And just so other folks know (because it keeps coming up), Kodi itself is a completely legit and 100% legal program. Great media server and a lot of solid fully legal supported add-ons.
    The app itself is legal. Using it to stream any tv shows/movies, however, is not. While you, the viewer won't get in trouble for it, it's not legal. But 99% of the world isn't using it for anything other than watching Game of Thrones, NFL Football on Sunday so they don't have to get Sunday Ticket or the latest movie out in the theater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    The app itself is legal. Using it to stream any tv shows/movies, however, is not. While you, the viewer won't get in trouble for it, it's not legal.
    Actually, I've yet to find a single piece of US legislation that defines streaming (as a viewer) as being illegal. The linchpin appears to be that, unlike downloading, the temporary file created by the viewer does not qualify as copyright infringement. You can argue "unethical" regarding use in the US, but I haven't found any basis whatsoever for a claim of "illegal". Recently, Europe appears to be taking a more hard line stance, though.

    Just so you know, I did a lot of research on this before choosing instead to use legit pay streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, MLB.tv, NFL Sunday Ticket, Vudu, etc. I have never bought, sold, or otherwise instructed anyone else to install unsupported Kodi add-ons. But do I know how? I surely do.

    And for others, just to be clear, it's not Kodi that hosts or supports the apps used for streaming material. It's just an open-source software application that acts something like an operating system; allowing for the installation of other programs. It's those programs that we're discussing- not Kodi itself. There is absolutely nothing wrong at all with downloading and installing Kodi (people get SO confused by this).
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    From what I understand - and I have a friend that uses Kodi - the open source media player itself is fully legal software; but what the user is using it for may not be depending on what form they use it in.

    Again, no expert on this, but found this.... https://fossbytes.com/what-is-kodi-illegal-features/

    Is Kodi (and Kodi Boxes) legal?

    Kodi is a fully-legal software; Itís as legal as your web browser. If youíre calling Kodi illegal as itís being used to stream pirated content, you should also call browsers illegal as they are used to download pirated content and watch them on such websites.

    However, Kodi is attracting bad publicity due to the third party add-ons that are being used to connect to access subscription streaming services for free. A large number of Kodi Boxes, which are totally unaffiliated with official Kodi Team, are being sold with add-ons that link to pirated streams. But, if a Kodi Box doesnít ship with add-ons that promote pirated streaming, then itís legal to use such box.

    In the past, on many occasions, Kodi has made it clear. ďKodi does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third-party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content,Ē Kodiís official website states.
    I know a lot of people that are buying the Amazon Fire Sticks that are "jail-broken" .. but all that is is installing Kodi.

    Personally, I think anyone who uses these "methods" is taking a chance (risk), IF CAUGHT, from a legal perspective. But Hey! We're a society that loves living on the edge (LOL).

    I'll stick with the services I know are legit and can't get me in trouble, because I'm always the guy who gets caught (LOL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    From what I understand - and I have a friend that uses Kodi - the open source media player itself is fully legal software; but what the user is using it for may not be depending on what form they use it in.

    Again, no expert on this, but found this.... https://fossbytes.com/what-is-kodi-illegal-features/



    I know a lot of people that are buying the Amazon Fire Sticks that are "jail-broken" .. but all that is is installing Kodi.

    Personally, I think anyone who uses these "methods" is taking a chance (risk), IF CAUGHT, from a legal perspective. But Hey! We're a society that loves living on the edge (LOL).

    I'll stick with the services I know are legit and can't get me in trouble, because I'm always the guy who gets caught (LOL)
    It's like any other file sharing service, there is basically zero risk for an end user. It's like Grokster, Napster, etc. The only difference is you are streaming a temporary file (which gets removed) not downloading and saving something and you aren't transferring it to anyone else.

    When the supreme court has weighed in recently it's to attack the product's maker for not requiring individuals who post the files to make sure they aren't breaking any copyright laws. So they'd go after people like Kim Dotcom not Joe Schmo down the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinsm View Post
    It's like any other file sharing service, there is basically zero risk for an end user. It's like Grokster, Napster, etc. The only difference is you are streaming a temporary file (which gets removed) not downloading and saving something and you aren't transferring it to anyone else.

    When the supreme court has weighed in recently it's to attack the product's maker for not requiring individuals who post the files to make sure they aren't breaking any copyright laws. So they'd go after people like Kim Dotcom not Joe Schmo down the street.
    This article from Business Insider suggests that streaming it, but never downloading it, is not illegal. That does beg the question for me, though - If I were to stream a movie on my computer, it's absolutely "downloaded" within my temporary internet files, and thus should be "illegal". But streaming a movie from that exact same website through Kodi on an Amazon Firestick doesn't actually download it to the device at all in order to stream it, is legal. It's a weird line.

    End of the day, it's not like they are going to come knocking on your door. But, morally, it's stealing no matter how you want to justify it. You're taking something that wasn't paid for that is supposed to be paid for. You're accepting stolen property (and you know it's stolen property, too), even if the law doesn't look at it like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    This article from Business Insider suggests that streaming it, but never downloading it, is not illegal. That does beg the question for me, though - If I were to stream a movie on my computer, it's absolutely "downloaded" within my temporary internet files, and thus should be "illegal". But streaming a movie from that exact same website through Kodi on an Amazon Firestick doesn't actually download it to the device at all in order to stream it, is legal. It's a weird line.

    End of the day, it's not like they are going to come knocking on your door. But, morally, it's stealing no matter how you want to justify it. You're taking something that wasn't paid for that is supposed to be paid for. You're accepting stolen property (and you know it's stolen property, too), even if the law doesn't look at it like that.
    Yep, there are some moral issues with it. But there is zero risk of you getting punished for viewing anything on it. Most of the vids on it are actually legal copies, and it's not against the law to share it with someone; it's been argued in court that it's akin to someone purchasing a digital copy of a dvd and loaning it to a friend. And it's on the studio to prove that is false.
    Again, some major gray moral issue there.

    Where the movie studios have found legal ground is people walking into a theater, recording a video and then uploading it for a profit. That's a major no-no, don't do it. Most camed copied of movies are crap anyway.

    I would imagine the number of people who currently use Kodi for viewing is tens of millions. And every time one site provider gets shut down another pops up to take it's place. Some studios have actually decided to look at it a different way, I know Walking Dead producers actually welcomed pirated viewing because it was linked to increased viewership and later purchases of the show on dvd.

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    Studios should be happy it hasn't reached proportions of porn, no one in their right mind would ever purchase it with it all online for free.

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    I need to get a lamp shade for that lamp and I still need to make a box to put over the water meter, but pretty much a finished room.

    And yes, that is a Chewbacca chair for my son.
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    Before you get a lampshade, I'd suggest a bulb.

    Love the white/blue color scheme. Goes very well together.


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