Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Media Streamer like ROKU or Amazon Fire TV.
Stream content to your TV from hundreds of websites or browse dozens of channels.
BlissFlixx allows you to stream various types of video and audio content directly from the internet to your television. Supported media sources include:
- Catchup TV services such as BBC iPlayer
- Full movies and documentaries on Youtube
- Torrents (including magnet links)
- Video/Audio from hundreds of other websites
All media (including torrents) are streamed on demand and you do not need to wait for a download to complete.
BlissFlixx allows for easy discovery of media by installing channels which group related content by category and allow user defined searches. e.g Documentary channel, Youtube channel, BBC iPlayer channel etc. New channels are easily created.
Multilingual subtitles can automatically be added to Movies and TV shows.
The user may also create multiple playlists to organise their favourite content.
The media server can be controlled via a web interface from any computer, tablet or phone.
Before attempting to install the server make sure you have the following:
- Raspberry Pi (Not model A) with at least 8Gb SD card running Raspbian. You should also have about 2 Gb of free space on the card.
- Broadband connection with enough speed to support video streaming. Ideally you should have a wired ethernet connection into your Pi as some WiFi adapters may have problems with streaming.
- Television plugged into Raspberry Pi.
- Computer, tablet or smartphone for controlling server.
To install git clone the BlissFlixx repository:
git clone https://github.com/blissland/blissflixx.git
Now enter the blissflixx folder and run the configure script which will install all the required external dependencies:
cd blissflixx sudo ./configure.sh
It will take about 1 hour for this script to complete so now might be a good time to wash the dishes or take the dog for a walk. Note that during the execution of the script various warnings will be reported but this is expected.
Once the configuration script is complete you can start the server by running:
Note that the first time you start the server it will first take a few moments to complete the installation.
Once you see the message “ENGINE Bus STARTED” the server will be up and running. Now open up a browser on your phone, tablet or PC and point it at:
So for example if the IP address of the Raspberry Pi is 192.168.1.4. Then you need to point your browser to:
If you have an Apple device (iPad, Mac etc) you can also access the server via the raspberrypi.local hostname: http://raspberrypi.local:6969. Read this article for details on how to get this to work with Windows devices.
If you want to run the server on the default port 80 then you will need start the server with the –port flag:
./blissflixx.py --port 80
Finally if you want the server to continue running even after you log out of your session (which is usaully the case) then specify the –daemon flag:
./blissflixx.py --port 80 --daemon
Fortunately there is a script to run the above command:
When you first connect your browser to the BlissFlixx server you should be presented with the following page showing your installed channels:
This page will allow you to browse all the channels that you have installed and enabled.
To remove any channels you are not interested in click on the settings cog icon on the top menu bar and then select the ‘MANAGE CHANNELS’ option.
Now select a channel such as Youtube Movies. You will then see a screen like the following:
The default view is to list all the latest movies submitted to the channel. However you can also select the categories at the top of the page to view movies of the selected genre.
To play a movie simply click on the title link and the movie will start playing.
You can also search for specific movies from the search box.
All the other channels behave in a similar fashion with a list of categories and an optional search facility.
You can also add any media item to a playlist which is covered in the following section.
You can organise your media by creating playlists:
To create a playlist click on the ‘NEW PLAYLIST’ button and specify a title. You can then go and add a thumbnail and description for the playlist by clicking on the ‘Edit Playlist’ button.
When you are browsing your channels you will have an option to add items to your created playlists.
If you want to play something that is not provided by any of your channels then you can use this page to play it. First select the play icon in the menu bar and then copy the URL of the page containing the video and paste it into the ‘What to Play’ box. You will then be able to play and/or add it to a playlist.
Note that you can also play torrents and magnet links by pasting the link as documented above.
The search page allows you to search all of your channels simultaneously. Simply enter your query terms into the search box and you will be presented with the results grouped by channel.
Movies and TV shows will have an option saying ‘Play With Subtitles’. Selecting this option will allow you to specify your preferred language as well as other metadata required to find the correct subtitles.
The settings page currently contains two options. The first - MANAGE CHANNELS - allows you to disable or enable any installed channels.
The second option - RESTART & UPDATE - will restart and also update the server to the latest release. If you come across any problems make sure you first update the server to the latest version to check if the issue has already been fixed.