Tuner-Free Windows Media Center Programming Options


microsoft windows 7 media center graphicThese days there’s an abundance of premium and user-generated content available online at no charge that you could feasibly stop paying for cable / satellite TV service all together. Being the case, Channel 9 has put together a resource guide for Windows Media Center PC owners that highlights some of the most popular plugins / hacks available on the platform — along with some basic setup instructions. The roundup consists of Hulu Desktop, PlayOn, Boxee, SecondRunTV, TunerFree MCE, HuluMCE, ZeeVee, TubeCore, Sky Player, Netflix, and others. [via]

Once you’re done there, hop over to The Media Center Blog where Stuart shows you how to launch any 3rd party application from the Media Browser.

Out of curiosity, which of these services are you using on a regular basis and what has your experience been like?




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  • Simon_Mackay

    You could ise a regular digital TV tuner card and connect it to a good TV antenna (aerial) to receive local free-to-air TV services on your Windows Media Center computer. This would work well in countries that have a good public TV service or can be useful in picking up the regular networks; and can work in conjunction with the hacks and services like Netflix and Hulu.

  • Simon_Mackay

    You could ise a regular digital TV tuner card and connect it to a good TV antenna (aerial) to receive local free-to-air TV services on your Windows Media Center computer. This would work well in countries that have a good public TV service or can be useful in picking up the regular networks; and can work in conjunction with the hacks and services like Netflix and Hulu.