Originally Posted by assassin
Again, I am telling you about *my* experience. I understand it frustrates you when it doesn't match yours.
Contrary, I thought we basically had the same viewpoint and agreed with the only difference being you use XBMC player and I use MB player. Aside from that I see nothing very different from "you're" experience and "my" experience. We both use PLEX for the external and a different player on the HTPC for that machine. I was only suggesting this is quickly changing though and it's not ideal. It's a solution we started a while ago because it's the best we could come up with at the time. I'm slowly moving away from this (ok perhaps quickly I am moving away)
I think you are a little behind the times with *just* XBMC since it's a bit limited in what it can do.
For me, using MediaBrowser's server makes for an easier setup across multiple machines. If you are trying to do this with XBMC it's additionally difficult because XBMC isn't a whole solution. It is a great solution for a single HTPC but not one for multiple PCs, phones, tablets and the Roku. The good thing is you can actually use both together if you wish. (<- this is new and what I meant by behind the times)
You can use MediaBrowser's server component to manage your library and feed it to multiple XBMC boxes and XBMC can connect to the library directly or use the XBMC Plugin for MediaBrowser. MediaBrowser will write your XBMC NFO files for you and it will download all the artwork, without the need for a plugin. It pulls its metadata from the same servers that XBMC's scrapers do but in my experience it does a better job because of the additional support it has built in for various different or custom organizations. It is also easier to correct mismatches. Just update the ID and refresh. You don't have to remove items from your library, deal with files and rescan your library to fix things.
The new plugins for MB3 server that help organize like the boxset plugin are pretty cool too, and there is a lot of development right now taking place around MB server to make it the top application for what it does. MB server also gives you the option to transcode, or set up streaming over the internet like PLEX too so if you love XBMC but also love those features in PLEX I'd tend to think at some point or another you will convert to XBMB3C. (<- I like this moniker
) MBserver on the back end, XBMC on the front end. MB server can then feed whatever else you want too so now you only need to manage one thing for your media and every device and experience is covered and you are free to enjoy your media anyway you want, anywhere you want, anytime you want, on any device you want, with XBMC or without it. That's awesome IMO. It's not about XBMC vs MB3, it's really about chasing a complete solution. MB3 Dev team is doing great in this regard. They added lots of XBMC style things and support so the traditional XBMC user should like it. Things that before might have been a problem like the need for season folders, or the difficulty in the scraper, or the different style of media organization required.
Best thing though is I can get media on my iOS devices too. This is the area why I was keeping PLEX around for, but now that MBserver and the MB3 family are supporting this I might be able to ditch PLEX. Roku is the second thing I use a lot, and again same story. MBserver can feed my ROKU the same as it feeds my ipad or my HTPC. One solution to rule them all. The fact you can use MBclassic, Mbtheater or XBMC as your front end just makes it almost impossible to find fault with this type of set up and approach. The areas where XBMC is lacking is made up for with MBserver so now you can have a more complete solution thanks to MB3 and still enjoy your XBMC if that is what you are accustomed to using. With the fast development being done on the MB players too I feel like at some point soon MB is going to eclipse XBMC but since it's still beta we probably have another year before it becomes clear. At some point MB3 is going to emergy with some clear cut advantages over XBMC centered around the clear art support and unique ways it can use it, disc art support, live video back drops, Theme videos and music, user profiles, graphical scene selections, recommendations, and superior organizational support... etc...etc... The list can go on and on. It appears that instead of XBMC developing and competing with MB3 on all this stuff things are more headed in the direction where XBMC can just feed off the MB3 server project and XBMC will just be an additional option and alternative to the other MB3 player options. So folks that love XBMC can keep loving it.
With MediaBrowser, I currently have clients running on 2 iPhones, (wife and I) 3 Tablets,(wife and I and my bro) three Roku 3 's (one at my parents) and 4 Windows 7 Computers (one at my parents, one at my bros, and two in my house) ->... All from MB3server! Add a new device and I can be up and running in a few minutes without worrying about my server settings or changes on the actual device itself. Just need to ping and connect to the server for everything to work. And I don't need to worry about sharing the XBMC file settings (if I was inclined to use XBMC) between various clients to make them all sync up. My wife has her own login, different from mine. So when I log in I don' t need to see her TV shows or the odd stuff she likes, and vice versa. I have an Admin login that has everything in it, including odd stuff like exercise videos, non HD movies (I never watch these but still have) or seasonal things I might not need all the time like XMAS movies. So if I want any of those things I just login in with Admin instead of my Mike account and that way for most of my viewing my personal account only shows the stuff I want.
So question is.... When will you be updating your guides?