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Adding DVBViewer to Windows Vista Media Center

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Feb-2008 12:29

During the last week we managed to get the most excellent DVBViewer running in our Windows Vista Ultimate box (the Apple Mac mini we have in the lounge) as reported in my previous post.

But reality is you don't want to have to always use a keyboard to leave the Windows Media Center interface, manually run the DVBViewer and then use the keyboard again to to get back into the Media Center application. You can automate this sequence with a couple of XML files and other two batch files.

Ideally you would have DVBViewer configured to start in full screen and stay on top. You will also configure a remote control to use instead of a keyboard. This is all done through th Options menu on DVBViewer.

I then read about creating the XML files and use them with the MCE Registration API. Once these are created you can then create a strip and add the tiles to it. This second step involves some registry modifications and I found out that using the MCE Menu Customizer would be faster and error free.

So I have created a couple of XML files that create two applications and entrypoints that you can then add to the Media Center menus - and I am making the files available here.

So these are the steps:

1.Download the MCEDVBviewer.zip file and unzip it in the same folder where DVBViewer is installed - it must be installed on the default folder (\Program files\DVBViewer)

2.Double-click dvbviewermceregister.bat to create the icons which will be added to the "Online Media" strip.

3.If you want these in their own custom strip then download MCE Menu Customizer and execute it - just drag-and-drop the application tiles to the "+" signs and name the strip.

4.Restart the Media Center UI and you are all set.


The "Digital TV" tile kills the Media Center interface and start the DVBViewer. If you have DVBViewer set for fuil screen then you will have your DVB-T channels in a couple of seconds.

You can configure a button on your remote control to exit the DVBViewer application. You can then use the green button to restart the Media Center interface. If you restart the Media Center without closing DVBViewer then you can select the "Stop Digital TV" tile to close it from within the Media Center.

One small user interface problem though: when you select any of those two tiles you will see a warning "You must be connected to the Internet to use this feature". Don't worry - it will go away in a few seconds and I don't really know why it's showing this (yet) since there's no Internet access at all on those two tiles.

If you want to uninstall the tiles, simply double-click the dvbviewermceunregister.bat file to execute it.

Thanks to Koen for his quick reply to a newbie question - I could have found the answer if I read the MSDN links I posted before.

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