Saturday, February 20, 2010

MediaPortal 1.1 Release Candidate Arrives to HTPC World


MediaPortal, one of the more popular open-source and free HTPC software programs released the 1.1.0 (release candidate) version of MediaPortal 1. 

The beta version of 1.1 was released last August with many updates.  Now that it has been moved out of beta the developers have made some major changes to increase the stability of MediaPortal as well as improvements in compatibility between the TSReader filter and third party video codecs.  In addition they’ve increased the user interface in many areas (most noticeable inside MyTV).

The MediaPortal 1 version will continue to be updated for bug fixes and the like, but this release marks the shift of focus for the developers towards the next-generation, MediaPortal 2 software.

Major changes between 1.1.0 Beta 1 and RC1 are:

  • New official MediaPortal Logo, Icons and DeployTool graphics created by Joost !
  • Added NALU support to TsReader
    Now MediaPortal also supports:
    • Windows 7 DTV DVD codecs
    • divx h.264
    • MPC-HC VideoCodec (h.264) (current version of this codec contains a deadlock bug - MPC.HC Team working on a fix!)
  • Added support for Apple AIFF Musc Format
  • Added support for MIDI (*.mid, *.kar) file format
  • Added VUMeter Support for skins
  • Faster shares browsing
  • Integrated MPTray
  • Better overall usability
  • Integrated CI menu in MyTV
  • Support of ISO/IEC 10646-1(UTF-16) text encoding in DVB
  • Added DVB-S2 modulation and DiseqC support for ProfRed cards
  • Added DiseqC support for TeVii cards
  • Added support for Freesat DVB EPG
  • Added support for Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3)
  • Added support for GenPix DVB-S devices

Head over to the MediaPortal blog for a complete list of changes and the installation/upgrade process

Monday, February 15, 2010

TV Premieres, Finales & Specials This Week 02/15/2010

The winter olympics dominate this weeks TV, but there are a few notables to check out.

Don’t miss the Ultimate Guide to the 2010 Winter TV Season Premieres with free downloads by premiere date & by show name!  I’ve updated this guide with some additions and network changes.

Sunday, February 14

The Amazing Race (8pm on CBS) – Season 16 of the popular “race around the world” realityTV show.  Still not in HD and off my list of shows to watch.

High Stakes Poker (9pm on GSN) – Season 6 premiere

Tool Academy (9pm on VH1) – Season 3 premiere

Celebrity Fit Club (10pm on VH1) – Season 7 premiere - realityTV

The Life & Times of Tim (10:30pm on HBO) – Season 2 premiere

How to Make it in America (11pm on HBO – Available in HD) – New comedy series on HBO


Monday, February 15

Cake Boss (8pm on TLC) – Season 2 finale


Tuesday, February 16

16 and Pregnant (9 pm on MTV) – Season 2 premiere

Maneaters (10pm on Animal Planet) – Seaosn 1 finale

Paranormal Cops (10:30pm on A&E) – Season 1 finale

Wednesday, February 17

The Woman Who Stops Traffic (7 pm on Planet Green) – Series finale

The Inbetweeners (9:30pm on BBC America – Season 1 finale
Leverage (9 pm on TNT) – Season 2 finale


Thursday, February 18

LA Ink (9 pm on TLC) – Season 3 returns


Friday, February 19

The Ricky Gervais Show (8 pm on HBO – Series premiere
The Life and Times of Tim (9:30 pm on HBO) – season 2 premiere
Real Time With Bill Maher (9 pm on HBO) – Season 8 premiere
Comedy Central Presents 10 pm on Comedy Central) – Season 14 premiere




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