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 Post subject: Can anyone recommend software?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:49 am 
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Hi All,

I'm new to the HTPC market so I'm doing my research before committing my money.
Can anyone recommend some 'Must Have' software that any respectable HTPC shouldn't be without?

I will use mine for recording from a DVB-S card (not sure which one yet.)
Also it will be a 'server' for Video, Music & Photos.

Thanks,
Darren


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:17 am 
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MythTV, Open Source DVR

The best part is that you don't have to commit any money!

You can achieve all the other tasks you list with free software too.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:34 am 
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This looks great thanks.

I have so much to learn :roll:

I'm thinking about using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.... is this a good idea?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:54 am 
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Any reason you want to use W7 Ultimate over the cheaper W7 versions?

Take a look at mediaportal too if you're set on using Windows. It's also free. Of the three PVR/etc. suites I've tried (MythTV, SageTV, MP) I've had the best luck with MP though it's far from perfect.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:05 am 
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I can get an upgrade copy of Win 7 Ultimate 64 for about £60 GBP.
The other versions are cheaper but this does seem a good deal.
I'm hoping it's a good base to build upon.

Thanks for your input


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:53 am 
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MythTV is actually a linux solution, but an easy to use one. You could get a bunch of movies with that £60 GBP instead.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:30 pm 
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You may find some useful recommendation on htpcforums.com


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This site specialises in all manner of media centre chat:-

http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au/community/forum.php


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Mediabrowser (WMC plugin for media organization)
Arcsoft Totalmedia Theater 3 (Blu Ray)
DVD Shrink
Metabrowser (TV/DVD metadata getter)

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26
A good forum for reading, but not newbie friendly and its hard to get a question answered.


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I am using MythTV for almost two years now and so far it didn't give me any problems while using it. I am actually making a research paper and writing an essay (a freelance writing job) about these type software and how can they benefit the users.

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