Picking which software to put on your HTPC can be hard because you want to have all the right programs to help you perform specific tasks. While the program you choose is really up to you and what you are looking for, here are a few programs that HTPC users commonly have in their media center.
The one and only. It all started as a media center for XBOX and has evolved as powerful media center capable playing most available media file types. XBMC has been the foundation for many alternative media centers. Well established with a loyal user base. Not for beginners though.
When I was still using my laptop as a living room computer, the KMPlayer was the only media player I have found which played all my files (even HD video!) without jerky playback or tearing in the video.
So, you have finished building your brand new home theater PC or purchased a prebuilt computer. Your next step is to optimize software drivers, codecs and applications to enjoy your media files in the living room. How do you want to organize your photos? Your home videos? Your television shows and movies? In this round-up we will highlight the important tips to get the most out of your Boxee media center.
Building an HTPC is a very tempting idea but, when you get some issues when you tend to play a media file it appears to be very frustrating. So, what are the major reasons for having sound issues with your HTPC? Let us point out some of the main problems that faced previous veterans of HTPC.
Before you settle on just any software for your HTPC look around, get a feel for the landscape and choose the software which makes perfect sense for you. It’s your HTPC system, so go ahead and enjoy it your way.
The proliferation of Home Theater PC’s has created a glut of stored data files. It has also created a need for multiple access points to that stored data. Free WiFi is spreading across the globe and people have increased their expectations about access to information, especially their own information. They not only want to store their favorite photos, videos and music files, they also want access to them any time, anywhere. So, how can you make your media files accessible everywhere?
You spent a lot of time fine tuning the hardware of your Home Theater PC, now what you need is a software interface which makes full use of the technology you have packed into it. It is important that it fits your needs and your tech-level, because you don’t want it to be too complicated to operate.
In this article, we will compare the top 4 HTPC operating systems that can be used as the 10-foot user interface with your TV. So, lets continue looking in detail the Windows 7, Mac OS X, Linux and Windows XP operating systems that are suitable to the living room use. Which is the winning operating system?
The key issue I have with iTunes is that it has not been designed to be viewed from a TV in a living room. The next big thing could well be an iTunes Media Center. Update: Apple has released a new 2.0 version of the Apple Remote app for iPhone and iPad that enables you to control iTunes from your sofa.