Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Over 40 new channels from all over the world added!

...well basically as the title already says :) We've just added over 40 new channels from all over the world including countries as Andorra, Armenia, Brazil (thanks fly out to Josh), Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia! That's an awful lot of new channels to watch, but I am pretty sure, you will make it :)

If you find any channel that doesn't work, plz send me a PM or leave a comment to this post.

That's all for today. Have a nice time watching the new channels :D


PS: There is something very handy coming up for tomorrow, a small file that could take away a lot of work from you... Just wait and see :)

PPS: We are still hiring active team members! If you want to join the team plz send me a short PM and tell me in a few words what exactly you want to do for the project. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Sunday, 28 January 2007

"Bona sera", "God kväll", "Guten Abend" and "Good evening"

As promised yesterday I just had a major channel update released. The new channels are from Italy, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, namely we have 30 more channels inside the collection. All channels are, just as you expect it, tested and fully working in XBMC. Sometimes during testing I had so much fun watching these new channels (some of the Italian ones had full lenght blockbuster movies showing... WOW, even if I didn't understand a word :) ) that I had to be forcely drawn off my XBOX so that I would be able to snoop for more streams on the net... :)

So see for yourself and enjoy watching the streams from xbmc-strm-collection!


PS: There is a real jewel in this update! It is Hardly But Ordinary ;)

PPS: New channels seldomly knock on my door and say "Hi, I want to be added to the collection!" So if you fall over anything that is not in the collection let me know about it. Thx!

PPPS: Still looking for team members! So if you want to part of this just PM me!

Saturday, 27 January 2007

New ideas and a new team member

It's only been a week since i started the xbmc-strm-collection on code.google.com and already things are changing so rapidly - I couldn't have imagined that. It was only yesterday, when mikesyr came up with the idea of having a webcam section within the collection, which I think is a great idea. We both quickly agreed, that he had to be a project member and so I am happy to announce that mikesyr is now taking care of the webcam section of the project. I am already curious where he'd be taking our eyes to ;)

So you see that new people bring in new ideas... Why don't you join xbmc-strm-collection today? It's as easy as that: Just write a short msg wherein you state how you can add your skills to the collection. I am happy to hear from you! :)

So that's all for today, stay tuned as more changes are coming up within the next few days.


PS: A major channel update is due to be released for tomorrow night (CET). Be sure to check out the latest code from the SVN trunk :)

Friday, 26 January 2007

Added folder icons to each country - thx to Chi3f

I am happy to see things developing so fast. I just put an announcement for this project on the various XBMC-forums and got instant reply :) It seems like I hit the nerve and many of you seem to be happy with the idea of having an all-in-one solution for XBMC streaming video (Plz tell me if this is total crap!).

One of the replies on the project announcement I received today made me extremely happy! I received a message from Chi3f who is coder on the XBMC skinning project named XTV (a VERY mature attempt to bring the look and feel of Apple's iTV to XBMC). He told me he liked the idea of a XBMC stream collection so much he wanted to contribute. And that is why he created a set of 11 icons - you got it, one icon for each country currently in the set.

Here's a sample of what one of the icons actually looks like:

I think they look GREAT! So if you change your view settings in your XBMC folders to "Big icons" you will be able to view these icons in your folder view (There will be a wiki article coming up in a few days covering that feature). I hope you like them. As new countries are being added to the stream collection new folder icons will be added aswell. So stay tuned...

I want to thank Chi3f for the really great work! To be honest you added something to the stream collection I haven't thought of before :-)

As you can see this project lives from YOUR help! So if you feel you can contribute to the project in any way plz send me a short note.

That's all for now folks ;-)

BTW, Chi3f gave me another valuable present for the stream collection. But that will be added in a few days....

BTW2: Stay tuned with Project XTV, seems like one of the hottest skinning projects for XMBC

Thursday, 25 January 2007

xbmc-strm-collection started on code.google.com

Do you like to watch streaming video files on your XBOX? Well, than certainly XBMC is the right solution to do this, as it supports many streaming video and audio formats. But still the question remains where to get all those stream sources from to play on your XBOX... Certainly there is wwitv.com and channelchooser.com to name some of the bigger directories for streaming media resources. But are these resources tested for working with XBMC?

As I did realize that there is only a handful of resources that are actually being tested to work with XBMC I thought about creating a one-stop solution for all you XBMC users out there to get working and up-to-date streams for XBMC. This is why I founded xbmc-strm-collection on code.google.com. See this as my way of giving back to the XBMC community that gave me many hours of pure pleasure entertainment with my XBOX.

So what is actually in it? Right now there's about 60 working and tested channels in .strm format (ready-to-use in XBMC) from 11 countries. Not much, but I just started and I will be continuing to extend and to keep this collection up-to-date. If you feel that any particular country or channel is missing, just go ahead and post me a note.

So how do you get it? All the .strm files are located in an SVN. Basically you need an SVN client (e.g. Tortoise SVN) to check out the .strm files to your PC's hard drive. A basic tutorial of how to do this is found here (Look for the section "The checkout operation"). From there you should ftp the .strm files to your XBOX and play them in XBMC. If you have any trouble with this, don't worry: Within the next few days there will be an addition to the project's wiki where you will find an exact description of how to checkout the .strm files from the SVN and get them to your XBOX.

Of course I could always need help! If you notice that any channel is broken/down post me a note wherein you describe the broken channel and, if possible, the error message you got. If you want to team up with me post me a note aswell, wherein you describe what you can provide for the project.

So well, not much more to say right now, have some fun with your XBOX...