Comments on: My days with Windows Media Center are numbered How good can it be, if it isn't HD? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ben Drawbaugh Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:05:18 +0000 Yep, switched to the TiVo Roamio when it came out. Was def’ an upgrade for me.

By: Mike J Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:21:53 +0000 Have you actually stopped using Windows Media Center?

I can tell you that they’ll have to pry my WMC HTPC from me before I’ll stop using it.
(Still rocking it as a whole home DVR, using 3 Xbox 360’s as extenders)

By: Ben Drawbaugh Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:23:03 +0000 Typically the release of Windows is nearly identical to the consumer preview. Microsoft even went so far as to not call it a beta in order to ensure people wouldn’t expect their feedback would be considered for the final product. The reality is that the team that worked on Media Center doesn’t exist anymore so there is no reason to think MS is still developing it.

By: Anthony Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:08:59 +0000 Sometimes I don’t understand the complaining about Media Center and its short comings, plus the belief MS has stopped all development and that W8 has basically the same MC experience as Vista and Windows 7. How many times has MS stated that the consumer preview is NOT even the beta or RC of Windows 8. So STOP jumping to conclusions. HTPC parts prices have gone down, processing and power have GONE UP.

There still too many people uninformed about this feature in W7, never mind all the people that buy Windows Ultimate for reasons I fail to understand if all your doing it playing games and browsing Facebook. Then in the same breath complain how much disk space Windows takes up and not even using a 1/3rd of its features.

I think the Windows 8 SDK will be better suited for Tablet Use AND Media Center frankly. Remote Potato covers remote scheduling and mobile playback.

Tivo’s I find limited and is not officially supported in either direction. So how you going to watch streaming content? Not everything I want to watch can be found on Direct TV period. If I wanted to fire up Challenge of the Go-Bots, you’re not going to find it on Direct TV. I shouldn’t have to put a DVD into another STB either given the technological advances.

Windows Media Center with all its faults for people that want as many options as possible is the best option. STB are designed for people that want to watch one media mostly. They are adding a TV tuner to Boxee but currently it will only support Over The Air HD. I’m sure it will have some sort of PVR feature. Great, but if you don’t watch much network TV (like me) then this is not worth the investment to make the change over.

Linux has a wealth of options because its open source, BUT it doesn’t support my tuner cards (Cat’s Eye and ATI/AMD) and doesn’t support cable cards if the content is flagged, if you have Time Warner, name something that isn’t flagged as protected content? lol

While streaming has matured, they are embracing everything but Windows Media Center.

What I have decided to do is combine what Windows does best which is the PVR experience and what Linux does best which is streaming content and much more “pretty” GUI for video files (Movies, TV Shows), torrents and newsgroups downloads.

I have a WHS 2011 now and as it expands (currently 4TB) will be the central depository for all my media going forward. I don’t need it to do any direct recording. That would be a welcomed option in a whole home system, but I’ll wait for those options to mature more and when I move out of the parents home again.

Having game consoles everywhere is not what I would call a solution.

By: Thomas M Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:30:49 +0000 In my eyes, WMC lacks one simple thing: A software extender mode. With Windows 8 being able to run on ARM, this would enable to run very powerful extenders that can do anything a normal windows can on cheap one-chip boards such as Raspberry PI. Probably a bit more powerful chip (Tegra 2/3) is needed, but you get the idea. Such a soft-extender would be perfect: Place a small server with the TV-cards anywhere (doing the recordings), and let the soft extenders access the tuners and the guide.
That brings me to another thing that MS is not getting right: Windows home server should be able to act as media center tuner/recording station. Would be a perfect setup: Cheap ARM soft-extenders + Home server with tuners.

Ben: regarding your wish for a two-way remote interface: vmcMote HD lets you manage all the music in WMC from your iPad. No need to run the TV to select music: Library browsing, Cover wall, Now playing queue, …

Regarding the WMC SDK: It’s slow and a lacking a lot of functionality. It was a pain to implement some things in there, also gave up on some ideas because of its weakness. Furthermore, the interfaces are pretty outdated concept wise. I do not have much hope that MS gets it concept, performance and functionality wise right in Windows 8 🙁

By: Ben Drawbaugh Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:59:30 +0000 Yes, I got a chance to see it at CES, and it does look promising.

By: sunshine mars Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:58:28 +0000 Maybe you should check out the Hopper from DISH. This DVR has 2 terabytes of space and you can truly pause, record, rewind, fast forward live and recorded TV on any TV! You can record 6 shows independently. Since I started working for DISH, this is the best DVR I have seen. There is even a neat remote locator feature. I can’t wait till it’s available.

By: Jon Deutsch Wed, 11 Jan 2012 02:27:38 +0000 re: prior post:

OK, I can’t delete a comment, so at least let me blush out loud. I now see that you yourself are the author of said article. So, it occurs to me that it’s quite likely that you have, indeed, seen it.

By: Jon Deutsch Wed, 11 Jan 2012 02:25:56 +0000 Ben – see this?

No details, but the fact that they’re talking about “discovery services” built-in to their custom WMC interface sounds quite promising.

Better than TiVo?

By: Lithium630 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:06:03 +0000 Still thinking of a Tivo? 🙂