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Windows 7: 7 Great Things About Windows Media Center in Windows 7

07 Oct 2009   #1
z3r010

 
7 Great Things About Windows Media Center in Windows 7

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Today, Windows 7 controls my home entertainment experience in my living room. It does so through Windows Media Center. I am using the same setup I blogged about here in 2007 with Windows 7 and it’s an amazing experience. Because of how well it works for me, I wanted to highlight 7 great things you can do with Windows Media Center in Windows 7. Windows 7 can easily be the center of your home entertainment experience just like it is with mine.

#1: Watch Live TV on your Windows 7 PC.

If your Windows 7 PC has a TV tuner, you can use Windows Media Center to watch, pause, and rewind live TV directly on your PC! If you’re Windows 7 PC doesn’t have a TV tuner, you can always add one – they are quite inexpensive.

Windows Media Center in Windows 7 supports High Definition TV (HDTV) capabilities as well. Earlier last month, we announced support for Switched Digital Video (SDV). We also announced that customers will now be able to add a digital cable tuner with CableCARD support to their PC. Previously, digital cable tuners with CableCARD support were only available on new PCs from OEMs that supported the configuration. Digital cable tuners with CableCARD support differ from standard TV tuner cards as they support digital cable through “CableCARDs” rented from your cable provider for digital cable channels. Assuming you have the right subscription, this enables you to access the full line-up of channels offered by your cable provider, including the premium channels.

There are also TV tuner cards that support “over-the-air” HDTV (ATSC) with an antenna as well as Clear QAM.

#2: Turn your Windows 7 PC into a DVR (Digital Video Recorder)!



Windows Media Center lets you schedule recordings of TV shows and movies. You can even schedule to record all instances (new episodes) of your favorite TV show! Windows Media Center also makes it very easy to view all your recorded content.

I talked about HDTV and the use of digital cable tuners with CableCARD support above. Microsoft and CableLabs are working together to allow people with digital cable tuners with CableCARD support more portability with their recorded digital cable TV. Recordings that are marked as “copy freely” (CF) will now be able to play on other PCs and portable devices.

#3: Easily find the TV shows and movies that you want to watch.





Windows Media Center has great search capabilities built-in so you can easily find all your favorite TV shows and movies. This makes it easier to schedule recordings.

#4: Access all your personal media in one place - no matter where it is.

Windows Media Center brings in all your digital media– photos, movies, music, and recorded TV shows – into one place. Windows Media Center also takes advantage of HomeGroup in Windows 7 and allows you to access digital media content from other PCs!

With recorded digital cable TV content marked as CF – you can share this content throughout your home network of Windows 7 PCs using HomeGroup (see #2 above). You can even access it when you are away from home with Remote Media Streaming in Windows 7.

#5: Track your favorite sports, players, and leagues.

If you’re a sports nut, you can use Windows Media Center to track your favorite teams and leagues. Windows Media Center lets you track scores, players, and leagues natively within Windows Media Center. You can also see quickly jump to sports on “now” and check sports coming on “later” in Windows Media Center too.



#6: Access your recorded TV and digital media where you want: on the PC or on the TV.

Windows 7 supports a variety of high end displays including HDTVs. You can connect your PC to your HDTV and use Windows Media Center to watch and view all your media. Of course this works with a standard PC monitor too. But because Windows 7 makes it easy to share your digital media, you can have 1 PC connected to your HDTV in your home for Windows Media Center and bring in content from all PCs on your home network to that single PC connected to your HDTV. You could also use the Extender for Windows Media Center technology built into your Xbox 360 to access the same Windows Media Center menu you are used to using on your PC.

#7: Watch movies and TV episodes instantly from Netflix in Windows Media Center in Windows 7.



Watch streaming “Instant Play” movies and TV shows from Netflix! Also add movies to your DVD queue if “Instant Play” is not available. Full control of your Netflix account right from Windows Media Center!

I hope these 7 great things about Windows Media Center give you some great ideas on how to bring your home entertainment together using Windows 7!


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07 Oct 2009   #2
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

it should be noted that netflix isn't currently available in 7mc. it is coming most likely in time for launch but the article gives a false impression that it works now. i personally felt this list really made 7mc appear weaker than it is though, it ignored plug-in's that add some really nice new features and make living without an additional cable bill much more realistic for many. it will be nice to see how 7mc can make the living room media center pc a more friendly experience.
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08 Oct 2009   #3
toughbook

 
 

I have a crazy question. I have never looked into this Home Networking thing. Never had a reason to actually. But this story describes how one PC can be getting TV at home and then another can access it by Home Networking. Can I "Network" into my home computer anywhere that I have an internet conection? The reason I am asking is that we have a HP Touchsmart at home that we are capable of watching TV on as it has a TV tuner. I know this is a stupid question, but then I will admit I don't know everything!
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08 Oct 2009   #4
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toughbook View Post
I have a crazy question. I have never looked into this Home Networking thing. Never had a reason to actually. But this story describes how one PC can be getting TV at home and then another can access it by Home Networking. Can I "Network" into my home computer anywhere that I have an internet conection? The reason I am asking is that we have a HP Touchsmart at home that we are capable of watching TV on as it has a TV tuner. I know this is a stupid question, but then I will admit I don't know everything!
Hi toughbook,

Why would this be a stupid question? I think it's rather a valid question.

You can indeed setup a network between the two and be able to see the tv, recordings, video on another computer.
I do recommend not using the new "homegroup" way of making a network,
but rather the classic way.

If you want to know more, please start your own thread about it, so we can keep this thread OT.

Good luck
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08 Oct 2009   #5
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
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I hope these 7 great things about Windows Media Center give you some great ideas on how to bring your home entertainment together using Windows 7!
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08 Oct 2009   #6
toughbook

 
 

Thanks SquonKc. The reason I said stupid question is because the VAST majority of people on this board seem to know the computer industry pretty well. I know very little it seems compared to you guys. But, I have always said if you want to learn the most, hang with the best! I do consider you guys some of the best when it comes to this stuff.

I will start a new thread. I have several things I want to know more about.
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08 Oct 2009   #7
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
whilst I think its a GREAT app I'm REALLY MIFFED that you can't use a composite video input without some sort of Remote (???).

What makes it DOUBLY frustrating is that you can PREVIEW a composite input but when you actually want to save the settings it asks for the remote.

I often connect composite input from a SKY Plus box via a video sender or a camcorder / old fashioned Video recorder (also via a Video sender).

Great app but the lack of composite is a BIG FLAW IMO.

Cheers
jimbo
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08 Oct 2009   #8
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
whilst I think its a GREAT app I'm REALLY MIFFED that you can't use a composite video input without some sort of Remote (???).

What makes it DOUBLY frustrating is that you can PREVIEW a composite input but when you actually want to save the settings it asks for the remote.

I often connect composite input from a SKY Plus box via a video sender or a camcorder / old fashioned Video recorder (also via a Video sender).

Great app but the lack of composite is a BIG FLAW IMO.

Cheers
jimbo
I am puzzled at what you mean?

I have my VCR hooked to composite of my Hauppauge PVR 150 card,
and I record all my old videos from it to my harddisk.

Never asks for a remote.
I can use the remote, the mouse or the keyboard.

Maybe I misread your post?
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