Review Title: XBMC
XBMC is more than a Media Player it is also a media library, center & media organizer. With this program you can add your favorite Movies, TV Shows and Music to the library and XBMC will scrape metadata from the web finding info on the media you've added, including cover pictures, fanart, cast, plotlines and more. Check out our xbmc installation guide. -> Read full review

Date Added: 2012-12-14 15:27:07
Works on: Android, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Apple TV OS, Microsoft Windows, iOS
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XBMC is owned by: XBMC

XBMC app is available on these devices:
     
iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Galaxy, Sensation, MAC Computer, Windows PCs, The new iPad, Gogglebox TV, Surface


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XBMC: Review

Author: Steve Sanger - 15 Dec 2012

Pros


Completely free
Handles almost any type of audio and video files
Is consistently updated and improved on
Comes with a skinning engine to change its look and feel
Works on the most popular computer platforms
   

Cons


There are still a few bugs in the android version
It may run a little slowly after initial installation on Android devices
   

In this review


Introduction
Features
Requirements
Mobile Usage
Playback
User Contribution
Verdict

Quick Verdict - WorldTVPC Rating: WorldTVPC Rating 4.5 (4.5)


XBMC is an open source media player that is extremely easy to use. It can handle almost any type of media file including the most popular audio and video formats.

 

Introduction

XBMC is an open source media player available for Linux, Mac, and Windows developed by worldwide volunteers. It was created by group of programmers in 2003 with more than 50 programmers contributing to the finished product. Since 2003 it has become available in more than 30 languages. XBMC functions very well as a standard media player but its main purpose is to complement your home theater PC. XBMC functions with multiple types of remote controls and has a wide variety of skins available to change its look and feel. This media player can handle almost any audio and video format and is perfect for network playback and streaming multimedia through the Internet or anywhere in your house. It can also play CDs and DVDs from any disk or image file as well as files directly from your hard drive and other archives. Additionally, XBMC will scour your hard drive for media files you already have. There are functions that include playlists and slideshows as well as audio visualizations. XBMC is intended to handle all multimedia.

Features

Currently the XBMC release candidate Frodo 1 is ready to download. Their group of developers and have added an impressive list of features to their newest release candidate and also their current stable version. They have added an all new XBMC audio engine that supports high definition, Dolby, and True HD. In their new release, live TV and PVR support is included. Previously only 64-bit support in Linux was provided so they have now included 64-bit support for OSX to match. A multitude of new image types are now supported in the database and they have also provided advanced filtering of their library. XBMC can be translated into different languages through the control panel. Finally, additional support for Android platforms has finally begun.

Requirements

XBMC is available for Macintosh platforms, Windows platforms, Linux and iOS. The requirements needed to run this media player are minimal and all users should be able to find a version that is right for them. These can be downloaded from multiple mirrors. Downloads they have available include stable releases, latest beta versions, as well as other builds they are working on.

Mobile Usage

The current Beta 2 of the XBMC Player now offers full support for all Android devices. The developers felt they were covering so many platforms with this player it was time to add XBMC for Android to the mix. The requirements needed to run XBMC for android are minimal. A user will only be required to have a fairly modern Android phone, Tablet, or other device. However, users with Android devices that include the NEON extension will run too slowly to be used with XBMC Player. Users with Samsung devices, HP Touch pad, Nexus, Motorola, LG Devices, Arnova Devices, Sony Devices, EVO 4G Lite, and many other Android devices are now fully compatible. There are many others Android devices that are supported and users will notice a warning during installation if their devices are not compatible. The main bug mentioned for Android devices is slow load times during the initial stages of installation. But it is expected to work better after the first run. Users of Android 4.2 will have the most difficulty. The Android support of this player will continually be worked on and updated; all bugs are expected to be fixed in future releases.

Playback

The playback quality of XBMC is exceptional. It is capable of handling almost all imaginable media and most users agree they prefer it to Windows Media Player. Additionally, this player is very easy to use. Although the developers are transparent and list all known bugs clearly on the website, you will be hard-pressed to find any issues with this media player.

User Contribution

XBMC does an outstanding job of providing beta releases to their users for testing. The code used to create this multimedia player is fully transparent and users are able to watch development changes as they take place. In fact, since XBMC is open source, users are encouraged to track bugs and submit patches and fixes for this player. You can be sure the player works correctly with so many programmers and developers working to keep it updated and stable. This becomes apparent while using it.

Verdict

XBMC is an amazing open source project that has been successfully implemented by more than 50 programmers with contributions made by other developers from all over the world. Its ability to handle almost any multimedia file makes XBMC the only multimedia player you will ever need. Its capable of being a complete multimedia jukebox on your computer or android device. Users can enjoy watching their favorite videos or listening to their favorite music with no issues at all. XBMC is completely free to use and download. Since this project is continually worked on and new features are being added all the time, users can expect this multimedia player to continue with improvement.

Want to install xbmc? Detailed user guide here.

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User Comments & Reviews for XBMC - Total 6
Reviewer: kered - location: uk - Date Added: 2014-10-04 11:19:33
Rating: (3.5) - 0 0
Summary: great media player
Review: this has all you can wish for, allows you to watch tv & movies
Reviewer: tran - location: ca - Date Added: 2013-12-04 16:32:32
Rating: (4.0) - 0 0
Summary: Best media
Review: Enjoy this every day,perfect media centre. Thanks
Reviewer: M - location: UK - Date Added: 2012-12-17 11:44:25
Rating: (3.5) - 3 0
Summary: re: Azzy H
Review: Azzy, XBMC does not natively support ripping DVDs, though it can play them if you put the DVD in the drive.

Use MakeMKV to rip your titles from DVD and then handbrake to convert them.

Alternatively, you can just use MakeMKV, but the files it outputs are larger.
Reviewer: Azzy H. - location: NJ - Date Added: 2012-12-14 16:29:58
Rating: (4.0) - 3 0
Summary: Does this rip DVDs?
Review: I agree its a great product but i have lots of DVDs. How do i get them onto PC?
Reviewer: kered - location: uk - Date Added: 2012-12-14 16:12:25
Rating: (3.5) - 0 1
Summary: great media organizer
Review: this is great, now i can get my tv shows the pictures and descriptions they deserve
Reviewer: J - location: London, UK - Date Added: 2012-12-14 15:59:22
Rating: (4.5) - 6 0
Summary: The best movie player ever
Review: This software is amazing and FREE! I suggest you guys download it. You just put your movies in a movie folder and TV shows in the TV show folder. This awesome software then scrapes movie sites like IMDB and scrape pictures, plots and wrap it all up in a gorgeous frontend.
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