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Where can I find an up-to-date comparison of XboxOne and PS4?

With the latest major patches for the XboxOne and PS4 recently released, where can I find an up-to-date side-by-side comparison of the 2 consoles? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Oct 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Media Center Computer: MadCatz M.O.J.O vs. AppleTV 1/3 with XBMC

I have 2 AppleTVs and I'm considering getting this new MadCatz M.O.J.O. Is it worth the price? Mostly for media consumption, the gaming is just a plus... [more inside]
posted by joecacti on Jun 19, 2014 - 1 answer

I want to roll my own media center

Looking for suggestions on the best way to replace a tv with a networked device. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Jan 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Video card recommendations

I have an older Gateway PC acting as my media center/file server. I have it hooked up to a 42" 720p Samsung Plasma TV via VGA from the on-board connection on the PC. As such, the resolution is not very good: 1024x768 and the picture doesn't really fit on the screen. Can you recommend a cheap video card (under $50) that will let me connect via HDMI and show things at a decent resolution without stretching or cropping the picture? No gaming, just playing video files.
posted by nitsuj on Aug 24, 2012 - 37 answers

Help me disable automatic brightness adjustment on my windows 7 htpc.

I use Windows 7 Media Center to timeshift basketball games and it works fine, except that after a commercial break where there is a bright white commercial, the brightness is shifted down, and the subsequent footage is too dark. This happens at record time but I'm not sure exactly what is causing it or how to disable. My capture card is an ati tv wonder 600 pci.
posted by Manjusri on Mar 25, 2012 - 2 answers

television | rules the nation

Setting up a media PC for my television. Already have all the hardware set up, just wondering what kind of software people are using to have a "reasonable television-like experience" with mouse only or wireless xbox360 controller (currently looking in to getting one of these) [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jan 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Media Center software that buffers video?

I am trying to find Media Center software (preferably for Windows) that has a video buffer so that I can watch HD video over wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by Bonky Moon on Sep 14, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I set my Windows computer's audio out to go to my Linux computer?

I'd like to be able to select my Linux box as my audio out device in my Windows 7 box. Is there a way to make that happen?
posted by jsturgill on Sep 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Which Mac Mini?

Mac Mini media server: which model should I buy? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

One universal remote to rule them all?

One universal remote to rule them all? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Jun 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Windows 7 home server hardware recs

Looking to build a Intel Sandy Bridge Windows 7 machine that will primarily function as a centralized repository for mp3s, movies, and photos. Anyone have any hardware recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Comprehensive Home Network Setup

I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

In need of a media box that plays files off usb drives

Should I buy a Western Digital WD TV Live Plus or something else? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Lend me your up-to-date media center knowledge

What's the latest in small, cheap media centers? [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld on Dec 10, 2010 - 20 answers

My Dark Twisted Media Fantasy

I have long held a fantastic dream of what I want my home theater setup to be. I've tried several times, in several different ways, to realize this dream - but there is always something. There's always something that doesn't work right - that makes my final implementation lacking in some fundamental way. I'm starting to give up hope. So - I'll tell you what I want and what I've tried - and I want you to tell me if there's another way. I can't be alone here. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC

I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 30, 2010 - 13 answers

I need help picking media center software. What fits my seemingly simple requirements?

I came into some hardware I have no other use for, so it's time to try some "media center" software! Yay! Difficulties: Spouse-friendliness is important, I don't know the media center scene very well, the hardware I have isn't all that fancy, and my patience for scouring all the different projects' forums to sort them out is somewhat limited. Can you help me sort out my options and pick something that's close to my requirements? [more inside]
posted by majick on Mar 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Is there a painless way to stream live video (and Jacoby Ellsbury) to my TV via my Wii?

Is there a hackless way to stream MLB TV on my Wii? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 on Feb 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Need a narrow media center to put under hanging TV

I have a TV hanging on the wall, and want to put some things under it - laptop, antenna, etc. My room is very narrow, so I need a narrow table. [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Feb 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I connect my home theatre PC to my receiver?

Please help me understand audio configurations. I have an HTPC with Media Center connected to a Denon receiver. The TV and speakers also connect to this receiver. Everything works fine, except for in the rare case when I am playing an .avi file that is encoded with audio in six (6) channels. In this one specifc case, I can hear sound effects, music, but no dialogue. I think I know why, but I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by omair on Jan 7, 2010 - 4 answers

I Need to Pause the Movie and Look Something Up...

Which is the best method for adding codec, playing video from remote shares, and most of all usable web browsing to an AppleTV? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Nov 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find a laptop to match my TV.

Help me find a laptop to match with my TV. More inside. [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Nov 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Got a wireless input solution for a couch-and-Hulu lovin' soul?

Help me in my quest to never have to get up from the couch: What kind of wireless keyboard/mouse, keyboard/trackball, or keyboard/something-I-haven't-heard-of combo would you suggest for a media savvy couch potato who doesn't want to have to get up to navigate Hulu? [more inside]
posted by tihleigh on Nov 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Seeking the ultimate media center PC.

Looking to build/buy a (maybe) Linux-based media center. Requirements: HDMI, YPbPr, and (bonus) standard RCA output (not all at once), region-free DVD/Blu-ray playing (physical drive[s?]), some sort of remote control, automatic boot into media center interface, small size (not a tower), and (of course) lots and lots of codecs: Blu-ray rips, H.264 .avi, VIDEO_TS folders, the works. Need to know: cost, upkeep, storage options. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Oct 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Zero to HTPC in 700?

Going crazy trying to figure out my HTPC/media server options from scratch. Yes, I've been reading other threads but I'm a unique snowflake so there's [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 10, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I add media to an XBMC PC

How do I add content to the hard drive running XBMC live on my new media center PC? [more inside]
posted by midwestguy on Jul 22, 2009 - 6 answers

XBOX 360 on a wireless bridge

How do I connect my xbox 360 to computers on the same wireless network if the xbox 360 is connected to a wireless bridge? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jul 8, 2009 - 6 answers

What's the best way to turn PS3 into music player (with visualizations)?

Best way to turn PS3 into music player (with visualizations)? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Jun 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Ripping dvds automaticy

Auto ripping dvds on OSX? [more inside]
posted by brent_h on Apr 25, 2009 - 5 answers

The ultimate single box AV setup?

Help me set up an geeky A/V solution in my new house! Ideally, I am looking for the One Box in my house that would record cable television (preferably in HD), show live TV, and act as media server for all of my televisions and computers. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on Apr 7, 2009 - 11 answers

New HDTV Owner, Hookup with my Mac Mini?

Just bought a Sharp Aquos LC37D43U and am planning to use my G4 Mac Mini for at least a DVD player--but can I have it do more? And how would the setup work? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Feb 26, 2009 - 6 answers

A question about the storage/backup RAID setup I should use for a media center

I am creating a media center out of a high end Dell XPS Studio. I am using Dell hybrids as the extenders, but have a question about the storage/backup RAID setup I should use. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy on Feb 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Sanity check my Mac media center.

Please sanity check a possible Mac Mini HTPC/media center setup. [more inside]
posted by swift on Feb 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Boxee, meet old man Samsung.

How can I make Boxee on my Macbook look grand on my TV? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket on Jan 21, 2009 - 4 answers

HTPC + DVD ISO + automounting = WIN: Show your work

Looking for a media center solution (not necessarily a Media Center solution), that will automount DVD images (ISO files) for playback. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Whats the best Media Center setup for a lot of data?

Whats the best Media Center setup for a lot of data? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy on Jan 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Will my PS3 play nice with a networked hard drive?

How to use wifi, a PS3, and external hard drives to stream media to the tv? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Dec 22, 2008 - 17 answers

Pimp My Wireless Network

WirelessNeworkFilter: Please help me set up my home wireless network using two routers. Despite all the particulars of my situation, there must be an easy solution. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Dec 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Does anyone have experience with using PlayOn! with an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server?

Does anyone have experience with using PlayOn! with an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Nov 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Why can’t my movies be as convenient as my music?

DVDs and Blu Ray discs are such a pain with their ability to be scratched and the need to find where a disc is, is it in the right case, etc. I find myself often drawn to standard definition “on demand” movies on cable (free ones) instead of searching my own high definition or DVD movies. Is there a way to have the convenience of “on demand” and the quality of the original media? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 7, 2008 - 11 answers

What's the best option these days for building a home theater PC (HTPC)?

HD-capable HTPC advice / help? I'm overwhelmed here... XBMC, Boxee, MythTV, Windows Media Center, CableCARDS, Popcorn Hour, Apple TV -- too many options! What should I build to fit my needs within a reasonable cost? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Oct 2, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I set up a dvd player through Media Center?

Is there some way to tell the Windows Media Center software just to use a specific TV tuner card input (rca, s-video, etc) avoiding its incessant search for a cable box or its requirements that I use the remote? I know I did it, once ... [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Sep 20, 2008 - 0 answers

Help me upgrade my DIY HTPC without it becoming a PITA

With digital OTA coming in February and the possibility of dipping into HD in the near future, help me give my 2 year old HTPC a facelift. [more inside]
posted by genial on Sep 10, 2008 - 4 answers

My computer sucks.

Just how beefy does my media center PC need to be?! [more inside]
posted by trinkatot on Jul 11, 2008 - 20 answers

Oh dear, its the audio media server question again!

So, I have about 1400 CDs and I'd like to be able to listen to them at any time from a server at several locations through out the house. Whats new in the world of media servers? [more inside]
posted by softlord on Jul 7, 2008 - 21 answers

What Linux am I looking for? Does it even exist?

Help me find a linux build for my media PC.... please! [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa on Apr 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Can I add server-like capacities to an existing media pc?

I like Windows Home Server, but need to keep my PC media box to run my media center. Can I get the same features (remote access, automatic backup, and media extension) without decapitating it, i.e. by switching to Vista, using dedicated applications, or running WHS differently than advertised? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Media Center as Main Computer?

Can a media center function as my main computer as well? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Mar 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me setup my home theater network?

How do I make an easy to use media server? I'd like a nice, pretty interface that'll allow me to play any files on the back-end without having to do work on the front-end. Can Windows Media Center be run over a VPN? Is there one that more properly showcases new movies or television shows? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me configure an HTPC with multiple audio outputs.

What's the best way to configure an HTPC to easily manage and control 3 separate audio outputs and then flexibly route those outputs to 3 separate locations? [more inside]
posted by Embryo on Dec 29, 2007 - 15 answers

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