Was doing some research to see if you ever put on a sale, and see you have one this week with a free upgrade. Great, this will tip the hat for me!
(1) This brings me to a first time buyer question, what is the general length between major builds that cost money to upgrade? I see you are on development of MC 18 now - and I do like new features, but would be put off at having to buy 17 upgrades! Obviously the typical user sticks with what he has if new features will not affect him, but...
My background, typical WMC Media Browser (licensed), Media Center Master, Media Center Studio, tweaking to get all codecs running perfectly, then on my final tweak to get audio output changed from multi-stream to be recognized as DTS-MA and Dolby HD on AVR, things started to go awry. TV shows will occasionally start to repeat the first second of audio while the video would continue, then "video not recognized" would appear. I can remedy this if I play the beginning of a couple DVDs or MKVs for a couple seconds, then go back to the TV shows, but I'm getting fed up. I've rebuilt once because of the exact same problem, but other than that, what a pain.
Speaking of TV shows, I use DTB service, DTVMRSToolbox (licensed), and Showanalyzer (licensed) to skip commercials now for OTA broadcast on Hauppauge internal dual tuner. Thinking of getting a Ceton to replace my DVR at some point.
(2) JRMC has commercial skip now, and it uses Comskip (which I used back in the SD days before .wtv)? This is built in, or does it cost extra for license?
Looking forward to being a satisified user!