Cheap Raspberry Pi media streamer will run special XBMC software

Feb 2, 2012

We have talked about the tiny little Raspberry Pi media streamer several times in the past. This is a little mainboard you can buy for about $35 that hooks your TV and allows you to stream all sorts of content to the big-screen. In case you forget, the little board has an ARM processor integrated and ships with no case. It's more like a bare-bones computer than something along the lines of the Boxee Box that is a complete finished product.

Despite the small size, the Raspberry Pi has enough power to support 1080p video and can run the XBMC software. That XBMC software is a media center platform that works in a very similar way to the Boxee Box. There is a good reason for that similarity; Boxee was a spin-off from XBMC years ago. XBMC will come to the Raspberry Pi hardware in a form called Raspbmc, which is being worked on right now.

The new software will require the help of a computer running Windows, Mac, or Linux to install. Once installed you end up with something that looks very much like the Boxee Box media player at a much lower cost. Check out the video below to see Raspbmc running on the Raspberry Pi yourself.

[via electricpig]

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