iPad Can somebody tell me how XBMC works and what's needed to install it?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by bobright, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I saw a few posts on it and just trying to figure out what it is, is it like netflix of some sort?

    I have a iPad 3rd gen FWIW
  2. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    I have mine setup on my iPad only, but to stream movies and shows from my computer when I want to lay in bed for instance and watch. I also have XBMC on my AppleTV, but that is so I can get things like 1channel, icefilms, tv network plugins, etc. to watch shows and movies.

    There are definitely lots of other uses and I'm sure others will chime in with what they use it for.

    You can download from here: http://xbmc.org/download/
  3. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    I personally wouldn't bother. While up to, say, a year ago I would have said it was by far the best player for iOS, that's no longer the case, unless you need DTS or Lossless WMA support. Its SMB streaming support is particularly buggy and the player is, generally, slow on the iPad 3, compared to the latest best AppStore players.

    All in all, don't bother - if you don't mind paying for some AppStore players, get nPlayer. You'll love it. AVPlayerHD is also great but I'd take a look at nPlayer first - it supports networking and subtitles better. The JB'n, free(!) RushPlayer+ is also much better in some respects.

    I also recommend my articles scattered here at MR. I've posted several XBMC- (an example tutorial: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16406123 ) and, in general, multimedia-related articles on MR. An example where I too explained why I don't recommend XBMC for local video watching: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=17041853&postcount=10

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