In this section we will be going through the Skin settings in XBMC (for Simplicity).
Some of these settings will have unexpected consequences and while most if not all of these are purely personal preferences I suggest (and will assume from here on out) that you use the settings I recommend at least for the rest of the guide.
My goal is to have the most consistent and polished interface across all media types. Further I try to have as much information as possible be readily available without it cluttering up the screen.
With that said, lets continue on.
Under General enable Autoscroll Plot, Use “Posters” instead of “Banners” for TV Shows, Use Landscapes, and Enable TV Show Logo Support.
Using “Posters” instead of “Banners” for TV enables the Fanart Slide view type for TV media. Enabling the TV Show Logo Support enables thee logo clear art on TV pause screens (and likely elsewhere).
Under Home Screen enable Use TV Alert Feed and Show Recently Added Information. The first replaces the already disabled RSS feed with TV Guide like information about upcoming episodes of any shows you have in your Library. The second option shows TV, Movies, and Music media that has been recently added to your library on your Home screen (or Home window if you prefer, same thing).
Under the Hide Main Menu Buttons section I recommend enabling Hide – Videos and then any others you may not want or need. Shutdown can be easily envoked by hitting the “s” key. And Settings can be found by hitting the Down Arrow key on the Home option. Further Scripts and Programs likely will not be used at this point. Again, hide whichever ones you’re comfortable with and move on.
Under Misc enable Enable Subtitle Download in Video OSD, select - ADD-ON NAME, Get More…, XBMC Subtitles, and then hit Enter on Install. Once this has completed select - ADD-ON NAME once more and then select XBMC Subtitles as the Add-on.
Also Enable Watched Icon for Movie Views and Lyrics in Music OSD. Similar to above, select - ADD-ON Name and then CU Lyrics (which should already be installed).
Note the TV Show Image Downloader. You will want to come back to this section after enabling your TV media sources (in the Configuration sections below) and hit the Get Images button. This will fetch the TV Logo images (courtesy of Logo Downloader Add-on) that will be used in the various views.
Note: These downloads can take quite sometime if you have a large library. Be prepared to wait for this to complete.
Programs / Addons / Favorites
These sections can be skipped unless you have specific programs or addons you’d like accessible from the Home screen. I will likely expand this guide in the future to utilize these for Emulation, Blu-ray Playback, or Amazon Prime Streaming and such, but for now we’ll leave them as they are.
I’ve not been able to determine exactly what this changes on the Home screen. Leaving it disabled or enabling it as well as all or only select Genres doesn’t seem to elicit a change currently.
And that’s it for the Skin Setup as well as the ENTIRE Setup section. Great work if you made it through that. Lets move on to the Configuration section so we can get through this initial work and enjoy the nice new XBMC Media Center setup.