The Windows XP Media Center Edition, as you already know, is designed to transform your computer into a complete entertainment hub. There are a few alternatives to it such as Beyond TV, Tivo and WinDVR which are commercial software and some free ones like MythTV and Freevo. The problem with the free alternatives is that these run on Linux and most people get scared away by the very mention of the name Linux. MediaPortal is another free media center software that runs on Windows.
MediaPortal allows you to watch videos, view TV guide for various channels, record, pause and rewind live television like any PVR software. You can listen to music, streaming music from various Internet radio stations, monitor weather, play games and browse pictures, burn DVDS and more. And if that’s not enough, MediaPortal has an extensive collection of plugins allowing users to extend the functionality of the software even more.
MediaPortal is a fabulous way to enjoy movies and music on your PC