In our last post we looked at the TV Tuner part of Windows Media Center (WMC). Adding a TV Tuner card turns your PC into a very respectable DVR (Digital Video Recorder) rather like a TiVo box. Individual shows and indeed, an entire series can be tagged for recording.
This short post will look at the “play-back” aspects of the shows you’ve selected to record.
Recorded programs are kept in a user-selected folder on disc and made available for viewing through the “Recorded TV” icon.
In this section of WMC, previously recorded shows are presented as a selection strip with a thumb-nail of the show, the title, and the description (if available) from the EPG.
“Sort by” fields are available as well as scheduling options.
Taking a look at the scheduled items shows the programs set to be recorded for the next week.
In addition to storing programs recorded off broadcast TV, the Media Browser add-on can also organize TV show series previously recorded and made available on disc as DVD format (VIDEO_TS folders) or single files (.AVI format) such as might be available on the Internet. We’ll take a look at that in the next section.