The Digital Lifestyle Show #687 – Intelligent Home

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Garry and I are joined by Nick Madge. Nick is the developer behind Controlicz a system for using Amazon Alexa or Google Home to control Domoticz Home Automation System. So we talk smart home, intelligent home, and how to go beyond simple voice command…

Windows Media Player & Windows Media Center to lose metadata support

It has been a while since I have been able to write anything Windows Media Center related, but today’s post is not exactly good news. Microsoft have announced (via a change to the support documents) that they are discontinuing the metadata service for Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player…

MediaPortal 2.1 Released

The MediaPortal team has released version 2.1 of MediaPortal the Windows Media Center alternative. MediaPortal is a Windows based media package with live TV, EPG, Radio, media management, movie viewing, music playback and lots more. It has a Windows Media Center looking skin for those missing Microsoft’s classic look along…

Controlling Plex with Windows Media Center Remotes

Like many users of Plex (or Emby, or the multitude of other media server and library wranglers) I arrived via Microsoft Windows Media Center, a product that was quietly taken around the back of the shed and shot in the head as part of the internal upheavals that occurred at…

New tool for launched for migrating Windows Media Center TV recordings to Plex, Emby and Kodi

Developer Peter Lawrow has created a new tool for helping to bring Windows Media Center TV files into Plex, Emby and Kodi. The tool doesn’t rely on metadata servers as it takes the information directly from the WTV file and creates a file structure containing the metadata that is compatible with…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #574 – And Then There Were None

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry and I talk through the weeks news. We talk about Jason’s options for replacing Windows 10 Mobile and why he feels needs to move away. We talk about the new Windows 10 builds and the trouble it caused last week, we talk…

Microsoft are making changing to the Windows Media Center channel data in Europe

A heads up for Windows Media Center users in Europe via Barb Bowman. Microsoft are changing the channel lineup in Windows Media Center for users in Europe. Later this month Microsoft are removing out of date channels and adding data for new channels to the EPG which means you should…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #563 – Happy Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry and I discuss the Windows 10 Anniversary Update launch, Xbox One Preview, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 battery problems, Linx 1010B, Windows Media Center alternatives for Windows 10 and ask whether you use home automation. Buy our Windows 10 book: Entertainment Apps on…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #524 – Broken OneDrive Promises

This week Jason and I are here in the UK with Garry joining us live from Microsoft in Redmond just as Microsoft announce major changes to Onedrive with a reduction in the free storage offering. We take a look at what is changing and the fallout from the announcement with…

Windows 8/8.1 Media Pack with Windows Media Center to be discontinued October 30th

If you want to add Windows Media Center to your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 system via the addon media packs that Microsoft sell you will have to hurry. Microsoft are discontinuing the Media Pack and Pro Pack which includes Media Center on October 30th. It is not surprising that…

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