The Raspberry Pi Gets a Media Centre Makeover, Thanks to Raspbmc

By Wednesday, February 13, 2013 0 Permalink 0

Raspbmc will turn the $25 credit card sized computer into a HD capable entertainment centre. With the stable version 1.0 already out, novice users who do not have any prior experience with Linux can install the Raspbmc on a USB drive or even an SD card. The Raspberry Pi can be connected to a HD TV through its HDMI port and can be powered using any of the USB ports available on the TV.

The Raspbmc is capable of decoding content at 1080p resolution but, users who are willing to go for more functionality like decoding MPEG-2 and VC-1 files may opt for paid licenses from The RaspberryPi Foundation. When it comes to updates, the Raspbmc will get those automatically over the internet through the Ethernet connection on the Pi. It can even pull the updates wirelessly if the user has installed a supported Wi-Fi dongle.

Content can be accessed through LAN from NFS and SMB shares and if users are having Apple gadgets they may also use Airplay from iTunes to stream the content. The Raspberry PI may also be used as an alternative to Apple TV as Raspbmc supports wireless streaming.

Raspbmc can be downloaded from here.