Best Alternatives for Windows Media Center in Windows 8 or 8.1

By | July 10, 2014


Microsoft has stopped providing Windows Media Center with Windows 8 and 8.1, if you just switched from Windows 7 to 8 or 8.1 then you might feel something missing with this version of Windows but don’t worry, If you are looking for the best alternatives for Windows Media Center in Windows 8 or 8.1 then this article will sure help you out. Check out the listed best options available for your Windows.

Best Alternatives for Windows Media Center in Windows 8 or 8.1



As I believe, XBMC is probably the most popular alternative to Windows media Center. XBMC (Xbox Media Center), as it was originally created for the Xbox. Today, XBMC runs on a different operating systems, including Mac OS X, Linux – even iOS and Android, it ven supports every type of media format you’d want. One if want to play YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, or more can easily get via available add-ons.



Plex is an alternate media player on Windows 8 and 8.1. It holds two segments – the Plex Media Center, which is the frontend and the Plex Media Server, which is the backend. With Plex, you could make one PC in your home a media server and access it using the Plex Media Center on your home theater PC. You could even use the applications for Android and iOS smartphones to stream media to the majority of your devices from the server.
Unlike XBMC, Plex does not support recording or watching live TV.

Media Portal


Media Portal is basically a part of XBMC, but if we talk about its UI and functionality, it is totally different. If you are not liking XBMC’s interface much, you might go for MediaPortal on your Windows 8 or 8.1. Like XBMC, it contains the standard PVR features for playing, pausing and recording live TV, laying DVDs, and watching online video services.



This is also a nice media alternative for Windows 8 or 8.1 running devices but it has few junk files and tools included with the Windows installer that add undesired tabs and install unwanted apps so be careful while installation and uncheck those apps. If you not liking any of the listed above then you can try this one but personally I won’t recommend you to get this because the spyware which is included might slow down your system. One positive thing I want to tell about this software that it has inbuilt TV-optimized interface as a “3D interface,” so it can provide some additional eye candy.


As of now these are the best alternatives for media center, keep visiting our website for more news, latest updates, review and tutorials.