If you want to keep using that RPi 2 you would probably be best off staying on the old version. The TV streams will be a severe regression for anything older than a RPi 4. I gave it a go on a RPi 2, 3, and 3B+ and because of how they behaved with OTA broadcasts I retired them all and went with new hardware.
It seems utterly bizarre that this software “update” will make many things that worked perfectly on old hardware, now completely useless. Frustrating. To have all the same functionality that I currently do on the Pi 2 would require a Pi 4, new PSU, new cables (?) and Kodi 19. What’s the point?
The “point” wasn’t to have regressions. As pointed out in release notes Kodi devs decided to make changes and the RPi foundation does not currently have feature parity with the new rendering methods they are moving to. The RPi 4 just happens to be fast enough to power its way around some of the lack of hardware acceleration which is how the older RPi’s were able to perform as well as they did. For people who are happy to stick with the older Kodi they can continue to use, and even perform new installs of the old versions.
I personally decided to upgrade my hardware because I wanted Kodi 19 and I figured that my older RPi’s had more than paid for themselves. If I had decided to stick with the old hardware I absolutely would have downgraded them back to the October update.
I think I actually said my RPi 2 was terrible and my RPi 3’s were not as good as they were under the previous version with hw keys for the decoding. There was also issues on all of the older RPi’s with really messed up rendering on some low quality steams on subchannels. I already had one RPi 4 and it didn’t have any of these issues so I just did hw upgrades for the TV’s using the older RPi’s and called it a day. I’m not actually trying to discourage anyone from trying the update on their older Rpi’s, but I would rather they go into it with managed expectations if they have a PVR setup.
Really? I bought mine just a few weeks ago and it was only the models with more ram that seemed to have issues with being in stock. I didn’t end up picking it up from one of the places the RPi foundation links to on their web site as they didn’t have all the parts I wanted and with shipping it was going to be more expensive than paying slightly higher than list on Amazon which did have all the parts I wanted. You could also consider a Vero which has capabilities that are supported right now, which who knows when they will actually get support for on the RPi 4 (specifically HDR and proper HD audio support).
Exactly, if it’s not good on a RPi 3, it’s not going to cut it on a Pi 2 - which you’ve also confirmed.
But yeah, I use Hyperion too which doesn’t work on Kodi 19 - so I’m sticking where I am.
Did briefly consider the Vero but, I like the versatility and price of a Pi. I’ve owned lots of dedicated £100 media players in the past - Boxxee Box, various Netgear streamers, Xtreamer, they were all a bit naff, closed source and ultimately abandoned which is why the little but powerful Pi was such a breath of fresh air. I’m not saying Vero is like the others, but for me the Pi is still a capable device and ultimately I’m not interested in 4K, 8K, HDR, 3D nor HD audio. It’s a living room media player with an entry level 5.1 Sony AVR. I strip out HD audio and am pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to hear the difference between DTS and DTS MA. My TV isn’t even 4K nor does it need to be for its size or viewing distance.
I have both RPi’s and a Vero. They both have their pro’s and cons, but honestly, at least as of today there is not much of a price difference. For What I just bought…
RPi 4 2gb ~$40
Flirc Case ~$16
Flirc USB ~$20
SD Card ~$15
PSU ~$15 (because you can’t reuse your micro USB from your older RPi)
Micro HDMI cable ~$15 (because I don’t think most people have one laying around extra)
Total ~$121 USD
The Vero is listed on this site right now for £99.00 which is around $137 USD. If you consider it has hardware decoding for mpeg2, VC1, and supports 3D, HDR, and HD Audio, the price difference, at least to me, doesn’t seem like much of a factor here.
I just was lucky to get a Pi4 (2gb) as a store nearby got two in. Purchased them both.
Unfortunately VC-1 stutters quite a bit. I was hoping that i could purchase the codec pack to allow for decoding, but unless i’m mistaken (based on the first post here), that will not work with the pi4 on v19.
i have been trying now the PI4 as the server, and have a Pi3 as a client. The Pi3 has the purchased codec pack, and plays VC-1 perfectly as a client over the network. it is disappointing that something that works has been taken away, but it is free software and i know there are many different factors and groups involved in these decisions.
for my part, i decided one way to workaround this issue is to have both the old Mysql database (116) and the new one (119) on the server. Will work on trying to find a way to update the old one as the new one is updated. that way i can use the pi3s as clients. it’s a hack for sure, but right now it’s the best situation that works here.
I read it that people with a Pi 2 were having playback issues with TV streams until the setting to only allow hardware acceleration for HEVC was unchecked. If that’s the case, upgrading to v19 would be viable for me.