I came across XBMC media center in the last couple of weeks and I have only one thing to say; the possibilities are endless. But let’s take things from the beginning.
XBMC is a media center software that is open source. Its latest release has occurred on the 3rd of May, 2013 and goes by the name of Frodo, or XBMC 12.2.
Fine until here. But what can you do with it, you might ask. Well plenty. It can act as your complete in-house media center where you could watch videos, listen to music, watch live tv, play games and even record live tv.
Installation is pretty straightforward. On Windows it only took a few minutes to get started with it and get running. No special instructions are needed for installing the basic piece of the XBMC software.
Another good thing about XBMC is that it simply runs as a piece of independent software, that can be started or stopped at any given time. This means that you don’t have a dedicated machine acting as your media center and doing nothing else.
To give you a deeper idea of what you can do with XBMC, just think of the software as the base on which you can do all of your media files playback. On top of this base, you can add all sorts off add-ons that offer specialised services, such as watching YouTube videos or Hulu content.
The fact that XBMC is open source has created a great and vibrant community of developers who created add-ons for pretty much all media related tasks.
If you want to get started with XBMC just head to xbmc.org where you can download the software and install it on your preferred platform.
In future articles we will look into more functionalities and add-ons of this great media center.