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MidnightWatcher

Add feature to show "Now Playing" movie poster on separate Kodi box

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I'll soon be building a home theater in my new home and have a suggestion that, I think, would truly give home theaters an added wow-factor. What I would like to do is mount an HDTV in portrait mode affixed with a Raspberry Pi running Kodi near the entrance of the theater and use it to display the poster of the movie that is "Now Playing". In a nutshell:

* Add a "CinemaPoster" section to the CinemaVision settings.

* Set the primary CinemaVision-enabled Kodi box that is used in the theater itself to "Master" mode.

* Set the secondary CinemaVision-enabled Kodi box affixed to the back of the HDTV on display near the entrance to "Client" mode.

* Enter the Client's IP address on the Master and/or vice versa.

* Include a setting for the Client to run in "Client Mode".

When a movie is playing, the Master and Client will communicate and the Client will then display the "Now Playing" movie poster for the film that the Master identifies (and maybe the Client could even cycle through different versions of the film's posters). When the theater is not in use perhaps the Client can cycle through "Coming Soon" movie posters and even download/stream them to play the movie trailer in a window near the bottom for the 'Coming Soon" movie. This would be similar to what the 'MoviePoster App" does but without the need for a Windows-equipped device. Thoughts?

Edited by MidnightWatcher

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MoviePoster already does most of this.  Have you considered doing Windows 10 embedded on the PI?  The other thing you could consider is using an HP or Dell Thin client with WES, W8E or W10E.  Perhaps a request to MoviePoster may get further.

Edited by jcoultas98

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I don't believe Win10 on RPi will work. MoviePoster does most of this but the need to purchase a Windows device if you don't have one available is a route I'd rather not take, especially when I have a spare RPi to use. Unfortunately, the MoviePoster creator didn't use Linux as his OS of choice. It *seems* that this feature would be fairly easy to implement in CinemaVision itself, which would be ideal.

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19 hours ago, MidnightWatcher said:

I don't think that Win10 IoT runs Windows 10 apps like MoviePoster.

@OTA, if it's anything like Server 2016 Core, it might. You'll just have to install MoviePoster and run it via PowerShell to find out. If it's written in .NET, it won't work at all until those libraries that support it are installed as well. Either way, it might be a good idea to reach out to the MoviePoster Developer and see what he says.

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If MoviePoster was written in .NET, the port to Linux is significantly easier now with the release of the .NET libraries on Linux (and .NET core).  I'd actually love to see that as well, it makes more sense to run MoviePoster off of a PI instead of my XP (WES) based thin client.

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