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Topic # 22549 31-May-2008 15:33
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Hi, I have been running MP for a few weeks now and it seems OK. It got a bit picky (read very fragile) on me when I was running it in a user account (rather than admin) on XP Pro. But all is good now (and a damn site faster).

Question? Which is better MP or GBPVR.

I really like the fact that you can change aspect ratio on the fly in MP (and you don't seem to be able to in GBPVR) but are there other pros and cons?

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  Reply # 134614 31-May-2008 15:51
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I assume you're running the latest RC1 SVN of MP of course?

Never tried GB-PVR properly (tested it out) but as far as i know its advantages are that its more stable, and it has better streaming to devices support (eg popcorn hour).

For mediaportal you have the whole tv server + multiple frontends thing, as well as the ability to record many channels off one mux with a single tuner.

Pretty much try both and see what you like.

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  Reply # 134618 31-May-2008 16:15
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GB-PVR had me for about five minutes as it was a lot faster than MediaPortal, and didn't feel like I was trecking through molasis or something. But then, two sticking points annoyed me. The first was that I couldn't record two shows on the same mux (and the developer doesn't seem to care so much and says to just go and get another tuner), the second was that I couldn't seem to watch a recording as it was being recorded, which seemed odd.

I also like MediaPortal's flexibility. But it can be a darned fickler when something changes that it doesn't like.

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  Reply # 134623 31-May-2008 16:30
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sneakattack: ....... the second was that I couldn't seem to watch a recording as it was being recorded, which seemed odd.


That is odd, I'm currently doing that with mine (timeshifting).  Not sure what was up with your settings, but that would have been pretty easy to resolve...




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  Reply # 134624 31-May-2008 16:33
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davidcole:
sneakattack: ....... the second was that I couldn't seem to watch a recording as it was being recorded, which seemed odd.


That is odd, I'm currently doing that with mine (timeshifting).  Not sure what was up with your settings, but that would have been pretty easy to resolve...


Well, I was recording something, the news I think (I sometimes do that to skip the ads, but now just watch news at 8 that doesn't have them anyway) and went to the obvious place, Recordings, but couldn't find it. Maybe I didn't look hard enough.

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  Reply # 134626 31-May-2008 16:43
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sneakattack:
davidcole:
sneakattack: ....... the second was that I couldn't seem to watch a recording as it was being recorded, which seemed odd.


That is odd, I'm currently doing that with mine (timeshifting). Not sure what was up with your settings, but that would have been pretty easy to resolve...


Well, I was recording something, the news I think (I sometimes do that to skip the ads, but now just watch news at 8 that doesn't have them anyway) and went to the obvious place, Recordings, but couldn't find it. Maybe I didn't look hard enough.


Ahh, cos it was recording, it is counted as 'Pending' not 'ready' - and you can go back to the tv guide click on the in progress recording and there is normally a play button as well.




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Gigabyte AMD A8 Brix --> Samsung LA46A650D via HDMI, NextPVR,OpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, Raspberry PI temperature Sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors,HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 2012 
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex


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  Reply # 134820 1-Jun-2008 21:58
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i have tried both.

Media Portal just got to me, because to me it seemed too sluggish to do anything.  Menus, starting playback, you name it, I could go and make a cup of tea and it still would be thinking about it.  Partly I guess this is due to the need for it to timeshift everything in the background.

In general, I find GB-PVR better.  I like it's web interface, but in general it's pretty quick.  I have no desire to record more than one program at once, so that's not a problem for me (there's hardly anything on FTA I like anyhow)

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