media centres

XBMC Renames And Rebrands To Kodi Entertainment Center

Starting with version 14, the product we all know and love as “XBMC” will become “Kodi”. The developers say the new branding more appropriately fits the media centre’s promise as opposed to its long-established roots.


Power Up Your XBMC Installation With These Awesome Add-Ons

One of the best parts about XBMC, the kickass customisable media centre software, is its browser-like extensions. If you’ve ever wanted to incorporate watching TV, listening to podcasts, or playing video games to your XBMC box, this is how it works.


Chorus Is A Powerful Web-Based Remote Control For XBMC

Chorus is an add-on for XBMC that lets you remotely manage, build playlists, queue up videos, organise your library and do just about anything you want with your media centre. And you can do it all from the comfort of a browser window on another device.


XBMC 13.0 'Gotham' Improves Sharing, Settings And Speed

The newest version of XBMC, the kickass customisable media center software, is here — with lots of new features for desktop and mobile users alike.


Ask LH: Does My Home Media Centre Need A Separate Network?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m considering using a iPad mini as a dedicated media ‘hub’, using Airplay to send Plex, YouTube and other content to a gen 3 Apple TV. Currently I’m using an Airport Extreme for Wi-Fi, along with a separate NetComm modem for internet connectivity. Is there any advantage to creating a second dedicated Wi-Fi network just for my media needs, or can I stay with the one network?


Turn Your Old Laptop Into A Hideaway Media Centre

Busted your laptop screen or just have no use for that old notebook any more? Snapguides user Vaibhav has a neat DIY project to turn it into a slide-out PC for your TV, powered by XBMC .


Build The Perfect Media Centre For $600

Chances are your home theatre system is a mess, with multiple devices hooked into it your TV (Blu-Ray player, laptop, digital tuner and the rest). Here’s how I rolled all those devices into one awesome media centre that costs less than $600 to build.


Must-Have Entertainment Tech To Get Stuff Done

OK, keeping yourself entertained doesn’t make you productive in itself — but organising that process does leave you more time to relax. These are our picks for five key areas where the right technology makes digital entertainment much more enjoyable.


Ask LH: Will A Raspberry Pi Media Centre Cut My Electricity Bill?

Hey Lifehacker, I use XBMC to watch TV at home on a fairly old PC. I’ve been told I can migrate this over to a Raspberry Pi and save on electricity, but will this actually be worth it?


Mizuu Turns Your Android Device Into A Good-Looking Media Centre

Android: Spend time watching movies, TV shows and web videos on your Android phone or tablet? Mizuu can take all of your media, organise it, show you useful information about it, and roll it all up into a really good-looking package.