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Windows Media Player

The Windows Media Center has been around in home theater PCs forever. WMC as it’s known was released in 2001 and has been given free as part of the Windows OS from XP up until Windows 7. Microsoft decided that for Windows 8 Windows Media Center would become an optional (paid) extra. WMC can detect any tuner cards installed and run live TV.

For

  • Plays DVD Discs
  • Supports Live TV streaming
  • Integrates OTA and internet TV

Against

  • Not open source so not so many features
  • Has to be paid for if using Windows 8

Plex

Plex is an offshoot of the original XBMC software and consists of two parts, the media server is put on your main computer or NAS. Then you install the Plex media player on any platform such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. You can access your home media library or DNLA server via the the internet easily. Plex runs on the Roku, Google TV and various Smart TVs, and although a little more complicated to set-up than XBMC.it makes sharing content across multiple devices easier. Like XBMC, Plex also has a number of add-ons available that increase functionality. Read our Plex installation guide here.

For

  • Once set-up it’s simple to get any device to access your media library from anywhere with a WiFi connection.

Against

  • Can be tricky to setup
  • Apps have to be paid for Boo.

XBMC

Originally used on hacked Xbox consoles The most popular and number one media center that runs on pretty much any device and any platform. It also offers an immense number of custom options, is open source with a thriving community and it’s completely free. Just load it up,point it to your media folder or NAS home file server containing movies, music and shows. It can play content in pretty much any format you can throw at it, from mp4 to avi. The software will then collect a ton of metadata about the media in your folder and present it in glorious detail.This would be good enough to own it, but you can also download numerous add-ons that can add live TV, a DVR, free movies, shows and live sports streaming as well. Read our XBMC installation guide here.

For

  • Slick interface with selection of customizable skins
  • Numerous add-ons available
  • Available on Android and iOS
  • The best media center
  • Runs any file you throw at it
  • Simple to install

Against

  • Need to make sure media is correctly named to pick up metadata
  • Can be complicated at first

Sky Sports UK

The Sky Sports network consists of 6 HD sports channels (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and News), as well as additional online services and channels. The service offers live feeds as well as results and more. Subscribers get the app free and others can buy a monthly pass.

For

  • All Sky Sports channels available
  • Live and on-demand content

Against

 

ESPN

If you’re a sports fan then ESPN is a must. You can watch selected sports events and programming from the‘big 4 US sports leagues,plus live streaming of all ESPN channels if you’re a subscriber and fan of football, basketball, and baseball. Free users can watch selected free ‘news clips’ and videos. Although ESPN provide lots of free sport streams, you have to be a customer of approved ISP (Internet Service Providers). See list here.

For

  • Live streaming of all ESPN channels
  • Available on a number of devices

Against

  • Free content pretty lame
  • Ad supported
  • Need to be with approved ISP to watch

NHL GameCenter

The NHL GameCenter features live scores and statistics, video highlights and live game simulation, even the basic experience is one of the best online sports destinations around.

For

  • Premium level access gives you live audio broadcasts, game replays and video highlights
  • Premium subscribers also have access to live NBC hockey games and other exclusive content
  • NHL GameCenter Live access also provides live game video, simultaneous usage on multiple devices, and all NHL GameCenter Premium level content

Against

  • Location blackouts are in force so some games not available
  • Nationally broadcast games only available to Verizon Wireless subscribers.

NFL Mobile

The NFL partnered with Verizon to build their mobile interface, so big red subscribers can look forward to live audio coverage and on demand video of their favorite teams, while everyone else gets league stats, audio and video highlights, news, and enhanced social features.

For

  • Live streaming video of most NFL games, the NFL Draft, the NFL Network, and NFL RedZone

Against

  • Premium level access is restricted to subscribers of selected cable/satellite providers
  • Non-Verizon Wireless subscribers will get a limited basic experience
  • NFL blackout restrictions dependent on location still apply

NBA Game Time and League Pass

An immersive basketball watching experience complete with scores, statistics, and clips from all your favorite teams.

For

  • Premium level access gives you an ad-free experience along with access to live audio for home and away coverage
  • With additional subscription to NBA League Pass, live and on-demand streaming of out-of-market games

Against

  • No in-market games with NBA League Pass
  • No nationally-televised games even if it’s not being broadcast in your market

Watch ESPN App

If you’re a sports fan then the ESPN app is a must. Watch selected sporting programs and events online.

For

  • Includes free mobile app
  • Has live and DVR watching capability
  • Extremely secure

Against

  • No in-market games
  • Programming is very limited
  • Mobile app lacks many features

Fox Now App

FOX has always been forward-thinking, and their app is the best immersive experience out there. Vote, tweet, and get bonus offerings at your leisure or during live broadcasts.

For

  • Robust second-screen experience (called SYNC) for bonus content on live television
  • Making-of featurettes and interviews available on demand

Against

  • Full episodes only available to selected cable/satellite providers