Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: GBPVR in PC Buyer (UK magazine)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    4,451

    GBPVR in PC Buyer (UK magazine)

    Just seen an article in the Oct 2006 issue of Computer Buyer magazine (UK), titled "Alternatives to Windows Media Centre". Along with Myth et all there was GBPVR in all it's glory - deserving a full page write up with screenshots of the TV Guide and Libary plugins!

    GBPVR received 4 out of 5 stars and 'best on test' in the conclusion. Said "the most impressive media centre alternative is GBPVR". Mentioned the way it 'just works', how reliable it was and the fact it was, (in their opinion) amazinaly, a free download.

    Just thought you would like to know sub

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    NextPVR HQ, Wellington, New Zealand
    Posts
    76,718
    Cool. Do you have a scanner? If so, I wouldnt mind look - you can email to me at support@devnz.com

  3. #3

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    4,451
    Quote Originally Posted by sub
    Cool. Do you have a scanner? If so, I wouldnt mind look - you can email to me at support@devnz.com
    I didnt buy the mag, was just flicking through it in the shop. Maybe another UK user could help...?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    703
    Power cinema 4 got 4 stars too , I don't think the reviewer (if the same person did all the media centre reviews) knows his/her subject matter very well. Also the multiplexer is only needed for digital cards but the review gives the impression you need it even with analogue cards. I can see Sub getting more visiters knocking at his website.
    Last edited by herbs; 2006-08-20 at 11:39 PM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Brighton, UK
    Posts
    1,185
    Quote Originally Posted by PCBuyer
    Verdict: GBPVR doesn't have the snappiest name and setting it up is a bit tricky, but it's free and it's very good at what it does - an excellent Media Center replacement. GBPVR is a bit tricky to set up, but it's the best at recording and playing back TV.

    GBPVR is a freeware Media Centre program. While it isn't perfect, once you've got it set up, it's the fastest and easiest to use of all the programs on test.

    Setting up GBPVR's is easy, with a couple of significant caveats. Firstly, before you install the program, you need to have Microsoft's .Net Framework version 2 installed. If you try to install GBPVR without having this installed, it will throw up random error messages at various points in the installation without actually telling you what the problem is. You can download the Framework from www.tinyurl.com.

    The other tricky part is that you need some kind of MPEG 'muxer' installed before you can record TV programmes. This takes the video and audio parts of a digital TV signal and combines them, and there's a free one called AutoDVRConvert available from www.heimiko.com.

    Getting started

    Aside from these initial complications, GBPVR is fairly easy to set up and there were none of the TV card problems or endless updates we experienced when installing XP Media Center Edition 2005. A configuration program helps you to set up both the directories where your media files are stored as well as your TV tuner. If your tuner supports


    ADVERTISEMENT
    the BDA standard, you can select the BDA Recording plug-in, which got our Twinhan digital TV tuner card working perfectly straightaway. GBPVR also needs to get program information for the Electronic Program Guide. It can grab this from a number of sources, but we found by far the easiest method was to get the information directly from the digital TV signal by selecting 'DVD EPG Broadcast'. It takes around five minutes to fill the EPG with programme information. Thereafter, you can set the program to automatically update the EPG at certain times of day. The final stage is to choose which remote control you want to use - GBPVR supports a variety of different remotes.

    The program's main interface is not as fancy as that of Windows XP Media Center or of CyberLink PowerCinema, but it's clear and fast. Recording TV is probably the main reason to use a Media Centre package, so it's handy that GBPVR is built around the EPG.

    Timeshifts and tags

    Recording TV programmes is simply a case of using the remote or keyboard to select the programme, then pressing Record. If you don't want to leave your PC turned on all the time, GBPVR will automatically wake it from standby mode, record the programme and go back into standby mode. The timeshift mode works perfectly, pausing and resuming live TV without any noticeable difficulties.

    GBPVR's media playback menus are more functional than pretty, but they work well enough. The main problem is that the music player doesn't support ID3 tag information for Windows Media Audio files, so the player doesn't list the title or track name for this type of file.

    DVDs play perfectly, but you have to make sure that you have a program with a third-party MPEG-2 decoder such as CyberLink PowerDVD installed - you usually get such a program free with your PC. Despite initial complications, this is a great free Media Centre suite.
    save you all having to log in..... (thanks to phonicfrog for the link!!)
    Server: Win7 N | AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GHz | 4Gig RAM | Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 Mobo | 5TB+ HDDs | 2x BlackGold Twin HD DVB-T| ATI HD 5450 | Cambridge Audio DAC Magic
    Client 1: OpenElec / XBMC | Dell GX280 P4 3.4GHz |2Gig RAM | ATI HD 5450 | SPDIF pass through
    Client 2: OpenElec / XBMC | Dell GX280 P4 3.4GHz |2Gig RAM | ATI HD 5450 | C-MEDIA USB DAC
    Android: Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 4.4.2 Cyanogenmod 11

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Brighton, UK
    Posts
    1,185
    Personally I think they've struggled to find critisisims. Installing net2 is hardly difficult, and most TV cards should be supplied with a muxer as part of the supplied software. Pity they didn't mention anything about the plugins which would have answered their concerns about id tags in the music library too....
    Server: Win7 N | AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GHz | 4Gig RAM | Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 Mobo | 5TB+ HDDs | 2x BlackGold Twin HD DVB-T| ATI HD 5450 | Cambridge Audio DAC Magic
    Client 1: OpenElec / XBMC | Dell GX280 P4 3.4GHz |2Gig RAM | ATI HD 5450 | SPDIF pass through
    Client 2: OpenElec / XBMC | Dell GX280 P4 3.4GHz |2Gig RAM | ATI HD 5450 | C-MEDIA USB DAC
    Android: Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 4.4.2 Cyanogenmod 11

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •