Responding to popular requests we wanted to share our latest guide with the AVS community!
We should be beginning to publish many more of these each month now that we have a dedicated blog manager. Any comments or suggestions always apprecaited! (except from mfusik....just kidding).
Outside of just being a really cool app (done by krustyreturns) and integrating the best part of WMC (the live TV part) into XBMC, it also allows you to maintain control of XBMC if you are using a control device such as control 4, RTI, etc. as you stay within the XBMC interface. Something that was a complete headache before for some people.
Enjoy the step by step guide with lots of pics here:www.Assassinhtpcblog/ServerWMCGuide
Enabling WMC Live TV within XBMC:
XBMC has added an open PVR framework that can be used with multiple backends like MythTV, NextPVR, MediaPortal, and ArgusTV. Until some talented folks got together on the XBMC forums, WMC did not exist as “backend” server. WMC would only represent a backend if you had WMC extenders (like the X360 or Echo). The other PVR applications listed have a server application that can be ran and fed to multiple clients. The benefit of the server-client model over the extender model is that you have complete control over your clients. You can use anything from a raspberry-pi to an Intel Xeon cpu with dual Titan GPUs. WMC extenders traditionally worked quite well if you intended to extend music and DVR, but if you had a large blu-ray collection the majority of them would not be playable on your extenders without first being compressed.
Along came ServerWMC, which is a great app primarily developed by krustyreturns (and a couple others) to allow you to use your WMC HTPC as a backend XBMC PVR server. To begin, this does not work for copy-once material. For Comcast, Verizon Fios, Charter, and some other cable providers the majority of your cable subscription will be copy-free. HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Encore will NOT be copy-free (on any provider) so if those channels are of importance then this is not the method you want to use. Though your typical HD cable channels like USAHD, ESPNHD, ComedyCentralHD, etc will work just fine on Comcast, Fios, and Charter (maybe others as well)