What is the best software Media Player for htpc to record video?

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Hi. As home theater PC (htpc) is like projector showing different TV channel, video as well music etc.

Many other softwares familiar with it are available, but I want software media player for htpc so that I could record video with audio music with high quality.

Such player which can organize movies, TV program, video and images well.

Some suggestion is required please.

Answered By 30 points N/A #131537

What is the best software Media Player for htpc to record video?


Hi Steveen,

 In general the HTPC software is expected to do the following:

  • Live HD Television
  • Record Television
  • View photos
  • View videos
  • Watch movies (Blu-ray, DVD, downloaded, etc)
  • Listen to Music

Other thing when discussing about HTPC is that how are you using it:

  • Connecting a laptop to TV 
  • Using remote control

I m assuming you use a remote control for navigation.

There are various operating system based HTPC software's. Major operating systems are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7
  • Apple MAC OS X
  • Linux

So I would give you options based on the OS:

Windows XP ,Windows 7:

  • Windows Media Center – Free for specific version of windows
  • Sage TV – As old as Media center, but the music player is very basic. Not a freeware
  • XBMC – Xbox Media Center – Open source – No official support available
  • Media Portal – By far the best freeware with all the advanced options and recording options.

Apple MAC OS X:

  • Plex
  • Apple TV
  • Boxee – No live TV support


  • MythTV
  • GeeXBox

Hope this helps 

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