Saturday morning, we got home and found my new µHAT waiting for me on the door mat from The Pi Hut at £22.99 including delivery.
I grabbed the nearest Raspberry Pi 3B that wasn’t already being used for a project.
Unboxing the Hat… Not much in there.
The hat, some standoffs/spacers, an ariel socket, a header extension and some screws for the standoffs.
Fir the header extension.
Push the Hat onto the GPIO pins on your Pi. Screw the spacers into place. I couldn’t use the third spacer on my model of Pi as there is no hole to attach. Push the ariel socket into place on the end of the Hat until it clicks and locks in place.
The guide says use the latest the version of Raspbian. My Pi already had a fairly recent o/s, so I decided to boot it up and do the updates.
Wanted to find the unique serial number for my Pi..
Started doing the updates…
Updates all done, ran the command to install the TV software.
And it failed.
So started again from scratch but this time started with a fresh copy of the latest Raspbian image. It worked this time.
Omce installed, a wizard starts and asks you to create login credentials for the administrator.
Once the TV software is installed on the Pi, it acts as a streaming TV server which you can access from other computers. You are asked to go to a PC and enter a URL to access the server remotely but this didn’t work. Tried again but using the Pi’s IP address and you receive a login request for the administrator credentials you set up earlier.
Then the wizard starts for configuring the TV software and channels. I found it fairly intuitive but here is the full guide.
After the software finds the channels, you click on a TV icon next to one of them and here I am watching BBC One on my Laptop being streamed from the Raspberry Pi.