AnandTech Compares Meedio Essentials to SnapStream Media's Beyond TV and Frey Technology's SageTV - Concludes "We Think Meedio is the Better Choice of the Three"

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Popular online computing resource AnandTech recently concluded part two of their in-depth review of media center software Meedio Essentials. In writer Andrew Ku's final words he states that, "We may have a clear HTPC (Home Theater PC) winner" citing the software's strong developer community and competitive pricing.

The plug-ins already released provide a great amount of versatility and variety of features for anyone planning to create a HTPC station.

In the world of convergence between computing and entertainment, a new breed of software is emerging that combines the power and flexibility of the PC with the convenience of the TV. Referred to as Home Theater PC (HTPC) or media center software, these applications enable consumers to manage and access music, video, photos, and other forms of digital entertainment and information stored on their personal computers using their television and remote control.

In a recent review of one of these applications, the popular computing website AnandTech compared the leading software from Meedio ( against rival applications Beyond TV from SnapStream Media and SageTV from Frey Technologies. In his final words, editor Andrew Ku writes, "We think Meedio is the better choice of the three, at the moment, because of the exposed backend design of the program."

One of the strengths of Meedio's software is the strong community of third-party developers who have embraced Meedio's platform for its ease of customization. To date nearly 80 "plug-in" applications have been developed for the Meedio platform. Part two of AnandTech's review focused on these third-party plugins. "Unlike SageTV 2.0's plug-in ability, one of Meedio Essentials' selling points is precisely the variety of plug-ins available," writes Ku. "The fact that this software title is much more community-driven than either BTV (BeyondTV) and STV (SageTV) works better for the plug-in selling point." Ku wraps up by saying, "The plug-ins already released provide a great amount of versatility and variety of features for anyone planning to create a HTPC station."

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Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Meedio is a global software development company that creates digital lifestyle management software. Meedio sells direct to consumers, through distributors and resellers, and to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who embed Meedio technology into turnkey consumer electronics and computer solutions.

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