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Best practices for digital media and home theater?

I'd like to improve the way we handle our digital media storage and viewing at home. Currently we have a PC running FreeNAS as the storage server, and another PC hooked up to the TV (the TV PC) that we play media with using Kodi. We use an iPhone as a remote. I'd like to replace this with something easier to use, so that for instance, a guest at our house could watch TV just using a remote. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jan 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Raspberry Pi ideas?

I just recently got a Raspberry Pi system and I'm wondering what the best way is to revolutionize the tech in my life. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Apr 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Ideas for a low powered home server running Linux...

I'm not going to be doing much with this. I already have a NAS so this won't be a file server. I just want it to do a few things such as XBMC, OpenVPN server, Squeezebox server, etc. It's going to be on 24/7, and I don't want it to use much power. Since it is isn't going to be doing too much, I don't want too spend much. I tried the Raspberry Pi, but it doesn't have enough power. It can run one of these applications perfectly, but it can't run much more at the same time. Same with an old PogoPlug. I was thinking about one of these: Beaglebone Black? CubieTruck? An old Dell Mini 9? If anyone has any ideas or can tell me about their low powered/low cost server, I'd appreciate it.
posted by toddst on Nov 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Is it worth building an HTPC?

After reading this Coding Horror post and seeing some news about Dolphin emulator releasing 4.0, I've been pondering building an HTPC for media & gaming purposes, but I keep getting a lot of mixed signals as to ease of use & software quality. Is it really worth the time, money, and effort? [more inside]
posted by zempf on Oct 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Movie Sets in XBMC

What is the easiest way to manually create movie sets in XBMC? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Explain NAS and file servers to me like I'm five years old. And dim.

I currently have a tangle of external drives hooked to my HTPC. Serving that stuff via UPnP is okay, but I'd like to move my files to a separate device that would then be able to make them available to a motley assortment of devices. Thing is, I'm woefully ignorant about networking and file sharing, having never so much as set up a shared Windows folder. I need help coming up with a game plan. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 31, 2013 - 12 answers

XBMCbuntu: How can I troubleshoot HDMI audio issues when I can't hear the speakers?

XBMCbuntu: How can I troubleshoot HDMI audio issues when I can't hear the speakers? [more inside]
posted by even butter on Dec 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Serving media since a few weeks from now.

If you could start your HTPC set up all over again, what would you choose? I'm gifting everything (from tv to htpc to router) to my partner and starting from scratch. Tips and suggestions are welcome! [more inside]
posted by Smegoid on Jul 24, 2012 - 17 answers

Dist-upgrading Ubuntu when the PPA version of a package is newer?

Upgrading Ubuntu: I am planning to finally dist-upgrade my mythbuntu 10.10 box which has fallen out of official support. I probably will take 3 steps to get it up to 12.04 LTS, but this question is just about the first step. What happens during a dist-upgrade if I have a ppa-sourced package that is newer than the new distribution? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

television | rules the nation

Setting up a media PC for my television. Already have all the hardware set up, just wondering what kind of software people are using to have a "reasonable television-like experience" with mouse only or wireless xbox360 controller (currently looking in to getting one of these) [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jan 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Is there a single Windows based media center platform that does it all?

What are the best ways to watch and record live, broadcast TV in a Windows environment without using Windows Media Center? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jan 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Living in a post-boxee america

Boxee is leaving the PC platform (Mac / Linux / OSX) after the current release (which drops a bunch of features). What should I migrate to? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

I can't hear you over how awesome XBMC is (I wish)

Background music and effects are way louder than voices in XBMC, so much so that I have to get up and turn the volume down every time theme song or music comes on during TV shows or movies for fear of disturbing neighbors (not to mention that they're uncomfortably loud). [more inside]
posted by Strass on Sep 28, 2011 - 12 answers

I Want the Pretty Shiny

What XBMC theme is this, and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Aug 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me set up a wireless-wired spoke for my home network using existing 10+ year old parts

Is it possible to use the wireless connection from my laptop to connect my hacked XBox (not 360) running XBMC to the network using a Ethernet cable? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Jan 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Lend me your up-to-date media center knowledge

What's the latest in small, cheap media centers? [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld on Dec 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Can I move a modded xbox classic's HD to another xbox classic?

My chip modded xbox classic is dying and i think the mod chip is part of the problem. If I buy a new-to-me used xbox classic can I soft mod it and use the HD that I installed in my current dying xbox? I would really like to be able to use my existing HD since it has all my media already on it (i do have a backup but it is a pain to transfer). [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jul 22, 2010 - 5 answers


What can I use to synchronize multiple music libraries on one computer without overlap? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on May 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Will a spare receiver work with a different remote?

HTPC aficionados, I have a question about infrared remotes. Can a USB receiver be used by any other remote or is it "locked" to the one that came with it? [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC?

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC? [more inside]
posted by zcow on May 22, 2010 - 3 answers

One Step Closer to Total Media Domination

Can I stream from a Seagate Dockstar to my XBMC-running Xbox? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Mar 19, 2010 - 5 answers

I need help picking media center software. What fits my seemingly simple requirements?

I came into some hardware I have no other use for, so it's time to try some "media center" software! Yay! Difficulties: Spouse-friendliness is important, I don't know the media center scene very well, the hardware I have isn't all that fancy, and my patience for scouring all the different projects' forums to sort them out is somewhat limited. Can you help me sort out my options and pick something that's close to my requirements? [more inside]
posted by majick on Mar 10, 2010 - 13 answers

XBMC: to upgrade or not to upgrade?

XBMC on XBox Classic Users: It's been a long long time since I upgraded the XBMC on my XBOX. Is it worth it for me to upgrade to the latest t3ch version 2009-12-09? Any cool new features on the xbox build. I just can't bring myself to read through the change logs with every miniscule svn commit in it. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jan 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Seeking the ultimate media center PC.

Looking to build/buy a (maybe) Linux-based media center. Requirements: HDMI, YPbPr, and (bonus) standard RCA output (not all at once), region-free DVD/Blu-ray playing (physical drive[s?]), some sort of remote control, automatic boot into media center interface, small size (not a tower), and (of course) lots and lots of codecs: Blu-ray rips, H.264 .avi, VIDEO_TS folders, the works. Need to know: cost, upkeep, storage options. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Oct 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Best/Cheapest way to stream video/audio media from PC that also acts as HD backup?

Best/Cheapest way to stream video/audio from PC that also acts as HD backup? (wants: Codec support, cheap, netflix support) [more inside]
posted by bmilner on Sep 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Which 1080p HDMI media streamer should I purchase?

Which 1080p HDMI media streamer should I purchase? [more inside]
posted by Perplexer on Sep 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Zero to HTPC in 700?

Going crazy trying to figure out my HTPC/media server options from scratch. Yes, I've been reading other threads but I'm a unique snowflake so there's [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 10, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I add media to an XBMC PC

How do I add content to the hard drive running XBMC live on my new media center PC? [more inside]
posted by midwestguy on Jul 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Should I switch from Xbox XBMC to AppleTV?

I have a 32" / 81cm enhanced definition widescreen CRT TV. I have an Xbox running XBMC connected via component to watch standard (ie not 720p) TV and DVD rips, letting the Xbox upscale to 720p. Will upgrading to an AppleTV and playing 720p rips dramatically improve the picture, or will I probably not notice any difference on such a small screen? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Mar 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Best video codec for DVD ripping?

What are the best video compression settings (codec, bitrate etc.) for ripping DVDs (that I own)? These files will sit on a NAS and be streamed over a wireless G network for viewing on a standard definition TV with XBMC. [more inside]
posted by Otis on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Another console purchase guidance question.

Can an PS3/Xbox 360 perform most of the media functionality found on an original Xbox with XBMC? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Feb 16, 2009 - 17 answers

HTPC + DVD ISO + automounting = WIN: Show your work

Looking for a media center solution (not necessarily a Media Center solution), that will automount DVD images (ISO files) for playback. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 10, 2009 - 15 answers

XBMC + Xbox360 + Vista: Help me build a DVR.

Help make my own DVR. I have basic cable, an Xbox with XBMC, and an Xbox 360 in the living room, and a Windows Vista desktop machine in the bedroom. I want to be able to record shows on a schedule and watch in the living room. What's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Jan 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Pimp My Wireless Network

WirelessNeworkFilter: Please help me set up my home wireless network using two routers. Despite all the particulars of my situation, there must be an easy solution. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Dec 19, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the best solution for streaming HD media from a PC?

What's the best solution for streaming HD media from a PC? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Nov 29, 2008 - 20 answers


Can I open/run any old program I want from within Xbox media center (on my mac mini)? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on Nov 24, 2008 - 2 answers

Can anyone recommend a cheap universal remote that can learn one task that involves two devices?

Can anyone recommend a cheap universal remote that can learn one task that involves two devices? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Nov 5, 2008 - 6 answers

What's the easiest way to use my Mac to mod an xbox and install XBMC?

What's the easiest way to use my Mac to mod an xbox and install XBMC? I don't have access to any of the old games, and don't really want to have to buy a USB to memory card convertor for this. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Oct 24, 2008 - 9 answers

What's the best option these days for building a home theater PC (HTPC)?

HD-capable HTPC advice / help? I'm overwhelmed here... XBMC, Boxee, MythTV, Windows Media Center, CableCARDS, Popcorn Hour, Apple TV -- too many options! What should I build to fit my needs within a reasonable cost? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Oct 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Wireless solution for Xbox and XBMC?

What's the best wireless solution for connecting an original X-Box with XBMC for streaming MPEG-2 video? [more inside]
posted by Otis on Aug 6, 2008 - 9 answers

How do i get my modded xbox onto my windows network.

How do i get my modded xbox (ie xbmc) onto my windows network. [more inside]
posted by lrobertjones on Sep 20, 2006 - 14 answers

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