There you are. You’ve got a bunch of media on your server in your home office. You’ve got XBMC on the AppleTV in your living room. And you want to know the best way to connect your copy of XBMC will all your awesome content.

Preparation

I’m going to assume you know how to share your content. If you happen to be running Windows 7, you could always use this guide to share your files. If you have your media hosted on a NAS, everything should be ready to go in the first place. And if you are attempting to share using an Apple or Linux server, I’ll trust you to find guides for sharing plastered around the net.

Likewise, this guide assumes you’ve already figured out how to install XBMC onto your device and got it running on your TV. This guide picks up after you’ve got XBMC up and running, but before you’ve added any videos.

Let’s get going!

Above you will find a video that walks through every step that I describe below. So if you feel more comfortable following along with a video, definitely do so! If you’d rather have a written description, read on. Continue reading


One of the most frequently asked questions, once people get XBMC set up and all the media is imported, is how to stop XBMC from always displaying subtitles on every single movie by default.

While the XBMC player does not give more granular control by movie language, it does allow you to globally turn on and off auto-subtitling. By default, they are turned on. To turn them off, one can simply start playing any video, open the menu (if you have a keyboard, you can do this by pressing the ‘m’ key), and navigate to the audio submenu.

From there, simply navigate down to Enable Subtitles, untick the box, and navigate down to Set As Default For All Movies.  That button, simply enough, sets your current settings as default. For a visual run through, see the video below.

Thanks for watching! And if you happen to have a question or tip, feel free to tweet me @xbmc or simply write in the comments below, and we’ll see if we can’t feature you next week!