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Add Extra Streaming Television Services to Windows 7 Media Center

Windows 7 Media Center is a great tool for watching live and streaming TV, but what if the included Internet TV isn’t enough? Today we look at the TunnerFree MCE plugin to add more streaming choices.

TunerFree MCE

Note: We are installing this in the US and UK users will have different available channels.

Make sure you’re closed out of Media Center and download and install TunerFree MCE plug in (link below). You can install it using the Typical Setup Type.

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After the install is complete launch Windows 7 Media Center and browse to MillieSoft TunerFree MCE.

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You can also access it from the Extras menu.

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The first time you launch TunerFree MCE, it will take a few minutes to setup.

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After setup completes you’ll have access to several new channels like iTV, BBC, MSN Video Player and more.

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Just select the one you want to watch or listen to. Most of the channels can only be viewed if you live in the UK but if in the US all available BBC radio programs are available.

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Setup for US Usage

To set it up for US use go into Preferences.

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If you’re in the states, you can integrate Hulu programming by going to Preferences, and highlight Get Hulu.

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Also continue to scroll down and change your default Country to the US.

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Now you can go through and browse through different show categories in Hulu.

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Pick a category you like and you will be presented with the different available shows…just click on the one you want to watch.

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Hulu will start in a small screen…

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But, you just need to maximize the screen to watch the programs in a larger view.

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There are also TunerFree MCE Plugins (link below) you can add to get even more channels like NASA TV, 4oD YouTube, TWIT.TV and more. In this example we’re adding TED Talks. Close out of Media Center and download the Zip file and extract its contents to C:\Program Files\MillieSoft\TunerFreeMCE\Plugins.

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Restart Windows 7 Media Center and then click on Update Now…it can take several minutes so you’ll need to be patient.

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A command prompt window will open up showing the progress of the Cache Builder.

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Then you can scroll through the available channels and you’ll see your new channel.

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With TED we were able to scroll to different types of talks on various topics.

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Conclusion

If you are looking to add more free streaming video to Windows 7 Media Center, TunerFree MCE is a good choice. While US users might be a bit disappointed that a lot of the UK channels aren’t available, at least we can add Hulu and listen to all BBC Radio programming. Installing different TunerFree MCE plugins will give you more choices as well. If you live in the UK and have tried TunerFree MCE we are interested in hearing your thoughts in the comments!

Download TunerFree MCE

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/2/10

Comments (11)

  1. Vishal

    Will this work for India users?

  2. Lou

    Dear Team

    Re:http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/24208/add-extra-streaming-television-services-to-windows-7-media-center/

    Your E Mails and articles therein, are invaluable and filled with so many Tips & Twigs. Thank you so much for all your good work and advice. Can you please tell me if the above would be workable in the State of Queensland, Australia?

    Many thanks

    In appreciation

    Yours truly

    Lou

  3. Anne

    Hi there,

    Awesome article – am curious as well. WIll this work in other countries for e.g Australia?

    Looking forward to your reply – many thanks!

  4. karen

    Awesome article – am curious as well. WIll this work in Australia?

    Looking forward to your reply

  5. Seasider

    Hi. I live in the UK and have installed TunerFree MCE along with plugins. Sadly the basic program offers nothing that is not available such as SeeSaw TV, BBc, ITV, Channel 4 etc without have to install anything. The plugins only offer mundane programs and clips of how ?? was made.
    Shame, but as always censorship rules.
    Thanks very much for showing us this though. We in the UK very much appreciate all you do and value your advice, there are no comparable sites here.

  6. Fredrick

    Can you still record?

  7. jamal

    my name

  8. jamal

    can you still record

  9. Bob

    I live in the UK. This app works like a charm. My daughter watches her favorite cbeebies shows from BBC iPlayer through this software. amazing piece of work. Hope they keep maintaining it, since it looks like there’s quite a bit of custom software development to parse each web page to maximize screens etc. going on in the background.

  10. Chris

    I am completing an ipTV system for my dissertation. Is there anyway that the config file can be pushed out from the server rather than having to copy the file to each WMC folder. I ask becuase I have to create a multicast stream and do not want to do this for 20+ clients

  11. Clay

    i have did all these steps and when i click on a show i want to watch it says not available in my area i have clicked on almose every show and it says the same thing could u please help me with my problem?

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