How to Setup XBMC for Streaming Video From the Internet

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How to Setup XBMC for Streaming Video From the Internet
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XBMC is a powerful, open-source alternative to desktop and Xbox media centre software. The abbreviation was used to correspond to "Xbox Media Center" before it was opened up to desktop computers running OS X, Windows and Linux. XBMC features playback support for many of the popular video and audio formats and is also known for its attractive user interface and ease-of-use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Creating a Stream File

  1. 1

    Open Windows Explorer and click "Tools" then "Folder Options." Click the "View" tab and uncheck the "Hide extensions for known file types" option.

  2. 2

    Right-click on your computer's desktop and select "New" then "Text Document." Rename the file to something descriptive and add ".strm" to the end to append the extension.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the new file and click "Open With" and select "Notepad." Enter the direct-link of the Internet video stream you want to use in XBMC. For example: http://host/path/stream. Save the file when you are finished and close it.

    Opening a Custom Stream File in XBMC

  1. 1

    Select "My Videos" from the XBMC main menu.

  2. 2

    Select the "Play" command.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the location of the custom stream file you created to begin watching the video stream.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to creating your own stream files, XBMC has support for .PLS and .M3U files, which popular Web radio and Web cast services use.

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