Streaming Media to Your Raspberry Pi

Introduction: Streaming Media to Your Raspberry Pi

In this first video we will be setting up raspbmc which is a way of turning your raspberry pi into a media center extender just like your xbox 360 console. In this first vid I will be showing you how to set up the SD card image and how to configure a shared folder where you can drop media into and stream it to the Raspberry Pi.

Download link for raspbmc is below:

In the second video we will be finishing up the raspberry pi demonstrations. I will be showing how to instal the IR reciever onto the GPIO header of the raspberry pi and also how to configure the IR sensor to operate with a remote control.

Helpful link for this is listed below:

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    Hi there

    I was super excited when I found your page as I've been looking for an alternative Media Center Exender for years now.

    I was very disappointed when I realised Mispery seems to have the wrong understanding of a Media Center Extender.

    This tutorial is a how-to for setting up XBMC on your Raspberry Pi and has pretty much nothing to do with Media Center or specifically an Extender.

    A Windows Media Center Extender is simply a device that connects to your Windows Media Center and shows Windows' Media Center interface on your Extender. If you add a movies folder share on your main Windows Media Center (or WMC), it automatically comes up on all your extenders. Your MCE Extenders also has the ability to access your EPG (eletronic program guide), schedule TV recordings etc.

    XBMC, as also shown in this tutorial, doesn't even have TV support (unless you install MythTV frontend which can talk to a MythTV of MediaPortal TV backend). So using the mentioned Raspbmc as a Windows Media Center Extender is useless as you are not able to do any of the above.

    Don't get me wrong, it is still a great product with a great Media Center, it just isn't a Windows Media Center Extender.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hello there, I apologize for the inaccurate title. I have changed it on your behalf. This was misleading if you were looking for an actual media center extender. Most of the research I have done was seeing that most people were using the media center extender as a way of streaming media to there tv so that is why I named it that initially. But you are correct that it is not totally a Microsoft certified media center.

    I apologize for the confusion.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome tutorial. But I personally like to use a flirc, they can be found at they work for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your comment. That is a great buy. There also is chromecast that works similar but plugs straight into your HDMI of your TV. Thanks again for the comment