Alternatives to Windows Media Center for all platforms with any license

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  • 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...

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

    Open Source tvOS Raspberry Pi

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    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...

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

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    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...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

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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

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    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • 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.
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    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...

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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...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted ... PHP

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    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...

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Windows Media Center Comments

Does not work

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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