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raspbmc (The most capable media centre settop box) for around £30

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Raspbmc is a RaspberryPI port of XBMC (xbox media center) an opensource and highly customizable media centre application.

RaspberryPI (http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs) is a ridiclously cheap creditcard-sized HD capable integrated computer.
http://i.imgur.com/Lscljl.jpg
Register for a pi here:
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi

All you need is a raspberry-pi, power cable, and sd card. Also you'll probably want a case unless you are happy using a box you already have.
https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases

You can buy this SD card usb adapter for £2 if your computer doesn't have an sd slot
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-USB-Single-Slot-Reader/dp/B000VY80AM/

Simply plug in the sd card, use the raspbmc gui installer http://i.imgur.com/WaUEDl.png
It'll only take a couple of minutes. Then you eject the sd card and plug it into the raspberry-pi, along with an hdmi cable and the power cable.

You're done!

You can choose any skin

This is Aeon Nux
http://i.imgur.com/5papO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Uw5tP.jpg

This is Boxee inspired Inspirat
http://i.imgur.com/VyDX4.png
http://i.imgur.com/U3QtS.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iWzFu.jpg

Forgive the poor camera pics, but taking screenshots of video results in black screens.

Here are pics playing tvcatchup (all uk freeview channels live with epg)
http://i.imgur.com/vhMSIh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/otwiNh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YAwsIh.jpg
To get TVCatchup go here: http://plugins.tvcatchup.com/~xbmc/

MKV x264 and xvid network playback
http://i.imgur.com/O8lhth.jpg

This is the TED app
http://i.imgur.com/VAz0lh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8M4ia.png

iPlayer, ITV Player, 4od
http://i.imgur.com/lbr1ah.jpg

This is the youtube app
http://i.imgur.com/hRkohh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IW6H2.png

Only seeing is beleive with raspbmc. A fully capable, easy-to-use hd local playback and web streaming player for around £30!

I've owned a Boxee Box for 8 months, and it cost me £200. It can't do 10% of what this 30 quid device can.

All you have to do is register for your raspberry pi here:
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
and a power cable

buy a £3 8GB SD card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Flash-memory-card-Class/dp/B000OF2F36/

and a case of your choice here if you dont want to try making your own/having it loose.
https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases

Any help needed comment here and I'll ammend my guide. but it really is insanely easy. I was up and running in about 5 minutes. It's ltierally plug and plug with a graphical installer for the sd card.

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