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What front end do you use

Poll Results: What front end do you rock

 
  • 42% (27)
    Windows Media Center
  • 22% (14)
    XBMC
  • 7% (5)
    Media Portal
  • 26% (17)
    I am a noob and dont use a front end
63 Total Votes  
post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
I use media portal with streamedMP and TVseries plugins. I went this way so I could load up 6 tuners in my server and share them across my house and they all record to my server.

I used to use WMC 7 and media browser but it is slower with large collections.

I am thinking about dumping PVR and going to XBMC since I can grab all the tv shows I miss off the internet.

Please let us know why you use what you use.
Edited by hick - 1/30/11 at 6:31am
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post #2 of 41
I use XBMC, it can be a pain in the ass sometimes to get it working right.
post #3 of 41
I use wmc for tv and media browser for movies. My collection isn't insane but its pretty good sized and it runs great.

I considered trying media portal but the wife and kids would kill me as they just got used to all this.

And media browser is bad ass anyways.
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post #4 of 41
I use WMC (Windows Vista) & mediabrowser.
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post #5 of 41
7mc and media browser but going to try media portal if it supports sharing tuners over lan
edit: hmm not very nice to use out of the box, think ill stick with 7mc for lack of effort to configure mediaportal

@harishgayatri you should get windows 7 man, media center is way better than in vista!
Edited by ears1991 - 1/30/11 at 10:22am
post #6 of 41
None of the above.

SageTV for the last 5 years. Similarly, I also use it in a server/client configuration where I can share tuners and media to other clients in the house on my network. 6 tuners and 5 clients currently.
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post #7 of 41
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by craigap View Post
None of the above.

SageTV for the last 5 years. Similarly, I also use it in a server/client configuration where I can share tuners and media to other clients in the house on my network. 6 tuners and 5 clients currently.
Ya, I left of sage and beyond. Just didn't think anyone would be rocking either.
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post #8 of 41
WMC and MyMovies.

The idea of sharing tuners is nice, but I am too lazy to figure it out (and I have tuners in each computer now anyway).

Heck, I just got WHS up and am trying to figure out how to get that to share everything correctly through that.
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post #9 of 41
XBMC for now, will explore other options when I have time.
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post #10 of 41
I use XBMC also, havn't really investigated the alternatives but i love how cleanly it sorts out large movie/tv collections easily, and the internet streaming options (i used to watch twit.tv on my puter all the time, now i watch their HD stream on my tv via the twit plugin )

can't see my self moving to anything else in the near future (only down side is i can't find a GOOD theme, theres lots of ok themes but nothing awesome/perfect)
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