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Windows Media Center
Posted 17 July 2010 - 05:01 AM
So now I am thinking about going back to DIRECTV or Dish Network. I was wondering if anyone is using Windows Media Center with either of these. The thought of using an IR blaster is not that appealing to me. It seems like there would be some lag time. I'm just curious to know how it would work, or do I just not try to go through my media center pc? It is still nice to have so I can watch netflix & hulu with ease.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:41 AM
MC is *fantastic*, but a number of circumstances has sadly limited the support from the TV providers.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:12 AM
I've also found that streaming other content like netflix works much better with a dedicated box like a roku or streaming blu-ray player (netflix on a pc was not HD last time I checked, but it is HD on streaming players). I have several streaming blu-ray players for watching netflix that I got for $30 each on ebay. I still have to use a PC for Hulu.
Edited by mdavej, 19 July 2010 - 09:23 AM.
Posted 07 August 2010 - 04:36 PM
hauppauge now has native support for WMC7 in their HD-PVR drivers; before you had to purchase a program from another company to make this work. The IR blasters don't have much lag time; you can check out videos of people on youtube using this setup.
I have no problems streaming netflix on the PC, and yes its available in HD. Netflix enabled this feature several weeks ago.
Most importanly, your PC must have enough resources to run all of these features smoothly.
I would go without cable or dish before going back to using one of their receivers.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:20 AM
Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:39 AM
Using a PC as a DVR with D* is not a good idea.
I disagree. I'm probably going to dump the rest of my receivers and use only WMC7. With PVRs and a couple of H24s, plus all of the other sources I have available (including OTA), nothing can touch a good 7MC system.
Of course, I only watch recorded content; watching live TV is a very rare event for me.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:07 PM
You honestly prefer using a PC to a DVR? I mean, you can get a D* DVR for free and everything just works. Using a PC requires so much expense and so many pieces to work, it just doesn't make sense to me. It's gotten a little easier since I gave it up, but, man it was such a hassle, I welcomed my D* DVR with open arms.
D* DVR = free, easy (well, almost free except for monthly DVR access)
Fast PC, huge hard drive, fast video card, good capture card, wirless keyboard and mouse, IR blasters, possibly RF remote, 2 dedicated D* receivers for recording 2 things at once = lots of expense, complexity and hassle
Just adding a second receiver for dual recording capability eats up nearly all your DVR access savings, not to mention the added energy expense of running a fast PC 24x7, plus the fan noise. No thanks. Add to that the fact that someday soon component goes away and you won't be able to do analog hi-def at all.
When I sold my last PVR for a huge profit a few years ago, it paid for many, many years of DVR fees. And it wasn't even hi-def. I'm very happy to have a DVR now.
So I'll continue using my lowly single DVR system for D* and my HTPC for internet, hulu, and other content streaming and won't have to deal with all that other stuff.
Edited by mdavej, 09 August 2010 - 12:17 PM.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 02:23 PM
Thanks for the heads-up on netflix HD on a PC. Glad they finally enabled it. They have HD for PC in a different category though, so it doesn't appear to include all HD titles (yet). I've got a pretty fast PC and good video card, but netflix still doesn't look as good on my PC as streaming from my $30 blu-ray player. So my PC will stick to Hulu duty only for now.
I don't think all of the titles are there yet but they're coming.
What type of CPU and GPU do you have? I believe they've had problems w/ AMD products and hardware acceleration. I use intel/nvidia and everything works great.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 03:24 PM
I think you're on to something. AMD/ATI here, and results are ok, but not stellar. Playback is smooth, but it's just not as sharp and detailed as I expected. Could be the title too. I only tried one to see how it looked. I'll keep experimenting.