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tonyscha
January 22nd, 2009, 12:27 PM
Alright Boxee is the newest media player and everyone is jumping aboard. My question is what did you use before or still currently use, and why are you trying out boxee? Is it better then what you used before? What do you like and what do you dislike about Boxee. What did you dislike about your other media center?

I currently use Mediaportal (http://www.team-mediaportal.com/) - I am no way ditching mediaportal for boxee at this time, well for 1, boxee is still in Alpaha and has a ways go to be stable ( I am not knocking boxee, just stating they have alot of development work). Also boxee doesnt do TV Cards. But I am using boxee because it offers a very convenient internet streaming solution.


I am sure many users coming from Windows/Vista Media Center.

I may have forgot a few, just let me know, and I can add it if you want to vote.

nalthien
January 22nd, 2009, 12:48 PM
I just started getting into the whole HTPC thing right about the time Boxee first became available. At first I tried XBMC and overall preferred its interface to that of Boxee (with the MediaStream skin set up). But the Internet content that Boxee provides me access to in addition to not being tied to the now ancient Xbox hardware made it the more attractive choice.

I tried MediaPortal and found it pretty lacking (in my opinion). The installation of all the extra codecs, etc. that had to be done manually was a real pain. I might give it a go again; but I'm fairly happy with Boxee at the moment, honestly.

tonyscha
January 22nd, 2009, 12:54 PM
I just started getting into the whole HTPC thing right about the time Boxee first became available. At first I tried XBMC and overall preferred its interface to that of Boxee (with the MediaStream skin set up). But the Internet content that Boxee provides me access to in addition to not being tied to the now ancient Xbox hardware made it the more attractive choice.

I tried MediaPortal and found it pretty lacking (in my opinion). The installation of all the extra codecs, etc. that had to be done manually was a real pain. I might give it a go again; but I'm fairly happy with Boxee at the moment, honestly.

I have been using Mediaportal for 2+ years it does have its quirks... but now that its hit Version 1.0 its been pretty stable, and I dont have a problem playing content. Now only if one of the plugin developers( mediaportal not boxee) could figure out how to get hulu to work in mediaportal... I would be set :D

bOxeeMoron
January 22nd, 2009, 01:09 PM
I originally started with Windows XP Media Center Edition. I quickly grew tired of the proprietary DVR-MS format and the need to have to run recordings through a converter prior to viewing on a non-windows device. I then looked into Myth-TV/Mythbuntu, but gave up after a feeble attempt to get the IR blaster to work with my dishnetwork box (probably going to upgrade my basic dish STB soon anyway). I love the flexibility that Boxee has to offer. I would like to setup a myth backend, or perhaps run Mediaportal on my windows machine and stream content to "repurposed" linux hardware running Boxee. This beats having to shell out extra dough on a Media Center Extender to stream content, when I already have capable hardware collecting dust. Plus the internet content Boxee consolidates/provides is a nice suppliment to the "there's nothing good on" network broadcasts.

Thanks again Team Boxee!

nalthien
January 22nd, 2009, 01:15 PM
I have been using Mediaportal for 2+ years it does have its quirks... but now that its hit Version 1.0 its been pretty stable, and I dont have a problem playing content. Now only if one of the plugin developers( mediaportal not boxee) could figure out how to get hulu to work in mediaportal... I would be set :D

I realize now reading my post it was probably more critical of MediaPortal than I meant it to be. No doubt it looked EXTREMELY powerful. But the OOBE (for me) was just not pleasant. If I had all day to tweak all kinds of settings to make sure its exactly the way I want it, I would probably be into MP. But as it is; I lean towards the "it just works"

agentlame
January 22nd, 2009, 01:55 PM
no meedio? :(

nacnud
January 26th, 2009, 06:57 PM
I'm from GB PVR, well I would still use that for recording TV if I had a signal. I now use boxee for dl video and internet video and iTunes for music. Well nearly, I just need a few tweaks so I can use a hauppauge remote with iTunes.

tonyscha
January 27th, 2009, 09:15 AM
I may have forgot a few, just let me know, and I can add it if you want to vote.

I am sorry if I forgot your favorite program, I thought I could edit the poll but I guess I cant.

EricJD
January 27th, 2009, 11:11 AM
I've used XBMC on my Xbox for 5+ years, and Vista Media Center on my PC (which I still use for recording HDTV).
I just wish Boxee would run on the Xbox; I want Netflix and Hulu on my TV!

whiteowl
January 29th, 2009, 11:58 AM
My brother got me started on this experience when he introduced me to DVDfab. Putting all my dvds on my computer seemed like a way to solve some of my problems (keeping ppl from ruining my dvds).

I started with VMC which works ok on the surface for dvds and avi playbacks but it is all thumbnails and this means you have to look at alot of the same thumbsnails for several episodes of the same TV show. (No coverart/fanart = bad.) On top of that the plug-ins were deplorable (no consistancy).

I started looking around on the internet trying everything I could find: Meedios, XBMC, Mediaportal, etc.. None of them had the features I wanted or in some cases were down right hard to setup/use.

When I came across Boxee, the buzz was that it would do everything I wanted a media program to do but was not yet ported to Windows. I put my name in and waited.

It was worth the wait as it lived up to it's billing and is very stable for an alpha. Very easy to use, i.e. add feeds and plug-ins.

Thanks Team Boxee for all your hard work.:)

figglet
March 12th, 2009, 01:50 PM
i was looking for something that would put a slightly 'prettier face' on my massive collection of divx rips. Boxee seems to be just what i was looking for.

now i jsut need to figure out how to get DVR function from Boxee on windows :P

Bugs63
March 14th, 2009, 09:43 AM
I've been using HTPC's now for almost 18yrs, Yes I'm old! But I'm a software engineer too. I've researched different options for my personal media and even on of the most important features is not truly available on a custom machine yet and that's digital TV.

I know that Dish Network and the cable industry are playing with it. These so called cable cards that have so many issues currently it's just not worth the hassle!

For now I go between my Satellite TV and HTPC for all my entertainment. And for those of you that are going to say "VMC among other offer TV programming" I say TRUE but there are absolutely no standard digital cards out there to allow a computer absolute control over the signal.

Until the cable/satellite industries take a chill pill and allow manufactures to produce an across the board solutions Regular TV is just not worth it at least not at the moment.

With that said... What did I use before Boxee

I used VMC with a few random plug-ins along with "My Movies 2" to view my content. MS has pasted together a pretty interface who's scattered content can be a pain. Also VMC is still buggy at times their streaming leaves much to be desired!!

Now...

I only use Boxee, It's ok that there are still issues because it runs fine for the most part. I get to view my movies listen to my music and watch content on my beautiful HDTV. It's very satisfying to be able to enjoy the web on the big screen. They've also done the foot work finding content I've never seen before. For me it's a hole new experience, I can't wait to see the finished product.

Last but not least why Windows? you say. Because I've used various flavors of linux for years. But there's a lot of software including games I run on my HTPC most of which are not available on any other platform.

Sorry such a long replay..

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March 14th, 2009, 10:16 PM
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