MediaPortal Provides Alternatives for Media Center Users

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Now that Microsoft has dropped Media Center in Windows 10, MediaPortal is providing great alternative(s).

The update process of older Windows versions to the brand new Windows 10 is moving on quite quickly. Coming with many advantages, it also brings the end for a long used component: the Media Center.

The Team MediaPortal notices an increase of downloads of both MediaPortal 1 and MediaPortal 2 at the time when Windows 10 update started to be delivered. Besides the raw numbers, there is also a trend regarding download origins: now the United States are on top with ~30 percents! So we like to take the opportunity to say...

Welcome Media Center users!

We would like to encourage you to try MediaPortal. As a first step you have to decide what kind of product you prefer:

  • Do you like a rock stable, feature rich, all-in-one solution with a huge amount of community plugins? Then try MediaPortal 1.12. It's the latest stable version of our good old baby.
  • Or do you like a modern infrastructure, newest features and a from scratch fresh coded solution, that overcomes the issues that MediaPortal 1.12 has? Then try Mediaportal 2 Summer 15' Release. It's the latest version of our brand new product.

What are the differences?

MediaPortal comes to users in 2 different versions. Although the names sound equal, the products are not. MediaPortal 1 and MediaPortal 2 are different products. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. Both products are and will be under further development.

If you are a new users and like to try MediaPortal 2, please also check the recent development snapshots. They fix some of the known issues with the official SR'15 version, mainly the TV support and installation of dependencies. Check this forum for downloads http://forum.team-mediaportal.com/forums/development-snapshots.683!

If you have problems with MediaPortal 2, you still can use MediaPortal 1, which some see as more matured and feature rich. The products are following different design approaches, so the best thing is to try both of them to get an own impression.

What's coming next?

In the next weeks we will provide an update for the MediaPortal 2 Summer'15 Release, which will contain the already done fixes and new features. So stay tuned for updates and remember to check the development snapshots...

Some stats about...

MediaPortal 2 Summer 15' Release:

MP2 Downloads 7dbd9

...and for MediaPortal 1.12

MP1 Downloads 03702

These are very good numbers for both MediaPortal 1 and 2!

MediaPortal 2 - Summer '15 Release

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MediaPortal 2 - Summer '15 Release

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We are proud to release the "Summer '15 Release", providing users a new, vastly improved version of the next generation of MediaPortal. There are many new features and performance improvements in this release. MediaPortal 2 will continue to improve and evolve, but in the mean time install this version to see the impressive current features and support.

Be sure to read the instructions at the end of this article regarding installation, upgrade and extension compatibility.

MediaPortal 1.12.0 Final Released

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Here it is, our MediaPortal 2015 Summer release!
Attached to this news you will find the final version of MediaPortal 1.12.0. With this release we offer a number of bug fixes and made some improvements.

Scroll down to the 'Full list of changes' to read up on all of them!


Highlights of this release

Enhanced TV experience

MediaPortal IconFor users of Closed Caption subtitling, MP 1.12 can now decode and display Closed Captions from TV channels using H.264/AVC video compression (in addition to the existing MPEG2 capability).

 

Gamepads support

Now supporting a wide range of gamepads out-of-the-box through our improved HID input device option. Usage for common gamepads is illustrated here. Note that MCE remote and keyboard support is now covered by MP's HID input device management.


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for MP 1.12.0 Release by using the links below:
Release Notes for MediaPortal 1.12

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.12.0


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

MediaPortal IconSince we switched to .NET4 you need to make sure you have .NET4 installed on your computer (not needed if you are on Windows 8 or higher because it comes with .NET4, but you NEED the .NET 3.5 features enabled!. Otherwise you are not able to install MediaPortal and the installer just quits.
Download-Link: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

Aside from that when doing a clean installation of the 1.12.0 Release there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from earlier MP versions to 1.12.0 Release

All MediaPortal installations can be upgraded to MP 1.12.0 Release without losing your settings.

Plugins:

If you are running MediaPortal 1.6.0 or earlier, then it is possible that some of your previously installed plugins will be shown as incompatible after the upgrade to 1.12.0 Release! Whether or not a plugin is incompatible depends on the MediaPortal subsystems the plugin uses.
All plugins that work for the 1.7.1 HotFix release, should also work with the 1.12.0 Release.

Skins:

Warning! Due to the new features and changes introduced in 1.4.0, none of the 1.3.x skins are compatible with MP 1.12.0 Release!

Please contact the author of the skin you use for further information and updates.

Upgrading Extensions:

The easiest way to upgrade your extensions is by launching the MediaPortal Extension Installer, and let it check for updated versions. However this only works for extensions that use our MPEI system. If the author of the extension releases it as a stand alone installer, you must contact them for an updated version.

General note about Upgrades

Manually stop TV-Service!

television-iconOn some systems our installer is not able to update the TV-Server installation because its files are locked or the service can not be stopped.
For upgrades to 1.12.0 we recommend that you manually stop the TV-Service and make sure, via Windows Task Manager (enable the "all users" option), that the TvService.exe process is really gone before starting to upgrade.

Custom TV-Service properties

If you manually changed the properties of the TV-Service (like restart on error options), then you must redo these changes after the upgrade. The installer is not able to save and restore your custom service properties when it installs the new version of the TV-Service.


 Feedback

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If you think you found a bug then please post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information. Incomplete reports will be removed to keep the forum clean.


Download

Finally - the download. We hope that you took the time to read this release news entirely because it includes vital information about the major changes.

  If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation!

The Team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

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