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MCL 2: Expands Number of Channels in Guide Listings

MCL 2: Expands Number of Channels in Guide Listings

The original My Channel Logos endeavored to brighten up our Windows Media Center TV guides by adding bright colorful logos to the channel listings. Not only did this make browsing channels a little more colorful but it makes it substantially easier as well, when your able to quickly identify the specific channels your interested in. The second version goes even [...]

Remote Potato Adds Remote Recording Capability to Media Center

Remote Potato Adds Remote Recording Capability to Media Center

One of the few features missing from Windows 7 Media Center but available in most modern DVR setups is the ability to remotely schedule recordings. This much touted feature of commercial DVR systems such as Direct TV have been sorely missed by many media center enthusiasts who are frequently away from home. Luckily, a third party program from FatAttidtude has [...]

Increasing the Default Number of Rows in the EPG

Increasing the Default Number of Rows in the EPG

Not satisfied with the default setting of seven rows of channels displayed in the episode guide of Windows 7 Media Center? Unfortunately, there is no option to enable an increased number of rows to appear so increasing the rows displayed requires users to do extensive editing to the Media Center DLL files. Thankfully, Bill24 has posted a guide to the [...]

Clearing Guide Data and Tuner Setup from Windows 7 Media Center

Clearing Guide Data and Tuner Setup from Windows 7 Media Center

There may come a time when you need to completely erase the history of your downloaded guide data and tuner setup. Something may have gone wrong with your setup, tuners may have changed or maybe you’re just looking to clean house a little. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to require a complete reinstall of Windows 7, the process is in [...]

Use Custom Guide Services with Big Screen EPG

Use Custom Guide Services with Big Screen EPG

Looking for the ultimate in TV listing control including the ability to use third party services like IceTV or XMLTV files? Big Screen Global has got just the solution with it’s Big Screen EPG program. Big Screen EPG, currently in beta, gives you the ability to import XMLTV service files into your Windows 7 Media Center as well as manage [...]

Using MC2XML to Download Guide Data for Third Party Apps

Using MC2XML to Download Guide Data for Third Party Apps

Some 3rd-Party EPG guide programs (which we’ll be covering soon) require you to have your EPG listings in XMLTV format. It can also be handy to have a copy of the Windows 7 Media Center listings if you switch between multiple HTPC applications. The easiest method, by far, to convert Media Center guide data into a standardized XMLTV format is [...]

Managing TV Listings with Guide Tool

Managing TV Listings with Guide Tool

Managing Media Center’s TV listings can be a tricky business, options are spread out across multiple areas and the interface makes for slow and tedious work. Luckily, 1geek1tool has a solution  with it’s Guide Tool program. Guide Tool will allow you to manage all your channels, tuners and listings from a single handy application which can even manage your listings [...]

Color Channel Logo Collections for the UK

Color Channel Logo Collections for the UK

Adding colorful channel logos to the default Windows 7 Media Center guide has quickly become one of those features many users can no longer live without. Using the My Channel Logos program to add colorful channel logos to your guide listings is simple enough for even the most novice users and provides wonderful results. For users in the United Kingdom [...]

Remove Recorded TV Movies from the Media Center Movie Library

Remove Recorded TV Movies from the Media Center Movie Library

If you’ve ever recorded movies from live TV in Windows 7 Media Center you may have noticed that by default these movies are also included in your Media Center Movie Library. For some this may be a perfect fit but others likely won’t want commercial laden and edited for TV movies filling up their Movie Library listings. Ian Dixon of [...]

Setting Up Tuner Priority per Channel

Setting Up Tuner Priority per Channel

Last week we covered tracking down tuner problems using recording history, this week lets go over a possible fix to the problem. Let’s take a look at changing the tuner priority for specific channels. If you are having trouble with a specific tuner creating bad recordings on a certain channel you may want to try using a different tuner by [...]

Track Down Tuner Trouble with Recording History

Track Down Tuner Trouble with Recording History

Is one of your TV tuners giving you problems? Maybe some of your recordings are poor quality compared to the others, no audio or garbled video or audio streams? Track down the problem tuner by using the Recording History inside Windows 7 Media Center. First note the recordings that are giving you trouble. Jot down the title and episode of [...]

Setting Up Recording Schedules by Keyword

Setting Up Recording Schedules by Keyword

Did you know that Windows 7 Media Center includes the ability to schedule recordings by keyword? Say, for instance, that this month you’re interested in everything about pirates. Media Center will let you setup a schedule item to recording every show including that keyword. It doesn’t stop there either, you can schedule shows by actor, director, title and generic keyword. [...]

Setting Up Custom Channel Lineups in Windows 7 Media Center

Setting Up Custom Channel Lineups in Windows 7 Media Center

Windows 7 Media Center doesn’t always get your lineup right from the start. Channels may be assigned to the wrong number, improperly labeled channels or channels might be missing all together. What do we need to do to get our listings sorted out? Step one is to select the right guide for your area during TV signal setup. This should [...]

Transcoding in Windows Seven x64 with Media Browser and Transcode 360

  This is a guest post written by Adam Plante, a Hack7MC reader. Do you have a guide you’d like to share with the community? Let us know by dropping us a line through the contact form or email mhealy@hack7mc.com.   This guide assumes you already have media browser installed and configured. Updated 6/3/2009 – This guide has been updated [...]

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