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On my primary desktop I have an ATI TV Wonder tv tuner card, and the software that came with it is ATI's own Catalyst Media Center. Overall it does it's job of displaying TV, but I am definitely not a fan of the user interface and the responsiveness of it (seems to have a big delay in performing actions like starting to display the TV signal).

Are there any good alternatives to CMC that are compatible with the ATI TV Wonder?

I should probably note that the system is running Windows XP 64bit edition.

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Is there any reason that you can't go with Media Center provided inside Windows? Preferably the new, best version about to ship in Windows 7 any day now?


Windows XP Media Center 2005 edition is quite old now and I can't recommend it. The Vista version (in Home Premium or better) is excellent, but seems like you might as well go with the latest and greatest win7 at this point.

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I checked your post after I wrote this, and I couldn't agree more –  Charlls Jul 18 '09 at 5:30
+1 It's free and right there, and MS has spent some time working on this due to the X-Box –  Diago Jul 18 '09 at 6:49
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I've been using the Windows 7 MC with the same card for a few months and it works flawlessly. The Interface is clean and the new browsing functions are actually quite nice.

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