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Official HTPC Software Thread

PVR, DVR, HTPC, Media PC and Media Box is pretty much all the same thing. Here is a definition from wiki.

"A home theater PC (HTPC) or media PC is a convergence device that combines the functions of a personal computer and a digital video recorder. It is connected to a television or a television-sized computer display and is often used as a digital photo, music, video player, TV receiver and digital video recorder."

All it is is a computer hooked up to a TV with additional hardware such as: TV tuners, extra storage and usually a IR or RF receiver with remote control.

1 - DVR - Windows
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition link
  • Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate link
  • Meedio 1.41 and Meedio Ultimate (free) link
  • MeediOS - an updated version of Meedio link
  • SageTV (Windows, Mac, and Linux) link
  • ShowShifter link
  • SnapStream Beyond TV (I use this) link
  • GB-PVR (free) link
  • MediaPortal (free) link
  • AverMedia Center (for use with AverMedia card) link
  • Yahoo! Go TV (free) - disountinued
  • Nero LiquidTV™ | TiVo® PC link
  • PowerCinema 6 link
  • Windows 7 MCE - link

2 - HTPC Software (without DVR) - Windows
  • Nero 9 link
  • Xlobby link
  • Got all Media (free) link
  • Beyond Media link - DISCONTINUED
  • WinDVD Media Center link
  • iMEDIAN HD(also known as iMon) link
  • Elisa - compatible with windows, mac and linux (Now Moovida)
  • Moovida - link
  • XBMC link - compatible with windows, mac and linux (I use this for front-end)
  • J. River Media Center link
  • Tvedia link
  • DivX Connected link
  • AMD Live! link

3 - Linux
4 - Mac
5 - Video/DVD Players - Windows
  • MPlayer Link - New
  • Zoom Player link
  • VLC (I use this for streaming media) link
  • Windows Media Player link
  • DivX Video Player link
  • RealPlayer link
  • Power DVD link
  • InterVideo WinDVD link
  • TheaterTek link
  • AVS DVD Player link
  • Media Player Classic link
  • The KM Player link
  • Gom Media Player link

6 - Blu-Ray and HD DVD Playback - Windows
  • Powerdvd link (older version will play HD-DVD)
  • ArcSoft TotalMedia™ Theatre link
  • WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray link

7 - Remote Control Software and tips
8 - IPTV or Internet TV - There are many Internet TV sites out there. Here are the most poplular.
9 - OTA HD/Digital Sources
  • QAM tuner explanation link
  • Antenna Web link - maximize your television reception
  • HD/Digital Channel Lookup link - find your local HD/Digital channels
  • Digital TV Transition link

10 - Codecs
  • Codec explanation link
  • List of codecs link
  • Codec comparisons link

Codec Packs and Codecs
11 - Streaming Software
  • TVersity link - stream audio, pictures, music, rss feeds to you Xbox 360, Wii, PS3....etc.
  • Orb link - enables users to remotely access all their personal digital media files including pictures, music, videos, webcams and television.

12 - Smart Phone HTPC Control
Android
  • RemoteDroid - Located on Android Market - Free
  • GRemotePro-multi remote - Located on Android Market - Free

IPhone
  • Logitech Touch Mouse link

XBMC - Android
  • XBMC Remote 1 link - I've used this one and like it.
  • XBMC Remote 2 link
  • Boxee/XBMC Remote - Located on Android Market - Free

Boxee - Android
  • Boxee Wifi Remote - Located on Android Market - Free
  • Boxee/XBMC Remote - Located on Android Market - Free (Same as one on XBMC)

13 - Home Entertainment Server Systems - Expensive
  • Axonix MediaMax - link - Retail Price for 75 DVD 1 Room System -$8300
  • Kaleidescape - link - Retail Price for 75 DVD 1 Room System -$18,500
  • AMX® Max - link - Retail Price for 75 DVD 1 Room System -$27,400

14 - Gaming
  • GameEx link (from Manyak)
  • EMUCenter link
  • Maximus Arcade link

15 - Other
I will add more as I find them. If you find more I'm not aware of, feel free to post it here and I'll add them. Please report broken links.

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AverMedia Center (for use with AverMedia card) It can act as DVR.

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Should I include screenshots? The problems is some applications have different themes.
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in my search for information about hd dvd/blu-ray playback in mce, i cam across the arcsoft total media theater software.

http://www.arcsoft.com/products/totalmediatheatre/

besides supporting bd and hd dvd, it supposedly integrates into xp mce 2005 and vista mce. it is about the only player to integrate into the mce interface.

actually, you may want to make a separate section for blu-ray/hd dvd playback. you can put powerdvd 6 and intervideo on it as well as the arcsoft application

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i'm gonna have to take a look at this thread, when i'm done moving. Cause i'm starting to hate Vista media center, its like Microsoft can't think out of the box or something.


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Is there a simple program I can use to watch TV without all the fancy stuff?
It only needs to be able to record and time shift.
I haven't had luck getting GB-PVR to work correctly, SageTV won't let me change the programming and my region doesn't have any correct presets available... and so on.

I really just want something simple with recording and timeshifting capability. It doesn't need to do anything else, like have a browser, play DVDs, music, etc.

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If you have any of the Hauppauge tuners, it comes with WinTV. It pretty much just does the basics.
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Mythbuntu? Never used it, but I hear it's popular.

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this thread should be stickied as it has good info in it....

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