Saturday, August 29, 2009

MediaPortal 1.1.0 Beta 1 Arrives

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MediaPortal, one of the more popular open-source and free HTPC software programs released the 1.1.0 (beta) version of MediaPortal 1.  This beta version is a work in progress that will move MediaPortal 1 towards a December 2009 final RC release version.  Many changes are included and it should "shore-up" this version of MediaPortal that we've all come to know.

Significant New Features and Changes Include:

Major changes in this BETA are:

  • WebEPG is now included as a plugin for TV-Server
  • RTSP Streaming IP can be changed in TV-Server configuration
    (This is useful if the default port is in use by any other application.)
  • New OSD's have been slightly reworked and finished
  • TV-Server configuration has been reworked in some areas to enhance the usability, like new tuningformats and simplified scan dialog
  • Options have been added to TV-Server and MediaPortal Configuration to allow to disable and enable Microsoft MediaCenter Services
    (This is required for TV-Server and Microsoft MCE Remote to work properly.)
  • Various memory leaks have been fixed in MediaPortal
  • Various fixes for the Topbar in MediaPortal
  • Improved Windows 7 compatibility
  • Solved problems caused by IPv6 in TV-Server (only IPv4 is supported!)
  • Added dvb-s2 support for ProfRed Cards
  • Added CI menu support for Twinhan/Terratec tuner cards
  • Improved TV error handling for better user experience
  • CI menu and messages are automatically enabled now
  • A few more features have been added to the SkinEngine
  • Audio seek with different speeds for BASS player
  • E-AC3 / DD+ audio stream type support for TV


As the MediaPortal team continues to finish up this final version of MediaPortal 1 this year, the focus for developers moves to MediaPortal 2, the next generation of MediaPortal.  While MediaPortal 2 is a long ways off, they do plan to release public "test" versions of MediaPortal 2 eventually so everyone can get a feel for what it will look like.

For more information, the complete changelog and download links head to the MediaPortal Website