MediaPortal is a free open source media center software, ideal for turning your PC into a very advanced multi media center, or Home Theater PC (HTPC).
Using MediaPortal, you can listen to your favorite music and radio; watch your videos and DVDs; or view, schedule and record live TV, much like a digital video recorder such as TiVo, but better. And that's only the basic features!
Question: What? Two versions? Why?
Answer: MP1 has been around longer. It currently has more plugins available to use. It is considered to be stable. Despite its age, it is still being maintained and developed.
MP2 is fairly new. Development of this was started approx. 4 years ago. The main drive was to use the good and bad experience from MP1, put them together and start building a new and improved version of Media Portal. The number of plugins available is not on the same level as compared to MP1. MP2 is already usable and stable. But of course it is being developed and improved further.
Question: So how do I know what version of Media Portal suits my needs best?
Answer: To make it easier, a comparison table with the main features is presented below.
|MediaPortal 1||MediaPortal 2|
|Record / Playback|
|Pause / Timeshift|
|Picture in Picture|
|Appearance||Broad set of skins||Few available skins|
|Setup||External program||Internal GUI|
|Additional functions||Wide choice of plugins||Few available plugins|
|Development||Good but declining||Good and increasing|
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MediaPortal 1 Development
Latest Development Version:
1.21 Pre Release
Need Installation Help?
See our Wiki to take a walk through the Installation process and learn about basic vs advanced installation, or the download only option to 'deploy' MediaPortal easily on multiple systems.
We strongly suggest to use the most recent one as we cant give support for outdated versions.
Older versions can be found by browsing our project page at Sourceforge.
If you are interested in the source code, you can find some detailed instruction in our Wiki.