My Channel Logos 2 Makes Windows Media Center Even Better

A little over a year ago I told you about My Channel Logos, a free Windows Media Center plug-in that adds slick-looking channel logos to the TV guide.

The good news: My Channel Logos 2 is now available, and it's better than ever. The bad news: It's no longer free. The good news: It's totally worth it.

In case you're not familiar with the program, here's what it does for your WMC guide:

Nice, right? The software auto-populates the guide for you, meaning you don't have to do any manual labor finding and matching the right logos with the right channels.

Version 2 adds some pretty slick new features. For starters, you can now modify the "logo cell" (the area that contains the channel logo) to your liking: adjust the width, restore channel callsigns, center the logos, and so on.

I especially like the option of adding extra rows to the guide--up to 11 altogether. That means you can view a lot more TV listings per page--great if you have a big TV.

My Channel Logos used to be donationware, but the developer decided to start charging for it--understandable given the time and effort involved in a project like this. The price? A whopping $3.40. (You can always donate more if you want; I did.) That is totally worth it for one of the best Windows Media Center add-ons ever.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums.

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