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XBMC with your TV’s Remote Control

Pulse-Eight has recently developed a small box to make your HTPC compatible with the HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Remember, the CEC compatible devices (TV, amplifier, DVD and Blu-ray, etc.) permite to communicate among themselves and to transmit control commands through the HDMI cable.

But in practice with the Pulse-Eight USB-CEC Adapter, you can control your Media Center directly with remote control of your TV, your amplifier or your Blu-ray compatible CEC. Note that each manufacturer named differently CEC protocol: Bravialink Sony, LG Simplink, Samsung Anynet+ or Toshiba REGZA-Link.

To communicate between the Media Center software and the USB-CEC adapter, an open source library was created, the libCEC. It is compatible with Windows, OSX and Linux and allows your HTPC to turn on or turn off automatically in conjunction with your TV to automatically turn off your TV if your PC goes to sleep, to be operated with the TV remote control, etc..

Note that the company Pulse-Eight was founded by some members of the XBMC Media Center team with the intention to donate a portion of sales to fondation. The USB-CEC adapter is sold $48 on the website of Pulse-Eight. It comes with an HDMI cable and a miniUSB cable.

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