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Instant XBMC

Book Description

Build your very own entertainment system in XBMC with this quick and easy-to-follow guide

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results
  • Use add-ons to expand XBMC's capabilities and play video from Youtube, Vimeo, and other Internet sources
  • Stream music and video to your handheld device using UPnP
  • Change how XBMC looks and feels to better suit your tastes using skins

In Detail

This book has been especially created to provide you with all the information that you need to get set up with XBMC. You will learn how to add and play pictures, music, and movies; how to download and enable add-ons for Internet music and video streaming; how to enable UPnP and Airplay to stream to and from your smartphone or tablet; and discover some tips and tricks for using XBMC.

Instant XBMC Starter is a no-nonsense guide to setting up and using XBMC to watch, organize, and stream your multimedia collection for home or business purposes. After reading this book you’ll know what hardware XBMC runs on, how to install XBMC, how to set up music, picture, and video sources, as well as how to add plugins for each source to do exciting things like stream music and videos from the Internet to your home or business.

Instant XBMC Starter looks at setting up and configuring XBMC to act as an entertainment system that stores and streams media. It will help you to learn how to prepare your media and add it to XBMC. You'll also learn how to fix video issues during the install, transfer files via SSH and Samba, install and set up add-ons for Youtube and other Internet content providers, stream your videos from your iPhone or iPad to XBMC, entertain people with a picture slideshow with accompanying music, and set up XBMC to stream to your handheld devices so you can watch any of the several terabytes of shows stored on XBMC.

Instant XBMC Starter gets you quickly up to speed on installing, setting up, and using XBMC as the core of your entertainment system.

Table of Contents

  1. Instant XBMC
    1. Instant XBMC
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewer
    5. www.packtpub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
    6. packtlib.packtpub.com
      1. Why Subscribe?
      2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. 1. Instant XBMC
      1. So, what is XBMC?
      2. Installation
        1. Minimum hardware requirements
          1. Installation steps
        2. Step 1 – downloading XBMCbuntu
        3. Step 2 – creating a bootable XBMCbuntu USB key
        4. Step 3 – setting your computer BIOS to boot from USB
        5. Step 4 – booting and installing XBMCbuntu
        6. And that's it
      3. Quick start – media files and XBMC
        1. Step 1 – naming or tagging media correctly
          1. Naming movies
          2. Naming TV shows
          3. Tagging music
        2. Step 2 – getting the files to your XBMC computer
          1. Name resolution
          2. Sending files via FileZilla
          3. Configuring and sending files via Samba
        3. Step 3 – adding files to your movie, TV show, or music library
          1. Content playback
          2. Combining photos and music
            1. Using a keyboard
            2. Using a Media Center remote
          3. Exploring XBMC playback options
          4. Changing the XBMC skin
      4. Top 6 features you need to know about
        1. Using add-ons to stream Internet content
        2. Streaming music, videos, and pictures from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to XBMC
        3. Streaming to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet via UPnP
          1. Step 1 – configuring UPnP on your XBMC media center
          2. Step 2 – installing a UPnP application on your handheld device
          3. Step 3 – installing media-playing software
          4. Step 4 – configuring the UPnP application on your handheld device
          5. Step 5 – playing your content from the detected XBMC UPnP server
        4. Watching live TV from Internet sources
          1. Step 1 – adding the Fusion XBMCHUB repository location
          2. Step 2 – installing the Fusion XBMCHUB repository ZIP file
          3. Step 3 – installing and enabling FilmOn
          4. Step 4 – adding third-party repositories for more add-ons and skins
          5. Step 5 – changing the metadata scrapers for movies and television shows
      5. People and places you should get to know
        1. People
        2. Canonical sites
        3. Social networking
        4. Support
        5. Other sites of interest
        6. Software of interest