What's Up With Xbox Media Center

December 04, 2007

Guess Who's Back

Pssst. Guess who's back, and guess who's with him. For all of you that have stayed subscribed to this blog, I thank you.

It's been a long time. I haven't even been an XBMC user since May. In May I got a new HDTV so I needed to move to something that could render my HD content. That path brought me to MediaPortal. The old xbmp fork. And well... its garbage.

I don't mean to sound like an ass, but compared to the codebase of XBMC, MediaPortal is junk. Its full of bugs and just feels terrible. The devs at least know this, and are working on MediaPortal 2. So that should be interesting to watch. But all in all, running my mediacenter on Windows just blew.

So last Saturday I decided to check on XBMC for Linux's progress. And to my surprise it is practically feature complete! It all works! Now, for how long is another question. Lets just say that I wrote a trusty Ruby script to watch for XboxMediaCenter, and if it crashes, it gets relaunched. So yeah, its not really primetime, but it works great and is fast.

So that brings me back here. My ear is now to the ground again and I'll be reporting on the svn changelog as well as my experience with stability. So stay tuned, and thanks for hanging around.


  • Welcome back. I was wondering what you were up to! I tried the MediaPortal route myself, mainly so I can watch 720p/60 content and it blew chunks. The configuration was buggy, the remote control was laggy, and I just couldn't get it to run properly on start up, without logging in etc. Went back to xbmx pretty quick because is just *worked*. I would like to hear about your experiences on the linux port.

    By Anonymous Damian, at 5:55 AM  

  • Awesome, welcome back!! And I too would *love* to hear about your experience with the Linux. Perhaps a walkthrough of your setup sometime? A screenshot-led install guide?

    By Anonymous Matt, at 11:46 AM  

  • Welcome back. Like you I bought an HD TV recently and wanted to profit of all the 720p videos I have. There is some HD support on xbox (usable with NTSC only). Did you try that ?
    I ordered the cables and hope to be able to test it soon.

    By Anonymous Ziggy, at 1:05 PM  

  • Ah good to have you back Jon!

    So as someone else said, let us know how you got your linux build working because I've done tons of looking around and this is also my upgrade path. No way am I getting a apple tv, ps3 or xbox360. Myth was tempting, but xbmc is just so beautiful and well built

    By OpenID cubicgarden, at 1:45 PM  

  • Back, it's already a month ago again and still no new messages about xbmc. ; )

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:13 AM  

  • It'll be three months Tuesday. If you're hard up for something to write about -- I'd love to know what sort of functionality exists for YouTube, Veoh, that sort of thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:05 AM  

  • And now there's XBMC for windows.
    What chance does mediaportal have

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 AM  

  • My box does nothing but die. I've had 5 from microsoft since they came out. All free b/c of warranty of course, but still sucks because I get down time every year or so. I'm still happy though!

    See my Live ID "RankHunter com"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:09 AM  

  • I was a MediaPortal user for several years before transitioning my HTPC over to Linux 2.5 years ago. MythTV was great for TV, but not so great for media playback, and let's face it, the interface is ugly. 4 months ago, I was so fed up with the media playback that I was considering going back to Windows (the rest of my PCs run Linux), but luckily, I discovered XBMC. XBMC runs VERY well on Linux and is a fantastic piece of software. Check out the Aeon Project skin with XBMC if you want to see how beautiful and responsive a Linux HTPC can be.

    By Anonymous Interphero Miscellany, at 11:29 PM  

  • Welcome Back!!! Its about time...lol

    By Anonymous web design agency, at 10:08 PM  

  • If you're looking for a XBMC Media Center PC, but don't want to build one yourself, you should check out Modified Konstruct's custom media center PC. It's a an Acer Aspire Revo chassis with a XBMC install. And it's only $300. Here's the link: http://www.modifiedkonstructs.com/our-services/mk-x1

    By Blogger Rintor, at 1:48 PM  

  • I guess this site is dead seeing as the last post was in 2007... it's a shame.

    By Anonymous Defunk, at 10:29 PM  

  • you have an awesome domain that hasnt been updated in months, wtf, xbmc is better than ever bring this blog back to life!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:02 PM  

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