With add-on kit, Raspberry Pi becomes a media centre

June 20, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
The XBMC bundle allows users to quickly turn their Raspberry Pi computers into a low-cost home media centre

Raspberry Pi owners can now turn their Pi into a low-cost media centre for their home or office, with a new XBMC bundle from element14. One of a strong pipeline of Raspberry Pi solutions to be launched this year, the XBMC bundle is available through Newark element14 and MCM in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe, CPC in the UK and Ireland and element14 in Asia Pacific.

The XBMC bundle is a simple solution to transform any Raspberry Pi into a powerful media centre for the home or office. Containing all the additional hardware and software necessary to start using the device, the starter kit is the ideal solution for new and existing users to get the most out of their Raspberry Pi.

The XBMC bundle will allow users to stream content from devices on their home network through their Raspberry Pi, turning the screen or their TV into a media centre. The Raspberry Pi will then stream content from any computer on the local network. Users can also access their Xbox Live ID to recommend content.

The XBMC bundle includes an SD card pre-loaded with Raspbmc software, an open source Linux distribution created by Sam Nazarko that brings Xbox Media Center (XBMC) to the Raspberry Pi. To help users get started quickly and easily, a straightforward user guide featuring an online video tutorial is included. To control the Raspberry Pi in XBMC mode, the bundle includes an ultra Mini Keyboard and integrated Mouse Pad that wirelessly connects to the Raspberry Pi, while HDMI and Ethernet cables are provided to connect to a TV or monitor and the Internet.

Element14; www.element14.com/raspberrypi