You've bought a new smart TV and you're keen to pair a media server with it. You can't just browse the videos on your file server using the TV's user interface — you'll need a middleman — but before you rush out and grab a Pi, NUC or install Plex on your desktop machine, make sure your humble NAS can't do the job first.
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A home theatre PC makes TV more convenient than ever, but you might not be getting the best possible picture quality out of the box. Here are a few tricks for improving it.
If you're new to the world of compact media centres such as the Raspberry Pi, it's easy to get caught up in all the bits and bobs you need to get it set up. Of course, having the required cables -- power, HDMI, USB, etc -- is mandatory, but before you splurge on a custom remote and infrared receiver, make sure your TV doesn't provide this functionality already.
The Raspberry Pi makes a dandy media centre, but it isn't exactly a "clean" look, especially with all those cables. For easy access with a clutter-free look, velcro the Pi to the back of your TV.
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, one of our favourite media centres, is now available for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
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?
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.
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.
The newest version of XBMC, the kickass customisable media center software, is here -- with lots of new features for desktop and mobile users alike.
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?
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 .