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What is the best windows media center remote control app

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hello,

What is the best window media center iPhone/iPad remote control? I want to be able to control live TV and everyone's interface is bad.
post #2 of 34
Thread Starter 
Sorry I didn't mean everyone's interface is ugly, but I can't find the best out there. Anyone know
post #3 of 34
Wow. Was looking for this also and was sure AVS would have the best answer.
post #4 of 34
I was also looking for one on the iPad, the closest thing I found was vmcRemote, but even that is not good enough.

On my Windows Phone however, I found "Meteor". It is PERFECT.
post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by loci03 View Post

Hello,

What is the best window media center iPhone/iPad remote control? I want to be able to control live TV and everyone's interface is bad.

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Originally Posted by WiiGame View Post

Wow. Was looking for this also and was sure AVS would have the best answer.

Can you guys give more info? "live TV", do you mean WMC Live TV or?

I've been using this and I like it so far.
post #6 of 34
CQC is the best, can be all that you want/need it to be...
kind of just a tad bit more than just a remote app though
post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by hlkc View Post

Can you guys give more info? "live TV", do you mean WMC Live TV or?

I've been using this and I like it so far.

Your option, like most of the apps on the App Store, is basically a Virtual Remote... While it is ok, is not very elegant. Isn't there something that would parse all the metadata from Mediabrowser, Music, Recorded TV and Live TV EPG for iOS? That's what Meteor does for WP7, and I'd really like something like that for an iPad...
post #8 of 34
one good reason to start use Xbmc

xbmc commander , soulmote, XbmoteC, Constellation are pretty awesome iOs apps

you will love them
post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by NoWorthWhile View Post
I was also looking for one on the iPad, the closest thing I found was vmcRemote, but even that is not good enough.

On my Windows Phone however, I found "Meteor". It is PERFECT.
I've been searching the interwebs for days to find something like Meteor, except for the iPad or iPhone. This is exactly how I want to control my new HTPC that's outfitted with a Ceton InfiniTV tuner and Windows Media Center. The only problem is that I only have Apple mobile devices.

I thought remote potato would be the answer, but so far I haven't seen any indication that you can control what is outputed from the HTPC; you can only stream to Apple TV or you iOS device.

Virtual remotes like MobiMote are actually at a disadvantage to regular remotes, because you have to look down to see which keys you are pressing.

So is my only option to find a WMC remote? Because that would make me feel like I'm in the twentieth century.
post #10 of 34
iRule. I spent the last two days customizing this software's GUI on my iPhone 3. Controls my W7MC and mpc-hc perfectly.
post #11 of 34
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iRule. I spent the last two days customizing this software's GUI on my iPhone 3. Controls my W7MC and mpc-hc perfectly.

What exactly did you do as customizations? I setup my iPhone 4 with the instructions here:

http://www.iruleathome.com/tutorials/mce-control.html

In the end, I wasn't too impressed. I didn't see the ability for gestures like swipe and tap, which would alleviate actually looking at the iPhone for the arrow key buttons.
post #12 of 34
so don't take anything I say as advice...

post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by Relleum View Post

What exactly did you do as customizations? I setup my iPhone 4 with the instructions here:

http://www.iruleathome.com/tutorials/mce-control.html

In the end, I wasn't too impressed. I didn't see the ability for gestures like swipe and tap, which would alleviate actually looking at the iPhone for the arrow key buttons.

Creating the buttons and assigning commands to them exactly the way I like it. I don't think the iRule can do gestures. Would be nice though, to swipe on the iphone and have your movie collection scroll thru an iris panel or like a rolodex.
post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by bdiddy73 View Post

Creating the buttons and assigning commands to them exactly the way I like it. I don't think the iRule can do gestures. Would be nice though, to swipe on the iphone and have your movie collection scroll thru an iris panel or like a rolodex.

Irule, I checked it out. It looks like I would need to buy hardware for this, is this true? I wish I could create apps. The best remote app i found for this was HippoRemote Pro. nice controller layout
post #15 of 34
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I wish remote potato would add these features.
post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by loci03 View Post

I wish remote potato would add these features.

+1

Same interface, but control MC over WIFI when local, and remote stream when away.
post #17 of 34
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Originally Posted by bdiddy73 View Post

iRule. I spent the last two days customizing this software's GUI on my iPhone 3. Controls my W7MC and mpc-hc perfectly.

Did you manage to control mpc-hc as external player in wmc?
Everything works pretty fine in wmc (!using irule's site tutorial) but when mpc-hc is set as external player I cannot do anything!
Could you plz make s small tutorial for me?
post #18 of 34
HippoRemote for the iPhone is the best remote control that I've found for WMC on apple devices so far, and I've tried just about all of them. It has profiles already built for Windows Media Center, and supports custom buttons and gestures.

I'm starting to realize that using the iPhone as a remote will never be practical, mainly because the software buttons are harder to press when you're looking at the screen, and unlocking / reviving the app slows the workflow down and drains the battery. The only viable option is to move the whole interface to the phone like Meteor in WP, but I doubt something that good will become available on the iOS platform.
post #19 of 34
^^+1 for HippoRemote. Even the free "Lite" works great, it just doesn't have the macros. I bought an iPazzPort and I much prefer using HippoRemote.
post #20 of 34
I like Unified Remote since I use an Andoid phone along with WMC7
post #21 of 34
Another vote for HippoRemote for remote control of the PC. Wish it could control the Xbox extender and wish it could send IR commands to other devices. RemotePotato for remote streaming away from home and setting the DVR remotely.
post #22 of 34
I just discovered HippoRemote over the last week and absolutely love it. It's intuitive, easy to use, and I can train my mother-in-law!

My only struggle right now is trying to configure it to also control my AVR. I have a Denon 4311 which has a web browser interface. So all I need to do is program a macro in Hippo to the URLs of the specific buttons I need to press (Vol up/down, etc). The problem is that the web interface uses JavaScript, so it's going to be difficult to get what I need.

Too bad there's no true, easy to use wifi universal remote app. But if I can figure it out in Hippo, it will be exactly what I need.
post #23 of 34
+1 on remote potato. great streaming over iphone/ipad/web. guide screen has very nice looking interface but takes a little time to load sometimes. also on their web app there is a remote control app. You can use from safari on iphone pretty well.
post #24 of 34
any new developments on this since it is a year later now? roomie-but its only for ios, irule, redeye-what works best?
post #25 of 34
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any new developments on this since it is a year later now? roomie-but its only for ios, irule, redeye-what works best?

Ceton has some companion apps out in beta now that are pretty bad ass:

http://cetoncorp.com/products/companion/

With remote, media search, browsing, and recording, they pretty much do eveything you need. Later in the year, they will support the ceton echo, which is a WMC extender. Based on my limited use, the iOS app feels more like a beta app at this point.
post #26 of 34
ceton doesnt support atsc free OTA TV, just cable correct?
post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by freetvEE View Post

ceton doesnt support atsc free OTA TV, just cable correct?

supports whatever your WMC does as far as TV goes. Doesn't do streaming yet, but according to them, that is coming. Otherwise, its easily the best looking interface, IMO.
post #28 of 34
looks pretty good for an initial release. any idea if the Ceton Companion has any functionality for a on screen mouse and wireless keyboard in the works? without this it really cant be the all in one wmc remote control that I need...
post #29 of 34
I am thinking about purchasing the Ceton MyMediaCenter app. My wife has an iPhone she wants to use it on and I have an Android. We also each have an iPad2 that we could use it on.

Does anyone have experience using this app with these devices?
post #30 of 34
Works good on my 10" Android tablet.
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