XBMC

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
13.1
File Size:
60.77MB
Date Added:
June 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
82,431
Downloads Last Week:
709
Product ranking:
#13 in Media Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

XBMC gives you access to tons of TV shows, movies, and other media, and it also allows you to play DVDs, all through one intuitive interface. Once you have the program set up, you can just sit back and flip through the various sections to find the entertainment of your choice.

Pros

Add-on categories: To customize this program to suit your needs, you'll have to select the add-ons you want. This process is streamlined by the way the app breaks different options up into categories that include Music, Video, and Pictures. Each of these categories contains tons of options for accessing free content of all kinds.

Extras: In addition to the normal media options, this app also contains some fun extras. These include things like a Movie Quiz program, Lazy TV, and Last Episode, which all serve to enhance your viewing experience and add depth.

Cons

Setup time: It does take a bit of time to set up this app and select all of the add-ons you want since there are so many options. Once you have made all of your selections, though, the app is very easy to navigate.

Bottom Line

XBMC gives you a lot of options for free TV, movies, and music to enjoy. The program, itself, is completely free as well, and the quality of playback is quite good.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best media center ever."

    June 20, 2013   |   By woobdoy

    Version: XBMC 12.2

    Pros

    Quick response, plays everything, wife friendly, very configurable

    Cons

    Difficult to setup initially but then a real joy to use.

    Summary

    If you read the 'cons' given by some of the other reviewers, you will see that they are very old. Try the new Frodo and you will be amazed.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not Impressed"

    March 30, 2013   |   By pocosdad

    Version: XBMC 12.1

    Pros

    Loaded and looked like it should work

    Cons

    Not what I expected for my particular system's capabilities. It didn't like looking through my 4 hard disks and being manageable.

    Summary

    I use Windows Media Center and GOM player...both meet my needs and seem to be user friendlier.

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  • 5 stars

    "XBMC w/NAVI-X is absolutely THE BEST!!"

    July 17, 2012   |   By MercedesFL

    Version: XBMC 10.1

    Pros

    This is a wonderful source of watching FREE tv shows, movies, live TV and sports. For those who may be crunching money due to the poor economy, this is a blessing. You no longer have to pay for cable TV or satellite and don't have to rent movies! It has other mediums of use too, such as Windows, Apple TV, MAC, Androids, etc.

    Cons

    I had to do my own research initially to find out where to get the programs and how to download properly to allow it work. Must have a high speed internet connection for the streaming to work good.

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice UI and Easy to Setup..."

    June 14, 2012   |   By listn84

    Version: XBMC 10.1

    Pros

    The UI is very nice and setup is easy. Audio/Video playback quality is very good. This can also play video files stored on a NAS that supports Personal Cloud connection using WebDAV remote connections to Shares. This is very helpful when your traveling and want to access the movies on your NAS from another Internet location (should be a high-speed connection like Fios or Cable).

    Cons

    The Music & Picture player don't show the Player controls at the top like the Video player does. I just started using this so I will poke around the settings and see if it can be changed.

    Summary

    More people are putting Network Attached Storage on their home networks that support Personal Cloud connections to the NAS over the Internet (Seagate Go Flex Home, Western Digital My Book Live, QNAP, etc.). This is nice for storing Music, Video, & Picture libraries in one location and being able to access them over the Internet when traveling. I have a WD My Book Live that uses the Wd2Go.com site to connect to my Personal Cloud using WebDAV.

    When connected to my Personal Cloud I could not play MP4 video files using the common Media Players (WMP, VLC, Divx, QuickTime) because they do not support the WebDAV protocol for remote connections. The good news is that XBMC does support this connection and was easy to setup as follows:

    1. Login to Wd2Go.com and connect to my Private share.
    2. Start XBMC Player and go to Videos -> Add Source -> Browse -> Windows Network (SMB) -> Select WebDAV drive -> Select My Private Share -> Select My Media Folder
    3. Click OK until My Media Folder is in the Videos menu.
    4. Clicked My Media Folder and clicked the movie file I wanted to play.

    The movie starts fast and the audio/video quality is very good as long as the Internet connection is high speed (Fios/Comcast).

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  • 1 stars

    "TERRIBLE WASTE OF TIME"

    December 30, 2010   |   By david-louis

    Version: XBMC 9.04 beta 1

    Pros

    interface but who cares when the app crashes every 10 minutes

    Cons

    worse than the previous app and that's saying a lot...would like to find this developer and push him in front of a speeding truck

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  • 4 stars

    "nice setup"

    December 11, 2009   |   By JHM1215

    Version: XBMC 9.04 beta 1

    Pros

    everything is fast and most works great

    Cons

    trying to make video voice work with picture ( it's like watching a kungfu movie

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  • 5 stars

    "*******....good features and interface"

    December 10, 2009   |   By kridgerd

    Version: XBMC 9.04 beta 1

    Pros

    Just start clickin away and all sorts of things come up. Works great without any hangups

    Cons

    Couldn't figure out how to get out of full screen mode when program hung up on a video it couldnt play

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  • 5 stars

    "Works like a champ"

    November 25, 2009   |   By robertapache

    Version: XBMC 9.04 beta 1

    Pros

    Impressive application to actin as a pc client for my twonkymedia upnp server. Stable, Fast and Resource conscious.

    Cons

    Documentation could be better, but it is mostly aelf explaning anyway.

    Summary

    Keep Rocking, XBMC community!

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  • 5 stars

    "I like the way it looks"

    May 16, 2009   |   By renardoblack

    Version: XBMC 9.04 beta 1

    Pros

    It play all the Formats that i have AVI, FLV, VOB, MKV, 3GP, MP4, RealMedia and some others

    Cons

    What i don't like no playlist no drag and drop files the cursor is slow and it not my computer i have 3GB of Memory and a 1GB video card.
    It don't work with my computer scan keys to play, skip and stop.
    My model is: HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebook PC

    Summary

    Make a option so people can set custom shortcuts.
    i give this product a 4.6 out of 5.0

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