Software

ADD-ONS FOR WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER (MCE)
These applications integrate directly into Windows MCE interface to provide additional functionality.

  • MyMovies – Great movies database for your DVD collection.
  • TV TOOLBOX – Allows you to edit recordings, convert recordings and define rules to automatically convert just recorded TV shows to a specific format (WMV), also you can remove commercials from recorded shows.
  • MCE Zone – Home of several MCE add-ons, including My NFL Scores for MCE, Lottery Results for MCE, In The Movies for MCE, and others.
  • WebGuide [free] –  allows you to remotely view live and recorded TV programs and to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs, music, pictures and videos on your Media Center.
  • TheHTPC.net Vista Media Center Plugin Index.

 

UTILITIES FOR MCE
These are small, but very useful pieces of software, that make MCE experience more enjoyable.

  • Crunchie– An utility to convert DVR-MS files to DivX (requires DVRMSToolbox).
  • DVRMSToolbox – One of the most widely used utilities for editing MCE-recorded TV programs (DVR-MS). It helps in skipping (or cutting out) commercials, converting to other video formats, etc.

 

MEDIA CENTER ALTERNATIVES
Applications that provide functionality similar to MCE on Windows and other platforms.

  • The media center software list
  • J. River Media Center – [Windows, commercial $39.98]
  • MythBuntu– [Linux, free] Ubuntu derivative distribution designed to simplify the set-up of MythTV-based system.
  • LinuxMCE– [Linux, free] Open source add-on to Kubuntu including a 10′ UI, complete whole-house media solution with PVR + distributed media, and the most advanced smart home solution available. It is stable, easy to use, and requires no knowledge of Linux and only basic computer skills.
  • Plex Media Center – [Mac OS X, free] Open source port of XBMC project to Mac platform. Stable and beautiful application with lots of third-party plug-ins.

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