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Windows 7: How can i share shows on 2 windows media center computers?

10 Dec 2011   #1

windows 7 home 64-bit
How can i share shows on 2 windows media center computers?

I would like to watch shows recorded on the other wmc7 computer on my computer. how can i do this?


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10 Dec 2011   #2
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11 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit

Under the settings menu, there should be an option for recorded TV. I'm not sure if WMC automatically shares them, but you can add each pc to the library.

So pc1 has pc2's shared library, and pc2 has pc1's shared library.
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14 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

but that still wont get you the nice interface as in the xbox right?
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18 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

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I would like to watch shows recorded on the other wmc7 computer on my computer. how can i do this?
Because of the DRM restrictions on "copy-once" (aka "copy protected") recorded TV content, if you have recorded such shows with WMC on once Win7 machine then YOU CANNOT WATCH THAT RECORDING ON ANOTHER WIN7 MACHINE! There is an encryption key applied during the recording on the first machine which makes it unusable and unplayable on any other machine.

However if the TV recording was "copy-freely" (aka "copy unprotected") then you CAN FREELY VIEW THAT RECORDING ON ANY MACHINE... using either Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player or any other 3rd-party program capable of playing MPEG-2 videos wrapped in WTV format (since WTV is the recorded TV wrapper used by Win7 WMC). Certainly using WMP on the second Win7 machine will work perfectly to view the copy-freely WTV recording made on the first Win7 machine.


Alternatively, WMC can distribute copy-once or copy-freely content to a "WMC extender" via your LAN, and the WMC extender's HDMI output connects to the HDTV next to it, and you're now watching ANY type of recorded TV on ANY TV in your house, via "WMC extender". These extenders can be XBox devices, or Linksys DMA2100/DMA2200, and possibly some other rare varieties that used to be made, but they provide the ONLY way you can distribute copy-once content to be viewed on anything other than the original PC which made that copy protected recording.

Note that all OTA local network broadcasts recorded through a roof antenna feeding an OTA TV tuner card using WMC, is by definition "copy-freely". All OTA broadcasts are required by the FCC to NOT be marked "copy-once".

However content delivered through your cable provider can have some/most of its cable channel programs marked "copy-once", even if you consider it "basic cable" and not a premium movie channel. The local networks provided through your cable system are copy-freely, just as they would be if you received them OTA through a roof antenna. But other than those channels the cable provider can mark whatever else they want as copy-once.
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