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Windows 7: Multiple WMC-based HTPCs and Recorded TV Playstate/Bookmarks

10 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Multiple WMC-based HTPCs and Recorded TV Playstate/Bookmarks

I have one main HTPC (HTPCA) with 2 USB OTA tuners. This HTPC handles all my recordings. I have a 2nd HTPC (HTPCB) in the bedroom. I've shared out the Recorded TV folder on HTPCA, and HTPCB can see the recordings; I can watch them no problem.

Issue 1: If I start watching a recording on HTPCA, and stop halfway through, pulling it up to watch on HTCPB offers only the 'play' option; no 'resume'. I've seen plugins that rename files and then somehow share playstate, but those don't really interest me. Plus, they won't really help with non-regular recordings like sporting events.

Issue 2: If I have a show CURRENTLY recording on HTPCA, I can start watching it on HTPCB (although the show will have no metadata as it does on HTPCA - it is simply a file name). However, if HTPCA has so far recorded say, 37 minutes of a 1 hour recording, when I start watching on HTPCB, it will think the total time is 37 minutes. So by the time I get to 0:37, even though HTPCA has now recorded the full 1:00, HTPCB will stop playback at 0:37. I then have the option to 'play' it again. This time it will show a 1:00 duration, but I have to fast forward through the 0:37 I've already watched.

I think both of these problems would be nonexistent if I could simply make HTPCB appear to HTPCA as an extender, rather than its own WMC instance; but it sounds like this just isn't possible in Windows 7.

How do folks handle multiple Windows 7 WMC installs with shared libraries/recorded TV?

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