TCL 32D100 32-Inch 720p LED TV (2017 Model)

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Enjoy The Creative Life with the TCL 32″ 720p direct LED HDTV. It delivers premium picture quality and tremendous value in a sophisticated slim frame design perfect for bringing entertainment to any space. This flat screen LED HDTV features High Definition 720p resolution for a sharper image and TCL True Color Technology for brilliant color and contrast. With direct LED backlighting, view darker blacks and luminous brightness while maintaining the best standards in energy efficiency.Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 28.9″ x 17.1″ x 3.2”, TV with stand: 28.9″ x 19.2″ x 7.2”
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Direct-lit LED produces great picture quality
60Hz refresh rate allows fast moving action scenes to be seen with minimal motion blur
Inputs: 3 HDMI (1 ARC), 1 USB, RF, Composite & Component (shared), Digital Audio Out (optical)

Russia Bans ‘Uncensored’ VPNs, Proxies and Tor

Russia has swiftly become a world leader when it comes to website blocking. Tens of thousands of websites are blocked in the country on copyright infringement and a wide range of other grounds.

However, as is often the case, not all citizens willingly subject themselves to these type of restrictions. On the contrary, many use proxies or anonymizing services such as VPNs and TOR to gain access.

In recent months, the Russian Government has worked on legislation to crack down on these circumvention tools as well, and local media report that President Vladimir Putin has now signed the proposed bill into law.

Under the new law, local telecoms watchdog Rozcomnadzor will keep a list of banned domains while identifying sites, services, and software that provide access to them. Rozcomnadzor will then try to contact the operators of the services, urging them to ban the blocked websites, or face the same fate.

The FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be tasked with monitoring offenses, which they will then refer to the telecoms watchdog.

In addition to targeting the circumvention sites, services, and their hosts, the bill targets search engines as well.

Search engines will be required to remove links to blocked resources from their results, as these would encourage people to access prohibited material. Search engines that fail to comply with the new requirements face a $12,400 penalty per breach.

Local search giant Yandex previously spoke out against the far-reaching requirements, describing them as unnecessary.

“We believe that the laying of responsibilities on search engines is superfluous,” a Yandex spokesperson said.

“Even if the reference to a [banned] resource does appear in search results, it does not mean that by clicking on it the user will get access, if it was already blocked by ISPs or in any other ways,” the company added.

The new legislation has not been without controversy. Earlier this month many Russians protested the plans, but this had little effect on the final vote. In the Duma, the bill was approved by 373 deputies. Only two voted against the plans, and another and two abstained.

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GSOC 2017 Update – Shader Support

Now that we’re 2/3rds finished with GSOC 2017, I’ve invited our intrepid student developers to spend some time writing about how their projects are going so far. For those of you out of the loop, the three projects this year are implementing shader support in Retroplayer, upgrading Kodi to Python3 for add-ons, and getting Kodi to natively support Wayland in Linuxland.  

We’ll start with Nick’s update on Shader Support, and release the other updates throughout the week.

Shader Support – Vel0cityX

My initial proposal was about implementing shader support in RetroPlayer as well as a variety of default shaders to go with it.

However, quite early on, it was suggested to me that I try something more ambitious and implement the same spec that libretro shaders use. This spec essentially introduces shader “preset” files; configuration files which allow for multi-pass shader configurations to achieve advanced filtering, without manually copying and pasting shader code all over the place. They have other features too, but this is their core funtionality and reason of existance. The biggest advantage of implementing this would be that the are already many many shaders that support this format, both for OpenGL (ES), and Direct3D.

So, I changed my proposal accordingly and began research.

To give a bit of background, it is important to mention that RetroPlayer doesn’t have its own renderer; it never did. All of its rendering is entirely reliant on VideoPlayer (the backend and renderer used when playing any kind of video). Thus, it was clear since the beginning that I would need to get around this problem one way or the other.


The first month I was really busy with university exams, so unfortunately my time spent on this was less than I’d like.

I had never worked on Kodi before, so initially my time was spent creating a development environment ready (I faced lots of problems on that front), as well as getting acquainted with some of the relevant parts of the codebase.

At the start of June, I booted up RetroPlayer for the first time and instantly noticed something that I didn’t quite like: the scaling. Apparently the Windows renderer didn’t support nearest neighbor scaling, so, the first (productive) thing I did was implement nearest neighbor video scaling for Windows. Maybe not directrly related to my proposal, but it made me familiar with a part of the code base I would really need to know the ins and outs of, for the weeks to come.

Towards the middle of June and start of July, I started working on a new renderer for RetroPlayer, based on VideoPlayer.


After that, I needed to get shader presets to load and after a bit of discussion with Garrett, I decided to go with a binary add-on, which would use RetroArch’s implementation of .cgp parsing.

The start and middle of July was spent on diving in the crazy world of binary add-on development, making a new binary add-on type, building a basic API for it and getting it to work from inside Kodi. There’s still work to be done on that front, but all the framework is setup now and it works.

There are about 6 layers of abstraction between the add-on and what Kodi sees (!), so unfortunately changing the API is quite tedious (depending on how many layers change).

It was needed though as RetroArch’s parsing code wasn’t compatible with Kodi’s licence.

After getting this to work, Fernet’s changes to VideoPlayer upstream caused my renderer to be quite useless and in need of a rewrite.

I wasn’t gonna spend more time on this, since my proposal was already enough work as it is, so I decided to go with a different approach instead.

Without getting too technical, with the new approach RetroPlayer is still dependent on VideoPlayer, but less so.

Still, this won’t be mergeable upstream, since people will want RetroPlayer to finally get its own renderer.

Doing it in a better way (but still quite messy) would require me to remake the renderer by copying VP again, so I’d rather focus on getting a minimum viable product first before diving in to that.

If there is time, I will work towards that, but getting an MVP is my top priority at the moment.

The Future

I have started working on the core part of my proposal since the past week or so.

By “core” part, I mean getting shaders to actually renderer.

This of course involved diving deep into graphics, Direct3D 11 in particular.

The latest issue I faced had to do with the fact that all libretro shaders that I thought would compile happily with Direct3D, didn’t.

Without getting too much into the details, these shaders were written in a slightly different shader language (Cg) than the one D3D uses (HLSL).

I could probably wrap up the backend and implement a bunch of pre-set shaders myself for users to use and call it a day, but I didn’t want the whole shader preset thing to die, especially given its benefits and the effort I’ve already put into it.

So, I emailed libretro’s main developer and we discussed for a while, he then invited me to their IRC channel and we came to the following conclusions:

  1. Both projects would greatly benefit by porting these shaders to Direct3D. Cg is very much legacy software at this point and they would like to get rid of their Cg shader code.
  2. There are around 600 shaders that need porting, which are used in different combination by around 500 shader presets. That’s a lot of work for me to do in a month, in addition to the actual rendering backend for D3D and OGL. So, they agreed to aid in with the porting of the shaders. This could only increase libretro’s popularity after all, so both projects benefit.

On the backend side, I’m making quick progress, but it’s quite a lot of work, so I’m not sure how much of the spec I’ll be able to implement in time, especially since, like I mentioned, D3D11 and OpenGL (ES) require different implementations.

Thankfully many shaders don’t use very advanced features of the spec, so they will be compatible. Of course, I will try to implement as much of it I can if not all of it, to make use of as many pre-existing shaders as possible.

If I didn’t face so many unexpected issues (and I hadn’t lost almost a month due to exams) things might’ve been different, but what can you do; these things happen.

All in all, I’m hopeful for August. No doubt it will get quite intense since it’s the final stretch, but I’m ready for it!


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TCL 49S305 49-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

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49-inch class full HD Roku smart TV. Roku TV personalized home screen. Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. 3 HDMI inputs, analog video input, USB port, digital and analog audio output. Digital television tuner. 1080p resolution. 120Hz CMI.Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 43.7″ x 25.3″ x 3″, TV with stand: 43.7″ x 27.7″ x 8.5″
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Very beautiful, the new free iptv addon on KODI called Kong TV or simply KongTV. In this tutorial we are gonna install it on kodi and also do a brief review to see how it works.

It comes with a very gorgeous User Interface, kind of new on KODI. In order to install it you need also the Dev Raiden Repository:

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Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) – HD Streaming Player with Quad-Core Processor

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China Says It Will “Severely Strike” Websites Involved in Piracy

When it comes to the protection of intellectual property, China is often viewed as one of the world’s leading scofflaws. Everything is copied in the country, from designer watches to cars. Not even major landmarks can escape the replica treatment.

In more recent times, however, there have been signs that China might be at least warming to the idea that IP protection should be given more priority.

For example, every few months authorities announce a new crackdown on Internet piracy, such as the “Jian Wang 2016” program which shuttered 290 piracy websites in the final six months of last year.

Maintaining the same naming convention, this week China’s National Copyright Administration revealed the new “Jian Wang 2017” anti-piracy program. During a meeting in Beijing attended by other state bodies, copyright groups, rights organizations, and representatives from the news media, the administration detailed its latest plans.

The anti-piracy program will focus on protecting the copyrights of the film, television, and news industries in China. Infringing websites, e-commerce and cloud storage services, social networks, plus mobile Internet applications will all be put under the spotlight, with authorities investigating and prosecuting major cases.

The program, which will run for the next four months, has a mission to improve compliance in three key areas.

The first aims to assist the film and TV industries by cracking down on ‘pirate’ websites, the unlawful use of file-sharing software, plus “forum communities and other channels that supply infringing film and television works.”

Also on the cards is a blitz against users of the hugely popular social media and instant messaging app, WeChat.

Released in 2011, WeChat now has more than 930 million users, some of which use the platform to republish news articles without permission from creators. Chinese authorities want to reduce this activity, noting that too many articles are stripped from their sources and reproduced on personal blogs and similar platforms.

The second area for attention is the booming market for pirate apps. Chinese authorities say that cracked app stores and the software they provide are contributing to a huge rise in the unlawful spread of films, TV shows, music, news and other literature. Set-top boxes that utilize such apps will also be targeted in the crackdown.

Finally, there will be a “strengthening of copyright supervision” on large-scale e-commerce platforms that supply audio and video products, eBooks, and other publications. Cloud storage platforms will also be subjected to additional scrutiny, as these are often used to share copyright works without permission.

What kind of effect the program will have on overall copyrighted content availability will remain to be seen, but if previous patterns are maintained, the National Copyright Administration should reveal the results of its blitz in December.

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Multimedia Android TV Box + Mini Keyboard – A Powerful Streaming Media Player – Quad Core Processor – Easy to Use Interface – No Additional Hardware or Software Needed – Full Feature Remote

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OS: Android 4.4
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Decoder: 1080P HEVC/H.264 H.265,HD AVC/VC-1,HD MPEG1/2/4,RM/RMVB,Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6,RealVideo8/9/10
Media: Avi/Rm/Rmvb/Ts/Vob/Mkv/Mov/ISO/wmv/asf/flv/dat/mpg/mpeg
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HD Video Output: SD/HD max.1920×1080 pixel
LAN:Ethernet: 10/100M standard RJ-45
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Dimensions: 4.75″ x 4.75″ x 1″

Wireless Handheld Keyboard Technical Specs:

Keyboard: 2.4 Ghz Wireless handheld keyboard with integrated mouse touchpad. Navigate with your finger(s). Connects via USB with a removable dongle (not Bluetooth enabled).
Touchpad: Mouse feature via an integrated 1.5″ x 2″ touchpad.
Handheld Keyboard Dimensions: 6″ x 4″

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