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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

One response to “My Add-ins for Windows Media Center”

  1. […] the remote control and get to whatever they need without my instruction on how to do so.  In a previous blog I wrote about some add-in to get this done.  Here I will add some more details for some of […]

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