MediaPortal 1.13.0 Pre Release

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Attached to this news you will find the Pre Release version of MediaPortal 1.13.0.
Pre Releases are provided as a way for the community to test and give feedback on all the exciting things we have lined up for the next release. We allocate about one month for Pre Release testing. In that time we only do bug fixes, and then comes the final release!

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

Highlights of this release

Remove Default skin and replace DefaultWide with DefaultWideHD

It wasn´t an easy decision, but finally we decided to drop the 4:3 Skin "Default" from the installer. For users who need a 4:3 skin, there is a nice replacement called "Four2Three" with the same functionality as the new DefaultWideHD.

We also replaced the skin "DefaultWide" with "DefaultWideHD" with the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. A lot of users may already know that skin as "DefaultWide HD", from our skin repository.

"DefaultWideHD" offers an easy-to-use BasicHome-Editor inside the GUI to let you configure MediaPortal to your personnel needs.

More information and a description of how to use the new BasicHome Editor can be found under this link:

PIN protection for delete recordings in TvPlugin

The accidental deletion of TV recordings may now be protected by a PIN.

Native ISO support on Windows 8 or later

MediaPortal now supports the direct playing of  ISO files on HTPCs with Windows 8 or higher.

Please be aware that this new feature is still experimental, so you better do not remove DT or VCD before try!

Remove Microsoft MCE Input Handler

We removed the Microsoft MCE Input Handler and replaced it with the HID Input Handler, so you should not experience any problems when using Microsoft MCE input devices

Restore last position and size of MP when used in windowed mode.

If you are using MediaPortal in windowed mode, your settings regarding position and size are now stored when you close Mediportal.


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for MP 1.13 Pre Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.13.0

Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback


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 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 1.13.0 Pre Release there is nothing else to worry about.


update-iconUpgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.13.0 Pre Release

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to MP 1.13.0 Pre Release without losing your settings.


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 1.13.0 Pre 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 1.13.0 Pre Release.


Warning! Due to the new features and changes introduced in 1.4.0, none of the 1.3.x skins are compatible with MP 1.13.0 Pre 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 1.13.0 Pre Release 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.


menuv3 forumBugs

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.


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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MediaPortal 2 - Summer '15 Update 1 Release

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After the release of the Summer'15 version we unfortunately noticed problems which needed to be addressed quickly. We improved our installation routines, have fixed the TV related and other issues and as result we now provide the "Summer'15 Update 1 Release". This release is mainly a bug fix release, but there are also interesting new features to discover! The Update 1 is generally recommended to install for MediaPortal 2 users.

MediaPortal Provides Alternatives for Media Center Users

Written by Team MediaPortal on .

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!

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!

Running the latest version?

V1.12.0 - released July 2015
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