Whats wrong with MCE (1 Viewer)

JoJoLex

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I just curious, I notice a few people on here have MC but have decided to move away from it and use MP, could somebody explain why this is?

I'm in the process of building a HTPC but would like domain support and I understand that MCE doesn't have that? However I had a demo of MCE in a shop on a Plasma, and it looked fanstatic, so I can't understand why people don't like it.
 

Khris

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MCE only allows for two tv tuners.....which is fine if that's all you want, but I have two right now and am planning on more.

MP is extremely customizable where MCE isn't.
 

Callifo

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    With registry editting MCE can handle as many tuners as you want. Main downside why Ill never use it is the limit where you cant have analogue and digital at the sametime (or analogue and video in at the same time).
     

    chili

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    There are other aspects of MCE that are inflexible, non-customizable to your preferences, and do you really think that MS listens to one (or several) persons feature requests and bug/usability comments?

    The developers of Media Portal are for the most part helpful and responsive, and the user base is for the most part active and helping to make the app better by stating feature requests, testing and pointing out bugs, and helping each other out... right here.

    I get the CVS mail from development and every day I am amazed at the time and care that very smart people put into this software on a daily basis... For Free!

    There is nothing "wrong" with MCE if it fits your needs... it's just another off the shelf software and I am happy it's there because it's pretty much the driving force behind the hardware development side of current Media PC evolution.
     

    the_king

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    My expriance is not so good with MCE....

    I can't find a way to list mp3's in the "original" catalog structure.
    it only displays it using the mp3 tags. I don't like that because. for exaple:
    you can't organize it like
    |
    |-A
    |-Accept
    |-Alphaville
    |
    |-B
    |-Black Sabbath
    |-Sabbotage
    |-Sabbat blody sabbat
    |-Bad Religion

    if you "god forbid" download some mp3's from internet say like 20 000 songs
    and you haven't got the time to edit all tags that are incorectly spelld...
    Well then it sucks :)


    I also find MCE Expensive and Not so customizeble and also in my opinion
    it contains many bugs. And I don't know if i can sitt and wait for mr. Gates to fix 'em all

    Sorry for my extreamly poor English.
     

    Frodo

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    MCE is a very nice application, but it has serious limitations
    I think most of use tried MCE, and eventually switched to Mediaportal
    or another application

    MCE drawbacks:

    - very limited support for DVB/HDTV/OTA
    - no support for CI / scrambled signals
    - standard dual tuner only (yep i know of the registry hacks)
    - music is extremly slow if you got more then 100 songs
    - you cannot customize it or tweak it
    - you need to buy it
    - requires MCE approved hardware
    - etc.

    Frodo
     

    Ralph

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    Or just by accident.
    I just needed an operating system for my new HTPC.
    Was as expensive as WinXP and included a MCE-Remote with a Receiver.
    Now I have a registered Windows XP, can look up how MCE get thinks done and I have a nice remote and can take full advantage of my favorite HTPC-Software called Media Portal.

    Regards
    Ralph
     

    callmesnake

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    MCE Some how stable. MP NO ONE STABLE VERSION TILL NOW..

    MP programers made everything somehow stable and forgot the main plugin THE TV, and I am waiting the new version hope I have at least one version stable..
     

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