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RSS media source
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RSS Feed sources allow you to add and list and view/listen to online video/audio/picture streams directly from XBMC.
- Note: Don't confuse RSS Feeds with RSS feed Control which is a scrolling RSS feed on your XBMC Home page.
1 What are RSS Feeds?
RSS (which stands for "Really Simple Syndication") is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, image, audio, video—in a standardized format. An RSS document is commonly called a "RSS feed", "RSS channel", or "Web feed", includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. A podcast is a series of audio or video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by such RSS feeds. Video podcasts are sometimes referred to as "vidcasts" or "vodcasts".
2 RSS Feeds in XBMC
XBMC features a built-in RSS Feed Reader Client for such audio and video sources. This type of media source will connect to the RSS feed you enter and list the audio, video or image files available to stream with thumbnails and metadata if available.
The RSSFeeds.xml file within the XBMC UserData folder contains the RSS feeds which are displayed by XBMC.
3 rss:// network protocol
The rss:// protocol is available in XBMC Media Center 8.10 and later.
To connect to a specific RSS feed, under the music, videos, or pictures section of XBMC, add a new source. In the Sources.xml file, the source should have a URL that looks like:
<source> <name>RSS Feed</name> <path>rss://</path> </source>
In the GUI it should look something like this: