Alternatives to Windows Media Center for all platforms with any license

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  • Kodi icon

    Kodi

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet BSD iPad Raspberry Pi Fire TV

  • Plex icon

    Plex

    Plex bridges the gap between your computer and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad tvOS Kindle Fire

    • plex's website does not mention anything of live tv.
      Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Universal Media Server icon

    Universal Media Server

    Universal Media Server is a media server capable of serving videos, audio and images to any DLNA-capable device. It supports any device capable of DLNA and runs on all major operating systems: Windows, OS X and Linux. It streams...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    OSMC

    OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is a free and open source media player based on Linux and founded in 2014 that lets you play back media from your local network, attached storage and the Internet. OSMC is the leading media center in...

    Open Source tvOS Raspberry Pi

  • Emby icon

    Emby

    Emby, formerly Media Browser, is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and presents it in a simple, easy to use interface. Emby prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android BSD Windows Phone Self-Hosted Kindle Fire

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    OpenELEC

    Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux based Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center. ...

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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    MediaPortal

    MediaPortal transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and displays your TV Series, Movies, Photos and Music in a much more dynamic way.

    Open Source Windows

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    MiniDLNA

    MiniDLNA (aka ReadyDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. It is developed by a NETGEAR employee …

    Open Source Linux

  • Infuse icon

    Infuse

    Ignite your video content with Infuse – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone or iPad. No need to convert files! Infuse is optimized for iOS 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with powerful streaming options...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

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    Serviio

    Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to any DLNA-certified renderer device (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console) on your home network. Basic features *...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • PS3 Media Server icon

    PS3 Media Server

    PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum configuration. Its backed up with the powerful Mplayer/FFmpeg...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed, but last version, 1.90.1, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Squire icon

    Squire

    Squire is a media center to stream movies and shows from torrents or local files. It’s an always-running menu bar app. The brain where all the local video files or installed streams are processed and sent to the clients. Streams are...

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    HomeNet Local Media Server

    HomeNet Local Area Network Media Server - lightweight alternative to Plex - ( HTML5 + Chromecast support ) A relatively simple, minimalist, lightweight media center for your own Windows Local Area Network (LAN). Homenet is an...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted PHP

  • JRiver Media Center icon

    JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer running Windows. Media Center is a "jukebox"-style media player, like iTunes, which usually uses...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • VidOn Server icon

    VidOn Server

    Smartly manage all your multimedia resources and automatically transcode videos for your Phone, Pad, etc.

    Free Windows

  • Playon icon

    Playon

    PlayOn is both browser and media server for your Windows PC which lets you magically stream your favorite shows, movies, even your personal media from your PC to your TV, smartphone or tablet. To display videos on your TV, PlayOn...

    Commercial Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet iPad Blackberry 10

  • Moovida icon

    Moovida

    Moovida is transforming the way consumers experience digital entertainment media. In a world where the promise of on-demand media has yet to be realized, Moovida develops software and services to simplify and enhance media...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.1.1, released in October 2011, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
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    MythTV

    MythTV is a free, open source media center and digital video recorder (DVR) distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. With its plugin architecture, MythTV can be transformed into a home media center suite, capable of managing your...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • nextPVR icon

    nextPVR

    NextPVR. NextPVR is a popular free personal video recorder application for Microsoft Windows, making it easy to watch or record Live TV.

    Free Windows

  • Freevo icon

    Freevo

    Freevo is an open source HTPC media centre software integrating PVR / DVR funtionality along with music, video, gaming, home automation and more. It is written in python and uses existing popular software such as mplayer, xine and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained. Last stable version, 1.9.2 Beta, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from GitHub.
  • Easy-Data Mediacenter icon

    Easy-Data Mediacenter

    Easy-Data Mediacenter is a video and audio player with lots of tools. It is able to deliver bit perfect audio, and does not require any external codecs. It is able to run from a memorystick and does not require installation. Some of...

    Free Windows

  • DVBViewer icon

    DVBViewer

    DVBViewer allows you to experience Digital TV on your PC. With a proper DVB card you can enter the world of digital entertainment and experience high quality, incredibly sharp TV pictures and near CD quality radio! It provides all...

    Commercial Windows

  • Enna icon

    Enna

    Enna is a Media Center application. Featuring a simple user interface, Enna is based on the powerful Enlightenment Foundations Libraries (EFL) as for its graphical user interface and GeeXboX libraries as for multimedia playback and...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, v0.4.0, released in February 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • VAIO Zone icon

    VAIO Zone

    VAIO Zone is the most popular of this product of Sony. The names of program executable files are VAIOEnt.exe, VAIO zone.exe.

    Commercial Windows

  • Maraschino icon

    Maraschino

    I wanted a simple web interface to act as a nice overview/front page for my XBMC HTPC. I couldn't find anything that suited my requirements so I created something myself. It is free, open-source software. Use and modify it as...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux XBMC Media Center

  • Kroozbox

    Kroozbox is a database to HTML gateway written in Java that can run under Windows or Linux. The original goal was to have access to PVD (Personal Video Database) directly from the Popcorn without any export and remashing of the...

    Free Windows Linux

  • AMD Fusion Media Explorer icon

    AMD Fusion Media Explorer

    The AMD Fusion Media Explorer (FME) is a new 3D Immersive Social Media and Digital Media Browser, built and distributed by AMD. In addition to enabling unique multimedia and social media experiences, FME does a great job of...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The download seems outdated. It won't install because visual C is a newer version now.
  • DVBStreamer

    DVBStreamer is an console based application to stream DVB/ATSC service(s) over UDP or to a file. It is more that just an app to stream AV though and feature a simple plugin architecture to allow more features to be added.

    Open Source Linux

  • DesktopBrowser

    Web based file explorer, runs locally on your browser, designed for media desktops.

    Open Source Windows

Windows Media Center Comments

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Comment by ThePilot69
about Windows Media Center Aug 2015

I need to record my cable TV using CableCard with no fee for the guide. I can do that now with WMC, but I want to upgrade to Win 10, and that will blow it away.

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This worked pretty good, but I would have problems with it ...

Comment by Aaron
about Windows Media Center Jun 2011

This worked pretty good, but I would have problems with it locking up my computer every once in a while. When it was working I would use a separate plugin that allowed me to upsample my videos when I played them on my TV. It made them look a lot better, so for that I liked it, but otherwise I was not very impressed I had better luck with windows media player or any other player.

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