Media Center Extender Support
Please add Windows Media Center Extender functionality! (as we had with the 360)
Apple is really kicking your guys butts on Apps... I am by no means an apple fan, but it is hard to stomach how poor of a job you guys are doing with the Windows phone on keeping up with Apps. Sorry, don't want to get off topic here.
XBOX One in my opinion gives a poor picture when you use it as a pass through. Why not just let the masses decide if they want to stream from their Ceton tuners straight to their xbox from their windows computers? I guess I am an old school video and audio phile. I back up all my blurays and CD on hard drives connected to my computer. The 360 has an untouched ability to do so in a functional and sleek way. My only disappointment with the 360 is you haven't added voice or gesture control to media center.
With Comcast bringing their X1 platform to life you might want to think about us folks who really don't play video games that much, because we will dump you. I have 3 xbox 360's in my house used for entertainment and gaming that I would gladly pony up and buy new One's to replace. Only if they had the capability of the sleek seamless execution that the 360 media center does. The backwards way to access media files from my computer makes the Samsung's Allshare look good.
Again I will not purchase an Xbox One until we start with actually setting it up to be an All in One device like it was advertised for. Whoever thought the pass through Idea was good, needs to be let go from your company. Only my toddler would appreciate the picture quality. Please for the love of God, the .0001% of us just want a tiny little itty bitty app to control media center. Pirate it from the 360, I don't care. Their has got to be a frustrated geek that works for you that would do it for free!!
After installing the Ceton myMediaCenter server and apps yesterday a path for proper integration of a Windows Media Center system with the Xbox One became clear. Ceton is not the only one to have figured this out, but their implementation is very clean. I have to assume that Microsoft has some partner relationship issues to deal with that limited just how far they could go in having the Xbox One replace the STB/DVR functions that Comcast/Verizon/DirectTV/TiVo etc. consider their bread and butter. Fine. But they should be able to push the line by at least enabling Ceton to integrate a Windows Media Center system in to the OneGuide using the WiFi connectivity for the control channel and HDMI for the video. This would eliminate all of the kludginess with using the IR blaster connectivity and also roll in the DVR capabilities of WMC.
I've had Microsoft's Xbox for years, never liked play station. The media center app was my hero. The ability to just put music in the music folder and turn on the xbox was awesome. Videos, movies, pictures. I'm wanting to buy an XB1 but I am holding off until this added.
Make Xbox One a stand alone media center, you know you have already thought of this MS, lets make it happen.
You could partner with a stand alone cable card reader like Silicon Dust Home Run Prime, repackage and sell it as another Xbox attachment for $150-$200, we really don't like maintaining separate Media Center PCs, we don't need it to just be an extender. Make it the 'one' device you say it is.
Typed on my Surface Pro.
XBMC is the best media center application at the moment and it would be great to be able to install it legally on Xbox One rather than buying android box or thing like that to run XBMC
I've seen this suggested here quite a bit, and this is my suggestion as well
For XBOX TV - You should implement support for the HD Homerun Prime by silicon dust. My recommendation (requires DLNA and DTCP-IP support for premium content) is that you can select it as a cable box. When selected, in conjunction with the cable provider and location, it would "Tune" to that particular stream on an open network tuner so it would work completely internally without requiring a cable box or other item to be plugged into the HDMI pass-through.
It's sad that MS has not even acknowledged this, specially since thousands of Media Center users are begging for it.
As an alternative I setup Amazon's fire tv with XBMC. Works fine as an extender for watching and recording tv. So for those of you out there looking for alternatives to 360s and Ceton's, you can get get almost all the same functionality for <$85.
Crazy thing is a lot of people, including me, are willing to pay 4x that to get the same functionality with the One. Microsoft: I truly think you're leaving money on the table by ignoring this. We are your hard core fans. We are the guys who consume your eco-system. We are the guys that socially promote your products for free. Listen to us. Please.
Matt D commented
Not having this is huge for me. I use my 360 95% of the time as an extender. My HTPC is in the living room and we have multiple 360's around the house and use them as extender's. (watch recorded TV, set recordings, watch live TV etc.) I do NOT have cable TV so the Xbox One's features there serve no purpose for me. My HTPC has 4 tuners in it for OTA television.
Because of this, I'm looking at the PS4. I WANT the xbox one but since it cannot be used as a true media system like I want, and cannot replace my 360, it allows the PS4 to become a bigger choice for me. So conflicted.. and sad.. Microsoft COMON bring this feature back!!!
I find it amazing that I had to find a used 360 unit to add to my system rather than buy a new xbox one unit. MICROSOFT = Please move us into the new technology - imagine the possibilities. Or in the corporate world - imagine the profit for some marginal expense.
Joe Hargis commented
Please add media center extender functionality
I have been introduce to Microsoft Media Center via my friend Xbox 360! Loved it! I had got 3 friends to conver to Xbox because of it, Now a Xbox One user, was very upset to see the lack of functionality. Please Work your MOJO..... Make it Happen.
Media Center Extender support is a feature that should be added to Windows 10--possibly MS could consider this as an app for purchase--adding something of significant value to the relative dearth of compelling apps currently in the MS apps store.
Vinyl B commented
Hooked up Xbox one only to find no MCE. Please add MCE. I have 5 360's connected to 5 tv's and cannot do without this feature.
Please just add this functionality. Can it really be that hard? Microsoft is still supporting existing devices that are both extenders and clients. Even Windows 8 supports it! We all know you are ignoring this even though it is the most requested feature.
Brad Billman commented
Will be purchasing an Xbox One as soon as this is up. I would love to see a rethought interface/ modern rebirth of WMC functionality. It doesn't have to be called WMC but be able to have a guide + dvr that can work with the tuner and/or server.
Please do it. Don't be silly Microsoft, please give us Media Center extender support. We'll pay you back by purchasing the way more expensive Xbox One's instead of the outdated 360's. It makes sense, just please do it.
Just Do It! And then I can quit buying xbox 360's and start with xbox one
I love windows media center and am looking for an alternative after discovering that xbox one doesn't support extender functionality. I currently own 5 xbox 360 and use them as extenders. I also game on these. Thinking about moving to linux. If xbox one had a media center app, I would buy 3 concoles today. Right now buyin these is a deal breaker without extender functionality.
What's the holdup? Make MC accessible on the One. After-all, it was billed as THE center for media.
Lesley Manley commented
This has been under review for the last 12 months. Are we or are we not going to to get WMC support. I mean like every one else this is the ONLY reason I have not bought an XBOX one.
Yup, same as the other folks; WMC extender support please :)
To add to all the other comments, I have three xbox 360s. all have had some gaming done on them, but I have three as they are my STBs for media center, my netflix devices, my hulu and amazon devices. its childs play to put the extender desktop on the xbox one. wouldn't you like to sell me three? just seems crazy.
I feel like I should sstart hoarding 360s.......
This is a HUGE Deal! I recently purchased windows media center for windows 8.1. I assumed that because Xbox 360 could be used as an extender that surely, the Xbox one could also. WRONG! I had made plans to keep the Xbox one in the living room and take the 360 to the bedroom and use it purely as an extender. I then figured I would try and find a cheap extender other than the Xbox 360 that is compatible with media center 8.1 and use that as the second extender. Nope! The only extender that works with windows media center 8.1 is the Xbox 360!!!! Really???
Now it looks like if I want to watch recorded TV in both rooms I am going to have to look into Linux otherwise I’m going to have to buy another 360 or purchase a second copy of windows 8.1 and setup a Media Center PC connected directly to one of my TVs… Basic Mini PC is $320 + Windows 8.1 Pro $199.99 (because it has to be pro to install Media Center) + $9.99 Media Center Software!!!
Any update on this? Piggybacking through my Xbox 360 is truly miserable.
XBOX EXTENDER USER commented
please add xbox extender support for xbox one. I would also love to see direct intergration with hd home run prime. The users have spoken dont come up with excusses just get it done.
D Slisher commented
I just bought an Xbox one but found out it does not have WMC support. I am planning on returning it.