View Full Version : Media Centre Hardware: PC to TV

30-08-2004, 11:54 PM

I want to watch my movies, and listen to my MP3, through my tv setup. Sounds easy. Aha.

From what I've read I need something that comes with a remote, and uses the tv screen for selecting what media the PC should play, that would be perfect, while the PC somewhere else in the house whirls away working.

Any ideas on what the best "media player" solution is? Help me out here!

I'm thinking another shiny box to slot in the tv cabinet.

I've read Hauppauge MediaMVP and Philips Streamium and Pinnacle Showcenter (etc) but I don't want to buy something that's not much more than a "streaming audio & JPEG/GIF slideshow" box.

http://www6.tomshardware.com/consumer/20040114/index.html and http://www6.tomshardware.com/consumer/20040312/index.html

31-08-2004, 12:10 AM
Try this for what you'll need:
A Graphics Card with TV-Out
Cabling to go from your PC to TV and Stereo

Easy! No special hardware is _really_ needed. An XBox is an even better option!


31-08-2004, 10:53 AM
I like the feature where the family can interact with media stored on the PC, via a menu on the TV.

Is there a TV-OUT card that can push a menu as well - ie forget another box under the telly, the menu will come from the s/ware on the PC?


31-08-2004, 10:58 AM
Have a look at this (http://mediaportal.sourceforge.net/) site.
As Chill said though - Modded Xbox is the way to go!

31-08-2004, 11:13 AM
You might as well use something like a TV tuner with FM Radio. It comes with remote.

And something like Powerdvd / DVD x Player for DVD. The tuner can record whatever (except Sky), to hdd, and you can burn it to DVD once its saved.

Its similar to what this mediaportal site is talking about (except you use different programs)

31-08-2004, 06:39 PM
Hi, thanks for all the feedback, I'll consider my options.

31-08-2004, 06:50 PM
Well, it's a tossup between

Hauppauge MediaMVP
http://www6.tomshardware.com/consumer/20040114/multimedia-player-02.html#the_pc_as_a_media_server_hauppauge_mediamv p




31-08-2004, 07:30 PM
Well unless you're on jetstream, or something faster than dialup, forget mediaportal lol. As that program needs net framework 1.1 20mb or so to install it. I wouldn't waste my time getting that.

By the looks of that program thats on that site, its similar to sky digital.

All the different options/scheduling etc (unless u can schedule and it records to hdd). It may need what they use in the states or something where you can use that kinda scheduling online or something. Has NZ got something like that?? online?

31-08-2004, 10:02 PM
have a look at zoomplayer (http://www.inmatrix.com/) and in their forum, plenty of peole there that can help with this sort of thing.