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September 16, 2004

MythTV vs. Microsoft MCE (Part 2)

Anandtech.com has the second part of their comparison between MythTV and MCE. For someone considering those two options, it's a must read.

Some highlights:

  • MythTV does a better job compressing video recordings (in XVID format) and using disk space.
  • MCE has tighter integration with the OS such as recording things in the background while you use another app in the foreground
  • MythTV has more support for different hardware like capture cards, etc. and was impressive in utilizing the CPU to record on cheaper capture cards, transcode and compress files in the background, etc
  • MCE is easier to install considering it comes bundled with hardware right out of the box
  • MCE has integration with services like Video on Demand from Movielink
  • MythTV is not shackled to DRM and copyright protections so things can be duplicated, burned, transfered, or used in any way the user sees fit
  • MCE does a better job playing DVDs

The final chart does a good job summarizing their results, but I encourage you to read the whole thing.

Posted on September 16, 2004

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