One of the really nice features of XBMC is that it has the means to provide additional information on TV-Series, Movies and/or Music.
XBMC does not only work with the background info or synopsis of a movie or TV Series/Episode, it also remembers which ones you have seen, and even where in a movie you stopped – so that at a later time you can resume where you left of.
There is one little bummer to this though … the XBMC in my living-room is not sharing this the XBMC in my bedroom – and this is where MySQL comes in play.
Sick Beard and Couch Potato specially when combined with SABnzbd, are simply awesome …!
Installing and using Sick Beard or Couch Potato is not that complicated either, but a few question arise when using them.
What is the proper format to name special episodes or combined episodes, how do I fix that left-overs after a download get cleaned up, what are TBN and NFO files and how can I view them, what do I do with Couch Potato when it gets stuck, and there are a few browser plugins that you should consider using.
So you use DropBox on your PC’s, Laptops, Cellphones, so why not on your QNAP NAS?
The advantage? Well …
- you’d have DropBox access from anywhere in your network or through the QNAP web interface
- you would not have to install DropBox on your PC’s
- you’d save space on your PC’s since the DropBox files only need to be stored on your NAS
Why DropBox? Well, it’s 2 Gb cloud storage for free … and supported on multiple platforms. Yes, even your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry phone, …
Super Charge your XBMC(KODI)/HTPC Setup with fully automated download of TV Episodes …
QNAP (I use the QNAP TS-869 Pro) has some very flexible NAS devices, with expandable functionality by means of so called QPKG install packages. But QPKG’s are not only created by QNAP, quite a few volunteers seeking specific new functions for their beloved QNAP NAS create QPKG’s as well.
One of these functions is adding Sick Beard and SABnzbd which adds the option to automatically retrieve TV Series episodes that become available in Newsgroups. It does not only retrieve the files, but it also finds new episodes, relevant meta data, etc …
As you might have noticed; I really like my QNAP NAS – it has proven to be flexible and reliable.
One of the nice things is that quite a bit of functionality comes pre-installed.
For example MySQL is default installed on your QNAP (not enabled).
I’ll show you how to enable MySQL and how to install phpMyAdmin.
This is a short article on how to install QPKG packages (applications) on your QNAP NAS.
There are quite a few (free!) QPKG’s out there, which expand functionality of your QNAP NAS.
Be aware though that certain packages can contain so called binaries – which are platform specific. QNAP, at this time, has 2 different platforms: ARM (Marvel) and Intel. So play attention that you pick the right one for your NAS.