I was actually a windows media center fan because of its sleeky and easy to use interface but I found out that it has too many hiccups to make it comfortable for me such as lack of HD channels and audio selector when playing media files, to mention a few. Then I found mediaportal and was skeptical because it was for me a bit too difficult and time consuming to configure. But I change my decision some few weeks ago to change over to mediaportal. There were a lot of problems getting things to work though, but one of my major problems was getting the right skin. I decided to install Maya yesterday and was very satisfied with the result and the configurable menu structure. Though it is still imperfect, but I strongly believe that I have made the right choice and hope that it gets even much better in feature releases. I will try also to contribute to this skin. Keep up the good work!
About The Project
The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.
In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.