Beyond TV 3.5 vs SageTV 2.2 - which is better, to replace Windows Media Center Edition 2005?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by newbee, May 25, 2005.

  1. newbee

    newbee Guest

    I'm using a new Dell WinXP Media Center 2005, 3.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
    system, with Windows Movie Maker Version 2.1.4026.0, an NVIDIA GeForce
    6800 video card, an Angel TV tuner card (has two tuners), and an SB
    Audigy 2ZS Audio (D8CO) sound card.

    I'd like to record old VCR tapes as well as current TV shows into my
    computer, manipulate them using Movie Maker 2.1 and/or Ulead DVD Movie
    Factory 4 Disc Creator Edition, and then burn them to DVD's.

    However, Windows Media Center Edition 2005 only writes in its own
    proprietary dvr-ms file format, plus it flags some programs as not
    being allowed to be copied. So I need a software program that will do
    everything MCE2005 will do, plus write files using more
    commonly-shared file formats, readable by Movie Maker and Movie
    Factory.

    Beyond TV 3.5.3 (http://snipurl.com/f4n1) and SageTV Version 2.2
    (http://snipurl.com/f4n3) seem to be the best contenders. What are the
    strengths/weaknesses of each? Before purchasing either I'd greatly
    appreciate all suggestions.

    Thanks.
     
    newbee, May 25, 2005
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  2. newbee

    KDE Guest

    I have no insight on SageTV, but I use Beyond TV and love it. It gives you
    total control of every aspect of recording, quality, format, etc... It is
    very easy to use, and set up recordings. It has a great web interface that
    can be accessed remotely, so you can start, stop or schedule recordings away
    from home. you can watch recorded shows or live tv remotely also via the
    web interface, so I can stream live tv to my PocketPC or my laptop and watch
    TV anywhere I go in the house or yard. I can even stream the shows from my
    work, so I have CableTV on my computer at work. it will allow you to keep
    recorded programs indefinitely, or it will sump them after a set period of
    time. all in all, a really fun program.


    | I'm using a new Dell WinXP Media Center 2005, 3.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
    | system, with Windows Movie Maker Version 2.1.4026.0, an NVIDIA GeForce
    | 6800 video card, an Angel TV tuner card (has two tuners), and an SB
    | Audigy 2ZS Audio (D8CO) sound card.
    |
    | I'd like to record old VCR tapes as well as current TV shows into my
    | computer, manipulate them using Movie Maker 2.1 and/or Ulead DVD Movie
    | Factory 4 Disc Creator Edition, and then burn them to DVD's.
    |
    | However, Windows Media Center Edition 2005 only writes in its own
    | proprietary dvr-ms file format, plus it flags some programs as not
    | being allowed to be copied. So I need a software program that will do
    | everything MCE2005 will do, plus write files using more
    | commonly-shared file formats, readable by Movie Maker and Movie
    | Factory.
    |
    | Beyond TV 3.5.3 (http://snipurl.com/f4n1) and SageTV Version 2.2
    | (http://snipurl.com/f4n3) seem to be the best contenders. What are the
    | strengths/weaknesses of each? Before purchasing either I'd greatly
    | appreciate all suggestions.
    |
    | Thanks.
     
    KDE, May 27, 2005
    #2
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