In my recent frustrations with TiVo (explained enough here), coupled with a ton of recent posts on the bad news and forecasts of TiVo (as Matt points out), I started taking a more detailed look at Windows Media Center. My biggest inial concern was that I have DirecTV and I don’t want to part with it… but I see people are using an IR blaster just fine. So I got a copy of WMCE and I’m installing it on an old laptop just to tinker and see what it’s like (I also have a USB2 capture device I can pop on it to get a real feel).
If things go well, I think my 2005 pet project will be to build a killer WMCE box for the living room and move the TiVo to my office. I have a nice investment into TiVo (two Series2 boxes, networked), but this recent find, along with TivoToGo would let me manually move TiVo recordings to my WMCE box.
In my research, I’ve found a few good resources:
- TheGreenButton.com: Seems to be THE source for WMCE stuff.
- Addicted to Digital Media: Sean Alexander’s blog is by far the best blog for it.
- Matt Goyer’s blog
- Everything about WindowsXP Media Center Edition
- Media Center Resources Wiki
- And this is just damn cool… check out the video of this guy’s WMCE he installed in his car!!!!