Broker – Automated Recording Conflict Resolution over Network | I wouldn’t
expect anything other than greatness from the man who bought us DVRMSToolbox,
Broker is no exception. It is a very neat utility for those of us with more than one Media Center
PC. No longer do you need your single Media
Center PC to have six tuners, now you can share the love!
Broker is a simple application and service that runs on your Media Center
PC’s. When you have a recording
conflict, it pings the other Media Center PC’s on your network and asks them to
resolve it for you. This means that you
can schedule four shows to record on a PC with three tuners, and it forwards
the forth recording request to your other Media Center PC, which might have two
I’ve been playing with it and it works amazing well. I’ve got a Media Center PC with three tuners,
and a second one with two tuners. An
Xbox connects to the Media Center PC with three tuners, and all is happy. However, there is every so often when you
want to record four things at night.
Sure, I could walk to the other PC and schedule it, share the recorded
TV folder, and etc. But, with Recording Broker
I just schedule away via the Xbox Extender and Recording Broker distributes the
load between the two Media Center PC’s (you still would want to share the Recorded TV folder though).
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