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Ok, so I'm starting to setup my HTPC and I was wondering what fontend and backend should I get for these? What does a frontend or backend do? Here's what I believe, you can tell me if I'm wrong. Frontend is the program that gets TV files and displays it to different users on their computers. Backend Keeps files and saves video to give to the frontend users.... is that right?

Which ones should I sue for those? frontend/backend?
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You actually don't need a frontend or backend really. You could simply launch VLC or whatever player and watch your movie.

That said, most people use XBMC to view their video/music Libarary. This would be your frontend. Just install it and add your files to it.

How are your videos going to be stored? Straight on the HTPC or on a Server or NAS? You don't really need a backend to manage it, just share the folders and organize it nicely so XBMC can easily look up your video files on the web to pull movie info.
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Originally Posted by Jonowxeno View Post
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That said, most people use XBMC to view their video/music Libarary. This would be your frontend. Just install it and add your files to it.

...
Being a little presumptuous there?
While many use XMBC, there are many other options, and I know many (including myself) just use Windows 7's built in Windows Media Center for all their media needs.
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Being a little presumptuous there?
While many use XMBC, there are many other options, and I know many (including myself) just use Windows 7's built in Windows Media Center for all their media needs.
+1. Between XBMC and WMC+Media Browser, I much prefer the latter. You can't say most unless you know for a fact that XBMC has greater market share compared to the alternative (Media Center. Media Portal, SageMC - R.I.P., etc).
Edited by rui-no-onna - 8/4/11 at 11:54am
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Being a little presumptuous there?
While many use XMBC, there are many other options, and I know many (including myself) just use Windows 7's built in Windows Media Center for all their media needs.
Haha, maybe a little

Here's a list of choices :
Media Portal
XBMC
WMC7 (can use with media browser plugin)
MythTV

There's probably more
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I just wish the moving pictures (media portal) plugin would be made for media center...I LOVE WMC7 but even media browser is years behind xbmc and media portal.
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I just wish the moving pictures (media portal) plugin would be made for media center...I LOVE WMC7 but even media browser is years behind xbmc and media portal.
your right on the money ther bud, i would be using wmc7 if they caught up to media portal, but until then, i am using media portal.
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+1. Between XBMC and WMC+Media Browser, I much prefer the latter. You can't say most unless you know for a fact that XBMC has greater market share compared to the alternative (Media Center. Media Portal, SageMC - R.I.P., etc).
hmm. just wondering, why do you prefer the latter?
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hmm. just wondering, why do you prefer the latter?
Handles my anime and Asian dramas (metadata tagging, etc) much better than XBMC does. Almost no set-up required.

I actually have XBMC launcher installed for WMC so I have both Media Browser and XBMC available. Media Browser works well enough without needing to customize every little detail and it's simple enough for the folks to use. XBMC has a greater wow factor and is more customizable but frankly, that only works if you're a geek. I haven't had much time to play with XBMC skins and layouts but the default interface would be very confusing for my parents to navigate.
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Handles my anime and Asian dramas (metadata tagging, etc) much better than XBMC does. Almost no set-up required.

I actually have XBMC launcher installed for WMC so I have both Media Browser and XBMC available. Media Browser works well enough without needing to customize every little detail and it's simple enough for the folks to use. XBMC has a greater wow factor and is more customizable but frankly, that only works if you're a geek. I haven't had much time to play with XBMC skins and layouts but the default interface would be very confusing for my parents to navigate.
oh i see. so it's more of a set up and time invested factor.
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