mce-media-core – the best iplayer add-on for Windows Media Centre (MCE).

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The really cool thing about Windows Media Centre (to be found already installed in most versions of Vista and Windows) is that it is a central repository of all, well, your media. The problem is, that if you like using the BBC iPlayer, you effectively have to minimise the MCE interface and fire up a browser in which to watch iPlayer re-runs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get iPlayer to run within MCE? Well, now you can.

While there has always been the Milliesoft MCE iPlayer add-on, I could never get it to work properly – and it was pretty resource hungry on my low power MCE (which also has a low bandwidth broadband connection).

So, step forward the gobsmakingly good mce-media-core. This really is an absolute gem – and probably the best add-on/plugin I have ever seen for MCE. What’s more, it doesn’t use Flash but wmv streams. As a consequence, you have to wait a minute or two for it to initially buffer, but once running, the video is broadcast quality – with no stuttering (like you can have with CPU intensive Flash rendering).

mce-media-core is still very much at the alpha phase, so some features don’t work (yet). I can’t get it to play BBC HD streams and there is no fast-forward or rewind – but I am sure that will be fixed as the product matures – unless Microsoft offers the author a job (and they really should).

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5 thoughts on “mce-media-core – the best iplayer add-on for Windows Media Centre (MCE).”

    1. Doug,
      Thanks for this – at least it proves folk are reading!

      Yes – I just specifically tested for you – with the version of Eastenders that was broadcast last night (01/04/2010) and it worked fine.

      Not that I am in to Eastenders you understand – but I wanted to check something that had a specific transmission date. Apparently, a poo had been posted through the letter box. I stopped watching at that point ….

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

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