How to watch TV after the zombie apocalypse

The zombie apocalypse is coming: I know it, you know it and almost everybody knows it. Our life will undoubtedly change; among many other side effects, beer won’t be as good as it is now and the internet date sites will probably shut down. And there’s more: no more newspapers (good), no more blogs like this one predicting the end of the world as we know it (not bad) and no more TV…

What? No more TV? How did I miss that? When you’re a prepper, you think of many things: medicine, food, water, heat, protection, weapons… You don’t usually think of TV. But give it another thought: those long afternoons without internet, without working phones, without game centers, without… Well, without people. What can we do? Obviously, browsing our video library and picking a good movie. Sure we won’t have any new productions, but 100 years of TV and movies can entertain us a lot.

So, with this in mind, we ask our question: what is the best solution for a TV entertainment center after the zombie apocalypse?

 

  1. Get the power. In this post we suppose that you have a means to produce your own electrical energy, either solar, wind, geothermal, etc. But we are well aware that you don’t got the power, so your TV setup must take energy consumption very seriously. In order to know how long will your devices be running we’ll suppose you have a 10 KWh Tesla home battery.

 

  1. Download. Forget about netflix, hulu, amazon, apple tv or any other streaming service. You need to have your files with you, DRM-free.The best solution is to buy the DVD/BluRay of the movies/TV shows you want to have and rip them into matroska files. A good software to do this is HandBrake. Be sure to encode in x265 or at least x264 so your files are as small as possible. You can also have a TV tuner on your PC and record your favorite shows. Alternatively, you can download your TV shows in certain pirate ways we won’t discuss here.

 

  1. Handle your library. Well, you have spent a lot of time building a good library. Now is the time to manage it. Of course, you can memorize every folder and subfolder of every disk you have, but it doesn’t seem too sensible. The best application to manage such a library is undoubtedly Kodi. It will play almost any file and downloading information about movies and TV shows is a breeze. Combine it with a remote and you’ll believe cable is back.

 

  1. Pick your hardware. Well, as we said before,  your hardware is the most sensitive piece of your post-apocalyptic TV setup. In our following suggestions we have taken into account energy consumption, durability and ease of concealment.

 

  1. TV. Energy consumption on a TV set has a very simple rule: bigger TVs use more electricity. So we are giving you three choices: 40, 50 and 60 inches. Why not smaller TV’s? Well, we don’t think that you should get stuck with a small screen for the rest of your life.
  • 40 inches. With an astounding power consumption of just 29W, this Vizio TV set is the winner in 40 inches. With this consumption, a Tesla battery will give you about 344 hours of uninterrupted watching.
  • 50 inches. In 50 inches we’ve got a Samsung that uses 39 Watts, which amounts to 256 hours.
  • 60 inches. Our winner here is an LG setWith 50 Watts it’ll last 200 hours.

 

  1. Media center. Your TV is nothing without some place to run Kodi. Here are the best solutions:
  • Raspberry Pi Model B+. It’s difficult to accurately measure power consumption in a computer, because it depends on the task it’s doing. We’re giving you an estimate, something similar to a car mileage. The Raspberry Pi is indeed a very low consuming device, with just 1.21 Watts. That’s 8264 hours running or, in combination with your 60 inches TV, 195 hours of uninterrupted TV watching.
  • Barebone Intel NUC. The Raspberry Pi is an extremely efficient device, energy-wise, but its performance is sometimes a little shaky, especially with large databases or certain codecs. If you want a beast that can work seamlessly, a barebone with an i7 processor may be for you. This one is the most energy efficient, with an average consumption of 6.5 Watts, or 1538 hours. Combined with your 60 inches TV, your power supply will last 177 hours.
  1. Hard disks. The energy consumption of hard disks is usually negligible, around 2 Watts. In this case we’re not going to be concerned with consumption, but with durability. And that’s spelled with three letters: SSD. Sure SSD disks are more expensive than traditional ones, but your savings are not going to be of much use after the zombie apocalypse, right? According to Tom’s Hardware the best 1 TB SSD hard disk is this one
  1. Audio. Sure, you can buy a 5.1 or 7.1 bar or speakers system, but think again: are you sure you want to play the really loud Terminator 2 movie in an environment full of noise-sensitive zombies? Yes, me neither. So we recommend you use headphones. According to a specialized page these are the most durable earphones and these are the best headphones.
  1. An original setup. You won’t be able to share your TV experience with this device, but you’ll have a really low consumption -we’re talking less than 2 Watts- and a big screen. Just add the phone with the best battery life, a google cardboard and an OTG cable for your SSD disk (see above)

 

Did you like our suggestions? Do you have any suggestions of your own? Feel free to share them!


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