Originally Posted by leviathan18
potato coach I think is called for iOS I downloaded it yesterday, can't remember the name xD
See section 12.15 of the new MediaPortal guide for the Couchpotato instructions: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1410346
Being the author of the MediaPortal guide, I clearly am a MediaPortal user - using Live TV and streaming it around the house from a server is an essential requirement for me. However, I was challenged by someone on AVForums (UK equivalent forum to AVSForum) to try XBMC, because we always ranted at each other that our chosen HTPC software was the best. I have to say, if you take the PVR function out of the equation, then XBMC is pretty impressive.
These were my thoughts:
Pros so far:
- It is slick! Damn it is really quick in some of the menu browsing, not massively different to MediaPortal 1.2.3, but it does have the edge on it and give it a really reactive feel.
- The setup using the remote control rather than using a separate GUI is a lovely feature and really gives it a set-top-box feel - Very nice. I really hope that MediaPortal will work that well when MP 1.3.0 is released.
- The built-in mediainfo grabbing is really nice. I suppose the fact that MediaPortal has a number of different ways of doing this means that they are reluctant to include it by default, but it is a great function out-of-the-box which must be a lovely experience for new users (I can see why MP seems far more involved)!
- Other built-in features, like visualisations are a nice addition.
Cons so far:
- Well, to be honest, there aren't many apart from the big problem of Live TV and the fact that MediaPortal can do that brilliantly!
If I didn't use Live TV on my system, I would probably be very torn between MP and XMBC and it would be tough to choose between them.
I ended up setting up a comparison spreadsheet for all the different software to try and understand what makes one better than the other (and to help new users choose their software), but it got very complicated - have a look at this thread: http://www.avforums.com/forums/home-...omparison.html
Personally, I think people tend to search for the bit of software that meets their needs, and when they find it they stick with that one forever! People invest a lot of time learning how to setup the advance features of their software and getting their setup perfect that the idea of changing is quite daunting. This ends up with people being quite defensive of their chosen software because they don't want anyone to convince them they are wrong
To get a pretty thorough setup of MP or XMBC working it probably only takes 2 hours maximum, I found it a really interesting experience trying XBMC and although I DEFINITELY wont move away from MediaPortal, I can see what the fuss is about with XBMC!
I really recommend that if you are an XMBC user you try following the new guide and setup MP (and visa versa if you are a MediaPortal user). You might just like the change!