I don't miss it in the least, and I will most likely NEVER have cable again. Also keep in mind, your time is worth something, and it's a precious commodity that you can't get back!
I've tried a handful of different entertainment solutions, and finally settled on XBMC as my favorite. The intended audience for this guide is the non-tech savvy, or someone who has zero experience with a Raspberry Pi or XBMC/Kodi.***If you want to test this out before investing in any equipment, XBMC/Kodi can be installed on most Windows, Mac, or Linux PCs.
Before we get into the actual technical part of the instructable, let me give you the best piece of advice that I can give you when it comes to ANY tech; "Don't spend a dime to save a nickel." I'm going to focus on a building an XBMC/KODI media streamer in this write up. If you want to install XBMC as a program to check things out first, download the respective installer for your operating system from Kodi.tv, install it on your computer, and jump straight to step #6 of this instructable.
Below the guide you will find instructions to undo everything and move the files back to internal storage if you experience too much lag. This method will move only Kodi’s thumbnail files to external storage.
Kodi’s thumbnail directory usually takes up the most space out of a Kodi installation.
If you prefer not to move all of Kodi’s files, then this method will free up most of the space on internal storage that Kodi consumes.
XBMC, one of our favorite media center suites, has officially been renamed Kodi with the release of version 14 (codenamed "Helix").
The new version contains a ton of long-awaited bug fixes and speed improvements, as well as a few small feature improvements for add-ons and keyboards.
This is my first instructable, and I'm going to include as much detailed information along with the steps as I see necessary for those who are unfamiliar with XBMC/Kodi.Much of this information is my own opinion, and just how I choose to do things.If you have a method that works better for you, please, by all means, do that.If you want to skip the "Why" part of my rambling and just get straight to the "How", I have highlighted the quick and dirty steps in bold print. I would like to share my knowledge and mistakes I've made along the way to make your transition into a cable-free lifestyle as easy and (cheap) as possible!This guide is meant to serve as training wheels to get you started on your way to becoming a cord cutting guru like me. )It all began for me a few years back when I went through some money trouble, and the first thing I decided to ditch was my expensive satellite service.I figured I would get things straightened out financially, and then someday I would go back to some sort of cable/satellite provider. I ditched the service, and I haven't looked back since.