Raspberry Pi Media Center
By Sam Nazarko
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: February 2013
Pages: 108

In Detail

Low-cost and high-performing, with a massively diverse range of uses and applications, the Raspberry Pi is set to revolutionize the way we think about computing and programming. Using it as a Media Center allows everyone to have a low-cost device that is always on, attached to their TV.

Imagine controlling your TV with your smartphone, dynamically streaming content that you have on various devices across your home, as and when you want. Raspberry Pi Media Center will show you how to configure the complete experience using readily available and accessible tools, so that you too will soon be enjoying your media from the comfort of your own sofa.

With this practical guide, you'll discover how you can transform your Raspberry Pi into a powerful media center. Using Raspbmc (based on the XBMC distribution), you'll be shown how you can deploy and configure your own media center, including coverage of all the essentials from controlling your device with a TV remote or smartphone, to the creation and customization of your very own media library (including the conversion of any existing collection). You'll even be able to stream multimedia from your devices or directly from the Internet!

Approach

Constructed as a set of simple-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this book will take you through numerous aspects of creating a fully functional media center with your Raspberry Pi. It is an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide to setting a complete media center experience using the revolutionary ARM GNU/Linux board.

Who this book is for

This book does not require any prior knowledge of the Raspberry Pi, but it does assume you are computer literate and comfortable with Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows and concepts such as installing software.

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competent, obvious

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Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Media Center:

possibly better than the documentation, but didn't add much to what I had already read.

I am familiar with computers and music streaming from a NAS, but know nothing about XBMC, other than viewing a demo and this was only my second Raspberry PI based project.

However - I felt there was rather a lot of stating the obvious, rather than digging into the detail of what could be achieved

 
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Rasberry Pi - Good Board, Good Book

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      Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Media Center:

      I was looking for a comprehensive guide on using a Rasberry Pi to manage a media center. I purchased this book, and found it an excellent guide to setting up the Rasberry Pi for this purpose. The book lays out all the requirements and steps in the process.

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