My Add-ins for Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is a very cool product.  It does need some fine tweaking to get it working “extremely cool”.  As I have previously mentioned I use “Media Center Extenders” for viewing my content around the house so having add-ins that work with extenders are a must.  Here are my “must have” add-ins for every new install…

Media Browser
This has got to be the best TV & Movie navigating addition.  It adds a visually cool interface that blows away other media players like PS3, WDTV and similar.
http://www.mediabrowser.tv/

MacroTube
This is the only YouTube players that works within Media Center and on Extenders.  It is a great little add-in and that also introduced me to some other on-line streaming content.  It is a bit slow and YouTube content looks pretty bad but it does the job.
http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/86771.aspx

Media Center Studio
I use this tool for customizing the user interface.  It’s not that it looks bad, it’s just that it is fun to change the text, re-arranging icons and customizing backgrounds.  Once I found the option for “Entry Points” that would link directly into Media Browser folders, I was then complete.
http://adventmediacenter.com/

Shark007
Not all file formats play properly but I still think that Media Center has the most options of playable content compared to other media streamers.  To fill in the gaps I use this collection of codecs to get almost anything to play.  I have found one issue with MKVs on the XBox, where it will not play properly if they have sub titles or DTS sound, but I can work around this for now.
http://shark007.net/

My Channel Logos
The TV Guide and PVR features with Meida Center are where I think it stands out the most.  The Guide data however has poor labels for channels such as Fox29 shows as WUTV.  I can’t remember the call letters for all the channels.  This tool replaces those plain grey call letters with the proper colourful logo for the channel.
http://www.mychannellogos.com/

If you want some specifics on how I set any of these up, let me know.
For more reading on your own and other options I frequently watch these sites…
http://www.hack7mc.com/
http://thegreenbutton.net/forums/
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  1. Pingback: Customizing Windows Media Center look and feel | Nick Dorak's Blog

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