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by hipsterdoofus
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

As much as I like the suggestions, I still don't know if it gets me down the road for a long ways. I don't know, I suppose I could look at Plex pass again. When I tried it last time it was prior to their gridview update for the DVR so I didn't like it. I really do kind of need a full media manager t...
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

I don’t think you can purchase Windows Media Center for Windows 8.1 anymore. It is not included with windows 8.1.
Is that right? Well that stinks...grr
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

EPG123 is the best option in my opinion.. it is far superior to WMC guide. The learning curve is a bit difficult, but once you understand, it is a breeze to install. They have great support. It is free, other than you have to buy your own subscription to Schedules Direct, but it is inexpensive $30 ...
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

So most of what I have on my HTPC now is: 1) Recorded TV 2) All my DVD's ripped 3) backups of pictures / music that are on my desktop (which especially in the case of music is handy so i can play it at the TV too). Honestly, the worst thing to lose in all of that would be the ripped DVD's - those th...
by hipsterdoofus
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

When watching TV, be it a recording or live, the TV server is in the loop. For live tv it is the timeshifting buffer enabling pause/rewind/fast forward. And yeah, there's a version of the HDHomerun Record engine for almost everything. Off the top of my head it supports Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD,...
by hipsterdoofus
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

So, the reason I don't recommend Roku is because Silicondust doesn't have an official app for it, most Roku's lack native MPEG-2 decode capability which is what live TV is transmit as, and you have less freedom when it comes to software packages. Sure, they have a lot of apps in their store, but on...
by hipsterdoofus
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

So, based on what you said there, I think going with a NAS + HDHomerun Record service + STB devices (i.e. Fire TV Stick, NVIDIA Shield TV, etc, just don't use Roku) at each TV might be the way to go for you. This will give you the same interface at each TV for a relatively low price (Fire TV Sticks...
by hipsterdoofus
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

I would recommend upgrading to win8.1 and paying the (very much worth the charge) money for epg123 and schedulesdirect. you just aren't going to find a better front end interface than WMC.. hold on to it as long as you can! john I guess 8.1 did still have WMC, didn't it? I guess that's an option, b...
by hipsterdoofus
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

So one thing I've wondered about is just switching to a NAS - I believe some do transcoding. Or I guess there are free ones that I could install on current hardware. I'm just not sure if that is something that would work with the HDHomerun DVR service or not. Yeah, some NAS devices do support trans...
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

So, when WMC guide data became unreliable a few years back, I switched to NextPVR as a backend with Kodi and the NPVR addon as a frontend. That worked really well for a few years, enabling me to use my PC as a server as opposed to the living room device. I just used an NVIDIA Shield TV and Fire TV'...
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

I'm willing to upgrade equipment to make this happen, I just would like a decent long-term solution. Any suggestions? after testing plex and hd apps, i switched it up and ran Apple Clients using Channels ( https://getchannels.com ) on Apple TVs since everyone in the house used iPhones. and run thei...
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Re: Replacing WMC

Perfectly good (better than the free from Microsoft) guide data available via EPG123 and Schedules Direct would keep your WMC working well into the future. Yes there is a $25/yr. fee for the guide data. However, pretty much all other options also require fees of some kind (guide data or program lic...
by hipsterdoofus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Third Party Software
Topic: Replacing WMC
Replies: 45
Views: 3009

Replacing WMC

Coulda sworn I'd posted about this but can't seem to find it. I'm running Win7 with WMC. I know that the guide data is about to stop, so I know I have to find an alternative. I briefly tried Plex pass - I did not care for their interface. So I'm looking for alternatives: Current equipment is an oldi...

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