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OpenELEC: The Slimmer Trimmer and Cooler XBMC

OpenELEC: The Slimmer Trimmer and Cooler XBMC

Now OpenELEC lets you carry your HTPC with you in your USB drive. OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a HTPC software based on the ultra popular, the hip and chic XBMC (Xbox Media Center)  and supports full HD playback to your television with support for video and sound over the HDMI port...

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Watch Hulu, Netflix on Motorola Xoom

Watch Hulu, Netflix on Motorola Xoom

Google’s latest serving of Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom, has been warming our hands and intruding few dreams for some time now. The most common complain about this otherwise ample bestowed tablet is lack of apps. After using it for quite some time, I genuinely feel that it has the potential to truly replace the...

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Install XBMC Dharma on Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 with Live TV and IR Remote Support

Install XBMC Dharma on Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 with Live TV and IR Remote Support

XBMC is a powerful HTPC software that lets you transform your PC in to a multimedia home theater system.The latest release of XBMC is 10.0 Dharma. Dharma has really taken XBMC to next level by enhancing the user experience by superior integration of the plugin / skin / programs installation. According to XBMC.org In...

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Encoding MythTV Recordings with Subtitle and Surround Sound

Encoding MythTV Recordings with Subtitle and Surround Sound

Earlier I had discussed how you can automate the conversion of MythTV recording to avi or mkv on a MythBuntu system using mythnuv2mkv. While the process is almost fully automated (except for the cut-list creation), it has a few shortcomings: It can only convert with stereo audio, no 5.1 surround sound. You cannot extract...

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$200: Preorder The Boxee Box by D-Link

$200: Preorder The Boxee Box by D-Link

Here is a really cool Gizmo for all those who want their TVs to do much more than just be an idiot box. For all you HTPC fanboys, Amazon allows you to Preorder The Boxee Box by D-Link. The features look very tempting and price seems just right. So, what’s Boxee Box, in a...

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TV Episode / Media Renamer for Linux (Ubuntu 10.04)

TV Episode / Media Renamer for Linux (Ubuntu 10.04)

If you download TV media (series) from the Internet, the episode numbers are all mangled and messed up. But you don’t need to worry, there are several applications for all platforms which can fix the episode names automatically for you. I tested couple of these solutions which are discussed below. FileBot FileBot appears like...

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Best HTPC Software for Ubuntu 10.04 / Fedora 13 (MythTv vs Freevo vs XBMC)?

Best HTPC Software for Ubuntu 10.04 / Fedora 13 (MythTv vs Freevo vs XBMC)?

Contrary to popular (Windows users) belief, Linux is not the greatest when it comes to handling multimedia. Some Windows users are even under the delusion that the Linux is not geared for HTPC purposes. With Windows 7, Windows OS has boldly gone where no Windows has gone before. But you would be surprised to...

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Automatic Encoding of MythTV Recordings To avi or mkv on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid (Mythbuntu)

Automatic Encoding of MythTV Recordings To avi or mkv on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid (Mythbuntu)

This tutorial assumes that you have a working MythTV setup. If you came here looking how to setup MythTV, please look at the related posts at the end of this post to help you out with the setup. mythnuv2mkv is a great script to convert your MythTV recordings to avi or mkv (h.264). You...

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Perfect MythTV Frontend on Windows 7 / Vista or Mac Using XBMC

Perfect MythTV Frontend on Windows 7 / Vista or Mac Using XBMC

This is incredible! XBMC+MythTV rock!! I have been trying all kinds of crazy solutions to be able to stream Live TV over the LAN. MythTV does offer an easy way out, but then you are stuck with Ubuntu at all times. Not that I have any issues with that, but I do indulge myself...

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Master Backend Server and Single Frontend MythTV Setup On a Ubuntu 10.04 Box

Master Backend Server and Single Frontend MythTV Setup On a Ubuntu 10.04 Box

MythTV is a great PVR (Personal Video Recorder) software which allows you to turn your computer into a TV server and all you need is a TV Tuner card that is supported in Linux. MythTV not only does allow you to watch and record TV on the computer where you install your TV tuner...

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GeeXboX Free Media Center (HTPC) Software for Old PCs and Macs

GeeXboX Free Media Center (HTPC) Software for Old PCs and Macs

I have earlier raved about the capabilities of XBMC, clearly it well suited for Media Center purposes and it’s sleek interface, configurability and support for low end systems sets it apart. However, if you have a really old system (older than 5 years), then it is possible that XBMCs graphic accelerated interface won’t be...

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XBMC on Ubuntu vs XBMC Live: Wireless Network and IR Remote

I have seen this question asked in several forums and I personally had to deal with it during my tete-a-tete with XBMC. Usually XBMC live is the way to go, if you are going to run it on a HTPC desktop, especially an old one. XBMC live comes configured with support for most generic...

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Use iPod Touch/iPhone as Air Mouse (Windows 7, Snow Leopard)

You can use your iPod Touch or iPhone as air mouse/keyboard using Mobile Air Mouse Pro. And it would cost you only $1.99 (as of Jan 6, 2010). You just need to install the free server program on your desktops/laptops (it supports both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard). On windows 7 after the installer...

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Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

I needed a computer case. but didn’t want to invest any money in it as I would be making a long distance journey in near future and won’t be able to lug the heavy case along. DIY solution comes to the rescue. Computer case made of cardboard box! This is built for my test...

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Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)

Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)

Build a HTPC for under $300 with full HD video support.

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HTPC Softwares (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10) Reviewed

HTPC Softwares (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10) Reviewed

I was trying to make it a perfect HTPC (I know its an overkill, so another cheap HTPC is in the pipeline) and this lead to test drive of several HTPC/Home PVR solutions. I software that I tried with windows 7 platform are the following: 1. SageTV (not-free) 2. Windows 7 Media Center 3. XMBC 4. GB-PVR 5. MediaPortal 6....

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