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XBMC Media Center (formerly named XBox Media Center) is a cross-platform free and open source software media-player and entertainment hub with a 10-foot user interface design for the living-room TV. It was originally created for the first-generation Xbox game-console, but is now available for the Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard, Tiger, Apple TV), and Microsoft Windows operating systems. There is also a bootable Live CD and Live USB version referred to as "XBMC Live"

XBMC supports most common audio, video, and image formats, playlists, audio visulizations, slideshows, weather reporting, and third-party plugins. It is network-capable (internet and LAN shares). Unlike commercial media center software like Windows Media Center from Microsoft, or other free media center software like MediaPortal and MythTV, XBMC Media Center has as of yet no PVR TV-recording and EPG TV-Guide functionality of its own. However, it does offer the possibility to integrate such functionality through third-party plugins.

Through its plugin system, which is based on the Python programming language, XBMC is expandable via add-ons that include features such as television program guides, YouTube, Hulu, Veoh, online movie trailer support, and SHOUTcast/Podcast streaming. XBMC also functions as a gaming platform by allowing users to play mini-games developed with Python, on any operating system. In addition, the Xbox version of XBMC contains the ability to launch console games, and homebrew applications such as emulators.

XBMC as a whole is distributed under the GNU General Public License (with a few libraries used by XBMC licensed under the LGPL). XBMC is not produced, endorsed, or supported by Microsoft, which means that XBMC for Xbox requires a modchip or softmod exploit, or reflashing the Xbox onboard BIOS EEPROM chip with a modified BIOS.

Website: XBMC
Posted on May 31st, 2014
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