Windows Media Center will be removed when you upgrade to Windows 10. Alternatives.


Windows Media Center will be removed when you upgrade to Windows 10.


If you are currently using WMC on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you should be aware that it will be removed once you upgrade to Windows 10.


Windows 10 WMC Warning



ALTERNATIVES  for replacing Windows Media Center:


Originally released as Xbox Media Center (despite the name, it was built by users, not by Microsoft) — hence formerly known as XBMC — Kodi was eventually developed into a full media center alternative. Besides a comprehensive set of advanced features that put WMC to shame, it offers a great number of add-ons, skins, and an active support community. If you’re looking for an all-around replacement, Kodi is your best bet, and it has long been WMC’s biggest competitor.

Kodi


Kodi handles digital media fiiles, such as videos, music, or images, from local storage or media cards, and it can record live TV. Through add-ins you can access online content on YouTube, Spotify, and TED. Kodi is free, open source, and runs not only on Windows, but also Linux, OS X, iOS, Android, and more, offering a seamless experience across all your devices.

Plex

Like Kodi, Plex supports a wide range of platforms, allowing you to stream your content to any of your devices. Streaming is handled via a secure connection, free of charge. Media libraries are Plex’s forte and you can share them with friends.

Plex


Some premium features, including mobile or cloud sync, movie trailers, and Vevo music videos, are only available with a Plex Pass. One thing Plex can’t do is record live TV, but you can save online videos to watch them later.


MediaPortal

Like Kodi, MediaPortal is a free and open source entertainment center with a strong focus on being a digital video recorder (DVR) that lets you watch, schedule, and record live TV. Beyond that it supports the standard media center features, such as playing digital media and streaming content to devices in your network.


MediaPortal


MediaPortal doesn’t offer quite as many plugins and skins as Kodi, but it has one of the more extensive collections. You can access MediaPortal via a web interface or one of its many mobile apps, making it a very accessible and versatile WMC alternative.

MythTV

MythTV is another free and open source media center, which excels as a DVR. You can record TV shows and pause, skip, and rewind them at the same time. MythTV can detect and skip commercials.


MythTV TV Recording



Originally developed for Linux, MythTV can be compiled on Windows, but no official EXE is provided, making this a hands-on process. The Windows version offers all frontend features, but most plugins are not supported.








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