I lived (still do in the HTPC arena and you've done a great job of assesment). I actually spent a number of years (still kinda do) with Frodo/Erwin and the Media Portal Team. Prior to that MCE, Snapstream, Xlobby - and all those you've tested and made very good assesments with. Very good.
Since my transition full boar into the CarPC arena - no doubt RR is king... I actually tried to get all of the HTPC apps to size well for CarPC - and was short-changing myself. I have a completely digital household for the most part and now have my CarPC as an extension of that while parked in the garage.
Pulling any Recording out of this, i.e PVR functions should be #1 and think that is where you are headed (Xlobby is about the closest to RR as anything there because it does indeed try to act as a FrontEnd - not replace the PVR apps)... What I found as the key areas that would need coded/implemented which could be beneficial for both CarPC and HTPC would (for starters be):
- MoveDB parsing, i.e. IMDB, Amazon, ... other than that its simply basic browsing and click. Most the good apps support all formats of ISO's and catalog very well. Mount ISOs, Catalog, ....
- Remote Control - I have not worked much with RR in remote control areas simply because when I swung to CarPC I decided to make the move to touch as well. Meedio (now Yahoo) as do Xlobby - provision for Touchscreen controllers and assume a Dual Mon scenario with TV acting as the main view and the Touch as the controller.
There is a bunch more, and actually was not going to post here (lazy I guess ) but this forum has been amazing for my ventures into the CarPC and felt I could at least share some input here.
All in all since Xlobby does not set out to replace a PVR, but run in tandem much as RR would be doing - finding a PVR app that fits snug within (OR) simply using as a backend on Networked PC's in the home to query the Music Archive, and Movie Archive, TV archive... would be where I would see it fitting.
Just my 2 cents and input
Thanks for all your work here, it's been a great insight for me as I now have 2 heavy iron CarPC's cookin - natural extension of my home infrastructure, and has kept me busy from my HTPC ventures for a while.
Originally Posted by DiNASTY