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Raspberry Pi Media Center

Sam Nazarko

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a full-blown media center using Raspbmc. This guide has all the plain language instructions you need to control your TV with a smartphone and create your own media library. No special skills required.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782163022
Paperback108 pages

About This Book

  • Discover how you can stream video, music, and photos straight to your TV
  • Play existing content from your computer or USB drive
  • Watch and record TV via satellite, cable, or terrestrial
  • Build your very own library that automatically includes detailed information and cover material

Who This Book Is For

This book does not require any prior knowledge of the Raspberry Pi, but it does assume you are computer literate and comfortable with Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows and concepts such as installing software.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Why use a Raspberry Pi?
Equipment needed
What is Raspbmc?
What can Raspbmc do?
Installing Raspbmc
Booting up the Raspberry Pi
Chapter 2: Using Raspbmc
Controlling Raspbmc
Navigating Raspbmc
Changing settings
Installing add-ons
Chapter 3: Managing Content
Supported backends
Chapter 4: Streaming from a Computer
Remote streaming
Adding these shares in Raspbmc
Chapter 5: Setting up the Library Mode
Installing MySQL
Configuring MySQL
Adding our SQL database to XBMC
Chapter 6: Using PVR with Raspbmc
What is PVR?
Raspbmc's role in PVR
Setting up PVR
Chapter 7: Converting Media
Reasons for converting
Converting media using Handbrake
Ripping DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

What You Will Learn

  • Clear instructions on how to get Raspbmc working on your Raspberry Pi
  • Learn how to navigate and configure XBMC
  • Discover how you can control your media center with your smartphone or TV remote
  • Build your very own media library with film, episode, and album descriptions and artwork
  • Share your content across multiple media center devices
  • Utilize PVR for viewing live TV and recording

In Detail

Low-cost and high-performing, with a massively diverse range of uses and applications, the Raspberry Pi is set to revolutionize the way we think about computing and programming. Using it as a Media Center allows everyone to have a low-cost device that is always on, attached to their TV.

Imagine controlling your TV with your smartphone, dynamically streaming content that you have on various devices across your home, as and when you want. Raspberry Pi Media Center will show you how to configure the complete experience using readily available and accessible tools, so that you too will soon be enjoying your media from the comfort of your own sofa.

With this practical guide, you’ll discover how you can transform your Raspberry Pi into a powerful media center. Using Raspbmc (based on the XBMC distribution), you'll be shown how you can deploy and configure your own media center, including coverage of all the essentials from controlling your device with a TV remote or smartphone, to the creation and customization of your very own media library (including the conversion of any existing collection). You'll even be able to stream multimedia from your devices or directly from the Internet!


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