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MC currently supports SiliconDust, Hauppauge, Ceton, and many other tuners.

MC supports Cablecard now.

You can read about our current TV support on the TV board on our forum: http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?board=11.0

Can JRiver Media Center Replace Windows Media Center?

Overview

JRiver Media Center has long competed successfully with Windows Media Center, but without having the ability to play and record the Copy Once material provided by many cable companies.

Windows Media Center has not been improved in several years, and will not be available for Windows 10. With your help, JRiver would like to fill this gap by adding TVPlus to an already great product.

Introduction 

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JRiver Media Center is a well known and highly regarded software solution for managing and playing digital media. It is recognized as having both high quality audio and video capabilities.

Currently in version 21, JRiver has competed successfully with Windows Media Center, but has lacked the ability to play and record the Copy Once material available from most cable companies.

JRiver is launching a Kickstarter campaign to add this ability in an add-on package called TVPlus.  It requires JRiver Media Center.

The combination of JRiver Media Center with TVPlus can create a super set of Microsoft Windows Media Center.

You will be able to watch live TV and record programs on Windows XP, Win7, Win8, and Win10, and it includes copy protected content like HBO, Showtime, and many sporting events.

JRiver Media Center can already record and play Over-The-Air and Cable TV broadcast channels using TV tuners, including USB & Ethernet TV products from SiliconDust, Ceton, Hauppauge, and other manufacturers. You can currently record on one machine and watch on another, or on a tablet.

TVPlus is a U.S. product only at this time.

JRiver Media Center already provides a premium platform for listening to music, watching video, and organizing media libraries.  It  includes smart tagging and extensive cover art capabilities.  It uses a database that is faster and more powerful for media than any other.

With your help, JRiver will add the ability to play and record Copy Once content. 

We need your support of this Kickstarter campaign to help create a product that will replace WMC. And, of course, it will support Win 10.

Play It Again, Sam

You will be able to record copy protected programs such as HBO, Showtime, and sports for later playback on your home network in the U.S.

What’s in it For Me?

The TVPlus feature set provides new capabilities for the already highly capable JRiver Media Center. JRiver currently provides a best-in-class audiophile and videophile experience. 

JRiver's audio provides direct access to your home theater receiver or sound card for the best possible quality music reproduction, and bypasses elements of Windows that degrade sound quality.  JRiver's video incorporates best-in-class functionality to provide optimal video quality.

JRiver's GUI includes Theater View, a “10 foot" mode that works with a Media Center Remote. You can currently record unprotected (non Copy Once) content to a computer or NAS, and play it on a PC, Mac, Linux, Android, or IOS device.

JRiver Media Center has more than 300,000 users. JRiver's staff is user focused and active on the forum daily. The forum is a great resource, with more than 42,000 users and 600,000 posts.

Kickstarter Specials

There are several ways to support the TVPlus campaign.

If you already own JRiver Media Center 21, you can just buy the TVPlus Add-on.  Upgrades to MC21 from previous versions are available on jriver.com at a reduced price.

If you don't own JRiver Media Center 21, you can purchase it, along with the new TVPlus Add-on.

MC21 has two types of licenses.  You can buy a Windows license only, or you can buy a Master License for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  You can currently record Over The Air content on Windows and watch it on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

You can download a 30 day trial version of JRiver Media Center at www.jriver.com.   This trial download does not include TVPlus.

FAQ

Q: Will TV Plus be supported on the Mac or Linux?

A: Not for recording at this time, but Mac and Linux can be used to play content recorded on a PC.

Q: What countries will be supported at introduction?

A: USA only at this time.

Q: What platforms will you support?

A: TVPlus is only for Windows at this time.

Q. What tuners do you support?

A: MC currently supports SiliconDust, Hauppauge, Ceton, and many other tuners.  MC supports Cablecard now.  You can read about our current TV support on the TV board on our forum:
http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?board=11.0

Q:  What about extenders?

A:  MC can currently play to DLNA / UPnP devices.  It can play to an Xbox, PS4, and to another copy of MC.

Q: How long will the TVPlus license be good?

A: The license for the Copy Once support does not require renewal.

Q: I have an older version of MC.  How can I upgrade?

A: Please see this page on our wiki: 

http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Upgrade

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Risks and challenges

We need to add PlayReady, Microsoft's licensing technology for Copy Once. We believe this will be suitable for customers who use cable TV with tuners from Hauppauge, SiliconDust, and Ceton.

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    Current JRiver Media Center 21 owners can just purchase this TVPlus add-on package. When used with MC21, it will provide recording and playback of the Copy Once material which cable companies often deliver.

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    For users who do not own JRiver Media Center 21. This package combines the Windows version for JRiver Media Center with the TVPlus add-on. The resulting product is comparable to Windows Media Center, but with higher quality audio and video. You can download a 30 day trial version of JRiver Media Center from jriver.com.

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    For users who do not own JRiver Media Center 21. This package includes a Master License (Windows, Mac, and Linux) of JRiver Media Center, and the TVPlus add-on for the Windows Version. You can record on Windows and watch on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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