HTPC Windows Media Center

Recorded TV HD Adds Metro Theme

Users of Recorded TV HD saw a nice little update this past Labor Day weekend, including some meta-data service changes, performance enhancements and fixes, and a new Metro theme.

According to the release notes, v 1.9.0 of Recorded TV HD brings a number of updates to this popular Windows Media Center add-in:

  • Metro Theme Option
  • Performance Increases
  • TheMovieDB API upgrade (Mandatory! Must upgrade by 9/15/2013 or movie detection will no longer work)
  • Genre auto-generation of artwork
  • Changed the search option to the “add recording” option
  • Fixed other bugs

Of these updates, the Metro theme is probably the most notable. While not necessarily true to the usual Metro hub patterns, the new theme delivers your movies and shows using a tiled interface not unfamiliar to Windows 8 and RT users. Section navigation and the detailed information display remain fairly similar to the other themes. You can select from a variety of background screens and accent colors—our hope is that we’ll see an option for some solid colors in there soon, making this feel even more like a Windows Store app.

Recorded TV HD Adds Metro Theme

If you haven’t yet tried Recorded TV HD, now’s a great time to give it a whirl. You can always download a free trial, and if you like it, hurry to take advantage of a 50% promotion for the entire month of September. That makes this already great add-in an even better bet. With the discount, it’s just $10 for one PC and all connected extenders or $15 for a household license that covers multiple PCs on the same network. The price already includes a lifetime of free updates. Give it a try and find out why we named it one of our best HTPC products.


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Richard Gunther

Richard is a product experience consultant with a life-long interest in consumer electronics. He has been immersed in smart home tech for decades now and hosts The DMZ's home automation podcast, Home: On and co-hosts Entertainment 2.0 with Josh Pollard. Richard looks at products through an experience lens, always seeking the right mix of utility and delight.