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    Best HTPC Front End?

    OK, continuing my series of posts about my new HTPC/Steam Build (Budget HTPC/Steam Box Spec, Best HTPC Remote?) my next question is:

    What is the best front end for an HTPC these days?

    The obvious choice of course is XBMC, however I'm open to trying others. I remember Boxee being very good for streaming but a bit naff for local files (this was over 2 years ago mind you).

    Whichever I use will need to be customisable, as I'll be using this box for local files, streaming (YouTube, various On Demand services, Netflix, Lovefilm, Sky Go if at all possible) and it'll be doubling up as a basic SteamBox (will just need a link to Steam Big Picture Mode)

    Any recommendations?

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    XBMC but I'm biased because i'm part of the developer team

    As I said in the other thread, a gaming pc and a home theatre machine are completely different hardware really.

    I personally use the new Haswell NUC machine as my main XBMC box.
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    I've only used xbmc but I love it

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    Plex?

    Boxee is dead, so I wouldn't even bother with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    As I said in the other thread, a gaming pc and a home theatre machine are completely different hardware really.
    Yeah so you said but it's irrelevant really, whether I install XBMC on a tiny NUC or a full E-ATX tower, it'll do the same job, not really sure why you're taking offence at it?

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    Plex?

    Boxee is dead, so I wouldn't even bother with that.
    I've used Plex on my home machine for a while as a library manager to stream to other devices, but does it have a decent front end? The browser interface won't cut it...

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    XBMC here running on an Acer Aspire R3600 for my media box, can't fault it... even my 2 year old knows how to use it (for getting peppa pig on anyway...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    Yeah so you said but it's irrelevant really, whether I install XBMC on a tiny NUC or a full E-ATX tower, it'll do the same job, not really sure why you're taking offence at it?
    Most of us wouldn't dream of even running it on a multi functional Windows platform

    I'd recommend OpenELEC which is an embedded linux version.

    I run mine with a Harmony Smart Control remote and DVB-S2 card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Most of us wouldn't dream of even running it on a multi functional Windows platform

    I'd recommend OpenELEC which is an embedded linux version.

    I run mine with a Harmony Smart Control remote and DVB-S2 card.
    OK, well let's not call it an HTPC then, instead let's say I want a decent media centre app for my Windows PC (has to be Windows for Steam, not enough games for me to make the jump to Linux).

    Would you still recommend XBMC for my not-HTPC?

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    I've just brought a OUYA for the sole purpose of running XBMC streaming media from my NAS seems to do the job quite well only had it a few days plus you can play games aswell

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    XBMC all the way, I have a raspberry pi with openelec on it which streams tv shows, films etc from my home server and also streams live television from home server using DVBViewer. Have a full fledged system downstairs with windows 7 and xbmc at startup, all add ons, iplayer etc.. and satellite tv from server Love XBMC! Best thing to come since sliced bread!

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    xbmc here too from using a few of them, simple and elegant

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    Personally, I'd go Plex. Forget about putting a front end on the HTPC. Go for a £10 Roku box from Sky Now. Best of all worlds

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    slightly off-topic: I just installed a rpi/xbmc media player I built, at a friend's place, it's an old 16 port planet switch chassis, gutted, sprayed black with 2 psu, rpi and 1tb drive in, all ports routed to a laser cut back panel and ir receiver in front panel







    may have posted it before


    my own personal xbmc machine is a mini ITX stone machine from a few years back with win7 on it.
    harmony remote

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    staying slightly off topic, i have a popcornhour a110 which has local media but can also play any networked media. have a raspberry pi which handles the downloading of stuff to the popcornhour.

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    XBMC - I used the original version on the Xbox Mark 1.

    The library update tool is fantastic.



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