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Media Center Guide Tool

Media Center Guide ToolThere are plenty of third party applications to edit, tweak, and customize media center. Over the years I have used my fare share of those tools. Guide Tool is another one of those tools I recently started using. Because I run 10 tuners in my media center pc, with my recent switch over to Windows 7 on my main HTPC I was constantly manually editing my guide data, playing around with the guide sources as well as the tuner pooling capabilities in 7MC. If anyone has ever played around with manually editing the guide data and tuner priorities in 7MC you know what I am talking about when I say it is a pita and requires a lot of tedious and repetitive tasks.

With the Guide Tool it allows you to pull up and edit the guide data, the tuner pooling, guide sources, channel numbers, and channel names. Guide tool also allows for remote management of the guide data as well, which if you are running a remote HTPC headless you can edit the guide data without having to RDP into your htpc.

Other features include:

  • Modification of channels’ visibility
  • Automated subscribing to guide services (manually, by number or by call-sign)
  • Tuner merge (by channel number, by call-sign or by guide service)
  • DVBLink sources synchronization
  • Listing of tuners providing channel’s sources
  • Generation of lean MXF file (mostly for debugging purpose)
  • So if you need the ability to edit your guide data, edit your tuner pooling, or anything else that pertains to your guide give the Guide Tool a try.

    via 1 geek 1 tool also TGB Forums

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    About the author

    Josh Shenkle

    Five+ year veteran media center user. Over the years I have built over 20 media center pc's whether it has been to upgrade an existing system in my setup, or to build a media center pc (HTPC) for friends or family. My other passion besides HTPC's and Media Center is Home Theater. After purchasing my first home with a blank slate in the basement, I completely finished it off, building a home theater with a 120" front projection setup and 7.1 surround sound system. So between Media Center and Home theater that is what you'll find me talking about here. Like Adam Thursby, between the two of us are probably the only Zune users you'll find. I started out with an iPod nano but eventually found my way to the Zune and the Zune software and never looked back. Also like Josh Pollard I too am a mobile phone/smart phone gadget nerd. In my "day job" one of my job responsibilities is to test out new phones, specifically windows mobile phones, and test them out with our exchange server and trouble shoot end user issues. I am also a Blackberry convert as I recently got a Blackberry Storm for personal use and absolutely love it! I am a huge forum troll, you can find me on AVSforums, TGB, Missingremote, Hardforums, and even the AU media center forums. I like to help out where I can when it comes to HTPC's and media center in general, so if there are questions to be had, I try to answer them the best I can.