Media center guide not updating
However, the guide is actually being downloaded and since I have another dedicated Media Center system with a different configuration and a guide that also ends on the 21st I'm starting to think the problem might not be on my end,...... I can't do that with Cable Card or at least not indiscriminately. The DVBLink software has an elaborate guide setup process which is why I am guessing there was an error message on that system when this issue was in effect (and not on the other). The guide data on both systems currently extends to March 31st. Allowing me to archive any recordings I want on my server (automatically or manually) and access them from any computer I want.Hopefully by then there will be a really good internet based service that's as easy to use as straight cable TV. I've dealt with this crap for far too long (not to this magnitude), and for .00/year, I'm willing to fork that over for good guide information.Besides, as a friend of mine just told me, and I agree, hopefully Silicon Dust or Plex will have their DVRs up and running to perfection soon.
The problem auto corrected itself which is very gratifying. Microsoft Media Center is a fairly mature product and doesn't quite feel dated or fully abandoned to me,...... However, I would think that in due time I might want some new features like 4K video support.
Shortly after Windows 7's 2009 release, Microsoft disbanded the Media Center development team, thus abandoning any further software developments.
Consequently, the Media Center interface remained unchanged for Windows 8 and 8.1 users.
One uses two Hauppauge HD PVR USB units (via DVBLink software) and two network dual tuner Silicon Dust HDHome Run units and the other system uses a Hauppauge Colossus PCIe card (via Hauppauge beta Media Center software) and a Silicon Dust HDHome Run Prime triple tuner Cable Card unit. Being that it's the ONLY way to do encrypted cable, and not have to rent a box, it's just really sad that this platform feels so abandoned. I prefer it that way because the Hauppauge products can do 1080i /720p recordings that look really good from any HD channel (depending on source resolution) without DRM restrictions,......from premium cable channels like HBO-HD, Show Time-HD and so on.
I didn't want to troubleshoot a system if there was nothing wrong with it. The two dedicated Media Center systems I use are slightly different and have slightly different setups. Somewhere, I recall reading a post about how someone was "ready" if/when MS ever drops guide support - that they'd essentially work around it. It kind of honestly scares me that they'll one day just dump media center and leave people out in the cold. While I do have Cable Card and like it well enough for casual use, my Hauppauge HD PVR USB units and Hauppauge Colossus PCIe card are setup as primary tuners on their respective systems.