I got a smart tv which already contains a good media center, but this media center is too overcrowded, means it has too much feautures and it's confused.

XBMC is better than the media center of my tv but it's also overcrowded for my needs...

My only needs are to show a list with all my movies (just the movies) on my usb harddrive and then I should be able to select and watch one of them.


Is there a solution for my problem yet? Can I configure xbmc to disable all the menus (photos, music...) except the movies and/or start directly in the movies menu? Or do I have to write a solution for this myself? And if so, where should I start?

  • Are you asking this in context of using a Raspberry Pi for XBMC? Otherwise, this question is a bit off-topic here, as this site is Raspberry Pi-specific. – RPiAwesomeness May 7 '14 at 14:20
  • you may disable all menus (Photos, Music, Weather) easily. you should start from the Settings menu -- it's all there. – lenik May 8 '14 at 3:15
  • @RPiAwesomeness I've got a Raspberry Pi and I want to use it as my new media center – ReeCube May 8 '14 at 6:31

Most XBMC skins allow you to disable the menu items you don't want. It's usually in the Skin settings.

Settings → Appearance → Skin → Skin Settings.

Here is a screenshot of a very clean-looking home screen.

(The skin is Amber, which can be installed easily: Settings → Appearance → Skin → (Choose Skin) → Get More...)

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  • Amazing, I'll try it, thank you. How about start directly in the movies menu, is this possible too? I want that my Raspberry Pi opens automatically the movies menu after boot, is this possible too with XBMC? – ReeCube May 8 '14 at 6:35
  • Settings → Appearance → Skin → Startup Window. Strangely, while there's a "TV" option, there's no "Movies" option, at least not for me. The closest I can see is "Videos". – bennettp123 May 8 '14 at 6:52
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    Apparently you can set you home window to Movies, but it requires some light scripting: How to set Startup Window to MOVIES. – bennettp123 May 8 '14 at 7:07

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