(2012-04-03 14:47)LastCoder Wrote: why wait .. take VDR, MythTV or TVHeadEnd (my preference) as backends and XBMC as frontend and say bye bye to windows .. and with windows you have 4theRecord or Mediaportal as backends ..
'cause I don't know DVBLink software - what makes DVBLink that great in your eyes ?
Maybe it's worth a look , but there are so many tv backends so there must be some really considerable advantages of supporting DVBLink ..
It's simplicity and stability are the main reasons I use DVBLink and WMC rather than XBMC and the backends you mention. I don't have to spend anytime setting it up on my Windows Home Server and it just works on all my clients Media Centers with rich guide data resulting in full marks for WAF.
I've used Mediaportal before (about 4 years ago) before moving on to XBMC (which I loved). I found Mediaportal fairly labourous to tweak and maintain but fell in Love with XBMC for its richness while being easy to tweak. At the time I was using them just to play stored media, when it came to wanting to use my networked Media Centers server by a tuner farm to serve all TV DVBLink seemed like the only viable solution and has proved fantastic.
Things may have changed as at the time TV support was only in its infancy as far as XBMC was concerned and user reports suggested frequent difficulties, especially using windows based systems. I looked into using Mediaportal but it hadn't changed much in complexity since my first experiences and the setup process appeared infinitely more difficult than DVBLink, from memory I think the same could be said for 4therecord.
I would love to see DVBLink in XBMC as it would allow me to ditch Windows Media Center (or possibly Windows entirely) while keeping a networked back end that has worked flawlessly. The possible difficulties and work involved of setting up another backend put me off trying something new. I will however look into 4TR and MP again.