With all my talk about setting up Mediaportal and how awesome it is, I don’t think I ever went in to detail about what it actually does. Plus I’ve been a bit lazy with blog postings lately…

What the heck is Mediaportal? It’s a Windows application for managing all of your digital movies, tv shows, music and other forms of digital media.

Oh a Windows program, what’s the big deal then? The big deal is doing something a little out of the ordinary… Hooking the computer’s audio/video output in to my home theater’s input. Now things get interesting…

What about controlling the thing? The Logitech Harmony 880 remote to the rescue! That and a relatively cheap USB Infrared receiver for the computer and all the control is in my hand still using only a single remote for the entire home theater system.

Now the fun part – watching TV! Mediaportal gives a nice menu-driven interface to everything. A button push here and all my movies are ready to watch. Right now, I have about 90 movies online and ready for watching. Mediaportal lets you pick the movie by it’s covert art, title and you can can view the movie outline and rating with another button push. Get the popcorn ready and hit play…

Along with the movies, Mediaportal keeps a nice fancy interface to all the TV shows available. The episodes are broken down in to season categories and series/episode summaries are provided with nice shiny images as well. It even tracks what you’ve already watched.

Music, Internet radio, movies trailers, games, pictures & even more are available too. It’s quite an impressive system and the possibilities continue to grow. As for the cost… I was able to re-use Eva’s old PC – Despite being about 7 years old, it runs MediaPortal perfectly. The only new equipment I had to purchase was the IR receiver for $25 and then only needed a couple of really long audio/video cables – cost: $35. $60 in total – you can’t beat that!

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3 Responses to “What the heck is Mediaportal anyways?”
  1. Carlos says:

    Well, Lenny. It was nice being your friend. Odds are you will never leave your house now. You will likely become some type of hermit living in your basement, showering only when Eva sets the hose on you. A combination of bon bons and extra meds will maybe cause you to enlarge so much that you back skin will mesh with the material on your couch. In five years, we will have to cut a hole in your house just to get you out. Oh the horror, the horror!!!

    Oooooor, maybe you’ll just have a really cool entertainment unit where your friends (ahem) will come by and become part time roomates. I don’t take up that much room, really I don’t.

  2. Len says:

    Let’s figure out how to mount a hammock in the basement and then we can discuss monthly rent.

  3. Carlos says:

    wow, wait a second. Is this really an option? I would totally sleep in a hammock. I’m thinking of ways to convince my landlord to let me stick holes in my walls. You should know, I sleep, how do you say, as one with nature. That may be a problem.