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

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nascent2y, 10m agoPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
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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nascent2y, 10m agoPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
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sancho1983#1
How easy is it to get a pi? I want one for my birthday but not sure where to tell my wife to get one from
DAMNOME 4 Likes #2
for lazy people like me - clickable links (_;)

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.
GeordieTariq#3
Sancho1983: I registered with the following websites:
http://downloads.element14.com/raspberryPi1.html
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
and still had to wait 3/4 months. When your turn comes they will email you to pay and then about a month later the goods will arrive.
Need to be patient, or plan ahead for the wife's birthday. Good luck!
harryg001#4
Thanks nascent.

My Raspberry Pi is ready for me to order now I have moved up the waiting list. I was trying to decide whether to go for it. Your guide has confirmed I should. Just one question - what's the best remote for the Pi? Android app???

Many thanks!
master_chiefbanned#5
Not that impressed with it myself.
OldEnglish#6
harryg001
Thanks nascent.

My Raspberry Pi is ready for me to order now I have moved up the waiting list. I was trying to decide whether to go for it. Your guide has confirmed I should. Just one question - what's the best remote for the Pi? Android app???

Many thanks!
The xbmc android/i phone app
OldEnglish#7
master_chief
Not that impressed with it myself.
I got mine running openelc it works ok i guess but very slow
can't add repos like navi-x - 1channel ect..... bit of a killer tbh but what can you expect for £30
but like realblender said cost mounts up a bit, think i have spent nearer £60 now (_;)
& its a bit crap really, will give raspbmc a try see if its any better.
cejiogu1banned#8
dga
My RP-I is still sat in an enclosure and it's never been powered up let alone flashed. Why? ATV2 :)
Lool same as me. It is collecting dust tbh.
master_chiefbanned 1 Like #9
OldEnglish
master_chief
Not that impressed with it myself.
I got mine running openelc it works ok i guess but very slow
can't add repos like navi-x - 1channel ect..... bit of a killer tbh but what can you expect for £30
but like realblender said cost mounts up a bit, think i have spent nearer £60 now (_;)
& its a bit crap really, will give raspbmc a try see if its any better.

I know XBMC is in beta for the devices but I can't see them getting it running even close to my ION HTPC.
reddit#10
Ordered mine a couple of weeks ago, with a 14 week expected wait.

In that time there may be more similar products from other manufacturers, so just have to and and see.
WinterSoldier5#11
Anybody have a link to the download for raspbmc? The Main site seems to be down so need an alternative.
master_chiefbanned#12
dga
sancho1983
How easy is it to get a pi? I want one for my birthday but not sure where to tell my wife to get one from
Me because I'm kind like that. Unfortunately you will have to buy the pants enclosure too all at cost.

You're not sticking with it then?

I'm contemplating selling it or using it as a secondary media player for my son's bedroom if I get him a TV up there. It's definitely not suitable as a primary media solution.
WinterSoldier5#13
dcx_badass
WinterSoldier5
Anybody have a link to the download for raspbmc? The Main site seems to be down so need an alternative.

This is the installer:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9072360/raspbmc-win32.zip

This is the image, rename it to installer.img.gz and drop it in the installer folder then run the installer:
http://files.velocix.com/c1410/raspbmc/downloads/bin/ramdistribution/installer-testing.img.gz

Cheers :)
timcolgan#14
Thanks for the files also, what are the default login details BTW?
master_chiefbanned#15
timcolgan
Thanks for the files also, what are the default login details BTW?

un/pi and pw/raspberry

If you're getting the login prompt when starting the installation then you haven't copied the image across properly.
baxterboy#16
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.
master_chiefbanned#17
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.
ZedEx#18
Cheers OP, i'm awaiting delivery of my Pi at the moment.
baxterboy#19
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?
master_chiefbanned#20
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

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