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What Frontend ??

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by jameson_uk, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. jameson_uk

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    I am wondering what the best frontend to my HTPC system is. I use / will be using it for TV (live + recording) as well as pics / mp3s etc.

    I am currently using MediaPortal but I do not really like the music or pic setup and find that it is not particularly stable at the minute. I have used Meedio for which I really like the music and pics but the TV module does not work (I have an external source and this is not supported yet).

    Everything else I have tried is either ok at TV or music but not both.

    Any suggestions ??
     
  2. mjn

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  3. CrispyXUK

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    what i your external source? and how is it connected? If you are talkin about sky then meedio are currently working on a serial plugin to controls external set-top boxes and the new update for meediotv will be out shortly
     
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    My choice is Sagetv www.sagetv.com not the best for music but in my opinion the pvr is second to none. Not only that but it has a great support forum community.
     
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    Telewest STB. I can probably code a fudged serial remote for my imon remote reasonably easily so that is not really an issue. The problem I have with Meedio is that my STB is connected via S-Video and as yet, MeedioTV does not support anything other inputs than tuner.
     
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    Wow, that ain't cheep. I would be looking at the main module, DVD, music, and TV and that would be the best part of US$200 !!! :eek:
     
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    The serial interface will be so meedio can controls your STB directly, MeedioTV will soon have the ability to use the s-video/compossite inputs, they are working on it but have all been ill recently so there has been a delay
     
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    I've had the full Lobby suite now for about 18months and the interaction is superb including integration with other hardware via serial or USBUIRT.

    It aint cheap but it's incredibly flexible, try out the free demo and then make a decision.

    Steve
     
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    You didn't give a price range :rolleyes:

    However i reckon if you're spending in excess of £1k (rough figure) on the hardware, why skimp on the software?
     
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    I agree, just coming to terms with the price :D
    It is just a shame that they do not give you a free trial period as that is a lot of money to fork out without knowing quite what it is like.
     
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    They do! I downloaded the free trial yesterday, and just been messing about with it.
     
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    That will be the "Free Trial" button then :rolleyes: these things are normally plastered all over the site but this was sort of hidden (honest)

    Will definately give this a whirl though
     
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    Know what you mean...took me a while to find it as well!
     
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    What remote control do you guys use? does the PPC version control the PC?
     
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    try Xlobby - that is free.

    has a plug in for the USB-UIRT so can be programmed to run everything.

    I use it with Dscaler to view my svideo input as well as watch ripped DVD's and MP3's.

    Easy control via PPC or simpad - has a real wow factor with the additional skins that you can download aswell.

    Rgds

    Dave
     
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    no global cache support sadly :(
     
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    Downloading now but I am a little confused about TV. Is this part of MainLobby ?? The TVLobby app does not have a trial and appears to be only an EPG ??
     

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