I made my OWN Apple TV—with a Raspberry Pi

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If you want a TV box that’s more flexible than Apple TV, Nvidia SHIELD, Roku Ultra, or any of the regular Android-based TV set-top boxes, this Pi build’s for you!

I built a Raspberry Pi 5 media center using LibreELEC and Kodi, and I’ll show you how you can do it, too. It’s good enough for almost any modern content, up to 4K60, but there are a few caveats.

Some of the things I mentioned in this video (some links are affiliate links):

– Blog post with more test results: https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2023/can-raspberry-pi-5-handle-4k
– LibreELEC: https://libreelec.tv
– Raspberry Pi 5: https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/raspberry-pi-5/
– Raspberry Pi 5 Case: https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/raspberry-pi-5-case/
– Raspberry Pi 5 27W PSU: https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/27w-power-supply/
– Raspberry Pi micro HDMI to HDMI adapter: https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/micro-hdmi-to-standard-hdmi-a-cable/
– Samsung Pro Plus 128GB microSD Card: https://amzn.to/3R86EVo
– Rii Wireless mini keyboard: https://amzn.to/3yDPM2v
– Flirc USB IR Receiver: https://amzn.to/3KjQJ2u
– Flirc Skip 1S Remote Control: https://amzn.to/3wUqNr6
– EDATEC Fanless Pi 5 case: https://www.edatec.cn/en/ac/pi5-case.html
– LG C3 48″ OLED TV: https://amzn.to/452bKs2
– Apple TV 4K 32GB: https://amzn.to/4bG7IrC (I have this older generation model)

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00:00 – Introduction
00:09 – Squarespace first mention
00:43 – Necessary parts
02:13 – Remote control
03:03 – Assembly
05:47 – First boot
06:06 – Red Shirt Jeff (.com)
07:07 – First time LibreELEC setup
08:53 – Adding content via Samba
09:36 – Scanning for metadata
12:03 – 4K, AV1, VP9, YouTube demos
14:55 – Power draw and auto boot
15:43 – Free as in freedom