media centres

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.


Raspberry Pi XBMC Solutions Compared: Raspbmc Vs OpenELEC Vs XBian

XBMC is one of our favourite media centre solutions, and the Raspberry Pi makes a dandy XBMC machine for $US35. However, with three different builds for the Pi, which one should you use? They’re all a little different, and they have various strengths and weaknesses. Here’s how to pick the right one.


How To Clone Your Raspberry Pi SD Card For Super-Easy Reinstallations

If you’ve ever turned a Raspberry Pi into a media centre or retro gaming station, you know how frustrating it can be when it crashes and corrupts your SD card. Here’s a little trick to making that a little less painful.


Apple TV Update Breaks PlexConnect, But You Can Bring It Back

Yesterday the Apple TV got an over-the-air update that broke the awesome PlexConnect app that brought Plex to unjailbroken Apple TVs. If you’ve already updated, there’s a way to fix it.


Plex Streams Your Media Anywhere, Is On Sale

Plex is one of our favourite media centre packages, particularly for its ability to stream movies and TV to any device no matter where you are. Today, its iOS and Android apps are on sale.


How To Get The Best Xbox One Features Now

Don’t want to wait until the end of the year or beyond for the new features announced on the Xbox One? You can do most everything that it offers with a lounge room PC right now. Here’s how.