TVersity isn’t the main player in this field, however. There are several other solutions, with MediaPortal and XBMC considered among the most popular.
MediaPortal removes the need for using Windows Media Center by providing the means to listen to music and radio, watch and store your videos files and DVDs. One downside of MediaPortal is that it is only available for Windows. Also as you can even use MediaPortal as a Tivo/Sky+ style digital video recorder, it is best installed on dedicated PC.
Download free from www.team-mediaportal.com.
XBMC is a media center for Xbox (original, not 360), Windows, Linux, OSX and Apple TV, designed to allow network streaming of multimedia to anywhere in your home. While XBMC offers the media file browsing experience you might expect, it currently has no TV recording facility.
XBMC is a popular alternative to Windows Media Center, however, and supports almost all common media formats.
Visit xbmc.org to download.
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