I am a long time user of Windows Media Center (since XP beta) and I cannot imagine watching TV without it. But I am very close to finding an alternative to MCE.
In the very heart of MCE you have the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) which is a web service that updates the program guide with program listening and allows you to browse the programs and also allows me to record TV programs.
If the information in that guide is out of date you hardly can use your TV. Programs are missing; the recorder records the wrong programs; recording ends 10 minutes before the show ends and things like that.
In Denmark it seems like the EPG has not been updated this year. I cannot find EPG information for around 30% of my channels and MCE believes that Channel A is Channel B, Channel C is Channel D. I have a standard cabel program package from the largest cabel
company in Denmark ... nothing special or anything like that.
Microsoft purchases the information in the EPG from some British company. That company says that it is Microsoft problem. Microsoft says that it is that company’s problem so no one seems to care and now I have all the problems.
There are people in the forum that works for Microsoft. Isn’t there someone that would be so kind to get someone to look at this issue because the current situation has turned one of Microsoft best pieces of software in to useless “#¤#%”.
Under Windows XP it was possible to bypass Microsoft’s EPG guide and use XML TV instead (some open source EPG implementation). I Microsoft cannot handle the task of updating the EPG guide please allow us to use some other EPG source.
PS: Still on Vista MCE since a few of my add-ons has not been updated to win7 yet. Don't know if it has become better in Win 7 ... have my doubts.