Originally Posted by staknhalo
Well, that's not controversial in any way
True. Just my observation and opinions. I have lots of friends that use XBMC and are die hard. I've played with both. Both are installed on my current machine. I've also been around a bit in this forum and observed quite a bit about both. My general observation is that XBMC is more popular with the PC guys, and the gamers, and generally those who don't record TV. I always got the feeling that a higher amount of XBMC users not only don't record TV, but they don't even rip their own media. I always got the impression that the average XBMC user was more concerned with a front end that could show off the torrents they illegally downloaded. XBMC's internal simplistic metascraper always made XBMC a popular choice with that crowd. (It's a big crowd and thus the huge amount of XBMC users) I always got the feeling that Mediabrowser users tended to record TV, and also rip their own legal media in very high quality much more than XBMC users, and that generally media browser users had more *legal* content they wanted to organize and display. I could be wrong on this- but just my general opinion, feeling and observation having browsed this forum significantly for last few years.
I think the ease of the internal metascraper in XBMC has long made it popular over Mediabrowser - and generally it's easier to set up XBMC and have it look and work nice. That always made it popular with beginners. The advanced set up of Mediabrowser does work good, but there is a little more to it and more room for error. Also the paid plugins and cost is a deterrent too.
I use Mediacentermaster for my media organization and I am pretty anal about organizing, renaming, and storing my media in collections. I don't care much about internal metascrapers because I like to take an active personal effort in such things. The mediabrowser meta scraping was always generally a turn off IMO for most people.
The other lure is there is so many more plugins for XBMC that are illegal- or aimed to provide illegal content. Stuff like the ones to watch PPV, or UFC fights, or IceFilms, or cable channels you don't pay for etc. Lots more copy infringement with XBMC in general IMO, while the average mediabrowser users and AVS-er probably walks a tighter line with such issues. MediaBrowser was never a good platform to copy infringe with, which is the primary reason why it's not as popular as XBMC. I suspect that MB3 Theater much of the same will remain this way- and it is certainly not because MB3 isn't as good or better. Some people won't even understand, let alone appreciate it's extra functionality like upscaling, reclock - 60fps interpolation support- all on the internal player with HD overlay. It take and advanced user to appreciated such things. OK- I rambled enough.