This will probably be my last contribution to SF Cribs since there's not much more to show, but one of the things I love best about my house is the media center I've installed. In my basement I have a 19" cabinet filled wit 4x 4 terabytes of NAS storage connected to a wired gigabit network all through the house. The network is in every bedroom, the living room and home theater.
The storage is used for music, pictures, movies and tv-shows. It is accessible through mediacenter PCs in every room running Ubuntu
in combination with XBMC software
utilizing the Aeon skin.
So, how does it look? You can select the backgrounds for the skin yourself, all in true 1080p full HD resolution. The main menu has the choices for: Music, Settings, TV-Shows or as shown here, FILMS:
When you select FILMS ofcourse you enter into the Movie menu where you can select the movies you have stored on your storage facility. Aeon is connected to IMDB, and downloads all relevant information automatically when you purchase a new movie, including a background. Below is an example of what the 'Dark Knight' looks like:
For the Music background I have chosen a picture of Eddie, the most valued band member of Iron Maiden:
The TV-Series standard background is from the show Mad Men:
So, when we enter into the TV-series menu, of course you can select different shows. Like Entourage here:
When you want to see a particular episode, you browse to the season you'd like and then you can select any episode you'd want from the following menu:
All the software I use is completely free under a public license, the only hardware you'd have to buy is enough storage and an reasonably powerfull media center PC in every room you'd want to access all this. But I have to warn you, it can work addictive to have so many options, it gets hard to chose what you want to watch!