XBMC is a freeware media center/ player, however these days boxes are being made. Either by home novices, or manufactured off the shelf systems, the XBMC box is surely the future of home entertainment.
The XBMC box can be used to surf the net, stream content online, or stream content within a shared network, and the use of other apps and games including 3D games straight to your TV set. Usually connected through a HDMI cable, however other connections can be configured or adapters are also available making it possible to connect an older TV however not sure on the quality of the picture.
The XBMC removes the need for cables as one HDMI cable to your TV and possible an ethernet cable to the box to increase your speed rather than wifi but wifi should be adequate for most applications. The ethernet cable could also be connected to a computer with all your media files acting as a server so all your files are accessed direct rather than through the wifi network.
Some off the shelf XBMC boxes include
G-Box Midnight MX2
or the Mini Android 4.1 Tv Box “air” – 1.5ghz Dual Core Cpu, 1gb Ram, 1080p, Hdmi, 2x Usb
these products are really still in developmental stages but offer an exciting future for are old TVs and a cheap price compared to mini computers.
Looking forward to what the future in TV brings.
Android Mini PC RK3066
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Dual-core 1.6GHz CPU RK3066, Cortex-A9
Standard HDMI Female, 3.5mm headset jack
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, DLNA
Micro USB, USB and SD card
Specs for the andriod mini pc rk3066 are
CPU 1.6-GHz dual-core, Rockchip RK3066 CPU|
RAM Included 1GB
RAM Upgradeable 1GB
Storage Drive Size 4GB
Storage Drive Type Flash Memory
Display Size 0
Display Resolution 1280×720
Graphics Chip 350-MHz Mali-400
OS Android 4.1
Camera Resolution na
Front-Facing Camera Resolution na
Ports HDMI; Microphone/Headphone; microUSB; USB
USB Ports 1
Card Readers microSD
Card Reader Size 32GB
Warranty / Support
Size 3.25 x 1.75 x 0.50 inches
Weight 1.3 ounces
power source – not included (phone charger) 5v 1A to2A charger or unit will unexpected reboot
laptop mag has a review on this product or my uncle Joe