Originally Posted by drealit /forum/post/18240651
I need to throw my hat in too and highly recommend media portal. It has grown so amazingly fast over the past 2 years and has turned into something truly wonderful.
With my HTPC I went from MP to MediaCenter then back to MP and am extremely happy I did.
MediaPortal RC1 + StreamedMP skin and you're basically done because streamedmp now includes MyTVSeries (handles your TV shows with amazing ease), MovingPictures (movies),MyTrailers (pulls down apple trailers on the fly), a new Music Now Playing layout which looks extraordinary and now pulls down fanart for each artist. What more could you possibly need?
I agree completely. The only movies I have trouble with MP finding are some of my 4 year old daughter's movies like Little Bear and Strawberry Shortcake. For those I just download my own cover art, but all the main stream stuff is found on its own.
Oh you're going to say what about the hassle for setting up codecs with MediaPortal (it used to be a pain 2 years ago...), well that is noooo more with the home brewed SAF filter package. It has been specifically designed to work with MP with the absolute minimum for user interaction/configuration. It utilizes FFDshow and MPC-HC codecs to handle all your video playback with full DXVA compliance provided you have DXVA compliant hardware. If you aren't using Win7 you'll need to install QuickTimeAlternative for .mov playback etc.
The only thing left to do after installing those 3 items (MP, StreamedMP, SAF) is pointing MP to where your media is... you're done now. It will most likely pull down all the correct information for you for everything you've pointed it at and be ready to go.
I have taken my setup a step farther and have begun to implement the MyEmulators plugin which lets you use the popular emulators available to play all the games you used to play when you were a kid (SNES, NES, Genesis, Atari, N64 blah blah blah)... MP has truly turned into a full out entertainment command center. The only thing I haven't explored was inserting a TV Tuner into my setup because I'm holding my breath on cablecards. At this point I'll still be reliant on MediaCenter for that but that's easily launched from MediaPortal.[/quote]
I haven't played with the MyEmulaotrs plugin. Sounds like fun though so I may have to check that out! The only thing I have added is the Netflix plugin which works great.