Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Media Center | Open Source | Freevo

Recently have been thinking of building my own Media Center, so I have been looking at an Open Source version of Microsoft Media Portal that can almost do anything that Media Portal can do, In my opinion every media center has to be allow you towatch TV. It should be able to receive TV signals form cable, satellite dish or a standard TV aerial and it shouldn't matter whether the signal is a digital video broadcast (DVB) or analogue. Secondly, it has to be able to play DVDs/Blu-ray. it should also be able to play downloaded content movie and music, it should be able to get information about a movie/ music and also allow you to subrscribe to rss feed and surf the net, a great Media Center will also allow you to ripped and record movies and tv shows, basically what I want is a PC that act like a Media Center :)

So far the only one that came close and I think what I will be using is Freevo, Freevo allows you to manage your entire digital media collection - music, videos, photos etc. via a remote controlled TV interface and through the built in web interface you can also access your media, view your TV guide and schedule recordings from anywhere in the world. The benefit of freevo above other HTPC solutions is that freevo is 100% DRM free, plays video in 99.99% of formats, and most of all puts you in control of the television.

As an open-source home theatre PC platform, Freevo employs a number of open-source audio/video tools, MPlayer and/or Xine are used to play audio and video files in most popular formats. Freevo can be used both for a standalone HTPC computer with a TV+remote, as well as on a regular desktop computer or laptop using the monitor and keyboard.

Check out a list of Freevo features here

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