View Full Version : Vista Media Centre style program for XP

30-12-2007, 09:01 PM
Does anyone know of a free application which has similar functionality, behaviour, and look-and-feel to the Vista Media Center software which is part of Vista Home Premium/Ultimate, which will work on Windows XP? I don't need the TV-tuning capability, but playback of video/audio/pictures is a must.

30-12-2007, 09:08 PM
Try MediaPortal :) Its based loosely off the XBMC code (Brilliant stuff that is) which is based off MPlayer. Free too! I use it on my Media PC, works great..

30-12-2007, 09:14 PM
Excellent - thanks Chill. Looks really promising - I'm going to try sticking XP on my Eee in the next few weeks, and want to try some sort of media-centre style app.

30-12-2007, 09:22 PM
MediaPortal (http://www.team-mediaportal.com/) +1
XBMC +100, heh.

30-12-2007, 09:30 PM
Just had a thorough look and it's very impressive. I suppose the next natural extension to that question, is to ask whether there's a Linux equivalent which will run on the Eee's default Xandros install?

30-12-2007, 09:47 PM
There's SageTV and MythTV for linux ;)

31-12-2007, 12:22 AM
Media Center style programes that I know of are:


Myth Buntu




31-12-2007, 12:27 AM
I use Mediaportal at home.
I have a TV Server PC setup with two DVB-S cards and a PVR500MCE.
This allows other PCs on the network to watch live TV, recorded TV and view the EPG to schedule recordings.
Having two DVB-S cards means that every Freeview channel can be viewed at the same time.

I have also tried GB-PVR but didn't find it to be as user-friendly.

31-12-2007, 08:37 AM
Cheers guys - will have a look.