- YouTube, but on an Old TV - 2021
- At the beginning of the year, I found an old CRT TV set sitting on the side of the street, amongst a pile of other things that its previous owner was trying to get rid of. The TV immediately stood out to me because of its classic woodgrain style, and I knew I had to take the TV and find some sort of a project for it. The eventual result was a delightfully low-quality viewing experience. Unfortunately, my home network setup is a bit of a bottleneck at the moment, so the stream is quite choppy. My eventual goal is to have this exist as an ambient background listening/viewing experience.
- I'm really entertained by the idea of getting old and new forms of media to operate with one another, and saw this TV as an opportunity to explore this idea. I purchased an HDMI-to-RF modulator so that I could connect modern devices to the TV, and set connected an old Chromecast to the TV. From there, I wrote a simple little python script that uses Castnow to play YouTube videos (downloaded locally via youtube-dl) on the TV.
- Finally, I pointed an old iPhone at the TV screen and installed an IP camera app to create a local RTSP stream. I take that stream and then use FFmpeg to loop some surprisingly vibey music on top and stream the whole thing to Twitch. It isn't a 24/7 stream, but I do pull up some random videos and play them on the old TV from time to time.
- NASA Perseverance Rover Landing - Watching YouTube but it's on an old TV
- A full writeup of my process, including example code and stream configurations, is forthcoming.