A media center application is only as good as the content it can play. Navi-X certainly brings a lot of it. Compatability with XBMC and Boxee means you can use Navi-X on Linux, Mac and Windows machines, but if you have a jailbroken Wii you can use Navi-X via WiiMC.
A Series Of Playlists
So what is Navi-X? It’s hard to explain, so perhaps it’s best to use their words, from the Navi-X FAQ:
Navi-X is a “content aggregator” that provides access to all kinds of multimedia content, listed on a public directory of user contributed listings or playlists for playing on your TV or PC!
Simply put, Navi-X is a collection of playlists. Some of these playlists are official RSS feeds from around the web; some are user-generated playlists. All off them offer content you can stream. The point is, there’s a lot of content collected here. Take some time to look around.
Fire up Navi-X from within your media player and you’ll see a number of choices to start with:
These are sub-apps; the main sources of content. Navi-Xtreme, the first choice, offers a shockingly deep collection of user-created playlists. Search the content to find whatever you want, or browse to find something good.
The “Site Scraper” section of Navi-Xtreme, for example, features direct links to media from around the web. Whether you’re looking for YouTube channels or network television, you’ll find it here:
You can also browse a wide variety of user-created lists here. Beware: a lot of the content in the user-added sections is pirated. Use at your own risk.
The next channel, LiveTV, is identical to the Boxee plugins LiveTV. Other highlights include the Video & Audio Podcasts plugin, which gives you access to the entire iTunes podcast library. If you’ve got a favorite you’ll find it here.
Other highlights include full access to Apple’s movie trailers and NASA’s videos. If you’re looking for radio, you’ll be happy to find Shoutcast and Radiotime.
Note that, while browsing, you can mark any item or list your “favorite” by clicking the right button, then clicking “Add to Favorites“. This will make things easier to find later: all you need to do is click left until you bring up your favorites panel.
Once you have your media center application of choice set up you’ll need to install Navi-X. Boxee users can do this by adding “tinyurl.com/navixforboxee” to their repository list; XBMC users can download XBMC here and install it using XBMC’s settings panel. Need more information? Check the Navi-X FAQ for precise instructions. Fans of Internet multimedia can never find quite enough content, so Navi-X is great to have around.
What do you think? Will you be using Navi-X, or do you have some other Internet media source in mind? Share in the comments, as always.
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