Don’t like being tied down to one form of entertainment format? Then you need the XBMC Open Source Media Player, which comes ready to deal with whatever you throw at it — Windows, Linux, OSX. Created in 2003, the platform has really come of age as coding has become more user friendly, leading to some pretty awesome interfaces. We’re showing you one here, but more are available at the website.
The XBMC can play virtually any audio and video format that you throw at it, even files buried in RAR and ZIP files. All manageable from any room in the house. You can use virtually any remote control to manage it for added convenience. It even scans all your media and creates attractive skins and program information to liven up the interface. Best of all, it’ll only cost you the time to install and put to work.