Windows 7 Feature Focus: Windows Media Center

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Marcus_Soperus

Sorry I didn't make that clear in the original article. I'm using an Hauppauge HVR 1600 PCI TV tuner, but the next one I get will probably be either USB 2.0 or PCI Express x1 interface based on an ATI chipset. 

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alanmc76

 

 Ouch, $120.  That kinda negates the cost savings for a few months.  I will just have to hold off till I get that new digital TV.  Darn ;)

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alanmc76

Here's a dumb question.  Are any of you using an OTA digital antenna?  If so, what tuner are you using?

I am considering canceling my cable since the broadcast channels are all digital now anyways.  However, I have an older tuner card in my HTPC and I'm assuming that I will have to get a digital one to use the DVR funtionality.

Win 7 is natively digital compatible, but you also have to have a digital tuner right?

 

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Caboose

I've been using Windows 7 on my HTPC since RC came out and I love it. Audio works flawlessly, picture is amazing, and the new guy is great! I've installed Sharkey's 007 Vista Codec Pack and it works well. There's the odd movie that doesn't want to play, but it's no big deal. I really like that I could add my movies and HD movies folders to the "Movies" category and they showed up! Plus any of my movie files that were encoded with a DD 5.1 audio track, actually play with the DD 5.1 audio.

I just wish I could set boxart for each of my movies, and access subtitles and audio tracks for any mkv's or AVI's that I have. That'd be nice, but no big deal. If necessairy, I'll just minimize WMC and play the track using WMP and set the audio/subtitle that way.

 

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DBsantos77

I like the new WMC in 7. I use it for my Xbox 360 Extender and it responds fast. Only problem I have with that Internet TV Beta 2.0 is that it hangs horribly for 20+ seconds when trying to watch a video. Might just be a bug but it works better then the Vista version.

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Shalbatana

 I remember reading somewhere that either windows 7 or Vista has a "codec folder" per se, where if you put a new codec in there it would simply work with all programs.

Anyone know if this is true, or was it one of the "things we wish" articles, or someone's wishlist?

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DravenX

Does it support Blu-ray?

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Marcus_Soperus

Windows 7 does not include Blu-Ray viewing support (see http://windows7center.com/windows-7-news/confirmed-windows-7-will-not-have-built-in-support-for-bluray-playback-only-burning/), but Windows 7 will burn Blu-Ray discs. As with Windows Vista, Windows 7 can use third-party Blu-Ray viewing programs.

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poipoipoi

I have cable internet, but not cable, but recently discovered several channels (the broadcast ones, plus CSPAN and other stuff) come through the cable wire.... found this out AFTER buying a $40 Terk antennna.

 

Imagine my happiness then when I saw how compressed and blownout the cable company's picture was, compared to the PRISTINE over teh air signal my antenna was pulling in (I'm in Brooklyn, near all the broadcast towers).

 

It was my first time using WMC too.

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