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  • Still looking for a PVR replacement but DVBLogic looks like it might do the job.

    Have gone down the Plex Windows App route (The clostest replacement to WMC player so far) but they are saying they are hamstrung by limitations of the App sandbox? and Windows Media Foundation.
    I need some concrete information from the Windows Media Centre People or Windows Media Foundation people so that developers can be steered in the right direction to help people like me switch over from WMC to something else without major headaches, frustrations, days and days of conversion and metadata reentry.

    My post from Microsoft Community

    Hi,

    Since Windows Media Centre almost didn't make it into Windows 8 I have been looking to move to something else before it disappears for good.

    While it might just make it into Windows 10 there certainly won't be any future development.


    I not a big fan of Microsoft products but WMC is one application they nailed

    Some additional smart recording options

    i.e. I had to add "The Big Bang Theory - Return", "The Big Bang Theory - New", "The Big Bang Theory - Finale" etc to my series recording

    A proper library manager (Plex does a great job of this) e.g. by series, season, episode - Movies - Documentaries etc with additional data downloaded.

    A few more playable formats/containers

    It would be perfect.


    A proper Library wasn't as important as most of the metadata could be viewed directly in windows explorer.

    Not supported with other containers.




    This brings me to the first obstacle.

    All the alternatives I have looked at so far can't or won't support .wtv files

    Converting the files to another format/container loses all the explorer properties. (And some of the metadata completely)


    Discussions I have had so far are pointing the finger at the "Windows Media Foundation"

    I.e. Developers can't do anything with .wtv files because WMF doesn't support them.


    So the question is: If Windows Media Centre is no longer viable for Microsoft why haven't they atleast provided the tools for developers to support the format/container they forced upon so many users of their product.

    i.e. Metadata reader/writer

    Codec/Container? player?


    I need a replacement for Windows Media Centre: What is/are the alternative(s)?
    Friday, April 3, 2015 10:03 PM

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  • I'd probably try them over here.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/pictures?sort=lastreplydate&dir=desc&tab=Threads&status=&mod=&modAge=&advFil=&postedAfter=&postedBefore=&threadType=All&tm=1428099102592

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/search/search?SearchTerm=media+player&CurrentScope.ForumName=&CurrentScope.Filter=&askingquestion=false#////1

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 10:12 PM
  • Thanks but thats exactly where I started

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-pictures/windows-media-centre-replacement/8c610a4d-61f6-4386-b601-b7be1e4f65c3

    Friday, April 3, 2015 10:22 PM
  • That's about it then forum-wise. you can keep an eye here for new products to provide feedback on.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/directory/

    http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/about/our-research/graphics-multimedia.aspx

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=WinPreview2014

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Just Karl Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:45 PM
    • Marked as answer by Just Karl Tuesday, April 14, 2015 3:05 PM
    Friday, April 3, 2015 10:28 PM
  • Hi,

    Since Windows Media Centre almost didn't make it into Windows 8 I have been looking to move to something else before it disappears for good.

    While it might just make it into Windows 10 there certainly won't be any future development.

     

    I not a big fan of Microsoft products but WMC is one application they nailed

    Some additional smart recording options

    i.e. I had to add "The Big Bang Theory - Return", "The Big Bang Theory - New", "The Big Bang Theory - Finale" etc to my series recording

    A proper library manager (Plex does a great job of this) e.g. by series, season, episode - Movies - Documentaries etc with additional data downloaded.

    A few more playable formats/containers

    It would be perfect.

     

    A proper Library wasn't as important as most of the metadata could be viewed directly in windows explorer.

    Not supported with other containers.

    Image

    This brings me to the first obstacle.

    All the alternatives I have looked at so far can't or won't support .wtv files

    Converting the files to another format/container loses all the explorer properties. (And some of the metadata completely)

     

    Discussions I have had far are pointing the finger at the "Windows Media Foundation"

    I really like the Plex Store App byt they can't play Recoreded TV Files without transcoding them.

    I.e. Developers can't do anything with .wtv files because WMF doesn't support them.

    So the question is: If Windows Media Centre is no longer viable for Microsoft why haven't they atleast provided the tools for developers to support the format/container they forced upon so many users of their product.

    i.e. Metadata reader/writer

    Codec/Container? player?

    I need a replacement for Windows Media Centre: What is/are the alternative(s)?

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    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 10:21 PM