Windows Media Center – Windows 7
Ensure that you have the latest drivers for your video card installed. Video card drivers can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website:
: WMC will display a hardware error message if you attempt to configure ATSC for use in Canada; this is a quirk in WMC and not a limitation of the hardware. See this article
for a workaround.
: Please see the DVB-C instructions
for information on configuring and using the HDHomeRun with DVB-C.
- Download and install the latest HDHomeRun software from downloads.
- Open HDHomeRun Setup
- On the Location tab, set the Country and Zip/Postal Code
- On the Applications tab, set the Main Application to Windows Media Center
- On the Tuners tab, set the Signal Source to Digital Antenna or Digital Cable for each tuner as appropriate for the source. Set any unused tuners to Disabled.
- On the Cable Channels or Antenna Channels tab, click Scan to run a channel scan
- If you are using an Antenna, skip the following and proceed to Windows Media Center – Configuration
- Digital cable providers may not include the channel names in the broadcast; incorrect or missing names will result in “no guide data” being shown for TV listings in Windows Media Center. HDHomeRun Setup will attempt to use Silicondust’s lineup server to identify channel names. These names are submitted by HDHomeRun users in your area, so while they are generally a good starting point, some adjustments may be needed. Click the Zap2it Website button to launch a web browser and go to the zap2it website, then select your cable provider.
- Click the View button to view the channel. Identify the channel based on the programming currently being show, logos on screen, etc..
- In HDHomeRun Setup, change the Guide Number and Guide Name fields to exactly match the channel number and callsign of the channel from the Zap2it website. Zap2it may have two versions for some channels – one analog/standard definition (e.g. “2 KTVU”) and one digital/high definition (“702 KTVUDT”); make sure you use the correct one.
- Check the Enabled box to enable the channel
- Repeat steps 9-11 for each channels detected
- Click Apply to store your changes
Windows Media Center – Configuration
- Open Windows Media Center
- Click Tasks, then Settings, then TV, then TV Signal, then Set Up TV Signal
- Confirm your region and click Next
- Enter your ZIP/postal code and click Next
- Read and agree to the Program Guide Terms of Service, and click Next
- Agreeing to the PlayReady EULA is optional. Make your selection and click Next.
- Choose Yes to download new data and click Next
- Windows Media Center should find all tuners you have enabled. Select Yes, configure TV with these results and click Next.
- If prompted, select your cable provider or Digital Terrestrial Lineup as appropriate, and click Next
- Click Next
- Select Download when connected and click Next
- Windows Media Center will now scan for channels. If you are using digital cable, it may find very few or no channels because it will only show channels that have program information; this is normal, see the Digital Cable: Enabling Missing Channels section. Click Next. If it prompts you to scan again or continue, click Continue.
- Click Finish
Digital Cable: Enabling Missing Channels with HDHomeRun WMC Sync
HDHomeRun software versions 20100828 and later include a program called HDHomeRun WMC Sync that updates the Windows Media Center database to enable and configure guide listings for channels that do not have identifying data from the cable provider.
- Verify that all channels you wish to use are enabled in HDHomeRun Setup, and have the correct name and channel number as shown on the Zap2it website
- Verify that you have gone through the TV setup wizard in WMC, and that you see many channels listed in the Tasks > Settings > TV > Guide > Edit Channels screen
- Close WMC
- Navigate to the location where the HDHomeRun software is installed, normally C:\Program Files\Silicondust\HDHomeRun and double click on the hdhomerun_wmc_sync program
- Allow the program to complete; the window with the progress bar will disappear when it is finished
- Open Windows Media Center and check the Guide to verify that your channels are now available
Digital Cable: Enabling Missing Channels Manually
- From the main screen, click Tasks, then Settings, then TV, then Guide, then Edit Channels
- Scroll through the list looking for channels that do not have a padlock icon. You may wish to use the channel list in HDHomeRun Setup to find the channels.
- Click on the channel name (e.g. C114.1)
- Click Edit Listings
- Type the first few letters of the channel name (e.g. ktvu)
- Locate the channel in the list and click on it. Note that local broadcast HD channels (and their associated subchannels) should use the callsign with DT in the name (e.g. KTVUDT, KTVUDT2), while the separate standard-definition versions should use the callsigns without DT in the same.(e.g. KTVU).
- You may optionally change the channel number here to make the channel easier to remember. In Windows 7, you can have a cable-style channel number without the separator by entering 0 for the second portion of the channel number.
- Click Save
- Repeat steps 2-8 for each missing channel
- Click Save
Using Windows Media Center
- To watch live TV: from the main screen, click TV, then Live TV
- To see the guide: from the main screen, click TV, then Guide
- To see a mini guide when watching TV: click the Guide button at the bottom
- To record a single program: Locate it in the guide, click on it, and click Record
- To record a series: Locate one airing in the series, click on it, and click Record Series
- To change where recordings are stored: from the main screen, click Tasks, then Settings, then TV, then Recorder, then Recorder storage. Other drives can be selected using the +/- icons.
Viewing or Listening Conflict
This error message may appear on Live TV immediately after performing the steps above; simply restart Media Center. (This can also occur if the HDHomeRun used by Media Center has been disabled in HDHomeRun setup.)
Video Error: Files needed to display video are not installed
This error is often caused by an incompatibility between the MS audio decoder and HDMI audio drivers on the PC. Update the drivers for the sound card, and if separate, HDMI audio, from the manufacturer. Do not rely on automatic software installs through Device Manager or Windows Update as these can be out of date. If the error persists, disable HDMI audio output. If the error no longer appears, this confirms that the issue is with HDMI audio, and you should contact the hardware manufacturer for assistance.
No channels found during scan (cable) or no audio/video in WMC
This usually indicates that a firewall is blocking the stream from the HDHomeRun. Please check your firewall configuration and make sure that the HDHomeRun programs and the Windows Media Center Receiver Service have full access under all profiles. If issues persist, try completely disabling the firewall.
If you are are using your HDHomeRun with WMC in a Domain environment, you may need to go into the Advanced Firewall Configuration and change the Inbound connections behavior to Block rather than Block all connections.