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TV Tuner Card/Media Centre Software?
Enerjex 
5/9/08 10:09:52 PM
Learner
Hi all, does anybody know of any good media centre software that I can run on XP pro? The main importance to me is for using my hybrid TV tuner card with it, as the low quality software that came with it is well.... low quality :) I do like how it works with Windows Media Centre in Vista however something of decent quality and appearance for XP would be great... as always freeware is preferable but I don't mind paying a small amount for something someone's worked hard on.

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_sentinel 
6/9/08 2:44:03 AM
Champion

Media Center is available for XP dude.
More info than you could ever need is here:
http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au/community/index.php
http://www.missingremote.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=198
http://www.avsforum.com/

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Master_Scythe 
6/9/08 1:06:19 PM
Titan

EDIT: re-rad your post. this IS freeware :D and I use it with a hybrid tuner. easy to set up. :D. ENOJY! also if it doesnt find your card, google it with gbpvr, theres just a txt file you have to add a line of code to (copy paste) to fix it. the developer cant put EVERY card in there. lol

Unless you get Microsoft XP Media Centre Edition, (or go to linux) there is only one solution thats worth note.

GBPVR

Ive tried (and fucking paid for ><) almost every piece of software under the sun.

GBPVR has all the usual features like being able chose your decoder and modify your menus.

But the best things (3) ever, would have to be.

1. Stability.
Every bit of software can go wrong. If i ever crashed the front end (I try to do so when i was testing all the programs) the back end NEVER crashed. my recordings etc were never interrupted.
Then again, it was nigh impossible to get it to crash properly in the first place.

and

2. 2 seperate services
I know a lot of Linux gurus are comfortable with this, but even though ive been in IT for so long, i still hate things running and not showing an icon.
GBPVR RECORDING SERVICE sits nicely inthe taskbar showing you whats up, eg. if its recording etc. anso lets you launch any front end form there (config, tv guide, full media centre).

3. WebAdmin
About the only program ive seen to do anything close to this is MythTV on linux. Basically, tick the 'use web admin' or something, set up a DynamicIP or use hamachi, and you have a recording schedualer and content streaming service from anywhere.

Recording TV from away from home, and streaming my media at friends places is priceless. (uses VLC to transcode and stream).

it may not be the 'flashiest' (though skins GALORE) but its certainly the best.


Edited by Master_Scythe: 6/9/2008 1:08:39 PM

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_sentinel 
8/9/08 11:32:23 PM
Champion

That looks interesting M_S, will have to have a look

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