hacking devices

How can I repurpose a TIVO?

Episode 1567

Kevin from North Carolina

Kevin wants to know how he can update the firmware on his old TIVO Roamio. Is there a way to put a new OS on it, like KODI? Leo says that would be difficult, it was designed to be a streaming media player. But that would be a great project. TIVOCommunity.com is a good place to go to see if anyone is doing that. Another good source is WeakKnees.com. They resell hardware. But if you figure it out, post it on REDDIT!

Can I put Google Chrome on a Nexus Player?

Google Nexus Player

Episode 1144

Ronnie from Anchorage, AL

Ronnie is thinking of getting a Google Nexus Player and he saw a video where someone side loaded Google Chrome on it, making it a $99 computer. Should he get one? Leo says no. First, he'd have to unlock it to side load and hack it via USB.

But it's interesting and could turn the device into a $99 Android device for the TV. He may have had to modify it to do that. Leo advises going to XDA Developers and look it up. Now Leo has to look at it again!