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What's the point of PAYING for WMC

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    What's the point of PAYING for WMC


    Hi there
    I'm not sure if WMC supplies any meaningful function these days - especially if you have to pay for it.

    It won't play normal commercial DVD's, and for things like TV you don't need tuners etc any more --broadband these days is fast enough.

    recently I was in LA and via a proxy was watching a live "footie" (Soccer) stream from the UK -- Internet even in the hotel on Wireless was perfectly fast enough for the video stream-- not even using the Hotel's Hi-Speed Lan - couldn't find a simple thing like a piece of Lan cable in W. Hollywood any more !!! Quality was fine for watching the game on the laptop --which I outputted to the Hotel bedroom's TV -- nice Samsung LCD -- well done W.,Hollywood hotels - far cheaper than downtown LA, (short bus ride to Santa Monica beach and Venice Blvd --also a great experience) and far more interesting than downtown LA.

    Internet speed will not really be a limiting factor any more.

    So can anyone tell me what do you use WMC for or are you installing it just because at the moment "It's there and free".

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I acquired the free WMC mainly to watch the recorded tv files I have on my desktop. When we take a trip on a train there is no internet and very spotty cell service. I have about 1T of programs that I have not watched (can record 4 programs at the same time). I now like to watch the recorded programs because I can skip the ADs A one hour program has up to 20 min. of ADs.
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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
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    I'm not bothering with it although I did get a key for it but as I only have the OEM version of 8 couldn't use it without upgrading to Pro.

    I've decided not to bother, Asus included PowerDVD 10 so I can play DVDs. I can watch TV via Sky Go or BBC iPlayer, in fact I'm going to watch last weeks Africa shortly I downloaded it last night.

    This is all via a wireless connection, my router is at the other end of the bungalow so I can't Ethernet connect to that but so far I'm having no problems doing things through wireless.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    I acquired the free WMC mainly to watch the recorded tv files I have on my desktop. When we take a trip on a train there is no internet and very spotty cell service. I have about 1T of programs that I have not watched (can record 4 programs at the same time). I now like to watch the recorded programs because I can skip the ADs A one hour program has up to 20 min. of ADs.
    Hi there .
    things like VLC etc can play DVD movies or other multi-media too without you having to go anywhere near the Internet !!

    Also my post was saying what's the point if you have to PAY for it. - If it's free then download it by all means but I'm not really sure what it gives you over other multimedia systems which are infinitely more versatile and aren't riddled with DRM preventing you from playing things like commercial DVD's or enforcing the stupid regional coding on DVD's which really ought to be retired by now.

    (At least in Europe on decent Intercity or International trains there's often Internet available. BTW -- even in the UK where the train service is just about emerging out of the Victorian era the main East Coast line (Kings X==> Doncaster, Leeds, York, Durham, Newcastle, Scotland) has a decent Wi-Fi service --although for video streaming --probably not fast enough !! so I agree with that part of your comment)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    I acquired the free WMC mainly to watch the recorded tv files I have on my desktop. When we take a trip on a train there is no internet and very spotty cell service. I have about 1T of programs that I have not watched (can record 4 programs at the same time). I now like to watch the recorded programs because I can skip the ADs A one hour program has up to 20 min. of ADs.
    Hi there .
    things like VLC etc can play DVD movies or other multi-media too without you having to go anywhere near the Internet !!

    Also my post was saying what's the point if you have to PAY for it. - If it's free then download it by all means but I'm not really sure what it gives you over other multimedia systems which are infinitely more versatile and aren't riddled with DRM preventing you from playing things like commercial DVD's or enforcing the stupid regional coding on DVD's which really ought to be retired by now.

    (At least in Europe on decent Intercity or International trains there's often Internet available. BTW -- even in the UK where the train service is just about emerging out of the Victorian era the main East Coast line (Kings X==> Doncaster, Leeds, York, Durham, Newcastle, Scotland) has a decent Wi-Fi service --although for video streaming --probably not fast enough !! so I agree with that part of your comment)

    Cheers
    jimbo
    If it was not FREE I would not have it but I would have some other utility for my recorded TV. I have not run into the regional coding on DVD yet.
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    I can't even remember the last time I ever used WMC. Been using VLC for quite a long time now.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Windows Media Center seems entirely pointless as a whole to me. No offence to anyone... but I know of a decent amount of freeware products that can do basically most of what WMC "perfectly" (or so does it?) does for a soon-to-be-payware addon.

    VLC Media Player is almost perfect for me. Plays most file types I operate with, especially .mkv files (my Windows Media Player doesn't like it, and it's annoying needing to go into the Metro UI system to use it's video app...).

    For the "TV" part of it, you still need to go to the expense of buying a tuning card or adapter to pick up the whole TV thing. That, again, seems pointless, when you could just watch it all online without a TV tuning card.

    I only upgraded to Windows 8 Pro with WMC because all my friends had it on their school ultrabooks... >_>
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    WMC does provide that "set top box" functionality for a home theater PC (particularly when used with a remote control). Yes, there are other apps to do these things as well, but that's just it.. other apps.. You need apps to get this functionality, so why not WMC? It looks nice, is well integrated, and just functions well. You can cobble together stuff from a bunch of other sources to do the same thing, but then it's pretty obvious that none of it works together.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Media Center is the only software on any computer that can take advantage of CableCard and replace the cable company DVR, which for me means cutting an $18/mo fee to $2/mo, saving $192/year while I enjoy 3 tuners vs. 2, 10x the storage, and a quiet system. That's the only thing I find it good for, and it is essential for this. XBMC is better for all other library-based video, with VLC best for files launched from Windows Explorer. iTunes and foobar2000 are the corresponding programs for music. Some people also take advantage of WMC's extender capability for whole-home DVR.

    If I were forced to use Windows 8, I would have to spring for Media Center to continue what I've been doing.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Media Center is the only software on any computer that can take advantage of CableCard and replace the cable company DVR, which for me means cutting an $18/mo fee to $2/mo, saving $192/year while I enjoy 3 tuners vs. 2, 10x the storage, and a quiet system. That's the only thing I find it good for, and it is essential for this. XBMC is better for all other library-based video, with VLC best for files launched from Windows Explorer. iTunes and foobar2000 are the corresponding programs for music. Some people also take advantage of WMC's extender capability for whole-home DVR.

    If I were forced to use Windows 8, I would have to spring for Media Center to continue what I've been doing.
    Hi there
    there might be a few users who can benefit from WMC - but if you don't need things like set top boxes, tuner / cable cards etc then it really isn't worth paying money for this. Certainly if it SAVES you money go for it - but I'm sure most users aren't in this situation.

    In any case now if you buy a new TV (guess what they call them "SMART TV's these days too") they all (at least here where I am ) have computerless Internet connections for playing media from the web or your home network, USB slots for playing media from these and a whole host of other peripheral possibilities.

    The Computer itself isn't necessary any more for accessing this type of stuff -- I can even do basic email from my TV but using the remote to key in text isn't the best way to do it !!!. Accessing media streams is fairly straight forward though. I use Network streaming to play Videos / films I've downloaded from the web without any problem straight to the TV.

    Services like Netflix, sky tv, catch up "terrestial TV" services, VOD (Video on demand) etc have changed IMO the whole way we use and access multimedia.

    The current Ms WMC seems a bit of a throwback to an earlier era where your computer was going to be the center of your home entertainment system -- we've moved on a bit from those days now -- and fast broadband really IS a game changer.

    In fact I basically only use my computer for multi-media when travelling or if I'm working at home on a project. Most casual surfing these days I do from my smart phone while multi media I watch in my Loft / roof conversion "Attic" in a dedicated "Cinema room" with a Huge screen, home Bar !! and expensive studio quality Sound system -- and no neighbors to worry about either !!!).


    Cheers
    jimbo
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