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Media Center Extender Support

Please add Windows Media Center Extender functionality! (as we had with the 360)

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    Jared PickerellJared Pickerell shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    mattmatt shared a merged idea: Just make a little bitty App for Xbox one to access Media Center  ·   · 
    Mark EisenbergMark Eisenberg shared a merged idea: Add WiFi control of Windows Media Center a la Ceton myMediaCenter  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Bring back media center!!  ·   · 
    jrjr shared a merged idea: Make XBox One as its own media center  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Being able to use XBMC as media center  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Media Center Extender  ·   · 

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Add me to the list of Media Center devotees who won't buy an xbox one until, at the very least, live and recorded TV can be streamed from my Media Center PC. Windows Media Center, for all of its faults, is still hands-down better than any set-top box capability. Even that fruit company's device misses the mark. So why remove media center extender and not even give the One the ability to replace your Media Center PC? Grand vision to take over media hub functionality, but without a cablecard slot and DVR capabilities, even TiVo is better than this. This couldn't have been a surprise to Microsoft; I would LOVE to know the strategy behind this step backward in capability.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wtf, doesn't support technology you guys already pushed on us. Give me a break, this shows microsoft employees don't use products they sell.

      • BrenzBrenz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow ...... Are you guys really going to ignore this request? I have bought an XBOX One and was utterly shattered it did not have the same functionality of the 360!
        Can't really say that I am going to be recommending people to purchase this device as it seems a little substandard.

      • JoseQJoseQ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would buy another three Xbox Ones if it had this functionality.

      • DavidDavid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i also will not be purchasing an Xbox One until media center extender support is added.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes I'm another person who won't be buying an xbox one until either a) the xbox can record tv (at least dual tuner support) or b) we get media center extender support.

        Its bizarre that after 10 years media center is still better than anything else out there!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree - without windows media center support, xbox one is useless to us AND we sure would like to update the hardware to one! Imagine the fun.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would openly welcome this as functionality on the xbox one. It may be enough to persuade me to buy an xbox one over a ps4

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please bring Windows Media Center to the Xbox One! It is literally the only thing keeping me from buying it

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Man, I was literally going to buy one this weekend until I saw this thread. Heard this was the case but still couldn't believe it to be true. I guess I'll just stick with the old 360 then and buy a ps4.

      • Jay SchaabJay Schaab commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I own 5 Xbox 360's and use as extenders for cable but children use them to game on as well. That justified the quantity and price of the 360's. None of these units will be upgraded to Xbox Ones due to Microsoft's lack of continued support for media center. I will gladly move to any provider that will support this feature or something similar but I will not support Microsoft's blind ambitions of what they think I want and what they force me to settle for. Your vision for an all in one media device failed miserably because you didn't include what your customer's wants/needs were. Great move working with the monopolies of cable and granting their desire to overcharge for their equipment on top of your own lofty tariff for services I already pay for. Your new XBox vision had nothing to do with the consumer but everything to do with your over inflated ego's and Microsoft's growing disconnect from the customer base that they rely on to stay in business. Your business model continues to baffle me. It's not too late to get back in the race for this generation of consoles but it's going to take more than just reversing the policies that alienated your fan base. You need to add back the features that were used by your fan base as well. This includes a family based subscription model and media center extender capabilities. Do this and I will buy new XBox Ones this Christmas. Until this is done, I will not invest any more of my money in your hardware or the subscriptions or the games or the movie rentals that we were purchasing via XBox. I can get $35 chromecast devices for all my tvs to replace all of your apps and to rent movies through Google without a subscription for every family member. Again, I only bring the subscription model up because it was justified on the 360 with the family plan and by not paying Comcast for receivers, but Microsoft took that cost savings out of the equation by jumping into bed with the monopolies and taking away my options on the XBox One. My two cents.

      • CJCJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I bought an Xbox one today. I cant believe this isn't already a feature. I will be returning it tomorrow as i have used media center on my old 360 for years and have a library there that i have built on for quite some time. My 360 died and i thought time to upgrade, only to find out this is not the case. what a shame. No, "play to" is not an acceptable replacement. This device is meant to be used in the living room, not running back and forth to my office just to access my library. Also no HBO go, i know its coming, but between loosing HBO go AND my media center tittles i feel like i am going backwards. I guess i should have checked to see if this was still an option in xbox one, but they seemed like they where both such obviously important features that I didn't even consider the possibility that they would not be available. What a disappointment.

      • Rob DymondRob Dymond commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I finally bought an Xbox One last weekend based solely on the announcement that they would have a big update next month which would allow streaming from a PC, and a DVB-T (UK and Australia) TV Tuner Accessory. I wanted to be able to compare the evolution of the product, So I wanted to make sure and get it before they actually start to move it toward the product I want it to be.

        Here in Australia the One-Guide does not work, but I did hook up a Digital set-top box which works fine for live TV. FYI for those in the US, DVB-T has programming info encoded into the over-the-air signal, so you still have a Guide of sorts, via whatever your tuner has. This was a godsend when Windows 7 came out, because the TV corporations here do not share their programming info. Having moved from the US, that was a big problem for years.

        I am particularly pleased with kinect-controlled skype and music app integration. The two biggest things I miss from the Media Center PC would be the Picture Screen Saver and Recorded TV access. The Xbox will not be my main interface until that happens. For years, having my entire picture library randomly appear on the TV was a great way to experience our memories... I want that to continue. Recorded TV is still a big deal as far as I know, and I Nnnnneeeeed that. The Xbox Video App will definitely Push me toward digital rentals, but they need a "collection" similar to the Win8 app... which still needs work if it is to function as well as the media Center video collection browser. Similarly the Win8 Pictures app does not work as well as the Media Center Browser, because you cannot pick any folder and start a slideshow of anything in that folder including subfolders. If you have for example a vacation folder with subfolders for each day, you can't pick to main folder and play them all. Whaaaat? This capability needs to be added to any picture collection browser on the Xbox.

        Access to my Home Video and Picture collection is also a big deal. One-Drive access is fine for limited picture collections, but having the whole shebang available, particularly for the screen saver, means less fiddling and special organizing of photos. That is a MAJOR issue I've always had with iTunes.

        Interface: The XBox layout is not nearly as good as the straight-up Media Center interface. For some reason the XBox One is also fairly unresponsive to my Harmony Remote. That is a big problem. Voice control is nice, as well as gestures and smartglass, but nothing is easier than just picking up the remote and jamming a few buttons. Also with the TV tuner being a separate system, I have the issue of some keys such as arrows being set to control one or the other, and using touch-screen custom buttons for the other, which is annoying. If they don't come up with a full-on Media Center Extender app as on the 360, at the very least they should have an optional "Media Layout" which re-focuses on the Media-Centric Apps, and particularly TV and Music.

        PLEASE TELL ME SOMEONE AT MS ACTUALLY USES THIS AT HOME AND KNOWS THESE THINGS

        R<>

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just bought an Xbox One this weekend and this is hardly the "One box to replace them all" I haven't had a cable box in 5 years because I now use a cable card through PC and use Xbox 360 as an extender. Looks like I have to keep my 360 for live TV now or pay $9.00 a month roughly to rent a cable box. Also, (and I know this supposed to come soon) there is currently no Blu Ray 3D support so I still have my PS3 hooked up. I also use the Xfinity App on 360 for On Demand services since I don't use a cable box anymore. Not only did my Xbox One fail to become my central media hub, it also failed to replace my need for last gen systems. What shame.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is only 1 thing holding me back from buying XBOX One, thats the missing media center support. You can have "one box to rule them all" without media center software !

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add a Media Center Extender to XBOX ONE. If need be, make it a separate app.

      • DanDan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wont be buying an Xbox One unless Media Center Extender support is added.
        Thanks!

      • ShawnShawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I own FIVE Xbox 360s and 1 Xbox One. I use my 360's as cable boxes around the house to access my Windows Media server. There is a small but DEDICATED bunch that still use Windows Media Center despite Microsoft's reluctance to educate the public on what the app actually did.

        I rarely use my Xbox One. I rarely turn it on. Give me a reason to turn it on. Give me a native WMC extender app within Xbox One. please.

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