Thursday, 22 February 2007

New snapshot finally available

Hello everybody,

Finally, I managed today to upload the latest snapshot pack to the downloads section of our project page on . Well, to be honest I still wasn't able to upload, so I asked piranna to help me out :) So here it is, all new and shiny with a major addition: around 100 TV channels and webcams were added!

You can download the latest snapshot (2007-02-22) pack here.

BTW, we've managed to add all streaming surf cams from to XBMC-TV. That is around 60 cams from Australia's greatest beaches :D Thank you mikesyr for your great work!


Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Snapshot pack will be delayed until Thursday

Hello everybody,

I am really sad to say this: The snapshot pack, that should have been on the Google code server yesterday will be delayed until Thursday because of technical reasons. Right now it is absolutely impossible for me to upload it to the Google Code server and the upload page times out every time I try it. I will try it on a different machine though on Thursday evening, as I will be away until then. I hope you understand this.

Of course we could have uploaded the file to some file sharing service like But I don't think this is a good idea, as I personally don't like the download speed (unless you are subscribed for quite a lot of bucks) of these services and I don't like their reliability (you will also have to be subscribed to improve that). If anyone knows a good service of that kind let me know, I am willing to change my mind :)

I am sorry for the delay.

All the best


Sunday, 18 February 2007

XBMC-TV needs a logo! Can you help?

One simple question: Wouldn't Coca-Cola be just be like any other cola, if it hadn't a logo? Well, I think you get the point :) This is one of the main reasons that XBMC-TV needs a logo! We want people to know, that they deal with the REAL thing and not just any of the streampacks around :) Basically the logo should be used with the upcoming website, the project's Google-Code site, the project wiki, as a folder icon for the collection, a logo for a maybe upcoming script, a forum icon for all project members,....

But as most of the people that are participating in the project right now are no GFX people we need your help! So if you have the skills, if you have an idea for a logo springing to your mind when you hear XBMC-TV and if you are willing to share some of your precious spare time with creating a logo for XBMC-TV: PLZ POST ME A NOTE!

We are already looking forward to work with you and are curious on your ideas.

Thanks for your help in advance!


Thursday, 15 February 2007

South America is just an "A"-Button away

Hello everybody!

Just yesterday I made a marvelous discovery: Some countries are closer than you think! At least if you have the latest SVN revision of xbmc-strm-collection installed on XBMC and press the A-Button on webcams and TV channels from countries that you thought would be further away :) So just yesterday I've added around 20 TV channels from South America to the collection, more to come! Hopefully you will enjoy those :) If you think anything is missing, just post me a PM.

Have fun!


Tuesday, 13 February 2007

New snapshot pack available for download

Hey everybody,

It is good to be back online. I just got myself a brandnew ASUS WL-500GP and after everything is set up and configured I am close to say that this thing rocks :) Actually I had promised myself more from the feature to attach a USB2.0 HDD to it, but as I got the feature with it "for free" I am not gonna moan on speed and stuff. It is not a fully reliable NAS solution, but that is not said on the box, so I am okay with that...
So as I am now set up to go online again there will be more updates here and on xbmc-strm-collection. I am planning some major channel updates for this week to compensate you for not having an update this weekend.

I also have good news for those of you who have problems checking out code from SVN directly. Just some minutes ago I uploaded the new precompiled snapshot pack so that you can, after having downloaded and installed it on XBMC, sit back and enjoy the show :) What's in it? Around 200 LIVE TV channels and webcams from all over the world. The pack is available here:

Okay basically that is it for today.

See you again tomorrow.


Sunday, 11 February 2007

You decided: No more Power Juicer, Magic Bullet & Swivel Sweeper :)

Hey everybody,

How's your weekend been? Good? That's nice to hear! I hope you all enjoyed watching video streams from the xbmc-strm-collection on your XBOX. :) To be honest, you can be glad if you were able to do it, because I couldn't and now I know what I've been missing...

Just Saturday when I planned to gather new streams for an update my broadband router died. Well, at least he didn't make any awful sounds during his last seconds, so he simply left this world without a significant reason. Even the fact that I am in the medical business didn't bring him back to life, so I posted a support request to Netgear. Let's see what they make out of it.... I think even if Netgear is able to fix it I will buy a brandnew & shiny router tomorrow and keep the Netgear as spare or maybe sell it on ebay. Currently I am thinking about buying one of these ASUS machines that have that "download-while-you-and-your-PC-are-sleeping" feature, which seems to be quite cool :)

And now for something completely different. As I mentioned on earlier this week the poll that featured the question whether or not to have shopping/auction channels in the strm-collection is closed and here are the results: Even though only 35 of you took part in the poll it is quite clear that the majority of you (24) would not like to have shopping/auction channels in the strm-collection. Thanks for your participation and the clear results. We will be having another poll within the next days, topic still subject to change.

OK, that is all for today. Have some fun with your XBOX, I will join in back tomorrow ;)


Tuesday, 6 February 2007

What's new and what's coming?

Hey everybody,

as the project matures there are a few new things I'd like to introduce to you:

1. First of all the "Webcams" section is now open. We've managed to find a larger number of streaming LIVE webcams and put them in the collection. Right now you'll find some US traffic cams from various regions and some LIVE cams from various zoos across the US (I loved the panda cam in the Smithsonian Zoo most, as you could even hear the panda snore while it sleeps ... LOL). Within the next few days new webcams will be added to this section, so stay tuned for changes.

2. We've added around 20 new channels to the collection in the last few days, more to come this week (I see if I can add another 60 by the end of this week )

3. We are happy to have timdog and Chi3f as our "Art department" As Chi3f did the first revision of the folder icons, timdog took some time and reworked them to make them more 3D. IMHO great work guys!!!! We will do some minor changes to the icon layout in the nearby future, so watch out for updates.

4. Chi3f is not only the guy who did the first revision of the icons, but he liked the idea of having a stream collection so much he coded a handy build.bat that strips all .svn folders from the collection and makes it a ready-to-upload-to-your-shiny-XBOX package. Thank you Chi3f for the great work!

5. We will be releasing a weekly snapshot of what's in the collection as a downloadable .zip on the project page on New snapshot releases can be found there every tuesday from now on. These snapshots are mainly intended for those of you, who are not very experienced with a SVN client and have trouble downloading the files from the SVN. Still I recommend the usage of a SVN client and to check back on a regular basis, as there will be relevant updates and changes all the time. I am still working on documentation (HowTo SVN, HowTo FTP to your XBOX,...) and I think I will be done with this by the end of the week, if everything runs well.

Okay, so here are the updates for now

Have a nice time with the collection.