Monday, October 28, 2013

Raspberry Pi Media Center

Raspberry Pi Media Center
Raspberry Pi Media Center
Transform your Raspberry Pi into a full-blown media center within 24 hours
Overview
  • 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
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!
What you will learn from this book
  • 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.
Approach
Constructed as a set of simple-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this book will take you through numerous aspects of creating a fully functional media center with your Raspberry Pi. It is an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide to setting a complete media center experience using the revolutionary ARM GNU/Linux board.
Who this book is written 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.

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