Originally Posted by Mfusick
Very true. I have never been offended by AVS at all.
As for DVR- your mistaken. I've not recently recorded and I've never protected content via cable cards. I have been using mediabrowser and XBMC a few years...
I use for both TV and movies- music, pictures and games.
Both are pretty good front ends. I find XBMC more appliance like - it's mostly up down left right... and it's friendly to remotes. It's pretty easy to set up and get it too look nice without much fuss.
Mediabrowser- is not hard to set up- but if your noob it's not going to look and works as good as XBMC on your first set up attempt. On your 100th set up attempt it's going to be "slicker" and more eye candy than XBMC if you know what your doing.
Mine is set up with custom backgrounds and all sorts of cool stuff. I love how on the TV shows the "list" on mediabrowser works. If all your metadata is up to date- and you set it right it's amazing for TV series. Not coverart. But coverart works nice for movies.
I am like 70/30 on the issue. 70% mediabrowser but I was once 100% and I think I'll be 60% next month so XBMC has it's appeal. It's stealing me away.
I always viewed XBMC as better product for illegal content- and mediabrowser better for legal content. I'm not 100% sure why I see it that way but I do.
I am pretty sure the amount of "legal" content on your typical mediabrowser user is much higher than on your typical XBMC user.
XBMC certainly has cooler plug ins for streaming stuff you did not pay for...
That's just how I see it.
I think both have nice eye candy, but my preference is for mediabrowser if I was trying to show off to someone. But if I wanted to play something with little fuss I'd probably use XBMC... haha. It's a bit easy to navigate if your used to it.
Well....that's quite a bit of generalization.
You have to understand, Mediabrowser is nothing but an aggregator...and that too for local
content. Mediabrowser (up until now) had no support for streaming stuff. XBMC on the other hand tries to do a LOT of things, including online streaming stuff (which I wouldn't quite say "illegal", it's just that they are hacking the feeds/embedded browser, so that you can view that content within XBMC instead of a typical browser) and things like Airplay target support (which btw, the iOS 6.1 update broke XBMC's Airplay target functionality).
While XBMC does do most of thos things reasonably well, I've always somehow equated XBMC with geeky
. When I sit down to enjoy my media, I don't want geeky, I want rock solid functionality. It is quite possible that my perspective on XBMC is incorrect, but you have to understand, perception is king. A product could be amazing, but if the perception
is bad...Look at Windows 8 live tiles vs iOS app icons -> In theory
the live tiles are better, more functional, and provide more information/feedback. But perception.....
While I have XBMC installed on my HTPCs, I don't really use it other than for Airplay target functionality. Why? Well, all my local content is handled 100% between WMC/MB/MPC-HC. And I find that I access the online streaming stuff less and less as time goes by. The Apples, Hulus, Googles and Netflixes and their walled gardens are getting tiresome. You can get HD on this, but not on that. You can get "Super HD" on this but not that. You can get DD5.1 on this but not that. Blah bah. They need to get a grip.
Sorry, went off on a tangent.