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    One of the things Ive been looking for is a good user interface for my HTPC. Right now it's pure geek and the WAF is quite low. She does OK with the music side of things, I use WinAmp with a bunch of tweaks for audio quality and she is learning her way around that.

    For movies and TV shows it's another matter. I primarily use VLC for all video files as it has the best rendering I've seen yet but not a very user friendly interface.

    I also stream video from the net from various TV stations and other sources and those are all web based so we access that through "favorites" setup in FireFox

    I've been looking for an all in one that's not owned by Mr. Gates as WMC is.

    I've tried JRiver, pretty good, as well as Boxee, not my cup of tea.


    Yesterday I installed XBMC http://xbmc.org/ and for you Apple geeks its going to really open your eyes as to what AppleTV can do.

    I'm currently running it on my HTPC with XPPro as the OS. I will be switching to Win7 soon and it will run on that OS as well as Linux.


    So far it's the best I've used and the wife likes it too and that's after one evening of use.

    The install is quick and simple, it works great with a dual monitor setup like I have and it has a lot of plugins and scripts to extend it's functionality.


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    Wow, XBMC looks great. I have a htpc also with no tweaks or fancy add-ons. I only use it to record OTA HD via Win Media Centre and playback Blu-rays from my hard drive via the Asus oem version TotalMedia Theatre 3 that came with my Xonar card. I thought about using a different front-end but everyone in the house is used to clicking one of 2 icons in the taskbar

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    it's always hard to change habits, especially if it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienTech View Post
    it's always hard to change habits, especially if it works
    This is very true. Recently, I discovered that my Patriot PBO Core media player will bitstream TrueHD and DTS-HD from BDs I stored on my server. The little PBO is so versatile and easy to use that I stopped using my htpc to playback BD movies. I still use the htpc to record OTA HD.

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