Why not stick with Emby?
It's far better than MB2 was and there is still a WMC client (Emby for Windows Media Center).
Or, you could try Emby Theater.
Just a thought.
Well you see, that's the thing; I did try Emby and in particular the the WMC client.
I found it performed poorer in all regards that mattered to me.
My server is an Unraid, and I had upgraded it to the latest version so docker was working and I decided to look into Emby again. Got it installed with little hassle, setup, working. No issues server side.
For the client, I have a Windows 7 as my single HTPC. I don't stream offsite or to other devices, but I figured I'd look into the latest version, as I liked MB2 for many years. I didn't find much to like with the new. Emby was much slower to load, owing to have to constantly connect to the server whenever booted. I found it would lose layout settings randomly during troubleshooting. Lacked the integrated configuration options of MB2. It also notably lacked the ability to set entry points for customized menus in WMC.
As to switching to Emby Theater, I was going to do that also, along with the Win10 client on my new computer. Until I found both require Emby Premier.
The real deal breaker for me was I couldn't get Emby to play nice with ISOs. Now, I'm going to stop you before you even start; just don't waste your time and my time lecturing me on ISO being an outdated format. I have it for bluray rips. I use ISOs because I want access to the full content of the disc and unless I want to waste a lot of time pulling out and cataloguing features in addition to making multi-audio track and subtitled MKVs or MP4s, it was the best way I found. I've also been using it for years and have a pretty substantial library built up. I use Virtual CloneDrive for the mounting. It has absolutely no issues in MB2, no issues in Windows, but gave me absolute fits in Emby. Won't mount the paths correctly for love or money. Yes, I have read the threads here and elsewhere on the problems, yes I have tried other mounting tools and the batch files people have described, no I could not get it to work, yes it did piss me off substantially.
So after almost a week of fighting with the new system, I tossed it out the window and went with what I knew worked. And it does work. Very well. Loads to where I want it to faster, has zero issues playing what I want it to, and I can configure it the way I want.
I was perfectly willing to upgrade to Emby when I embarked on trying it out. I was even willing to continue after seeing how it functioned vs how I was used to MB2 working for the last 6+ years, but I was not willing to deal with any more headaches getting it to play nice with my HD content when its predecessor never gave me those issues.
I hope that answers your question.
Edited by Kitsune, 01 September 2017 - 01:39 AM.