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MPC:HC here as well. Using CCCP codecs. I also have VLC loaded somewhere on my computer (I think) for when mpc craps out on a video, but I can't remember when that last happened. I don't really like VLC, it feels clunky and sluggish (and it didn't play Hi10p for the longest time). But that could just be because I've been using MPC since forever and know my way around it. Bias toward the familiar and all.

I don't get why microsoft would need to pay royalties to play dvd's anyways. Wouldn't that be like paying royalties to read a book? Or look at art? Just so long as they develop their own player and their own codecs (or use freeware) then they should be good to go. Or at least in my mind. The patent system is borked.


Does this mean that MPC and VLC are infringing on some DVD patents in order to play them? Or is it specifically the codecs that are doing so?
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I don't get it *scratches head*
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Originally Posted by armourcore9brker View Post

Well you seemed like you had issue with the interface.
The backend can run anywhere, it doesn't have to be on the same machine. The XBMC though, is specifically designed to be used with a remote. You could also try any of the other backends available.
You asked for options and I am simply giving you an option. I use XBMC with a MythTV backend and it works just fine.

I didn't have any issue with the interface, I said MediaPortal was slow to start and was buggy (it crashes). It works fine with a Windows Media Center remote, by the way.

The problem is, If I have to fiddle with XBMC with preliminary support for DVR functions, which they specifically state can crash and a third party backend, the chances of crashes increase.

I forgot to mention, my mistake, sorry, I want a Windows machine as my Media Center so I can also play games and I want it to be standalone, meaning I don't want to have a secondary computer running Linux acting as a backend. That rules out the first three options because they are all Linux based. I have no idea about the last option though, it seems it runs on Windows.

My point is, this is a step backwards for Windows because it means people running Media Centers and wanting a seamless experience with a remote will have to resort to fiddling with buggy software or hope that it will work with just the addition of a 3rd party free codec, or pay more, of course.
Edited by tpi2007 - 5/4/12 at 10:59am
 
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Never use Media Center before = =..
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And nothing of value was lost.

I don't even remember the last time I played a DVD at my house. Netflix tends to take care of my movie needs.
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Meh XBMC + NPVR ftw thumb.gif
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MPCHC with madvr and lav filters is the best possible video experience. I would say IMO, but its pretty much true wink.gif I hate to say it but those on vlc are behind even wmp in picture quality.

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No big deal, VLC PLayer plays everything with the exception of Blu Ray's. Regarding Blu Ray playback, you have to use other "open source" programs. wink.gif
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Kudos to Microsoft. Windows Media Player wasn't great. VLC or Media Player Classic HC with MadVR and LAVFilters. smile.gif
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This is good because it reduces the price of Windows since the codecs cost money for MS to include.

But people aren't reading the article so keep on ranting
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