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Best third party software

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January 27, 2007 2:40:43 PM

is there any good third party software that can allow for recording and playback? Preferably free. Thanks

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January 29, 2007 3:04:25 AM

Look up MythTV, BeyondTV, and SageTV. I think MythTV is linux based, and it's free. The others have trial periods that are pretty long, so you can check them out.
January 29, 2007 3:21:55 PM

I heard good things about GB PVR. It's free. I'm going to install it one of these days.

BeyondTV is rather expensive, US$ 70 if I remember right from their Web site. At this price we're better off waiting for a FutureShop or BestBuy sale and then buying a PVR card with software included. A few months ago they had a Hauppauge 150 PVR on sale for CDN $70 and it included BeyondTV.

------- I don't really know what I'm talking about, just reading from other forums, so take this info with a grain of salt, OK? Good luck, and please post what you find out -------
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January 29, 2007 5:24:43 PM

I picked up BeyondTV last black friday for $30 with $30 rebate (aka $0 AR).

I'll report on it as soon as I find a suitable PCI-E video card that's not expensive to use with DVI...
January 29, 2007 6:11:29 PM

MythTV is a linux app and can be very difficult to install and configure, but is well worth the time and effort.
January 29, 2007 8:07:26 PM


is a good one with a lot of features.

Windows based only for this one.

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

I've got a question though: MediaPortal says it creates dvr-ms files. Can you record shows with it on a computer and then watch them on another (a laptop, for example)? I'm reluctant to record my favourite shows with Windows MCE because I'll lose them all when I change computers or move to Linux. Can MediaPortal create mpg files without any of the DRM garbage?
February 1, 2007 6:17:34 PM

I have used Beyond TV and think it is ok, I personally only use playback of movies and shows that I already have so use orb for that, which is free.

I think it does have recording features but I can't remember atm.
February 1, 2007 7:46:08 PM

I have a cheap ATI All-in-Wonder 200 PCI Bus card. Unfortunately media portal does not support my card. I did get it working with sagetv but was having audio issues. Right now I am using InterVideo's WinDVR and it does the trick, but I would like a program with a Tivo like EPG interface. GBPVR also does not support my card as well as Windows MCE. Does anyone know of a program that does support the card and offers a TIVO like interface for recording? Also, wanted to try beyond tv but it says the trial has expired even though I have never used it before. Any way to fix this? tried redownloading but same thing.
February 10, 2007 1:45:35 AM

i have a tv wonder 650 and the media center that came with it is ok, but it takes nowedays longer to load up after i recorded couple shows, and i cant pause teh recording, so that sux