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Windows Home Server: Recorded TV Manager 3.4.3 Add-in – Review

In my digital world Windows Home Server (WHS) was always going to be a logical partner for use with  XP Media Center (MCE) and a media extender. At the moment WHS does not quite manage to integrate itself seamlessly between recording TV on an MCE and watching it using a media extender, this is in no small part due to some “missing”  functionality in MCE.

MCE has always had a chequered history when it comes to recording directly to network drives or viewing TV recorded on the network drive. It has always been necessary to do some hacking to get it working. OK so you can use a media center extender like the XBox360 to stream stuff directly from MCE, but you don’t need WHS to do that, so where does Microsoft see the role of the WHS in their digital vision of the home? Well I think that’s why Add-Ins were made possible on WHS. Add-Ins allow  creative individuals to develop a whole variety of modules that users can pick and choose according to their needs.  So if you want to move recorded TV from your Media Center to WHS and manage your program series conveniently, then install the latest WHS Add-In Recorded TV Manager by Rick Drasch. 

Rick’s previous offering, Recorded TV Manager 2 has been available for some time. This next version offers an improved interface and integration into the WHS Console as well as easy access to useful tools for managing recordings and excellent online help.

Recorded TV Manager comes as two separate applications. Installation of the WHS add-in is via a .msi file which is placed in the Add-ins folder within the WHS Software folder and is then run from within the WHS Console. A second file, the client application, is downloaded and run on the PC where the recording of TV takes place (XP MCE or Vista) or other PC where you would like to view your TV recordings.

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