The Perfect Media Center Software
Does the perfect Media Center software exist? I think I can safely speak for the entire HTPC community when I say NO! Over the past several years we have had to put up with instabilities, tweaking, building, resintalling, and worst of all, complaints from the significant other. If it wasn't for the almighty WAF, I think a lot of us would still be using the software that came with our very first software based capture cards so many years ago. I'll share my thoughts with what we have seen in the past and what I expect from the perfect Media Center software
Where It All Started.
As near as I can tell, the HTPC revolution startedÂ a couple of different events.Â First down the line was ATI releasing the TV Wonder line in the mid to late 1990's.Â Simply the TV wonder was a TV card very similar to the ones we see today. The chips and tuners have changed but the basic concept is there.Â
The second was the ability for computers to play DVDs without requiring an extra hardware decoding board.Â Finally, the CPU and video card had enough horsepower to play a DVD, whichÂ led to the next step of videophiles using a computer as an upscaling DVD player. I recall trying to squeeze every last bit of video performance from myÂ trust GF2MX andÂ Celeron 900.Â
Combining these twoÂ