MediaPortal 0.2 Release - most important changes

Written by rtv on .

The changelog grow to big? You just want the major changes? Here they are:  

MyTV:

  • "No signal" message does not disturb your TV sessions any longer
  • Lowered zapping delay almost down to the driver's capabilities
  • A new "Mini-EPG" has been mapped to the "OK" button which is very nice for zapping. You can also switch channel groups quickly with the "left/right" buttons
  • Zap to last channel now uses "0" button
  • EPG for channels which share the same frequency can now be merged
MyDVD:
  • "DVD menu" button directly jumps to DVD playback now
  • Navigator issues fixed

MyMusic:

  • MyMusic has better Various Artist handling
  • Audio player supports fast forward
  • Inbuilt support for CD importing

Plugins:

  • MyWeather plugin has been polished
  • Every plugin can be disabled now
  • TV movie (german guide data) direct DB support
  • Cutting plugin for dvr-ms and mpeg (even via remote)

General:

  • The brandnew, high quality MPV/MPA codecs are included now. Although not using HW-Acceleration they often achieve amazing results while de-interlacing fast movement scenes. Being rock stable these should be your defaults if any problem occurs.
  • MCE remote buttons can be mapped individually now
  • Skip steps (jumping in timeshift/video files) can be configured now
  • Green Button can be used to switch between "Home" and "Basic Home"
  • The GUI can be calibrated to solve overscan issues
  • Pin protected shares working 100% reliable now
  • Almost every part supports multi-language now
  • Change skin and language "on the fly"
  • Added Support for maaaany TV cards
  • Hundreds of bugfixes for stability and speed

TvEngine version 3.0

Written by ptmorpheus on .

With the announcement of the final version 0.2 dman already mentioned that i'm working on the new tv engine.

So.. what can we expect from this new engine? here's a list:

  • seperate front/backend
  • supports multiple frontends
  • analog/atsc/dvb-c/dvb-s/dvb-t support
  • true mpeg-2 program stream timeshifting and recording
  • multi tuner support of course
  • epg / mhw  grabbing right from the DVB stream
  • network streaming via rtsp
  • teletext grabbing
  • ci / cam support for firedtv, twinhan and technotrend
  • placeshifting

Some things are worth mentioning in more detail. For example the front/backend story. The new tvengine will run as a windows-service in the background. This means that it will keep running even if mp is stopped or when you are not logged in at all!!

But... thats not all. You can install the service on any machine you like. it does not need to run on the same pc as mediaportal. So for example you can have 3 htpc's with mediaportal on it and 1 pc which has 6 tuner cards. All 3 htpc's will be able to see & timeshift live tv over the network, do recordings etc etc and that all in true .mpg format

Another thing which is very nice is that the new engine auto-discovers new cards and is able to use them. There is no need anymore for an up-2-date capturecards.xml

So whats the timeline for this great stuff? Right now we released an internal beta for testing. Depending on how the tests go i hope to have a sneak-preview ready within lets say 1 month

MediaPortal 0.2.0.0 Hot off the Press

Written by lsalvatore on .

Well, we thought it was about time we released 0.2.0.0, 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 0.2.0.0 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 0.2.0.0 changelog

You want the most stable MP ever? Go for the 0.2.0.0 release!

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