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by Tony Chang

All opinions on this site are my own and do not represent those of my employer.

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XBMC is amazing

Jul 11, 2005, 12:29am EDT



I used to think that the X-Box Media Center (XBMC) was only useful for watching movies on a TV after I copied the files from my computer to an X-Box. Apparently, it can be used for a whole lot more and there’s a community making scripts for streaming multimedia files from the internet and playing them on an X-Box.

For example, there’s a script for browsing and watching music videos from Launch and another script for viewing movie trailers from Apple. There’s even a script for viewing videos or listening to podcasts from feeds using the system:media:video tag.

These scripts, which are written in python, are run from XBMC. They grab file listings from the web and provide a GUI for selecing a media file to play. Aside from the scripts being a bit buggy, it provides a very seamless interface for playing multimedia files. It makes watching video files on a PC, which normally involves some weird relationship between browser and multimedia player, seem kludgy. It reminds me of the impression I got when I first used the iTunes Music Store to browse and listen to music.


Josh at Jul 11, 2005, 04:29am EDT

copying sounds like a hindrance—it’s a ton easier to just make a NFS or SMB share and access your media from the Xbox that way

aaron at Jul 23, 2005, 07:45pm EDT

works for me…

Gangsta at Jul 27, 2005, 02:42am EDT

I definitively agree with you! python support on xbmc is simply’s an open system to get internet contents directly on your TV..Bloglines,Flickr,Ooba,Lyric..and many more. Thank u too for your cool webnote tools.I remember i used it here

Pat Bergschneider at Aug 21, 2005, 02:46pm EDT

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. After a little digging around the web I found a new script for Global Alternative News that offers streaming access to Democracy Now, FreeSpeech TV, and other fine alternatives.

Plus, you got me into the mood to update my version of XBMC and it’s so much more advanced than what I was running. Thanks Tony!