I’ve been a Windows Media Center user for years. I’ve been a programmer professionally for over 10 years, and personally for my entire life basically. So I decided it was time to put the two together, and I created a Media Center plugin. I also love the Ceton InfiniTV 4 CableCARD tuner in my Media Center box. I’ve always really enjoyed the data that the InfiniTV diagnostic web page offers, but you can’t easily get to that while you’re using the Media Center UI. I thought that this might be a great little project to get my feet wet in the plugin development world.
The InfniTV Status Media Center plugin allows you to quickly see the common information about your InfiniTV device on a per-tuner basis including: playback status, channel, temperature, signal strength, and copy protection status.
This is still a VERY early release, so I expect there to be problems. One thing to know is that sometimes it doesn’t retrieve the data from the tuner fast enough. If that happens it will just show “n/a” for all of the data. Just hit the Refresh button and it should grab it. Also, when you first launch it, it may take a few seconds to load. Just give it up to 10 seconds before thinking it crashed. I need to put in a loading screen. It will be in the next release.
I haven’t released the source code yet, but I most likely will soon.
Updated 2011-2-24 9:30pm – Version 0.06:
Better code for determining copy protection status
Added signal to noise value
Updated 2011-2-24 – Version 0.05:
Hopefully, maybe, finally have the copy protection bugs straightened out.
Plugin loads quickly now, and the data is populated as it is retreieved
Updated 2011-2-23 – Version 0.04:
Modification to increase likelihood that the plugin will successfully retrieve data on initial load
Added logging. If you experience an error, look for a file called infiniTVStatus-log.txt in your documents folder. Email that file to me using the Contact form.
Updated 2011-2-22 – Version 0.03:
Version 0.02 was completely broken. Now it displays correctly again, and displays the updated copy protection messages
Updated 2011-2-22 – Version 0.02:
If a channel is copy protected, the protection section will now say “Protected”