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    With MS announcing they are dropping support for Media Center, I thought it would be a good time to try out alternatives. I only use it for live TV via a DVB-T2 USB stick. I like how easy it is to set up and the simple interface.

    Is there anything else out there that is as easy to setup and as easy to use? The software that came with the USB stick is useless.

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    Not sure but I think plex home theatre will do it.


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    Thanks but I don't think that'll suit me. I don't really want to get into messing with plugins and stuff. I'd rather use something that just installs and works. I did once mess with trying to get live TV and a epg working in xbmc and it was just too much hassle.

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    I would have suggested KODI or Plex, but if you want simplicity, checkout [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].


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    Plex should be less hassle for you mate, install it and point it at your media folders, that should be it
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    No media involved. Just a USB Sat device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DejaVu View Post
    No media involved. Just a USB Sat device.
    well spotted sir, that will teach me to reply in a rush!
    You know he grew up as a little shitspark from the old shitflint and then he turned into a shitbonfire and driven by the winds of his monumental ignorance he turned into a raging shitfirestorm. If I get to be married to Barb I'll have total control of Sunnyvale and then I can unleash the shitnami tidal wave that will engulf Ricky and extinguish his shitflames forever. And with any luck he'll drown in the undershit of that wave. Shitwaves.

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    will have same issue, i use media center all the time for free view on my 2nd monitor while on line or playing games, the standard pinnacle software sucks, was not fussed with media portal

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    Kodi will do the trick with minimal faff
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    Quote Originally Posted by tombott View Post
    Kodi will do the trick with minimal faff
    Kodi Does Not support TV TUNERS or does it?? its more for media library & streaming

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    Kodi does, its under the PVR settings I think, had mine linked to the vu duo, but found the interface too slow.

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    If def does, when I used it, was with a dvb-s and a dvb-t card in the same PC so was mostly okay

    There was another app as well my mate used and was seamless, again with TV cards in the PC.


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    KODI's new PVR Functionality is new since the latest releases. Been natively supporting about a year I think.


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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I will try out kodi and another I stumbled upon which is NextPVR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRATH OF BOD View Post
    Kodi Does Not support TV TUNERS or does it?? its more for media library & streaming
    Has supported since 2013:

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    Personally I use MythTV for backend, and then mix of MythTv and Kodi as front ends. But also use IPTVSimple under Kodi.
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    Actually kodi sounds too much hassle for me. I'll try NextPVR.

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    Well, in my opinion, it turns out that there is nothing that even comes close to WMC for live TV. I tried NextPVR, Kodi, MediaPortal and a few others I can't even remember the name of now. All were very inferior for this purpose. I even tried TVCenter which came with my TV card but you can't even reorder the channels into the correct order.

    Such a shame that MS are dropping support for WMC as I want to upgrade to Win10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnzie View Post
    Well, in my opinion, it turns out that there is nothing that even comes close to WMC for live TV. I tried NextPVR, Kodi, MediaPortal and a few others I can't even remember the name of now. All were very inferior for this purpose. I even tried TVCenter which came with my TV card but you can't even reorder the channels into the correct order.

    Such a shame that MS are dropping support for WMC as I want to upgrade to Win10.
    im the same, tested a few & only one i like but was still very clunky was nextPVR, not happy im gonna be loosing WMC in the next O/S, i use it daily.

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    It's a real shame as I really like Win 10 and want DirectX 12 so would have no choice to upgrade. I'm the same, I use WMC almost daily and there is just nothing that comes close for me. I guess my only option is to sell my DVB-T2 stick and buy a standalone Freeview box. It's not an ideal solution for me but would be better than anything on Windows 10.

    I'm even considering selling my graphics card too, giving up on PC gaming and getting a XBox One as you can get a TV tuner box for it.

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