Ad and Internet tracker blockers
A list of related, self-hosted projects I’ve either tested or actively use. Many, if not all, of these projects can be integrated with Home Assistant. Interested in why I recommend these applications but use ads on this website? Read this article (tl;dr: Hosting, domains, and time costs).
AdGuard Home is a network-wide ad-and-tracker blocking DNS server with parental control (adult content blocking) capabilities. Its purpose is to let you control your entire network and all your devices, and it does not require using a client-side program.
Pi-hole is a popular network-level advertisement and tracker blocking application which acts as a DNS sinkhole. It can also act as a DHCP server. Pi-hole has the ability to block traditional website advertisements as well as advertisements in unconventional places, such as smart TVs and mobile operating system advertisements.
Home Assistant Community Add-on: The Pi-hole add-on is deprecated and will no longer be supported, maintained, and will not receive future updates or fixes. It is not suggested that you use this add-on.
Personal video recorders
Gone are the days when you had to time your tea break to coincide with commercial breaks or risk missing a crucial moment of your favourite show. Enter the marvellous world of open-source Personal Video Recorders (PVRs).
Our carefully curated list of open-source PVRs is the gateway to a realm where technology meets convenience, offering you the freedom to tailor your television experience like a bespoke suit. From the budding hobbyist to the tech-savvy aficionado, there's something for everyone. So, without further ado, let's dive into the digital treasure trove of open-source PVRs that will transform your telly time into a personalized masterpiece.
Sonarr tracks and automatically gathers data from indexers for TV shows. It is a popular, and in my opinion, a far superior, alternative to Sick Beard and SiCKRAGE and is essential for anyone wanting to automate their downloads of TV shows.
Sonar Docker image: Sonarr does not provide an official image. I highly recommend the image provided by LinuxServer.
Radarr is an application for automatically downloading movies via Usenet and BitTorrent. The project was inspired by other movie downloaders such as CouchPotato.
Sonar Docker image: Radarr does not provide an official image. I highly recommend the image provided by LinuxServer.