How Do I Watch TV Using Windows XP and MediaPortal?

I was going to get Windows 7 just to use Media Center, but then I found out that there is a free program called MediaPortal that can be used with Windows XP Home 32-bit which is what I have now on my laptop.  I have a USB TV Tuner called "AverTV Volar Max".  I know where to get the drivers for it and everything.  I had it all set up, but when I tried to search for TV channels in MediaPortal, it only showed foreign countries and not the USA.  I search and scanned all of them and they didn't find anything.  My real question is, how do I set up MediaPortal to watch my Analog/HD Channels using my TV Tuner.  I looked on the MediaPortal site and it had basic configuration information but it didn't help.   I need a step by step written detailed guide or either a video that shows you EXACTLY what to do.  Thanks!
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jschristian44Asked:
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saastechCommented:
I am not familiar with MediaPortal.

Have you tried XBMC?

I like it; it is easy to use imo.

Good Luck!
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jschristian44Author Commented:
boo, is there any other free open source media programs that will allow watching tv?  i looked at xmpvr or something like that.  i am getting this:

http://www.artificialworlds.net/freeguide/Main/HomePage

as my guide source, i dont want to pay for schedules direct.  can any one help further?
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Lordy123Commented:
From some newegg reviews it looks like people are using beyondtv with that tuner, however beyondtv is not free. They do offer a demo if i remember correctly, so you can make sure it works before you buy.

http://www.snapstream.com/products/beyondtv/

Hope that helps.
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saastechCommented:
XBMC is free.
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jschristian44Author Commented:
xbmc is what i got now, how do i setup it.
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saastechCommented:
To watch via TV Tuner, try:

1. Goto Videos
2. Browse
3. Look for your TV Tuner device.

It is a good product. You may want to review the documentation on their site too.

Good Luck!
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saastechCommented:
whoops forgot a step

1. Goto Videos > Add Source
2. Browse
3. Look for your TV Tuner device.

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jschristian44Author Commented:
yeah i tried that and windows wont install the drivers right or something for my tv tuner.  my tuner came with software that should allow it to watch tv.  i plugged my moms windows 7 laptop into the tuner and it lit up blue and i watched channels in media center.  could this card just not work with xp at all?
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saastechCommented:
That may be the case :(
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Lordy123Commented:
It works with XP. It just isnt compatible with XBMC, Mediaportal, or mythTV. It will work with Media Center Edition of XP, or BeyondTV.
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jschristian44Author Commented:
I found out you need some sort of media center windows in order to run it.
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