Posts Tagged ‘TunerFreeMCE’

SeeSaw launched

Friday, January 29th, 2010

After Project Kangaroo was shut down, the technology was bought up by Arqiva and re-branded as SeeSaw. Since then they have been working on content agreements with various providers, and now have agreements with 4oD, Five and BBC Worldwide, and are working on more agreements with other providers. (more…)

Wanted: Plugin developers for TunerFreeMCE

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I am currently working on a plugin feature for?TunerFreeMCE to allow other people to produce plugins for TV content from any source. The idea is that you specify some metadata about the channels (e.g. channel names, logos, details of how to get the program list), and the TunerFree code takes care of reading it and producing a list of programs.

At the moment I am looking for people who would like to work on a plugin to test this. Ideally you need;

1) A channel that you want to add
2) html and xml skills to be able to produce the metadata

If you are interested in producing a plugin, e-mail me at



Hear me on The Media Center Show this week

Friday, April 10th, 2009

I did an interview with Ian Dixon over a month ago about TunerFreeMCE, which is in this week’s Media Center Show. The content is hopefully a great advert for TunerFreeMCE, but it is bit out of date now, in that it talks about needing mouse clicks in some places, which is no longer neccessary, and also talks about future plans for doing radio, which has now been done too. I also talk about how BBC doesn’t work on extenders, but of course now you can download the BBC programs you can watch them on extenders too. Also in there is my prediction that more TV companies will move to Flash, which was proved right on the 1st April when channel 4 moved over to Flash.

I’m really pleased with the progress over the past month that has been made that has added so many more features, but the interview is still a great picture of the software. Have a listen on the digital lifestyle ?site or subscribe to the podcast.

Creating New Start Menu Strips

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I’ve just read a great post over at the Hacking Windows 7 Media Center blog about how to add new start menu strips. It tells you how you can move Add-Ins out of the hidden depths that Microsoft has relegated them in Windows 7. I was chuffed to bits to see that the example that Michael uses is none other than TunerFreeMCE. Thanks Michael!

Flash in windows media center

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Since my TunerFreeMCE code has been out there for almost a year now, I have picked up a fair bit of experience of playing flash on windows media center.

Most of the TV companies who provide flash video do so using the Akamai tech stack to secure and stream their content. They build their own custom flash players on top of that to provide their own flavour to the players, e.g. related videos and so on. The probably intentional side effect of this is that it is really not trivial to get in to their flash streams and do anything with it. It’s not like the have an rtmp url easily accessible for you to get hold of. There are ways of doing it, but not easily. There is for example a project on sourceforge called rtmpdump ( which allows you to download flash videos from the BBC and from Hulu. (more…)

Project Kangaroo looses it’s bounce

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Kangaroo from Walka Water WorksSorry. I just couldn’t resist a pun. Perhaps the loss of future pun opportunities is the saddest thing about the demise of this project. Anyway, as noted on my main site, Project Kangaroo was shut down by the competition commission today.

Of course, if you are using TunerFree MCE, you probably don’t care that much – you already have a single interface for all of the UK content, so this wouldn’t have added anything new. From my perspective though, it’s hard to say if it is a good or a bad thing. If they had produced a single way of handling on-demand TV, it would have made my life much easier when producing a media center interface for it. On the other hand, if they had used their combined might to increase the protection in the system, they could have shut me out completley. Perhaps it’s best for all media center users that this didn’t happen after all.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Tasumi1968