XBMC Media Center – Play All the Media Content from Computer on the Big Screen in the Living Room!
Entertainment is everywhere so why should your media content be limited to your computer only? The idea of bringing the media content from your computer to the TV in the living room has been around for a while however its quickly catching up now thanks to technology which is blurring the line between the content on the computer and on the TV in the living room.
We will take a look at one such open-source software’s called XBMC which will help you take all your media content to your living room big screen.
The first time I used this software I just fell for the interface and UI. Features and functionality this software offers make it one of the best in the market and the fact that is a free open-source software make it even better. In fact its softwares like these which bring a good name to open-source community.
XBMC supports MAC, Windows, Linux and XBOX. It can also be installed on Apple TV or a USB flash drive; this makes XBMC one of the most sort after media center software’s.
So far I’ve tried it on my Windows machine, we will update this post once we try it on other devices or operating system.
XBMC is an easy to navigate and flexible application which lets you customize almost everything based on your needs.
Using XBMC you can play Videos, Music, Pictures, check Weather and Install scripts for enhanced functionality, it can also play videos from online sources like Apple’s library.
The settings console of the software lets you customize Videos, Music, Pictures, Create and Configure Profiles, set locations to check Weather, configure Network settings, modify system values and change the appearance by installing new skins or modifying the values for the existing ones.
You can also download new Skins/Thems and Plugins/Programs to change the looks and add to its functionality.
Links for XBMC skins:
- Apple TV Skin for XBMC : here
- AEON Skin and other resources for XBMC : here
- List of XBMC Skins at SavvyGeek : here
Links for XBMC scripts:
There is also a XBMCRemote application available for iPhone which lets you manage XBMC using the application wirelessly. The application costs $2.99 and can be downloaded here, watch the video below to see this application in action.
Here are a few screenshots just to give you an idea on what the interface looks like
This is the first screen you see once the application is launched after install (Click here to download)
Streaming videos from an online source, Apple Movie Trailers.
Thats one of the videos playing from the online source
Thats the music console of XBMC, the presentation format can be changed by just clicking on "View:" on the left side of the screen
This is the picture console of XBMC which can easily be customized for different layouts
Weather information in the weather layout. The location can be changed in the settings console
This is the settings console of XBMC, here you can customize almost everything