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Top 10 Must have apps for A HTPC

I want to see how folks use their htpc or their top 10 apps they use.
I like these:
my movies
plex
media center
handbrake
audacity
malwarebytes
iTunes
avs video recorder
XBMC
ninite for app downloads


I love doing these htpc builds their cool and been doing this since the voodoo3 days around 1998 with a p2 333 win98 \
and WebTV app for windows.
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In no particular order, including a few hacks in lieu of apps:
  1. WMC
  2. Daum Potplayer
  3. MST
  4. LAV filters
  5. Concurrent RDP hack
  6. Remote Potato
  7. Proxy SwitchySharp (for BBC iPlayer)
  8. Relaunch
  9. My Channel Logos
  10. Custom MCL files (for streaming radio in WMC)

My HTPC is just for live and recorded TV, media file server plus some occasional local file playback and web surfing. Any ripping, downloading, editing or encoding is done on other computers, not my HTPC. All my client boxes are extenders.
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MB server
MB theater
MediaCenterMaster
LAV audio
VS filter
MadVR
PowerDVD13
DirectVOB

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WMC
Media Browser (preferably version 2.6.2 )
Game Browser (MB plug-in)
WMC Netflix
Hulu Desktop (unless its completely quit working - I haven't used it in a month or two)
WMC ESPN3 plug-in (haven't used this since last college football season)
Arcsoft TMT
Catalyst Media Center (for recording FM radio - though I'm open to suggestions!)
Ceton My Media Center
My Channel Logos
Shark007 pack w/ ffdshow (works best for me)

Outside programs I use are Make MKV, Video Redo (commerical deletion) and Handbrake.

My HTPC front end set up
Integration for whole home ATSC, CableCARD, FM radio, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD, VHS control & capture, video games, and archived & streaming media playback
Mironto's Panasonic plasma black level restoration guide
Restore the initial MLL on a 2009 Panasonic plasma

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My HTPCs are used to watch movies off my server, listen to music, view our pix/videos and Cable TV.

1. Windows 7 Pro x64 with WMC
2. MediaBrowser 3 Classic
3. LAVFilters
4. GuideTool
5. My Channel Logos XL
6. Speedfan or HWInfo64 for monitoring temps
7. Microsoft Security Essentials
8. Chrome Desktop
9. WHS2011 client
10. WMC Netflix plugin

 

 

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1. Win8.1 WMC
2. My Movies 5
3. PlexHT (considering swapping from My Movies to just this)
4. LAV
5. Media Center Reset Toolbox (to move around WMC menu items)
6. My Channel Logos XL (nice channel logos)
7. Eventghost (for iRule control from tablets/phones)
8. WSE 2012 Connector
9. TMT 6 (hardly gets used since it is just for 3D)
10. Ceton My Media Center (hardly gets used)

Any "downloading" is done from the server.

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Nice, that channel one for wmc, how does it work my logo I think.
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Not all are technically apps, but here is what gets installed on my HTPC (Win7x64/WMC)

  1. Microsoft Security Essentials
  2. Shark007 Codecs x32 & x64
  3. MediaBrowser 2.6.2 (Diamond Theme) + GameBrowser
  4. Extender Login Script Tool
  5. My Channel Logos XL
  6. Tuner Salad
  7. Guide Editor
  8. Ceton My Media Center
  9. LCDWriter
  10. Concurrent RDP patch


That's not just the Top 10. I'm pretty sure, that's all I ever install.

RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.

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MB server
MB theater
MediaCenterMaster
LAV audio
VS filter
MadVR
PowerDVD13
DirectVOB
Is MB Theater far along enough in development to be stable? I just finished my new PC and I would like to use it but I don't feel like dealing with a bunch of "bugs". If I understand correctly, it will use madVR natively and run without WMC?

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MB Server
MB3 Classic
Media Center
Lav Filters
Madvr
SVP
MPC-HC
My Channel Logos
MST
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Windows 7 x64 with WMC & Windows firewall & Internet Explorer
Avast free antivirus
Malwarebytes free
Hulu Desktop
MPC-HC
IrfanView

VideoReDo to edit commercials, but is on another PC.
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Not all are technically apps, but here is what gets installed on my HTPC (Win7x64/WMC)
Exactomundo.

I blame the mighty Apple for screwing up a lot of tech terminology. What happened to calling a "program" a "program"??

The first time I heard "Time Machine" I started looking around for one, before realizing it meant "Backup". Ohhh...
The first time I heard "Airport Express" I started looking for planes and runways, before realizing it meant "Router". Ohhh...
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Lol.

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I like to keep mine simple.

Windows 7 64-bit w/Media Center
Microsoft Security Essentials
Shark007 codecs
MakeMKV (this is actually used on my main PC)
XBMC
VLC Media Player (for playing movies with unwanted subtitles)
ShowAnalyzer Suite or Comskip
Tuner Salad Footlong
My Channel Logos
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On my actual HTPC.... I can't really list 10 when I only install 2

MCL XL
Plex Home Theater
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HTPC ( http://assassinhtpcblog.com/downloading/ edition )

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NZB organizer + Usenet provider
VPN client
VUZE or bittoorent or Utorrent client
MCM
Python
Sickbeard
Couchpotato
TED (Torrent Episode Downloader)
Archive of Pirate bay in case it goes down

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I think if you add up all the different programs folks use you might hit 100 different ones. Anyone have a HTPC with some crazy amount of stuff installed on it ?

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HTPC ( http://assassinhtpcblog.com/downloading/ edition )

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NZB organizer + Usenet provider
VPN client
VUZE or bittoorent or Utorrent client
MCM
Python
Sickbeard
Couchpotato
TED (Torrent Episode Downloader)
Archive of Pirate bay in case it goes down

Disclaimer: I and no one else (including the author of those links/guides) condones piracy.
What can you get legitimately through those services?
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What can you get legitimately through those services?
Plenty actually. There is plenty of right free material available in all kinds of media.

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Plenty actually. There is plenty of right free material available in all kinds of media.
I've never looked (and it seems to be blocked at work), can you give some examples? More stuff to add to the backlog
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HTPC ( http://assassinhtpcblog.com/downloading/ edition )

sabnzbd
NZB organizer + Usenet provider
VPN client
VUZE or bittoorent or Utorrent client
MCM
Python
Sickbeard
Couchpotato
TED (Torrent Episode Downloader)
Archive of Pirate bay in case it goes down

Disclaimer: I and no one else (including the author of those links/guides) condones piracy.
Are you suggesting those are the top 10 apps someone should have on thier HTPC, suggesting that Assassin is saying those are the Top 10 apps someone should have on their HTPC, or just trying to stir up trouble?

RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.
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Probably a little bit of all of the above. I actually meant that post sarcastic and half serious with a tongue in cheek. AVS doesn't like that talk too much so perhaps it was bad joke.

The humor to me was that so many people probably want to make a list like that but do not. It's like the elephant in the room no one wants to acknowledge is there. I'm guessing a lot more HTPC's around here have either usenet or torrenting programs in common with each other than front end set ups.
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Probably a little bit of all of the above. I actually meant that post sarcastic and half serious with a tongue in cheek. AVS doesn't like that talk too much so perhaps it was bad joke.

The humor to me was that so many people probably want to make a list like that but do not. It's like the elephant in the room no one wants to acknowledge is there. I'm guessing a lot more HTPC's around here have either usenet or torrenting programs in common with each other than front end set ups.
I doubt it. Everyone knows that software goes on the media server.

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The title of this thread should be "Top 10 apps I'd like to have on my HTPC." There are very few "must have" apps that would apply to everyone and only two in the OP's list that I have any desire to use (one of them being Media Center). It all depends on what you have your HTPC tasked to do and how you want to use it. Clearly, everyone that has responded uses their HTPC in different and unique ways. That's the beauty of a HTPC. You can customize it to suit your needs and your tastes. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to HTPCs.
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Replace "apps" with programs. The term "apps" suggest I'm using an Apple TV or ipad for my HTPC experience in between my frequent trips to Starbucks or when I go vote democrat; it's offense. Perhaps if I was a career student still in school in my 30s and living with 5 roommates and who thought hacking a first generation Apple TV with xbmc was a complete HTPC experience (who needs smooth 1080p playback right?) I wouldn't be so offended though. I guess either term could work now that I think about it.

Disclaimer: my stereotype is meant to be funny, I actually enjoy both my apple products and my HTPC equally. I just find it funny apple has been so successful they changed the name of "programs" which us pc guys have used for 25 years to "apps".

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Apple didn't change it. They popularized the term. People have been abbreviating "applications" to "apps" even in the PC world for decades. The term "killer app" dates back to at least the early 80's and was by no means Apple-centric.

Funny that you weren't offended until I pointed out the mild misuse of the word, and kapone tied it to Apple.

For the record, I have no issue with calling programs apps, or applications. I mainly pointed it out because things like codec packs aren't really traditional applications, and things like the RDP patch, Tuner Salad, and MCL-XL are more or less "use once and forget it" fixes, more so than a traditional program.

I don't really interact with those programs, nor do they serve any active role on my machine...

RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.

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  • XBMC
  • WMC
  • My Channel Logos XL
  • ServerWMC
  • Plex Server
  • Retroarch (obviously not installed)
  • Musicbrainz Picard
  • WinDirStat
  • MakeMKV
  • FlexRAID
  • Python
  • Cheetah
  • Sickrage
  • Headphones
  • uTor
  • PIA
  • Files2Folder Shell Extension
  • RBTray
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I have never associated the term "apps" with anything related to an Apple product. Now stick an "i" in front of it and its another situation entirely.
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