You're welcome all
You're welcome all
So now I have to go through the entire process to decide what to do.
Basically, what you are telling me is "Buyer beware" and not trust in Microsoft. I just expected more out of them, they let me down.
Yes, Kodi is improving, but they are a bit away from having an optimum PVR (cablecard LiveTV) solution. The best solution they have is the ServerWMC (which needs Windows Media Center), the other's I am not impressed with, but again I don't think any of the solutions have the Premium channel options (HBO, Showtime, etc) that Media Center does. Honestly, I think Media Center is the only one, so what do we do now?
Last edited by Trust_No1; 14 Jun 2015 at 23:14.
what does one want -- Windows is still Windows --after all you could say Windows 10 is simply an improvement on Windows 3.1.
An OS evolves -- so if it's an improvement or more polished version of 8.1 -- So what --
The REAL question one should be asking is " Is Windows 10 fit for purpose" and in general the consensus seems to be YES. People in any case have probably got much more used to touch devices since Windows 8 made its appearance so the idea of things like touch tiles etc aren't that strange any more while Ms has also realized that even in this age of smaller touch and mobile devices the traditional Desktop still has a large role to play in all sorts of areas. Windows 10 does go a long way towards unifying these two seemingly contradictory ways of using computers.
As far as WMC is concerned - as I've pointed out it's easy to get something like an Amazon TV stick and a FREE media streamer such as PLEX so you can have most of your TV programs sent remotely to your TV without the need of TV tuner devices. Terrestial TV channels are available all over the Internet without subscription and if you do subscribe to things like SKY / VIRGIN / ROKU / NETFLX etc it's easy to stream those services too.
Media servers like PLEX are much more flexible than the old WMC and play many more formats too.
(If your TV has a USB socket it's easier to simply plug the Amazon TV stick in to the TV and connect to the media server on your computer rather than attach the computer to the TV).
Another easy method is to use some smart phones to mirror the screen on to a TV - can be done via Wifi for Smart TV's or via a receiver dongle with an HDMI cable for non smart TV's. Just connect to your media server via the Phone and then activate the screen mirroring application. Samsung has this app built in but other phones can do similar.
As for your assessment of Windows 10, it is purely an individual assessment by each person. I personally, don't find Windows 10 an improvement, at best I think it is a lateral shift if not an actual downgrade. After 30+ years, this is really what it has evolved to? I won't go into the pros and cons, and my appreciation for Microsoft as a company has been greatly diminished, I don't trust them as I did 10 years ago. I think the whole free thing is just a marketing gimmick, pitiful in my view. Again strictly a personal opinion.
To each their own.
for those who use DVB-T cards like me WMC is best option.
i tried many programs these days to find an alternative,like arcsoft total media,blaze,dvb dream,kodi,plex,progdvb,dvbviewer,etc...
but they were not like WMC. they are not smooth and keep freezing every moment.(demultiplexor problem)
but if you look for a good alternative i recommend progTV that has UI look like WMC too.