So if WMC is a dead platform, where do you go from here?WMC has always had competition, on both Windows and other platforms.It also offer the ability to feed cable or satellite video into the Xbox One and use Microsoft’s One Guide program guide.But there’s no return of DVR functionality, or at least not yet.
The cost and simplicity of renting a plug-and-play DVR from the TV service providers outweighed the benefits of WMC, and streaming services starting around 2008 spread quickly to Blu-ray players and other devices that were easier to set up and maintain than a full fledged Windows PC in the living room.
Perhaps the biggest contender is Kodi, which is the new name of the open source XBMC (Xbox Media Center).
XBMC started as a hack of the original Xbox, which was essentially a locked-down, Intel-based PC in its first incarnation.
Microsoft recently announced that after a dozen years, it would no longer include support for Windows Media Center (WMC) in the upcoming Windows 10.
WMC was novel when introduced as a special edition of Windows XP in 2002.