Posted on November 10, 2010.

I’m in love with the XBMC project. For those unfamiliar, it’s a free and open source media player/home entertainment system. Originally developed for the original XBOX, it is now cross platform and works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and I believe Apple TV.

The XBMC feature I get most excited about is its plugin architecture. The plugins are used to scrape web content, and present it within the XBMC interface. The plugins are written in python.

Academic Earth

Academic Earth is an online resource for lectures from many of the world’s top universities. There are many courses online and I urge you to check them out.

I’ve committed my Academic Earth plugin to the official XBMC repository, so if you have a recent version of XBMC, you should be able to download plugin from within the XBMC interface.

If you prefer, you can always check the source and install it yourself. If you are running a version of XBMC prior to Dharma, you can get the older version of the plugin from my google code page.

If you find any issues, please report them on the github issues page. If you’d like to find me on the XBMC forum, my handle is jbel.