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    Quote Originally Posted by P3rv3rt B3ar
    Thanx htpcforums seems exactly what i was looking for... though not too popular yet... but im sure that url is going to atract hobbyist.
    I stick with AVSForum. Sooo much information, been around forever so no matter what your question is, its been answered.

    The site is a little hard to navigate the first time there so go here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auxon
    I stick with AVSForum. Sooo much information, been around forever so no matter what your question is, its been answered.

    The site is a little hard to navigate the first time there so go here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26

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    Well i shortwhile ago read book "home theater hacks" from o'reilly... and that was like worst book ive read for ages... author (who based on his writing appears to be complete imbesil) recommend forum in question so that put me little off. After that i got impression that this community is for people who should start looking for coffin case instead of HTPC case, but since u recommend it... ill give it a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrataG
    There are tons of quite a few front-ends available and they all have their pros and cons. I personally like customization so that is why I chose Meedio. It has tons of plug-in's, themes, and the customization of it surpasses all other front-ends. There is a bit of a learning curve to get things the way you want, but that goes along with anything that is as customizable as Meedio. They also have a very active and great community forum.

    Their tv software isn't great, I personally use Beyond TV for that end of my htpc's. Once shows are recorded though, I use a great plug-in for Meedio that downloads and displays tons of details about the show. The only thing I don't use Meedio for is scheduling recordings and watching live tv. Writing plug-ins for it are easy too with .NET so if you are a computer science major, you could probably have some fun with it.

    What u are saying about meedio sounds great... cause i defenetely will have great need for customazion. So far i have only tried GB-PVR and im not too happy with that. Is meedio freeware? also i plan to buy that media versio of XP as OEM, but i doubt thats going to suit my purposes.

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    My opinion: SnapStream is the best DVR followed by SageTV and then Meedio TV. Meedio Express is definatly the best movie/music/other front-end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P3rv3rt B3ar
    What u are saying about meedio sounds great... cause i defenetely will have great need for customazion. So far i have only tried GB-PVR and im not too happy with that. Is meedio freeware? also i plan to buy that media versio of XP as OEM, but i doubt thats going to suit my purposes.
    Meedio TV, which I haven't tried recently, wasn't that great. It did the job, but I personally think Beyond TV is better and I've stuck with it. As far as your stored media, I don't think anything beats Meedio. Their customizable views are unsurpoassed. For example, in my movies section, my first screen when choosing Movies allows me to view movies by:
    - All
    - Actor/Actress
    - Director
    - Genre
    - Index (Allows you to choose by first letter/number)
    - Rating (G, PG, etc.... great if you have kids or nieces and nephews)
    - Recently Added (my most often used view)
    - Review (Based on IMDB scores)
    - Year

    Obviously they are not all necessary, but if you have a very large collection you will wonder how you got along without these options. You can also search manually by lots of fields. There are two plug-ins which are excellent for pulling in details about movies automatically. This includes cover-art and IMDB details.

    If you plan on recording TV shows, while I do use Beyond TV to record them, unless I'm watching them live, I use Meedio to browse through them. There is a great plug-in that grabs all of the information from tvtome.com (now tv.com), and makes it easy to browse through recordings. Again this is great if you have lots of shows.

    There is also a great plug-in for music called MeeMusicJukebox that makes browsing music really easy. From the same screen, you can select genre->artist->album->tracks. Obviously you do not need to use this, but it makes it much easier when creating playlists in my opinion.

    In all honesty, the foundation of Meedio is what makes it great. The base product is ok, but it's the user community that makes it great. Outside of the ability to manipulate views and creation of menus the product is nothing spectacular. What they do great though is making it easy to make plug-ins for it, and the user community has really taken advantage of this.

    The software is not free, they do have Meedio Express which is freeware, but it is a limited version. You could try out the free version, but keep in mind what I said. Until you can take advantage of all of the plug-ins and themes, you really can't get a feel for what this software can really do.

    If I (if I ever find the time) or some other user wrote a plug-in that controlled Beyond TV from within Meedio (entirely possible), I would have my ultimate solution.

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    Um... lot's of SnapStream plug-ins exist for Meedio. There is a BTV shows importer, a Toggle BTV-Meedio plugin, a BTV Recording Status Feed plugin, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4
    Um... lot's of SnapStream plug-ins exist for Meedio. There is a BTV shows importer, a Toggle BTV-Meedio plugin, a BTV Recording Status Feed plugin, etc.
    I meant a plug-in to control Beyond TV from within Meedio. Their api would make it possible to view the epg from within a plug-in for Meedio. Then also schedule recordings from it. The only thing that would then be necessary to do within Beyond TV is watch live TV (although theoretically you could use a program like vlc to watch the currently recording buffer). I know of the plug-ins available, but I still need to go into Beyond TV to schedule recordings, delete shows properly (not just the mpeg's), etc. Basically I would prefer to handle most of the TV functions from Meedio rather than the just simply playback. My current setup is very usable, I was simply stating what I wish I had.

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    BTW guys, i finally got accepted as a HTPCNews newbie... i dont know if what i wrote up there had any affect but i like to think it had. So now i would like to take my bad words back and give that place a fair change. It certainly looks best i could find.

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    I was going to use Windows Media Center 2005 as my front-end but ill now
    take a look at meedio. So what you guys are saying is that meedio cant control live tv or recording?

    Since we are on the topic what do you guys use to rip your DVDs to the HD.
    i was looking into ratdvd (http://www.ratdvd.dk/). It has good compresion and small in size, i know it works with MCE2005 not sure about meedio

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    Meedio can be a PVR with Meedio Pro (which is Meedio Essentials + Meedio TV). SnapStream Beyond TV is the best PC DVR though. SnapStream Beyond Media however sucks-***. Therefore the best HTPC solution is SS for DVR and Meedio for everything else (Music/Movie rips, Theater showtimes/trailers, weather, console emulator games, etc, etc, etc.).

    The cool thing about Meedio is that you can configure it to do anything you want.

    The bad thing about Meedio is that you have to configure it (for hours) to get it to do anything well. It is a huge pain to setup properly, but if you have the patients and know-how to get it all setup, you can do things with it that you cannot do with anything else (Director/Actor views, automatic cover-art description downloading from IMDB, X10 control, etc, etc, etc.).

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