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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-08-21, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation NPVR: Another Alternative to Windows Media Center

Since the Global transition to digital is affecting Win Media Center users,
you may consider NPVR:
This will make it easier for you:
NPVR wiki page-
download latest version-
Install it!
download these patches and copy into NPVR directory-
Start NPVR and work your way though config.
Theres no SQL involved and I can use it with a P4

And it scans Global here in Ottawa CH 6.1
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-08-23, 04:55 PM
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And one of the other options, namely SageTV, is no longer available.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-08-23, 05:50 PM
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I imagine applying pnear's hack for Canadian ATSC would be dramatically easier for existing Media Center users rather than converting to new PVR software.

Of course, I'm assuming that is what you're talking about for "the Global transition to digital is affecting Win Media Center users". If not, what are you talking about?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-08-23, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Two WMC users in the Ottawa area cannot scan Global CH6(DT). I offered NPVR as an alternative.
I believe it to be better but thats only my opinion.
It takes less than an hour to install and set up.
And there are several add-ons like Comskip.
Again it's only my opinion and thought it would be a quick fix for those in need.

It's free and legal and the support forum is run by it's creator who when you have a problem that is not obvious to fix requests that you merely send him copies of the logs. I've needed help once and he set me straight within 5hrs.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-08-23, 08:18 PM
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I apprecieate NPVR as it allowed me to at least view global's signal. Both my Pioneer plasma and WMC can't seem to find it.

I'm not sure that its much better though. The UI is laggy and not as intuitive....and that gets on my nerves. WMC integrates web TV and easily integrates my network shares with other TV/PCs in my house.

On the + side though it does allow to simultaneously use EPG data from the TS and from XML files....and it simply tunes whatever channels my antenna is able to receive.

The UI could use some tweaks though.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-08-23, 09:21 PM
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No question. NPVR is great if ur a windows user. Used it for a long time until jumping ship to linux / mythtv.
The best part of NPVR and it's predecessor GBPVR, aside from being FREE is that you will actually get some support if something isn't working quite right.
As stated above, simply sign up to the forum there, get up to speed via the wiki, and so on. Have a question and guarantee ya, you'll get some help.

Unlike anything from MS, where Mr Bill decides for you how something should work and that's the end of it.

SmartDVB is another windows App that while not a full featured PVR or media center, still gets the job done if ur just looking to tune some TV and make some recordings. It's also pretty user friendly, easy to configure, and also has great support from the developer. It can only parse the epg on the fly from the ATSC stream (or DVB stream in the case of satellite). At least I've never seen an option to do any xmltv imports. Other than that, I would say it's claim to fame is that it's hardly taxing at all on CPU. So ya don't necessarily have to use a hotrod PC for HD. Another worthy alternative.

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