The MCE version of the R5000-HD
DVR supports the Windows® Media Center Edition (XP and Vista 32). In
addition to the special version of the DVR app, a set of drivers is
installed providing a fully integrated Media Center tuner. The new
software impersonates an NTSC tuner/capture device whereby the R5000-HD
device is installed as a connection to the imaginary S-VHS or
composite input. Now, full advantage can be taken of the integrated
guide and scheduling features of Media Center while still producing the
same high-quality HD (and SD) streams.
Client-Server architecture - The nature of the MCE version design
allows for the R5000-HD capture device to reside on a different PC than
the actual Media Center. The "remote" PC does not have to be
running the Media Center Edition OS. In this mode, the R5000-HD
connected PC runs the DVR app in the "server" mode while the
client runs on the MCE machine.
DRM (Digital Rights Management) - Media
Center recordings are contained in the "dvr-ms" format, which may add
copy protection to the stream. This is beyond the control of the
R5000-HD software. However, the DVR application provides the option to
simultaneously record the same transport stream files that it has always
produced. This gives the user the flexibility to conveniently make and
playback recordings within the Media Center shell and still have files
for permanent archiving that can be shared amongst other devices.
Software: A PC running
Windows® XP or Vista (32-bit versions only) Media Center Edition is
required. Microsoft .NET Framework (version 3.0 or greater) must be
installed. It is part of the various service packs and can be downloaded
and installed separately: Version
3.5 (may have to install incrementally).
Hardware: The MCE remote/blaster is required (this is often
shipped as part of the MCE package*). Although not used to control the
R5000-HD receiver, the blaster is required to be in place to satisfy the
MCE set top box setup. The hardware requirements for the R5000-HD are
the same as those outlined here.
*Available through various retailers: