As someone who follows a lot of different media players almost one of the first things I always here asked is “Can I run Xbox Media Center (XBMC) on this?”. There was even a “project” on the Networked Media Tank forums regarding porting XBMC over to the Popcorn Hour Media Players (I say project because there were a lot of questions about the legitimacy of this). To date though XBMC has been relegated to HTPCs and AppleTV (via a hack). Well, the folks over at XBMC have announced that Sigma Designs, whose SOCs (system on a chip) are in popular players such as Popcorn Hour and Dune, are working on an XBMC port for their chips. What this means is that in the near future we may see players such as the Dune come pre loaded with XBMC, no more boring stock UIs and no more managing 3rd party jukeboxes. This is definitely a very interesting development and only time will tell how well Sigma and the manufacturers will be able to integrate into their products.
You can see the full press release here.
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