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Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-15-2015, 12:48 PM
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Posted By tman247
Windows/WMC @ 4k

I may be upgrading to a 4k TV (currently have a 1080P one).

I've always run Windows/MC at 1080P, and it's worked fine for everything I've thrown at it. If I upgrade to 4k, is it worth running...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-31-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By tman247
Windows 10 Universal Media Center app

Just imagine for a second if MS decided to create a new Windows 'Universal' Media Center app! It runs on Windows 10, Xbox 1, Surface and WP. It supports BDA tuners (if they're available for live TV),...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-27-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 781
Posted By tman247
While it's nice to see the CODEC support built...

While it's nice to see the CODEC support built in, I agree with stranger89, it's certainly not a game changer. MS don't see HTPC's as a market any more. If they did, they'd still not only include...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-23-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,877
Posted By tman247
Don't get your hopes up. WMC will not play any...

Don't get your hopes up. WMC will not play any part in Windows 10, so we're going to have to stay with 7 or 8.1 (if you've bought it), to carry on using it. If you want the 'TV Experience', MS will...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-01-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 4,219
Posted By tman247
WHS2011 + Stablebit Drivepool + Good backup plan....

WHS2011 + Stablebit Drivepool + Good backup plan. Been bulletproof in the time I've been using it. No parity to worry about (be that good or bad), but it works well and performance is great.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-30-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 133
Posted By tman247
ReFS is very new, but has potential. At this...

ReFS is very new, but has potential. At this stage of its development though, I wouldn't use it for a production system. NTFS has its limitations, but it's a known quantity, and troubleshooting...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-23-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 55
Posted By tman247
WMC/LAV problem

A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to use LAV as the standard decoder in WMC for HD video on my main HTPC. It wasn't difficult to setup (there are plenty of guides), and sure enough, without...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-19-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 494
Posted By tman247
The Chromecast is, as it's name suggests, a...

The Chromecast is, as it's name suggests, a device designed to 'cast' what can be seen on connected devices to a TV. It's not an all singing device like a Fire TV or Roku 3. What it does though, it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-09-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 300
Posted By tman247
Gb is fine for home use.I transfer massive files...

Gb is fine for home use.I transfer massive files around my home LAN to my NAS, and there's never been a problem. Just remember, a switched network creates a virtual circuit between communicating...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-06-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,578
Posted By tman247
MB3 has the same feature - and it works almost...

MB3 has the same feature - and it works almost identically. I have it configured to play 2 trailers, then an intro followed by the movie. The trailers are selected based on the movie rating. Using...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-29-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,108
Posted By tman247
Another marketing gimmick more likely. One more...

Another marketing gimmick more likely. One more thing to try and distance Windows 10 as far away from Windows 8 as possible.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-27-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1,945
Views: 315,851
Posted By tman247
Fair point. I was more thinking of SmartTV's to...

Fair point. I was more thinking of SmartTV's to be honest, where you might be streaming 4K. As long as the 4K BD player has HEVC support, and the TV has HDMI2.0 (or ideally, HDMI2.2) you should be...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-24-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 1,945
Views: 315,851
Posted By tman247
For those interested, my suspicions were correct....

For those interested, my suspicions were correct. The 2014.2 firmware was too new for the SEK-1000. I had to roll back to 0000, then upgrade back to 2009.2, re-connect the Evo Kit and after...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-24-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 1,945
Views: 315,851
Posted By tman247
First, 4k blu-ray will be out at the end of next...

First, 4k blu-ray will be out at the end of next year at the earliest. The BD association also haven't even announced the full specification requirements yet, so TV's released now are not guaranteed...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-22-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 32,228
Posted By tman247
I can only recommend you have a look at MB3 now....

I can only recommend you have a look at MB3 now. It is outstanding, with new features coming thick and fast. MBT is still in early development, but MBC + MBS is a great combination.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-22-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 699
Posted By tman247
Still using WMC on my main HTPC (windows 7) for...

Still using WMC on my main HTPC (windows 7) for all live TV. Some is archived off to my 10TB WHS2011 server for playback elsewhere. I'm liking more and more of what I see with the TV integration...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-17-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 1,945
Views: 315,851
Posted By tman247
Certainly there's a USB EK firmware download...

Certainly there's a USB EK firmware download (about 1.1GB), specifically for upgrading over USB. The TV does inspect the USB key, but then decides it can't find anything. I'm seriously thinking that...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-16-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 1,945
Views: 315,851
Posted By tman247
I'm having the exact same issue with my...

I'm having the exact same issue with my PS51E8000, except with the SEK-1000 EK. Plugged in the kit ok, TV detects kit, gets to 100%, then says no firmware available. I normally run this TV over a...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-15-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 1,945
Views: 315,851
Posted By tman247
I have a UK PS51E8000 (equivalent of the US...

I have a UK PS51E8000 (equivalent of the US PN51E8000) plasma. I got a SEK-1000/XC for a bargain price, and have been trying to install it. I've got the TV to detect it, and is starts the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-10-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By tman247
Only ever tried a GPU once, and it was not a good...

Only ever tried a GPU once, and it was not a good experience - lots of judder and iffy acceleration (ie, far higher CPU usage than expected), but I admit that was a few years ago now. I've just got...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-05-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,108
Posted By tman247
Even if MS do include native MKV support, and...

Even if MS do include native MKV support, and allow DTS/DD bitstreaming within the container, it's never going to come close to what MPC-HC/LAV/MadVR can achieve. That combination of tools is almost...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-04-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,108
Posted By tman247
Very interesting point. That logically means it...

Very interesting point. That logically means it would actually take very little effort on Microsoft's part to move the 'modern' XB1 TV interface over to Windows 10, and add some extra features in the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-04-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,108
Posted By tman247
There are many theories, but only MS know the...

There are many theories, but only MS know the truth.

Personally, I feel they wanted to wipe the slate clean with Windows 8. Draw a line if you like, and by moving ahead two versions, try and make...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-04-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,108
Posted By tman247
Windows 10 - MKV, FLAC and HEVC

For those who haven't already read this, it's reported that Windows 10 will have native MKV, FLAC and HEVC support out of the box. I'm assuming we'll get DXVA acceleration for HEVC and whatever is in...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   11-03-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,286
Posted By tman247
I just couldn't see that happening. They are...

I just couldn't see that happening. They are bitter rivals, in S.Korea especially. Samsung using LG panels - very, very unlikely. It is an odd problem though. Samsung betting everything on pushing...
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