MediaPortal Hot off the Press

Written by lsalvatore on .

Well, we thought it was about time we released, don't you think? Unfortunately not all major bugs could have been squashed to our likeing but I'm sure you'll agree this release will be very stable and satisfactory to most.

Please check Mantis to see if your issue is already listed.

To be honest - it's been so long since we did a feature list I have forgotten what half of the improvements were. One major feature we wanted to have done for didn't make it which was moving away from DVR-MS recording however master Frodo is working diligently on a new TV engine as we speak and things are progressing well.

Special thanks go out to some new developers that have joined the team recently. Broceliande in particular has done some great work on improving zapping times and getting rid of that nasty 'no signal error'.

I hope you enjoy the release - it's been a long time coming.

SVN users: Expect some major changes is the next few weeks and the development team bombarding SVN with new code and nasty bugs :)
Please don't ask when what feature will come in, we can't tell you as we all do this in our spare time.

Click here for the complete changelog

You want the most stable MP ever? Go for the release!

MediaPortal left them ALL behind

Written by jansonhedges on .


The biggest swiss PC magazine "Online PC Zeitung" has tested 6 mediacenter applications in their June 2006 edition.
MediaPortal had to compete with Sceneo TV Central, Nero Premium, Showshifter, Cyberlink Power Cinema and Intervideo Home Theater Platinum and has left them all behind in almost all categories.
Best thing is: The magazine tested version 0.2 RC2, so they have missed the best fixes in stability and many other enhancements.

MediaPortal achieved the following ranking in the various categories:

  • 38 out of 45 points in features and usability (1st position)
  • 28 out of 30 points in compatibility (1st position)
  • 3 out of 10 points in installation, configuration and support (3rd position)
  • 15 out of 15 points in stability and licencing (1st position)

Click here to read the whole article (PDF in German language). Publishing was kindly permitted by the Online PC Zeitung editorial office.

Encrypted TV-Channels

Written by h2698609 on .

This week the encryption of the german pay-tv provider 'Premiere' on DVB-S and DVB-C has been hacked. Nevertheless with MediaPortal it is still not possible to view any encrypted tv-channel without a valid subscription card (smartcard) for good reasons.

Everyone who is asking in the forum how it is possible to do so or is linking to files or tutorials that make it possible to do so will be rewarded with a post ban.

Certainly it is possible to watch and record encrypted channels with MediaPortal in the legal way. With a TV-Card + supported CI, a Conditional Access Module (CAM) and a valid subscription card (smardcard) of your pay-tv provider.

MediaPortal does not support any illegal way to record or view encrypted tv-channels!
MediaPortal policy on sattelite/cam/dvb hacking

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