What you can do with Vera
XBMC Media Player and Vera Control
Precondition: install XBMC Media Player from http://xbmc.org/download/
Download the zip from github https://github.com/gderosa/xbmc-vera
On xbmc go to settings - add ons - install from zip.
After that go to Add-ons -->Enabled Add-ons --> Program Add-ons --> Vera Home Automation --> Configure and type in the Vera's ip
Now you should be able to access Vera unit using the XBMC Media Player