p> CHIP conclusion to MediaPortal 2
MediaPortal is a free open source media center in a class of its own. The new interface promises even more fun with the freeware. P>
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MediaPortal, one of the best alternatives to the Windows Media Center, is now available in final version 2. P> MediaPortal 2 This free program combines the functions of a media player, video recorder, DVD player and image viewer. Certain programs must be preinstalled for these functions, such as the Windows Media Player, the codec package ffdshow as well as the Microsoft .NET Framework and DirectX.
In addition, the TV function requires a TV card (WDM-compatible or MPEG-2 chipset) and a DirectX-9 compatible graphics card. A complete list of the necessary hardware is available on the manufacturers homepage.
In addition to the above features, MediaPortal has some other interesting features. For example, the current weather report or important news can be downloaded from the internet.