Were you aware that you can record TV shows on your XP/Vista/Windows 7 computer (assuming you have a version that includes Media Center)? You might have this piece of software on your Windows PC and not even know it! With Windows Media Center, you can do a host of multimedia functions: track your favorite athlete’s statistics (Windows 7), get access to your Netflix account and watch movies, play games, watch internet TV, view all your photos on your PC (and any other PCs networked together in your house or business), watch LIVE TV on your PC, as mentioned earlier: RECORD TV shows just like a DVR in High Def (and not pay a penny per month like your DVR you’re renting!), play music from any PC networked in your home or business, burn CDs and DVDs, watch DVD movies (the Media Center software acts as the DVD player software), and more. It’s a powerful tool that many people just don’t use or know how to set up.
Are you tired of running out of storage space on your DVR box? I frequently hear complaints about having to delete recorded TV shows just to make room for more (in a very short time too… as most DVRs have no where near the storage capacity of modern day hard drives or SSD drives).
Are you tired of paying $10-$20 (or more) per month for that DVR? Hear us loud and clear: using Windows Media Center, you can say bye bye to that DVR and never pay that fee again! Never! Setting up Media Center, after our costs and the costs of any parts you may need to buy, should pay for itself in about 5-8 months, depending on the parts you’ll need (see below).
Can your DVR send your recorded programs to other TVs in the house? Some can, some can’t. Using Windows Media Center, you can set it up on your desktop and then network it to other computers in your house so that you can watch your recorded shows in other areas! Same goes for all your pictures, music, etc.
How you say?! That’s where we come in.
We now offer Media Center Setup Service. We’ll come in (or review on the phone or by email) and check your current configuration (computer, network, software, Internet SService Provider) and let you know if you can run Media Center based on your current set up. If changes need to be made, we’ll let you know if you can still run Media Center based on the changes that need to be made.
In general, you’ll want to check the following (we are more than happy to do this for you as well):
- You need a cable TV service (FiOS, for example)
- We prefer if you have Comcast or Verizon as your Cable Service Provider, but we will attempt it with other cable companies
- We prefer that you have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, but will attempt it with Windows XP Media Center Edition
- You really should have more than 2GB memory installed in your PC
- You’ll need a TV tuner card/USB device installed (please allow us to assist with this purchase)
- You’ll need to make sure you have a version of Windows that has Media Center built in (check your computer by clicking your Start button and typing Media Center into the search field, if you have Vista or Windows 7)
- For viewing your recorded shows, you’ll need a computer monitor, LCD screen (laptop) or a TV with a VGA, DVi or HDMI connection depending on your video card (we can assist with this determination). Most, if not all, LCD TV’s have one or more of these connections. It just matters what your computer’s video card supports (most have a VGA connection).
Again, if you’re unsure of any of the above, please contact us and we will help you determine what you have. If you lack an item above, we can always let you know the cost of upgrading. Most of the items above will be included in modern computers (the last 5 years).