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2018-04-22 11:35 PM
lunear I have used NextPVR but it updates TV guides very slowly. And I can't make the NEXTPVR plugin for Kodi work either.

I also tried SichboPVR, the UI looks very cool, but no audio/video, and no guide either, except that a few channels show guide for one hour only. I have tried to change the setting of decoders, but still can't make it work.

so far the most useful software is EASYHDTV, but it is not freeware.
2018-04-21 09:53 PM
wildwillie I got wintv8.5 installed and NextPVR 4.1.0
NextPVR is updating the guide for my OTA

Running on Windows 10 free update
Hauppauge 955q

9-1 and 16-1 are my local Canadian stations ,guide works great for them
Now to get a HDMI card for the old computer

Wonder how the wintv extend will work over wifi for a smart tv,
2018-04-12 07:51 PM
lunear Thanks. I used this patch and now WMC is working on Win 10 again. But I can't get any TV EPG info. I've tried the old tool which hacks WMC and add CANADA ATSC, but still get nothing. Can anyone tell me how to get the TV guides?
2016-09-09 01:34 PM
Dr.Dave If you are running Win 10 WMC, the MDL thread recommends uninstalling it first and that V8.8.1 has the best uninstaller.

The installation is the same for Win10AU, just ignore any PlayReady errors. I don't know if there any issues with network tuners such as the HDHomerun, but I think there are ways around that as long as you aren't using Cable CARD.
2016-09-09 11:23 AM
Lobo Here's another post about installing MC on the anniversary update of Win10.

How to install Windows Media Center on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Any difference from the previous instructions for setting it up?

2016-09-06 08:58 AM
Dr.Dave I'm not sure how many people are using WMC under Windows 10, but I thought I would update this thread. In late July, I successfully installed Win 10 on my old Win 7 Home Premium partition and used my Win 8.1 Pro licence key to make sure I got the Win 10 Pro version. Dual boot with Win 8 works fine. I have mainly been using Win 8, but I tinkered with Win 10 on the weekends.

I used the alternate branch of the WMC installer (version 8.8.1 by user T-S.) following the readme instructions. Then I ran Peter Near's fix to turn on the ATSC flag for Canada. IMPORTANT - Peter Near's BAT file doesn't work if you "Run as Administrator" - just click it to run. I set up my Canadian postal code and my dual tuner Hauppauge 2250 works fine for OTA and the guide works. Note: I downloaded and installed the latest drivers from the manufacturer before installing WMC, just to be on the safe side.

I installed the Win 10 Anniversary Update on Monday and one bonus is that the 5.1 audio now works in WMC. Previously, it was just playing stereo.

It appears that the Anniversary Update unintentionally broke the ability of U.S. CableCARD users to record protected content like HBO. Microsoft seems to be changing the way they handle DRM in Win 10 and since WMC isn't being maintained, the PlayReady module no longer works for protected content. This doesn't affect Canadian OTA users since we couldn't do that anyway.

I still plan to keep the Win 8.1 partition as a hot backup in case something happens to WMC in Win 10 in the future.
2016-06-22 01:59 PM
Originally Posted by Lobo View Post
Hmm this seems pretty important and awesome if it does indeed work properly.

Microsoft's discontinued Media Center suite can now unofficially be installed on Windows 10
I'm curious if running the hacked version of WMC on Windows 10 works well. I originally thought it would very fragile, but it seems OK based on the Digital Life thread.

I plan to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and try it before the Windows10 upgrade offer expires on July 29. My questions are:

1. Is it stable across Windows updates?
2. Does the guide work?
3. Is there a summary for a Canadian OTA install? I live in Winnipeg so I can't use a U.S. Zip Code.
4. Has anyone dual-booted Win 10 and 8.1? I plan to keep 8.1 on a separate partition as a hot backup in case WMC under Win 10 gets trashed. I currently have Win 7 and 8.1 partitions.
2015-09-13 09:59 AM
classicsat As I see it, Kodi is just a front end. You need a back end to DVR.
Whatver back-end you choose, you still need to provide an EPG, with nothing (I know of) straight legit and free like WMC.

If I hear of some solution with a legitimately free (no XML scrapers or PSIP) EPG, I'd like to know.
2015-09-08 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by Lobo View Post
Hmm this seems pretty important and awesome if it does indeed work properly.

Microsoft's discontinued Media Center suite can now unofficially be installed on Windows 10

Yeah I saw this as well. Interesting to say the least. I read through part of the thread on MDL but didn't make it to the end. They were trying to sort out the red tray icon record button and guide data which is broken for some even on 7 / 8.1 installations. (not for me for some reason #itjustworks)

Three files where hacked / changed (hex edited) to make the thing work. Makes me wonder if SFC would pick them up and what about updates? Also, not sure how MS is going to react to this. Will it be the same as the Aero / Win7 games / desktop gadget hacks that are out there that have been pretty much left alone, or does WMC deserve special attention?
2015-09-08 12:06 PM
j0dest3r Except Kodi can't record protected content. Also doesn't support all capture devices (like mine!).
2015-09-07 03:12 PM
thenewdc Kodi is leaps and bounds above Windows Media Center.
2015-09-07 01:43 PM
Lobo Hmm this seems pretty important and awesome if it does indeed work properly.

Microsoft's discontinued Media Center suite can now unofficially be installed on Windows 10

2015-07-30 11:28 PM
I have tried many of the PVR solutions through the years including WMC, BeyondTV and SageTV ...
And years have passed since at least two of those programs have had major updates. Kodi (aka XBMC), MediaPortal and NextPVR have all improved significantly in that time.
2015-07-30 10:56 PM
j0dest3r I'm going to try a NextPVR build here along side my Win 8.1 MC machine. If that doesn't work satisfactory (and I have my doubts) I am going to try the Hyper-V MC idea. So far off to a rocky start trying to figure out what to use for Codecs. yuck!
2015-07-30 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by Saintor View Post
I also tried SageTV but it bugs me on my postal code (Canada here). I entered ZIP codes, same result.
That may be because SageTV is being turned into Open Source software so they had to remove the ability to get guide data, even for trial versions due to licensing issues. Hopefully that will be resolved in the near future.

I have tried many of the PVR solutions through the years including WMC, BeyondTV and SageTV and I found SageTV to be the best for a variety of reasons, not the least was the client-server architecture and extenders that make it easy to have many end points in your house.

Check back with SageTV in a few months when the Open Source version has been released.
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