Why switch from Media Center to SD DVR?

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3579mike777
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Re: Why switch from Media Center to SD DVR?

Post by 3579mike777 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:15 am

Although WMC files are somewhat proprietary, Windows 10 will play them even without WMC.

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Re: Why switch from Media Center to SD DVR?

Post by GetMatt » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:38 pm

3579mike777 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:15 am
Although WMC files are somewhat proprietary, Windows 10 will play them even without WMC.
Yes, but only Windows, hence proprietary. You have to move the TS to a different container file to play them on anything else. Or convert them to another format all together.

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Re: Why switch from Media Center to SD DVR?

Post by Ken.F » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:15 am

GetMatt wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:38 pm
3579mike777 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:15 am
Although WMC files are somewhat proprietary, Windows 10 will play them even without WMC.
Yes, but only Windows, hence proprietary. You have to move the TS to a different container file to play them on anything else. Or convert them to another format all together.
Non-DRM WMC recordings can be played in Linux with VLC and Kodi (and probably several other players I haven't tried using). You can use ffmpeg on Linux to copy the audio and video tracks from .wtv files into .ts containers if you need to do that for some reason.

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Re: Why switch from Media Center to SD DVR?

Post by torb » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:33 am

To me, the biggest advantage over WMC is the ability to run clients on so many devices. WMC had extenders, but I never found them to be reliable or performant. Now I can actually do pause on one resume on another, schedule on one (much easier to search on the phone app than with a remote) watch on another, etc. Many of the supported devices are pretty inexpensive, so it is reasonable for me to attach them to little used TVs so that I have DVR access there if I ever need it.

The OP sounds like they are planning to switch away from WMC anyway, and specifically mentioned an alternate product. That product has a different paradigm (integrated hardware / software vs app for variety of available hardware) and significantly different pricing model. Seems like the comparison that is more of interest is between that product and HDHR DVR. There are pros and cons either way, depends on use case. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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