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How to install Windows Media Center on Windows 10 (unofficially)

Remember when Microsoft said Windows 10 wouldn’t support Windows Media Center? Well, that’s only kind of true. While the latest version of Windows doesn’t ship with the software, it turns out you can install it… unofficially. The process for doing this isn’t officially supported by Microsoft, so there’s no way to know if it will work indefinitely. […]

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WeTek OpenELEC Box is a $91 Kodi media center

OpenELEC is a Linux-based operating system designed to basically run one app: the Kodi media center. You can install OpenELEC on a PC to turn your computer into a multimedia device with a full-screen user interface for watching movies, streaming online video, listening to music, and performing other tasks. Now the folks behind OpeneELEC have teamed […]

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Kodi 15 beta 2 released with better support for Android

The latest version of the Kodi media center application adds support for 4K video playback on select Android devices, features better support for storage on Android devices, and includes a number of other bug fixes and improvements for Android, Windows, Linux, OS X, and other platforms. Kodi 15 beta 2 is also the first release of the app […]

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Alternatives to Windows Media Center (Make your own Home Theater PC)

Want to turn your PC into a digital video recorder and media center box? For more than a decade Microsoft has made that by offering Windows Media Center. But when Windows 10 ships in the summer of 2015 it won’t include Media Center. The good news is that there are still some good options available […]

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SageTV to go open source (four years after Google acquired the media center/DVR software)

SageTV was a cross-platform media center application and digital video recorder tool for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. I say “was” because Google acquired the company in 2011 and used the technology for its Google Fiber TV service. But Google also stopped selling SageTV as a standalone product. Now SageTV could be making a comeback: […]

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Kodi 15 alpha 1 media center adds features, but ends support for some platforms

The team behind the popular Kodi media center (which used to be known as XBMC) have released an early build of Kodi 15. Kodi 15 alpha 1 includes some improvements and new features… but also drops support for some platforms. Kodi will no longer work on devices running Android 4.1 or earlier and no longer supports […]