Showing posts with label MediaCenter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MediaCenter. Show all posts

Friday, September 09, 2011

Like video/vod casts, like those on Channel 9? Wish you could easily watch them on your TV? Say via a Media Center Plugin? And you could get the source to the plugin too?

In geeks we trust … - Video Podcasts on TV

"Yay! Well this is a big deal for me. I’ve had the BT engineers out a couple of times in the last 2 months looking at our internet connection. (I live in the Country and historically have always had very poor connectivity).

But, …For the first time I can now stream video in real time! Just in time for BUILD!

So the first thing I did was set up the Channel 9 RSS Blog feed in Media Center (using the excellent Media Browser add-in). and now I have a nice list of streamable videos:



Media Browser

Media Browser is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and presents it in a simple, easy to use interface. Media Browser prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive, media rich experience for the whole family.


Media Browser - Download


Media Browser is available free of charge for NON-COMMERCIAL personal use. Media Browser currently is available for Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. Further license information can be found on the about page .

The latest version of Media Browser is 2.3.2

Source Code

The latest development version of Media Browser is updated as soon as developers commit any changes, and is hosted kindly by Google Code. Development versions of Media Browser are recommended only for developers, experienced testers, or those otherwise interested in compiling from Media Browser from source code. You may get the code via any Subversion client:


This plugin looks like one of the easiest ways I've found to watch videocasts on my TV. After a minor bit of setup, plugging on the RSS feeds for the shows I want to watch, the rest is drop dead easy. I've tried other means, but none were as easy as this...

Oh and the fact we can get the source to it to makes this +10! :)

Monday, May 04, 2009

PlayOn Channel 9! – PlayOn Plugin for Channel 9

Drewby - Channel9 PlugIn for PlayOn

“I’m a big fan of PlayOn form MediaMall Technologies which is an application that allows you to view videos from popular sites like Hulu, CBS and Netflix on your Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or DLNA-compliant television or set-top-box. I’m also a big fan of Channel9, the “official” unofficial source for developer information from Microsoft.

In a recent release, MediaMall implemented a PlugIn API for PlayOn that allows a developer to add new media sources to the PlayOn menu. Developers have already added several sites including such as Food Network, Adultswim, NBA, NFL, and more (you can get a list here). There is also a generalized player that uses OPML lists of content – there’s a collection of OPML lists here.

I decided to write a PlugIn for PlayOn that would allow me to browse and watch my favorite Channel9 videos and shows. I was delighted to find out that PlayOn is a .NET Framework application and the PlugIn samples were Visual Studio projects. So I already had the skillset to build my own PlugIn.

Building a PlayOn PlugIn

The basic functionality of the PlayOn PlugIn is to retrieve a list of videos from some source and translate that list into objects understood by PlayOn. This includes representing some sort of folder structure to PlayOn and then providing the details of a video feed, including the video type (Flash or Windows Media).

There are a couple classes and interfaces provided by PlayOn that you’ll work with when building a PlugIn:

I think the easiest way to learn how to use the API is to look at existing PlugIns. There is a good basic sample PlugIn in C# provided by MediaMall that implements these objects. I’ve also provide the source code in both C# and VB for my Channel9 Plugin. You’ll notice that I did quite a bit of refactoring and I also included the Managed Extensibility Framework to make my development of the PlugIn a little more flexible and testable.


MSDN Code Gallery - PlayOn PlugIn for Channel9


PlayOn is software you install on your PC that allows you to browse and watch video from popular websites on your Xbox360, Playstation3 or any DLNA-compliant television or set-top-box. Combined with the Channel9 PlugIn sample, you can now browse and watch your favorite shows from Channel9 on your television.



I’m not, yet, a PlayOn user, but since this was about my favorite weekly cast, included .Net/C# source code, was plug-in based development, and had new stuff like MEF, I just had to mention it. :)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Store your Media Center TV recordings on your Windows Home Server via the TV Manager v1.0 add-in

Brent's Blog - TV Manager 1.0

“It is finally here, TV Manager 1.0! TV Manager is a Windows Home Server add-in that lets you move your recordings to your Windows Home Server for management and storage.

The biggest feature of TV Manager is the ability to watch your recordings in Media Center as if they were sitting in your Media Center record path.

You can delete recordings from the Windows Home Server Console or using Media Center. You can also play the recordings on non-Media Center PCs using the Windows Home Server Console or Windows Explorer.

TV Manager is free of charge and the client works with Windows XP Media Center 2005 and Vista Media Center. The TV Manager add-in works with or without Windows Home Server Power Pack 1.

Client Requirements:


Okay, I have neither a Home Server or Media Center (besides the Vista on my notebook, which I’m not counting), but I want both (I really miss my Media Center…), so am noting this for future reference.

This seems to make perfect sense, hooking the two together. Let Media Center do what it does best, and leave the storage to the Home Server. And if the Media Center takes a dive, you can still access and view the previously recorded shows… Nice.


(via The Road to Know Where - Free "TV Manager" for Microsoft's Windows Home Server)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Olympics for the Media Center, IP Style (think “DVR Without TV Card”)

Matt Hester's WebLog - Watch the Olympic Games on Media Center - NO TUNER CARD NEEDED!

“I just caught wind of an extremely cool FREE service for Windows Media Center:

NBC Olympics On the Go

This will be an Internet-delivered catch-up TV service from NBC Universal powered by Wavexpress’ TVTonic platform. This free download-and-play service will highest-quality Internet-delivered Olympics experience in the USA.

With NBC Olympics On the Go in Windows Media Center, you will get:

  • NBC Sports’ complete on-air HDTV coverage of the Beijing Olympics on the NBC, USA and Universal networks
  • 225 hrs of long-form Olympics video over 17 days
  • 24 sports, full opening ceremony, and a closing ceremony montage
  • Up to HD quality, with the vast majority of the video delivered in 840x480 progressive scan resolution at 1.5 Mbps bit rate, plus several events per day delivered in 1080i resolution

Unfortunately, this is only supported in the US and even more unfortunately, it is not supported on 64 bit.  …”

It’s 8/8/08 so I guess it’s time an Olympics post. This sounds pretty cool, I guess I CAN have my IP and watch it too (okay, that was a very weak play on having my cake and eating it too, I know, I know… ;)

Since I don’t already have enough stuff running on my “Vista Compatible” notebook, I’ve added this as well. Installed easily, activated quickly.


Something to note though… Free is never really free. Looks like by installing this you auto-subscribe to some channels, which you cannot unsubscribe too (without turning off all downloading, which kills the purpose). Not that much of a biggie for me, as I understand it’s got to be paid for some way. It’s just something to be aware of.

I’ve subscribed to one channel, the rest are “just there”


Monday, October 15, 2007

Lifextender - "Dead Simple" Free Vista Media Center Commercial Remover

Lifextender -

"the overview
Lifextender is a dead-simple commercial-removal application designed exclusively for Windows Vista Media Center users. There is ZERO configuration required, however, there are plenty of options if that's your thing.


the cost
Lifextender is free as in beer, so it costs you nothing. However, if you are in a generous mood, feel free to donate to keep the development alive.



Interesting. AGAIN another reason to resurrect my media center... sigh...

NOTE: This software is still in an Alpha state. So use at your own risk, etc, etc. (But given the quality of Mr. DeRosa's past work, I'd bet on this being pretty darn solid...)

(via C# Shiznit - Introducing Lifextender - a commercial remover app for Vista Media Center)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Managed DVR-MS Fun

Stephen Toub - Fun with DVR-MS (now on my blog)


DVR-MS files are created by the Stream Buffer Engine (SBE) introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 1, and are used by Media Center for storing recorded television. In this article, I’ll demonstrate how you can use DirectShow to work with and manipulate DVR-MS files. In the process, I’ll show you some useful utilities I’ve created for processing DVR-MS files, and will provide you with the tools and libraries you’ll need to write your own. So, open Visual Studio .NET, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the ride.


This article is just about everything you need to know (well at least get you started) playing, transcoding, reading the metadata and editing DVS-MS (Media Center recorded content) files in C#, with some P/Invoke along for the ride.

One of my very low priority "I want do to's" is to build a simple DVR-MS viewer.

Media Player is almost good enough for me, but it doesn't have a 30-second skip button. I love that feature. Media Center's replay is almost good enough (as it has forward and backward skipping), but it's the sorting capability doesn't fit my needs (whereas Media Player lets me sort my recorded shows well enough.).

I want to be able to order my recorded TV shows by original air date and have a 30 second (at least) forward skip feature. So being a programmer I thought I'd just write my own viewer.  ;)

I think Stephen's article gives me all the information I need to get started. Now all I have to do is resurrect my Media Center so I can get at my recorded shows... dogh!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Media Center WebGuide Now Free

Windows Home Server Blog - WebGuide

"The Windows Media Center and Windows Home Server teams are excited to have Doug Berrett join Microsoft.  At CEDIA Expo we announced WebGuide for Windows Media Center is now available free from  The press release  about all of the great Windows Media Center news is available on the Microsoft web site.

What is WebGuide?   WebGuide allows you to remotely view live and recorded TV programs and to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs, music, pictures and videos on your Windows XP Media Center edition or Windows Vista Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate PC.  



"WebGuide allows you to remotely view live and recorded TV programs and to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs, music, pictures and videos on your Media Center or Windows Vista PC. Install WebGuide on your Media Center PC and access it from any machine that has a web browser, including your cell phone or mobile device.


Live streaming TV can be viewed on any web browser

Recordings can be scheduled from any web browser

"Place-shifting" for your personal media library, including TV, music, pictures, videos and DVD's

PocketPC and Smartphone enabled

Windows Vista ready


Installation takes only minutes

User-friendly MCE interface

Languages include Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish


Live scheduling without delays

Search by show, date or time

Quick access to recent and upcoming recordings


That's pretty darn cool (and free is nice too).

Time to resurrect my Media Center I think... :)