The OUYA media center

Hey there, in this post i want to show you how to use your OUYA as a media center or a HTPC in your living room.
There has been much done in this field, most important are the XMBC or Plex app, which have both been released on the OUYA store.

I tried them both, they are good, but not perfect in my opinion. If you use a surround audio system, as i do, you will have the problem, that the audio is transcoded to stereo, when using Plex. That is bad in two ways: first you can’t experience the better audio, second thing is, that because of the transcoding the audio is stuttering and a little out of sync. XBMC has pretty much the same issues.

xbmc_gotham

Today i tested the nightly build of XBMC 13 though. This version, build name Gotham, has build-in support for the libstagefright-library, which enables support for hardware-decoding for most of the file types used. The best is however, that you can enable audio passtrough (not dts-HD). So if you plug your OUYA to a receiver you can finally whatch your movies with surround-sound. Even more: since the OUYA doesn’t have to handle the audio transcoding, the micro-stuttering is gone.

The nightly-builds of XBMC are running pretty stable on the OUYA by now, so until something like OpenElec gets around for our devices, i have found my (final? 🙂 ) solution for the home theater in my living room.
You can enable autostart for XBMC and use the XBMC-remote-app on your smartphone, so you don’t have to use the OUYA controller for browsing trough your media files. The autostart-app is listed on the OUYA store and is called Autopilot.
One more thing, i’m currently running the OUYA stock plus rom found here. It’s not promting for connecting the controller on boot.

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