media centres

KodiLauncher Stops Kodi From Losing Focus (And Fixes Other Annoyances)

Windows: If you have a customised-to-the-nines Kodi media centre, then KodiLauncher (formerly XBMCLauncher) might be your new best friend. It stops other programs from stealing focus and lets you customise Kodi’s shutdown menu.


Plex For PS4 And PS3 Is Now Available

Plex, one of our favourite media centres, is now available for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


Ask LH: How Can I Play PC Games In My Lounge Room Comfortably?

Dear LH, I recently made the decision to integrate my gaming PC into my living room. Basically, all gaming gets done on the sofa, but I have never been able to nail down the best way to ensure comfort for long PC gaming sessions that isn’t bad for my posture while using a mouse. I was wondering if there is any sort of solutions for a sofa gamer aspiring to the ultimate “DIY gaming throne”, both in terms of peripherals and general setup?


XBMC (Now Kodi) Gets Speed Improvements And Bug Fixes

XBMC, one of our favourite media center suites, has officially been renamed Kodi with the release of version 14 (codenamed “Helix”). The new version contains a lot of long-awaited bug fixes and speed improvements, as well as a few small feature improvements for add-ons and keyboards.


Plex Comes To Xbox, Streams All Your Media To Your TV

Xbox users can finally take advantage of our favourite media centre, Plex. The app is available today for Xbox One users, and soon for the Xbox 360.


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?