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What is the HTPC software you primarily use?

  • Boxee

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  • DVBViewer

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  • For The Record

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  • JRiver Media Centre

    Votes: 16 7.8%
  • MeediOS

    Votes: 9 4.4%
  • MediaBrowser

    Votes: 23 11.2%
  • Mediaportal

    Votes: 8 3.9%
  • MythTV

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • NextPVR

    Votes: 13 6.3%
  • Plex

    Votes: 20 9.8%
  • SageTV

    Votes: 5 2.4%
  • Windows Media Center

    Votes: 48 23.4%
  • XBMC

    Votes: 47 22.9%
  • Media player (MPC-HC, VLC, PowerDVD, TMT etc.)

    Votes: 12 5.9%
  • Other

    Votes: 4 2.0%
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What is the media server/front-end software you are primarily using in your HTPC(s) or other devices for media playback?


The poll is intended to run through the whole year 2014.

Intermediate results
Q1/2014
 

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I use XBMC but I am experimenting with Mediabrowser 3. I may end up running both systems, one on one TV and one on another.
 

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Originally Posted by dmarqueset  /t/1521508/the-official-htpc-software-poll-2014#post_24454163


I use XBMC but I am experimenting with Mediabrowser 3. I may end up running both systems, one on one TV and one on another.

Use them together with XBMB3C. No need to think of them as two separate things. We can manage Xbmc metadata and we're soon going to support their smart playlist format.
 

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Quick question on this, for Media Browser - given our goals of being open and usable with other apps, how does this poll take that into account?


For example, even if you don't use our front-end on the htpc, it is possible to still be using Media Browser via our XBMB3C and Media Portal clients. Similarly, even if you're not using any Media Browser front-end, it's still possible to use us as a metadata manager for Xbmc and Plex.
 

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Perhaps updating to "Primary Playback Software" would answer


MB3 as a metadata manager for XBMC or Plex doesn't seem like it qualifies as your primary "software" (or it would need to be multiple choice and include things like Ember, Mediacentermaster, etc)
 

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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer  /t/1521508/the-official-htpc-software-poll-2014#post_24454639


Perhaps updating to "Primary Playback Software" would answer


MB3 as a metadata manager for XBMC or Plex doesn't seem like it qualifies as your primary "software" (or it would need to be multiple choice and include things like Ember, Mediacentermaster, etc)
A good point, that's what I was pretty much trying to aim for. I for one use DVDProfiler to feed movie meta data to Plex but it's also possible to use DVDProfiler as a player launcher. In the first post I used term "media server/front-end software" though this is not the same as the thread title or the poll question.


Edit: As it seems the Poll is completely locked, both the poll question and options cannot be modified. I updated the first post with "What is the media server/front-end software you are primarily using in your HTPC(s) or other devices for media playback?".
 

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Or if you use mediabrowser but on android or windows phone or Roku or ipad or iphone or Linux or use it inside Windows media center with classic or use it as a standalone player with MadVR in MBtheater or...or... Or.... You get the point ?


Lots of options so a poll becomes tough to do. I like the idea of "primary" as it makes it a bit more clear.


Personally I use ipad, Roku, and dedicated HTPC with i5 about equally actually these days. Each offers something unique than the other. The don't compete as much as they complete the experience. That's the advantage of MB or PLEX is they offer a very complete experience.
 

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The idea for this poll came while I was searching for comparisons and reviews of different htpc software. I stumbled into a yearly poll on AVForums . It gathered a bit over 100 votes. I didn't like all the sub-options for different software so I took a simpler approach in this one. Since AVSForum's is the largest in the world, we should get a pretty good coverage and picture of what the people are using.


I did like the idea of having it for a defined period of time so you could then do some trending on the results though I could not find such on AVForums . A year seemed like a good period but you could always change it to half-a-year or even quarter. Being kind of a statistics enthusiast I can certainly manage the periodic polls and the trend round-up and do some nice "marketshare" graphs.
 

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MPC-HC and PotPlayer.
 

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I still use SageTV every day for all things TV, still haven't found anything else that that's not a significant step down for me as far as TV goes. Though I use XBMC (OpenELEC) for my ripped media, the Cinema Experience plugin is awesome.
 

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Few surprises in the current standings, at least for me; NextPVR is leading, MeediOS is running strong and Plex is not. Having XBMC, WMC and MB in the top four should be no surprise.
 

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I love the effort being put in to making MeediOS "just work". I have tried XBMC twice, but just can't get it to look like the screenshots very easily. XBMC is still that bit more stable though.
 

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That's something I also like about Plex, very easy to setup and especially to connect new client devices. Back in the days with the original Meedio Essentials it was neither plug and play but I was very satisfied with the whole DVD Profiler -> Meedio -> MPC/PowerDVD/DVDViewer chain. It took almost 10 years to find a worthy replacement which was Plex in my case. I guess the main lacking feature for most people with Plex must be the PVR/TV since the whole single server, rich client device support and remote access concept works very nicely right out of the box.
 

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What do you think, should this poll run for the whole year or should I close it at the end this quarter and open a new one for Q2? Or perhaps let it run to the end of H1?
 

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Perhaps just get a snapshot of the Q1 result and then let it continue and do the same at each quarter end. Then you can link the post of the snapshot in your first post.
 

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Still running WMC for live/recorded TV. Use Plex and MB2 for everything else. I am keeping a very close eye on MB3 though. That's shaping up to be a very, very nice 'one stop' solution, especially with the live TV support.
 

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I use MPC-HC for playing back video files like mkvs, and PowerDVD (13) for playing BD discs. For music, I use MediaMonkey. Once I start those programs I can use my receiver's remote through an MCE IR receiver for most functions while stuff is playing. Other than that I just use Windows--with a keyboard and mouse. I've tried using a few "front ends" but I really don't see much point. I'd rather just use it as a computer, as that's what it is. I guess if you have large media libraries it's nice, plus they look cool and are "user friendly", but I really don't need any of that stuff. I picked the 2nd last option in the poll since that seems to apply to me most.
 

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I used XBMC for the longest. Switched to JRiver for the audiophile (parametric EQ ftw) and videophile (madVR ftw) support built into it.
 

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I use WMC as the underlying platform with MediaBrowser as the primary media client within WMC.

 

Wish I could vote for more than one option.
 
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