Originally Posted by Halfmoon
Now for the next step..... can you marry Media Center to Plex or XMBC? Anybody doing that?
I have had some success with that. My main server is a Windows 7 Media Center box also running Plex Media Server (PMS). I use WTV-MetaRenamer which I have set up to kick off every 30 mins or so and it looks in my WMC Recorded TV folder and moves my .wtv files to series/season folders (you don't have to move them) and renames them to a naming convention that PMS is willing to work with. Then, you can use a Plex client (or XBMC with the PleXBMC plug-in) to see all of your shows and their metadata.
For pseudo-live TV I've played around with the following: Using the Ceton My Media Center iOS EPG app (it doesn't require a Ceton tuner, I have an HDHomeRun Prime) I can view my guide and set up recordings of things in-progress. With XBMC Eden (running on a different machine) I can see those shows appear right away (no metadata - just the filename as .wtv names them) and watch them, while they're still being recorded. If you try to fast forward to the end, it will kick you out to the previous XBMC menu, as it thinks you hit the end of the show. A couple of problems:
1) This only works in XBMC Eden. With XBMC Frodo (or the Plex client), you can start watching an in-progress recording, but if the only amount of time that had been recorded was, say, 5 minutes at the time you start watching it, the progress bar in the player will show 5 minutes, and it won't keep it updated/accurate. So after 5 minutes, if you haven't fast-forwarded or anything, there will actually now be 10 minutes worth of recording in the file, but XBMC thinks the show ended at 5 minutes, and it will kick you out to the XBMC menu.
2) For whatever reason, if I try to run XBMC Eden on the same machine as WMC, I can't successfully watch (at all) a show that WMC is in the progress of recording.
Because of the above, I've temporarily given up on my dream of pseudo-live TV on an XBMC or Plex client, but if the above issues get fixed in Frodo I might try again. My new thought, though, is to play around with a different PVR back-end software (like MythTV). Like you, I have Comcast and I don't subscribe to any pay channels like HBO, so my channels are all copy-freely. There are several PVR back-ends that support the HDHomeRun Prime w/cablecards, so I may try one of these out. Then, you can use XBMC Frodo which has PVR functionality now. There are also some guys who have gotten the PVR functionality exposed in the Plex client apps for Windows/Mac/Linux.
Something tells me that most of these PVR back-ends programs are not as robust as WMC, though, so I'm still mulling over whether to waste my time on all of that.