Posts Tagged ‘XBMC’

Raspberry Pi… ummmm apple TV, move over!!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

What’s a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

READ MORE : FAQs | Raspberry Pi.

**from the xbmc wiki: XBMC can be compiled now to run on Raspberry Pi, but no stable binary is has been released yet from Team XBMC

XBMC Awww shiiiiiiiiiiitttt. EDEN (v.11) is finally stable!!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012


It’s been over a year in the works and today we are excited to announce that XBMC 11.0 is finally ready and available for download. You can find XBMC 11.0 here.

XBMC 11.0 Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence (the default skin), massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, movie set scraping, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX (to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux), AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service with geoip lookup, and much, much more. Check out the highlights in the summarized changelog.

The new Confluence
In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released. Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple TV2, iPad, and other iOS devices. We’ve vastly improved the method by which we handle input, including heavily upgrading JSON-RPC support, making remote control support much, MUCH simpler in Windows, and enabling unique methods of device communication with hardware. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI.

Beyond XBMC 11 for Windows, Linux, OSX, and iOS, we are also happy to announce XBMCbuntu Final.

XBMCbuntu is very similar to past versions of XBMC Live. By default, the user boots directly into XBMC, and if he/she chooses, he or she will never see the underlying OS. However, unlike Live, XBMCbuntu is now built upon a full LXDE desktop environment, which has a web browser (Chromium) with a fully updated (and updatable) version of Flash built-in and a GUI package manager ready to install and update all of the normal Ubuntu programs a typical Linux user might use. The user may now toggle between XBMC, which auto-starts, and a normal desktop if he or she chooses. And, perhaps most exciting for many users, XBMC will now be upgradeable, both from command line and from the GUI package manager, without fear of crashing the XBMC experience.

Naturally, those users who do not want to see the desktop will never need to. When you boot your computer, you will be booted directly into the XBMC homescreen, just as you are right now. The only clear difference is the new power underneath the hood. Those users who have already installed the Beta version of XBMCbuntu can upgrade to final using the apt-get upgrade commands.

There are truly an incredible number of updates and improvements between Dharma and Eden. But don’t take our word for it. Download XBMC 11.0 Eden now.

XBMC auto updater from SABnzbd :)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Well, The release of the Beta2 of eden has started a whole mess of work as far as customizing and building libraries… Newer awesome skins (trying refocus out right now.. amazing!). Library stored on a central mySQL server, instead of locally on every device!! (Build one library, and any xbmc install on the network can share the library).

For now, Ill share a simple little addition to your SABnzbd server, that automatically updates your xbmc library when a download is completed or Start 3 downloads, tag the last one to update xbmc 🙂

(tested with eden beta2, and linux)

step 1: under sab config —> folders create a scripts folder (if you haven’t already)

step 2: in said scripts folder, add this text, modify it to match your web server settings. I don’t use login or pw, no idea if they work but I’m sure you could add (xbmc:xbmc@http://localhost:8080/jsonrpc) if you have one. Save it and make it executable (chmod +x) or (chmod 777).


wget -q -O/dev/null –header=’Content-Type: application/json’ –post-data='{“jsonrpc”: “2.0”, “method”: “VideoLibrary.Scan”}’ http://localhost:8080/jsonrpc

step 3: download something and pick the script, mine works 😉 .. sab will give you a good error log if doesn’t…

**make sure your categories work!!


XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta available now!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

It took a bit longer than expected due to a few bumps in the road, but we are excited to present the first preview release of what we consider to be the best version of the best home theater software out there.Ladies and Gentlemen, XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta 1 is available to download.The sheer number of new features, platforms, and improvements to nearly every facet of the XBMC experience found within Eden are nearly too numerous to count.Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence the default skin, massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux, AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service, and much more. Check out the highlights in the summarized changelog.In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released. Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple TV2, iPad, and other iOS devices. We’ve vastly improved the method by which we handle input, including heavily upgrading JSON-RPC support, making remote control support much, MUCH simpler in Windows, and enabling unique methods of device communication with hardware like the HDMI-CEC Adapter. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI.We are also in the process of drastically altering XBMC Live to make it more like a full “Buntu” version of XBMC with massive changes to the boot and install process. That alteration is not quite ready for prime time and, thus, is not available at this time, but our devs are working on it round the clock. Keep an eye out for a more in-depth article on this in the next week or so. The XBMC Linux PPA is also not immediately available, but check back a few days after Christmas. It should be online at that time.Because this is Beta software, you can likely expect minor issues over the course of the next few weeks. For example, you may discover issues with playing movie trailers that may require a manual install of the Youtube addon. If, after asking in the forum and updating to the most recently available Beta, your issue is not solved, feel free to follow the above link to the Trac service and create a ticket with the issue.  As always, when troubleshooting, providing a debug log will be essential to resolving issues.And with that, we invite users one and all to backup your userdata folder which is always a good ideaalso, iOS users, you should follow this link for info on your slightly different backup process, and get to downloading! Downloads may be found here.

via XBMC.

full article from xbmc’s blog @

Arch-linux. media/file server rebuild/overclock/tweak :)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

If you follow along, I’ve been messing around with my server and xbmc setup.. Did a good cleaning, processor upgrade to the qx6850, then went back to my q6600 as it could clock equally as high, at about 20 degrees cooler! That is with a new NOCTUA heatsink and fan combo, them germans always seem to get it right… with mechanical things :/ 3.6 Ghz (9×400 mhz). VCORE- 1.3875V, All this on an Asus P5k-V motherboard, with 4GB of ram running at 2.1V, 800 mhz, 5-5-5-15. Did a little colouring with a pencil to help a vdrop and vdroop problem I was facing, It surprisingly did WONDERS! But still not perfect. This is where quality makes the difference! Bios set at 1.3875, lm-sensors measures it as 1.34. ah well.

Completely reinstalled my OS (arch-linux) That’s been an ongoing process.. takes (me) a while to re-setup a server the way you were used to (or better ! ) and through it all into a fancy lian-li case 🙂 (sooo coool!)

All this for a VERY maginal improvement, but stable, cool, and CLEANER than ever! should be a solid more 3 years out of her.

coretemp-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA adapter

Core 0: +40.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Core 1: +38.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Core 2: +35.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Core 3: +39.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)


Adapter: ACPI interface

Vcore Voltage: +1.34 V (min = +0.85 V, max = +1.60 V)

+3.3 Voltage: +3.26 V (min = +2.97 V, max = +3.63 V)

+5 Voltage: +5.02 V (min = +4.50 V, max = +5.50 V)

+12 Voltage: +12.04 V (min = +10.20 V, max = +13.80 V)

CPU FAN Speed: 1339 RPM (min = 600 RPM)

CHASSIS1 FAN Speed: 2481 RPM (min = 600 RPM)

CPU Temperature: +46.0°C (high = +60.0°C, crit = +95.0°C)

MB Temperature: +43.0°C (high = +45.0°C, crit = +95.0°C)

Thats under normal load running 2 X sessions (both running gnome3 and gnome-shell, compiz) one running xbmc too. It’s also rather warm in the room right now (24 degrees) things are usually a little cooler running.

1 [||| 3.3%] Tasks: 121, 222 thr; 1 running

2 [||| 2.6%] Load average: 0.05 0.08 0.07

3 [| 0.7%] Uptime: 1 day, 20:00:45

4 [| 1.3%]

Mem[||||||||||||||||| 1032/3966MB]

Swp[ 0/0MB]

no swap space on this install! Trying it out, I dont really have anywhere for swap anyways, and I figure I dont do too much memory intensive. and 4GB should be plenty, if not, im screwed as DDR2 is a freaking fortune??

The USB-CEC Adapter is a look into the Future | XBMC

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I was researching some fun and new things to do with my xbmc, as my computer is in tip top running shape. I stumbled upon this gem of an article. It gives us an idea of the things to come to HTPC entertainment and shows how hard media and cable companies may have another thing coming!! I totally stole this from The USB-CEC Adapter is a look into the Future | XBMC.

Sometime around 2006 or 2007, I modded my first Xbox. I admit it, I’m practically a n00b in the realm of XBMC hacking. I didn’t even know what YAMP or Xbox Media Player were until I researched them! I bring this up because since that amazing day I haven’t felt the complete astonishment of a perfect merge of hardware and software until this past weekend, when I connected my TV to my pc via the Pulse Eight USB-CEC Adapter.

The HDMI CEC adapter

Here we can see the tiny adapter connected on both sides to HDMI cables and a mini-USB cable attached on the end. Those aren’t over-sized HDMI cables either. The adapter is REALLY tiny.

First, a bit of back story: Often, people don’t understand why the Team so excitedly awaits the coming of Binary Addons. To put it simply (and probably factually inaccurately), binary addons mark the step in which much of XBMC becomes self-updating.

Since XBMC Atlantis and Babylon, the team has slowly been trying make XBMC more and more modular, so that pieces of XBMC could be updated without the need for a complete reinstall of the system. A highly successful example is our scrapers, which were once built into the system, and are now easily and often updated.

Unfortunately, many pieces of XBMC are simply too integrated to ever fully get pulled out or added onto without the use of an independent program. Likewise, a great deal of functionality can never be added using the simple python addons we rely on today. Thus, the necessity for independent, binary addon programs becomes clear.

With binary addons XBMC could add an entirely new video player (possibly even one that actually plays DRM content). It could add independent Live TV and PVR software. Practically every individual component of XBMC could be updated without needing a new release.   And, particularly relevant to this article, the binary addon system could add new libraries that interact with specific pieces of totally unanticipated hardware.

XBMC and Siri, XBMC and Kinect? Sure, all with a simple (at least, simple for the user) addon, without the need of additional helper software like EventGhost.

First out of the gate of exciting new ways to control your entertainment system is the USB-CEC Adapter. While the USB-CEC Adapter’s library is not a binary addon itself, it does act as a demonstration of how XBMC will be able to act with peripheral devices. The USB CEC Adapter doesn’t require lirc, a change to the Windows registry, or a default OSX remote. It operates entirely independently via a separate software library. When binary addons become a reality, any user could add (and update) a software library that allows a completely new piece of hardware to interact more closely with XBMC.

So what does this adapter do?

Simply put, the USB-CEC adapter lets your computer, your TV, and any other CEC compatible hardware “talk” to each other via HDMI cables. In one fell swoop, this adapter has the potential of making Harmony remotes entirely pointless.

For example, I have a Samsung TV that uses AnyNet+, the Samsung-branded version of CEC,  to communicate with other devices. Once I set up the adapter, I was able to use my television remote to navigate the XBMC menus, play, pause, and stop video, switch between pictures, videos, and music menus using my colored buttons, and, of course, select various options.

The USB-CEC Adapter is sold by Pulse Eight, but was pretty well entirely developed by a subset of Team XBMC members. Bob van Loosen, maker of the boblight, known in the forums as bobo1on1, did a first schematic cut. The board was layed out by Pulse Eight and then tested externally by Newbury Electronics. Bob then finished the firmware and built a test lib (i.e. a software library of commands that help software and hardware interact). Lars Op den Kamp, known as dushmaniac around here, then developed the official libCEC library based on Bob’s original work.

Once the adapter is plugged in, XBMC and libCEC work together to delegate which buttons control which aspects of your system. In XBMC, you can alter these controls by visiting system -> input -> peripherals -> CEC adapter. In addition, because the CEC adapter allows XBMC and your computer to control your TV and other peripherals as much as it allows your TV to control XBMC, you are given a host of thoughtful (and power-saving) commands that a Harmony remote could not hope to replicate. For example, when XBMC turns on its grayed-out screensaver, it can turn off your television. And when you turn off your television, XBMC will be able to recognize the change in state and go into sleep mode itself. For a video on some of the simpler functions, check out the bottom of this page.

CEC Adapter settings page

The CEC Adapter is currently compatible only with the most recent nightly versions of XBMC Pre-Eden. As always, when using pre-release software like Pre-Eden, users may run into odd quirks that can vary from night to night. Once the adapter is installed and working though, everything should be smooth sailing… with one major exception.

It is possible that your peripheral devices (but most importantly, your TV) may not have support for CEC. This lack of support can range from entirely being unable to interact with other devices to mild, device-specific quirks. For example, my Samsung had no problem recognizing and connecting with XBMC, but its firmware separates “receivers” from “players.” So if I want to interact with XBMC using my TV’s remote, I can, but I can’t control the audio in XBMC. This is actually a known issue that is being worked on by the Pulse Eight development team. In fact, the development team has been incredibly helpful and is actively seeking out additional hardware to support. If you have any problems with your specific devices, you are welcome to list the issues in the Pulse Eight forums, and the team should move fairly quickly to add support. I presume that most recent name brand televisions should all work relatively well over CEC, but looking through the manual of your television would probably not hurt, nor would asking on the Pulse Eight forums. Odds are, your device will use an alternative naming scheme for CEC. For example, Samsung uses Anynet+. See here for a list of alternative trade names.

In the end, I’m sold on the USB-CEC adapter. It really is an awesome device and a great deal cheaper than the equivalent Harmony remote. But more important than that, I’m excited about the future of XBMC and what the CEC adapter and devices like it mean for that future.

With binary addons now slated for Frodo (the release after Eden), we look forward to more and more hardware vendors integrating their devices with XBMC and providing new and innovative methods for creating a more connected home theater system. Until then, feel free to have a go at the USB-CEC adapter and keep an eye out as we bring you additional interesting developments.

The USB-CEC Adapter is a look into the Future | XBMC.

iClarified – AppleTV – How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using Seas0nPass (Mac) [4.3]

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


just did it, Now onto xbmc!

via iClarified – AppleTV – How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using Seas0nPass (Mac) [4.3].

Sonos adds AirPlay support as Android Controller app hits the Market — Engadget

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

For months we’ve been wondering aloud how Sonos would respond to Apple’s September AirPlay announcement. After all, Apple’s promise to “stream music throughout your entire house” steps all over Sonos’ reason to exist. Would Sonos start building its systems with BridgeCo chips? As it turns out: no. Instead, Sonos is opting for a rather ingenious solution, at a cost of $99. Rather than licensing BridgeCo technology at additional expense atop Sonos’ already costly components, the company has instead devised an approach that links Apple’s own AirPlay-compliant AirPort Express into Sonos’ proprietary wireless mesh network. The solution (illustrated after the break) works by first shutting off the WiFi on the AirPort Express base station and then stringing a cable between its audio-out and the line-in jack on any Sonos ZonePlayer, including the S5 all-in-one speaker. You then run an ethernet patch cable between the two and you’ve just enabled your iOS devices to play AirPlay audio to any (or all) Sonos device in the home from any compatible AirPlay app. Naturally, the Sonos solution does not integrate with AirPlay speakers like those from iHome, JBL, B&W, Klipsch, or Philips and the AirPlay audio won’t be synced with video; but it’s a start. The new functionality requires a software update to your system in the form of Sonos System Software version 3.4 — available now — which also adds iOS multitasking amongst a few other goodies.

Today also marks the official release of the free Sonos Controller for Android app in the Android Market making it a pretty good day to be a Sonos owner.


Air play

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

All I have to say for now is wow!

Apple has outdone themselves once again with AirPlay, were already setting up some cool systems for very low cost with some apple tvs and airport expresses! A few friends and I even have our Linux machines receiving AirPlay audio and video! And there are already plugins for xbmc!

I can only imagine the amount of little docks, and amps/receivers that will be AirPlay receivers!! Not too mention it sure does make iTunes/remote combo pretty powerful. Play music from any computer to anywhere in the house you have an AirPlay receiver! All from your iphone or itouch!

On top of it all, with airvideo, the ability to stream ANY video from my server, over 3G or wifi, and stream to a friends/customers tv, is truly amazing!!

Give us a call for some cool system improvements that won’t break the bank! More to come soon!

Mounting a 55″ samsung LED with old hardware

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

A 50″ samsung LED, replacing an old heavy Sony bravia. The bracket is way overkill for this set, but it is more than strong enough! The only downside is the non low profile style of this mount.