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I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

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Putting XBMC on a Raspberry Pi is Ludicrously easy

I know I'm late to the Raspberry Pi party, but as I mention in the video, sometimes it's wise to wait until after all the fuss has settled down. In the year since this tiny low-power computer was introduced, enthusiasts have spent countless hours optimising and debugging code to make this hackers machine an easy to use consumer product for your average end-user like me.

I delayed making this video for months. I really thought that installing XBMC would be a lot more complicated than it was. I anticipated that I would be fiddling about with settings and configuration files for hours, but in reality the whole process turned out to be a surprisingly simple formality.

If after watching this video you like the idea of having a Raspberry Pi powered media centre but still aren't confident about configuring your SD card (and you live in the UK) you can even buy a Pre-Loaded SD card.

I don't know if this is the cheapest way you can get XBMC on your TV...and at times the menus can be a tad laggy, but the features that make this configuration particularly appealing to me are the Airplay capability and the fact it can be powered directly from my TV. 

Total Costs: Under £45

Raspberry Pi  £28 for a Model B (512mb). 

Wifi Dongle £12 - All from CPC Farnell. (You can get other dongles for £5 on ebay)

Case £2.58 From Ebay

All the other items I used were already in the house (HDMI Cable, 1 amp USB Charger, SD Card, Keyboard Remote).

The Lenovo N5902 I used is overkill. An MCE Remote will be more than sufficient. 

By the way - I know there are a few continuity errors in this video which I'm fully expecting youtube commenters with way too much time on their hands to bring up....4GB cards becoming 32GB cards, WiFi dongles changing ports - references to keyboards and mice on the setup screens which don't appear in the video and vanishing ornaments. These things come from shooting a video over three different days, spread across two weeks....that and I had to let my continuity team have the week off (as well as the fact they don't exist anyway).

In case anyone is interested, the film playing in the video is 'The Brain', AKA 'Le Cerveau', a 1969 French caper movie with the dream cast of David Niven, Belmondo and Bourvil. 


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Reader Comments (10)

Model A is without internet port, so your model is B.

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFipSaSLT

Was the movie playing, in your video, the end of "the brain" with David Niven?

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

Yes it is, i recognized John Paul Belmondo in the other part of the movie. Sorry for the out of context post, but I haven't seen that movie in 40 years.
To go back to your original subject, I was trying to understand the purpose of the XBMC. It seams that the Micca Mplay-HD might do the same thing in a simpler way. If it's use for the same purpose.

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

FipSaSLT - Many thanks for correcting me on this - I'll update the article.

May 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review and how-to. What else would I expect from Techmoan. Couple of things I discovered:
You don't need a keyboard or mouse to install or use RASPBMC:
1) You can download the free official XBMC remote app for your iphone etc that acts as a remote, keyboard and a great media browser works across wifi on your home network, and finds your Pi automagically when you hit search.
2) Raspbmc supports some clever standard (LIRC) that allows TV remote control via the hdmi cable and your standard tv remote control - you have to enable a setting on the menus to enable this (using your iphone of course)

It is worth mentioning that you get better decoding if you buy the mpeg licence online from raspberry Pi for £2.50 or similar once you enter your Pi serial number
Re USB on the back of your TV - some TVs power down the USB socket when in standby giving a very abrupt power down/crash of your Pi - so you may want to check before assuming you can do away with the micro USB wall-wart.
Using the screen scraping capability of XBMC library to automatically download all the DVD covers, film art, reviews, plot summaries etc makes movie and TV watching on the Pi an absolute delight.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpannerthumbs

On my Sony TV I can use the TV remote (IR goes from TV via HDMI to RPi, CEC),
works with both Raspbmc and OpenELEC.

On Android install Yatse, then use "Share" on a Youtube page,
select "Send to XBMC" (sends the link) to see video on RPi.
You also need the Youtube app installed in XBMC.
May also work for other videos on other pages, try it out.

Those two functions, using my remote, and Nexus 7 tablet,
is why I really love the RPi (wish it was a little faster though).

Thanks for all your reviews, I see them all !

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarnulf

Thank you so much for sharing these details for people who are uninformed. I have a Raspberry Pi, and although I don't regularly use it for High Capacity processing, it's programing capabilities are unmatched for its price. I hope people will catch on!

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUh Oh a Ninja

I was trying to understand the purpose of the XBMC. It seams that the Micca Mplay-HD might do the same thing in a simpler way. If it's use for the same purpose.Dynam RC Avions

June 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercatherine feutry

Blimey - never even heard of these before - I foresee a purchase - After all one has to........

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

XBMC is a great program. I use a SkystreamX Android Box that came preloaded with all of the good XBMC Add Ons. It was simply plug and play. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to cut there cable and start watching free TV.

Android TV Box

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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