We’ve all been there.
You’re just trying to watch a TV show or movie but you’ve got a cable box in your living room.
What if you could wirelessly stream your favourite shows or movies to your TV without having to plug in your cable box?
A Raspberry Pi is here to help.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced its “Raspberry Pi TV” at its launch event in Hong Kong, and we’ve got our hands on a sample to see what it can do.
The box itself looks identical to the standard Raspberry Pi, but it packs a few extra bells and whistles that can make it a little easier to setup.
A HDMI-to-VGA converter, a mini-HDMI out port, and a USB port allow you to plug your Raspberry Pi into a television via a cable, with a HDMI cable connected to the Raspberry Pi.
All of this comes at a cost though.
There’s no HDMI output on the Raspberry, meaning you’ll have to wire up a monitor and connect a Blu-ray player.
You also have to plug it into an Ethernet port, so that’s where the Ethernet comes in.
And while the box is capable of broadcasting all the popular streaming services, you’re still limited to the TV channels you have access to on your local network.
If you don’t have a cable or internet connection, the Raspberry TV will just sit there.
To get around that limitation, you’ll need to install two software packages: a browser extension and a Linux distribution called Raspbian.
If all of that’s not enough, you can also get the Pi over an ethernet cable.
Once you’ve installed both, you have to configure your Raspberry TV to listen for incoming TV channels.
You’ll also need to set up a Wi-Fi network that’s connected to your home network.
Then, once you’ve done all that, you just need to plug the box in and enjoy streaming your favourite channels to your TVs via the internet.
As of writing, this is still an experimental package, but we’ll keep an eye out for more announcements in the coming months.
Check out our video review of the Raspberry pi TV to get the full rundown.