Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/163541/build-a-35-media-center-with-raspbmc-and-raspberry-pi-redux/
Last year we showed you how to turn the Raspberry Pi into a silent, snappy, and all around awesome media center. A lot has changed since then; we’re back with an updated guide packed with more tips, tricks, and goodies than you can shake a stick at.
@jfitzpatrick - Awesome article.
Out of curiosity - how does this handle watching via a browser (e.g. cbs.com, history.com) for networks which publish their shows online? I would take it that YouTube support is a given (right?).
Since the Raspberry Pi has an ARM processor, there isn't any flash support (unless you could manage to get Android installed with that version of Flash). So, you can't just open a browser and go to something like CBS.com. To watch a specific network, you would need an add-on for Xbmc.
I would recommend also getting a Class 10 SD Card. I had a Class 4(most common) and it was just stuttering when watching shows(SD and HD). Switched it out with a Class 10 and I was back in business.
Thanks for the info - I figured as much but it never hurts to ask.
I suppose if it is unrestricted availability to all content which is needed, then you really have to go Windows. While not ideal, this is about a 'future proof' as you can get so you aren't dependent on add-ons to access certain content.
Dear author, could you please correct the end of this article, especially this part:
Sam Nazarko–if you appreciate all the hard work he’s put into porting and maintaining XBMC on the Raspberry Pi platform as much as we do, hit up the Raspbmc donation page and help support the project.
Sam did not port anything or maintain XBMC on the Raspberry Pi. The Pi port was (for the major part) done by one of our Team members, Edgar (Gimli). Sam only packaged things into Raspbmc, similar to what our official appliance, OpenELEC, already provides. So I suggest that you, at the very least, mention Team XBMC's forum and donation page in this article.
thanks, Lars (Team XBMC)
To clarify, Sam/Raspbmc did not port XBMC to the Raspberry Pi. Sam maintains an OS/XBMC combination distribution. TeamXBMC did the actual port of XBMC to the Raspberry Pi specific hardware, and that is the software that Raspbmc uses (same with OpenELEC and XBian, two other OS/XBMC distributions).
It would be appreciated if this clarification could be made in the article itself.
We'll pull @jfitzpatrick into the discussion here, since he wrote the article. Obviously we're fans of XBMC and would be happy to update.
@faulkner132 As @lhamil64 mentioned, there isn't any flash support so unless you're running XBMC on an OS that supports it you're out of luck in most cases (that aren't HTML5 or have their own XBMC plugin... even then you're still out of luck if it requires something really specific like Silverlight or the like because you're not going to see a copy of that for the Raspberry Pi any time soon).
That said... I've had great luck with a wide variety of XBMC specific plugins like the Amazon Instant Video plugin. It stutters on occasion, but I think that can be expected when streaming 1080 video over a broadband connection that is often pretty busy with other tasks.
@opdenkamp I'd be happy to update the article! I misunderstood the behind-the-scenes action and was under the impression that Sam had taken on the porting project himself. I'll update the article to reflect that he maintains the package and that you guys did the porting.
For the uninitiated, could you add a link to a decent case?
I'm looking to create a much lower power, yet still powerful enough to playback 1080, and even blu-ray rips across a wired connection. Is the Pi powerful enough for this, and running the a demanding skin such as Aeon or Aeon Nox?
@arastaf I routinely watch 1080 video over Ethernet with no problems. I haven't tried taxing the system with a resource heavy skin and watching 1080 video, however. I'll have to add that to my list of stuff-to-be-tested.
@svnpenn: We list a variety of cases in our Raspberry Pi startup guide: http://www.howtogeek.com/138281/the-htg-guide-to-getting-started-with-raspberry-pi/
All my Pi units, except for the weather station LED one (which is in a clear case) are in black acrylic cases from Built-to-Spec: http://builttospecstore.storenvy.com/products/404262-raspberry-pi-enclosure-kit
The Built-to-Spec cases are a fantastic value: laser cut construction, very study, includes light pipes for the LED indicators at no extra charge, etc.
I've been using the Raspberry Pi with Raspbmc for a while now and while it is a fantastic low cost media center, the only significant issue that I have had is that it is still very slow when it comes to library updates of files. Granted, it is very low power and it has to scan over 600 movies, but it took nearly 6 hours to do the initial scan. I'm using the ACE skin which is supposed to be low in resources, but still continue to find the menu lag significant. I have set it up just like I have set up all the other XBMC installs in my other PCs. Maybe I am doing something wrong? Not complaining about the lag or the time for scanning, given the cost and the phenomenal work that the guys have put into bringing this out!
I was wondering the exact same thing.
I'd love to switch to a Pi-based XBMC install, but 100% of everything I watch is 720p+ (shows are 720p, movies are 1080p).
This may not be the place for this but I am following the How to Install NZBGet tutorial and I can't get past the patches. Specifically the 2nd one. sudo tar -xvf libpar2-0.2.tar.gz I get an error that it is not in gzip format and that a child returned a status = 1
Any help would be appreciated.
I don't understand why people like XBMC so much! PLEX seems to work way better and have more useful options without all the hassle! (maybe someone can explain?) I have tried XBMC but went with plex. My setup uses sick beard & couchpotato to get new media, (also connected to my local media) then I can stream to my PS3 or any local PC. But they also have an Android app so I can watch anywhere on my phone, and if I need a bigger screen I can ether use any PC with internet through the web interface or I carry a HDMI adapter with me on my travels to plug the phone into any TV.