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MediaPortal 2 is the successor, or next generation, of MediaPortal 1. After several years of development we realized that the core of MediaPortal 1 could simply not support everything we wish to do now, let alone expand to meet future needs and incorporate technological advancements.· So we took a hard look at version 1 and evaluated what was working well, and what was not.

The result of this evaluation was a fundamental new approach toward the underlying core structure. Simply put, in MediaPortal 2, everything is built in a modular way. This new architecture offers more stability, flexibility and testability for not only our main application, but also for all extensions. It eliminates the "spaghetti code" seen in MP 1, where the smallest change in one area could cause a completely unrelated feature to break.

The ultimate goal is to provide the best Media Center on earth - for FREE!

Highlights of MediaPortal 2 


One of the main advantages of the new architecture is its flexibility. If a new function or feature is needed, our modular approach makes it very simple to add that function via our very flexible plugin concept, either as part of the core application or as an extension. Functions code, skin, localization resources, database, media access code, players and many other components can be simply replaced and/or extended.  Plugins may be easily added as needed, see our wiki pages on Plugin Architecture and Developing Plugins

Code Quality

We have also introduced much more stringent code quality requirements for MP 2 in order to avoid the many problems we had with MP 1.  In particular we have improved the code documentation as you can see in our Development Documentation Standards in the wiki.

Client-Server Architecture

MediaPortal 2 will be implemented as a client-server system. The server will manage all attached MP 2 clients, their local resources (shares), some global preferences and so on. Basically, the server will contain the Media Library and the recording engine for TV and other broadcasts (like radio, web-TV etc.). You will find an Architecture Overview in our wiki.

 TV will be implemented as a media provider, which means that it can transparently run at the server and/or at the client. There won't be a need for a dedicated or separate TV server component as cab see on the Architecture Requirements wiki page.

The server can automatically start for upcoming recordings and shut down after recording is completed; or simply run 24/7. The client automatically connects to its home server on start-up. It provides the user interface, just as in MP 1. The client application can be closed after usage. In a single seat setup, server and client run on the same machine and typically will start and shutdown together. 

This functionality is well hidden, running in the background. You do not have to bother much during the setup or while using it.

UPnP Support

UPnP has become an industry standard for communication of multimedia devices. The MediaPortal 2 communication system is built on the UPnP protocol to allow you to access your media at ease.

The MediaPortal 2 UPnP library was created from scratch to avoid the limitations that available libraries, such as from Intel, might impose.

For the media interface, MediaPortal 2 communicates over its own, powerful UPnP services and provides specific UPnP data structures for the communication, which are very flexible and which support all features of MP 2. The system is easily extendible through additional plugins which can simply add additional UPnP services, for example. Even the standard UPnP/AV services will be added as a plugin.

State of the Art Skin Engine

We threw away the skin engine from MediaPortal 1 and created a new one from scratch for MediaPortal 2.

This new engine was inspired by the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). WPF's emphasis on vector graphics allows most controls and elements to be scaled without loss in quality or pixelation, which means skins can scale to any screen size.

Even though it is extremely powerful, we discovered WPF has a few limitations for a Media Center. So we created a slight derivation, called MPF which does not suffer from these limitations. MPF is 90% compatible with WPF, so if you know WPF, it will be easy for you to understand MPF.  See our Skin Design wiki pages for details.

The Skin Engine is almost complete, and concept designs have already begun for new MP 2 skins. Seeing is believing!

Integrated Database Engine

MediaPortal 2 includes its own database engine. This means you do not have to bother with SQL-Server. However, advanced users still have the option to choose an already present SQL Server to be used instead of the internal one. Other database engines can easily be supported by simply writing a connector for them.

To store the contents of the media library and other data from plugins, the MediaPortal 2 server provides a database interface where each plugin can install its own subschema. The system automatically tracks database schema scripts, schema updates and uninstallation of subschemas.

The Time Has Come to Get Involved!

Although we have made significant progress, we still have a long way to go until MediaPortal 2 can completely replace MediaPortal 1. What we need are skilled people interested to work with us on version 2 of MediaPortal.


We are looking for developers who are willing to step into the world of MP2 and learn the concepts behind it. Developing for MP2 is great fun, but also needs much discipline.

Developers get all help they need, but we also expect from them that they are proactive. We have a Wiki which contains much information, and this documentation is constantly extended.  Please read our MediaPortal 2 Development Documentation.

Developers should have a good programming background and provide the ability to abstract from concrete problems and to develop and conceive concepts.

Designers and Artists

MediaPortal 2 needs a default skin which shows what MediaPortal 2 is able to do. For that we need designers who have experience with designing a graphical user interface (GUI). Coding skills are an advantage but not necessary.

We also need a lot of graphics to be created from scratch. So we need skilled artists in our team as well.

Where to start?

You now have an basic idea about what we are working on, so where should you start if you would like to get involved?


Our wiki already contains a great deal of information including detailed explanations of the fundamentals of MediaPortal 2. You will also find some development tutorials which will help you get started.

Development Forums

You can ask questions, provide feedback, submit patches and start to work your way into MediaPortal 2 in the MediaPortal 2 Development Forum

Source Code

Finally you will also want to have a look at the source code. How and where to get the latest sources is described in the wiki.

Typically, you will checkout the "MediaPortal" directory from our development trunk, since it represents the current stable point of MediaPortal 2 development.

Be aware that almost all development is done in branches; only stable changes are merged into the trunk.



Reviews: MediaPortal In The News!


Over the years, MediaPortal has been reviewed by a large number of websites, blogs, magazines and newspapers. Some of these reviews are listed below.

Is a review missing?  If you are an author and your review is not listed, or if you stumble upon any interesting article while searching the web or your local magazines, please contact us today!


Most recent articles

PCWorld - HTPC Showdown: Which front-end interface is best?

"When you're ready to take your home theater PC to the next level, MediaPortal and Plex are the best tools to help you pull it off."

engadget - MediaPortal 1.3 exits beta with official Windows 8 support, revamped skins

"MediaPortal 1.3 is throwing its hat in the air today after graduating from beta to full release status. The Titan skin intended for 1080p widescreen displays has made the final version with plug-in support, but don't worry if it doesn't fit your style or screen, as the default skins have also been refined. UI themes and settings can be easily modified for deeper personalization, and you can now highlight shows in the TV guide to better plan your evening's entertainment."

BetaNews - MediaPortal 1.3.0 supports Windows 8

"Open-source Windows media-center tool MediaPortal 1.3.0 has been released after an extended period in Release Candidate mode. Version 1.3.0 debuts a fresh new skin, optimized for widescreen full HD displays, and also adds support for unencrypted Blu-ray disc playback."

engadget - MediaPortal 1.3 hits beta, scores new Titan UI, preliminary Windows 8 support

"The Titan skin spruces up the open source media player's interface with fresh visuals designed for folks with 1080p 16:9 displays. If you're worried about the new look harshing your plugin mellow, the Titan Extended option already plays nice with a handful of add-ons: OnlineVideos, MovingPictures, MP-TvSeries, My Films, Fanart Handler, Latest Media Handler, Trakt, InfoService and the Extensions plugin."

engadget - MediaPortal posts new beta with new look and CableCARD, teases bigger sequel

"A new 1.3 beta might offer just what home theater PC users have been looking for.... It carries a much more contemporary (and less Windows Media Center-like) skin with minor tweaks to the layout and overall interface."

Missing Remote - MediaPortal Adopts New Default Skin, Prepping CableCARD Support and MP2 Autumn Build

"There was a time when I would bounce from one media center frontend application to the next, always seeking out the perfect blend of eye-candy, customizability and functionality. One application that continues to find its way to my test system is MediaPortal."

Sü - Warum ein teurer Internet-Fernseher nicht notwendig ist (German)

"Deutlich mehr Möglichkeiten bietet die kostenfreie Software MediaPortal, die sich auf jedem Windows-Computer installieren lässt. Media Portal kann deshalb mehr als Internet-Fernseher, weil das System offen ist und nicht auf Apps begrenzt, die man herunterladen muss oder vom Hersteller aufgespielt bekommt."

 Smart TV - "Why an expensive Internet TV is not necessary" (translated title) 

"The free software MediaPortal, which can be installed on any Windows computer, gives you many more possibilities. MediaPortal can offer more than an internet television, because the system is open and not limited to apps that you have to download or which are preinstalled by the manufacturer." News  - MediaPortal: Das perfekte Media Center für zu Hause (German)

"MediaPortal is a free program that turns any reasonably modern computer into a powerful media center."

CNET UK Reviews - How to stream live TV to your mobile phone

"If you have a digital TV tuner plugged into your Windows PC then it's possible to stream that signal direct to your mobile device, wherever you are. In this article we'll show you how to do it for free."

HTPCProject - MediaPortal Review

"...what separates MP from any other HTPC front end is how customizable it is... Factor in the fact it is free and open source and you are looking at the best piece of media center software available."2010

Techworld - MediaPortal 1.1.1

"MediaPortal is an excellent media centre, and arguably one of the most powerful open source applications around. If your TV tuner came with some feeble old viewing app, or you're not happy with Windows Media Centre, then give this a try instead." (Dutch) - Drie gratis mediacenter-apps getest - Three free media center apps tested
"Mediaportal is the right choice for people who want to use digital television. The software maybe somewhat complex for beginners, but the large choice of settings and modular design makes the software flexible and versatile."

"Almost mandatory for a media center with television aspirations is the presence of recording functionality and time shifting, and MediaPortal succeeds with flying colors. If multiple tuners are installed, it can easily record one program while viewing another channel. Furthermore... it warns on conflicts in the recording schedule and it can wake a PC with appropriate hardware from sleep mode to start a recording."

PC Professionale - Il personal computer in salotto
The magazine has reviewed seven media center commercial even for free. MediaPortal wins with the score of 8.5 tied with Sage TV (a commercial product). News (German) - MediaPortal: Gratis-Alternative zum Media Center
A news article on the release of MediaPortal 1.1.0 - "Gelungene Alternative zum Windows Media Center: das kostenlose MediaPortal." - "Alternative to a Windows Media Center: the free Media Portal."

My Opera - HTPC Blog - MediaPortal HTPC Software Review

"To begin with MediaPortal can perhaps be a bit difficult to setup. The effort is well worth it as you get a powerful media center with many features for free!"

Personal Computer Magazine (Dutch) - MediaPortal

"large amount of features... plus points: Watch Digital and Analog TV, and Radio Streams."

YouTube - HTPC für weniger als 300€ mit Mediaportal
User video showing a well configured MediaPortal installation.

The Digital Lifestyle - Mediaportal vs Media Center? Which to choose?
"MediaPortal is a stellar example of how free, open source software can harness the power of the masses and deliver a powerful and productive application that offers the user a wide variety of choice. While currently windows only, MediaPortal will work on anything from XP to Windows7 so there’s no need to upgrade that old HTPC just yet."

Freeware Mission - MediaPortal Review
"There is almost no limit to what this program can do... I was quite impressed with its features, a true all-around program."

PC Utilities - MediaPortal Review
"MediaPortal looks every bit as good as XP MCE"

Geektonic - Suresh's Home Theater and HTPC
"I still cannot believe that mediaportal is a free software. For people like me who use want to organize their movies, music photos and have a nice interface with customizable screens etc….mediaportal is the way to go."

Techosaurus Rex - MediaPortal Review
"All in all, I have to say that I STRONGLY recommend MediaPortal, I'm very happy with its DRM-Free Attitude, operation and general glossy sheen. It's very professional looking unlike a lot of open source software I've used while maintaining flexibility and community driven growth and support."

AVS-Forum - MediaPortal 1.0 vs Vista Media Center user review
"Mediaportal works out of the box with standard file formats that VMC is tricky to get to work properly with such as ogg"

Computer Totaal (Dutch) - MediaPortal 1.0 - Alternatief voor Windows Media Center
""MediaPortal is software die in veel opzichten lijkt op Windows Media Center, met als verschil dat u meer mogelijkheden hebt en minder restricties." -> "MediaPortal is software which seems a lot like Windows Media Centre, with the difference being that you have more functionality and less restrictions."


GeekTonic - Testing The MediaPortal Waters - Experiencing New HTPC Software
" importing my music and ripped DVD library was quick, painless and error free. The importing tasks are all performed via the neat configuration application that handles the plugins. Again, HTPC front ends such as SageTV would certainly benefit from having a tool like this for handling these tasks from the 2 foot interface. "

Downloadsquad - Media Portal home theater PC app for Windows hits 1.0
" just installed Media Portal 1.0 on my netbook, and aside from the fact that I had to download and install Microsoft's .NET framework first, the process was pretty much a breeze. "

Telematics Freedom Foundation - FLOSS Media Center State of the Art Comparison Chart
" We compared the 10 most prominent FLOSS projects: XBMC, MythTV, Boxee, Elisa, Neuros OSD, Freevo, My Media System, Entertainer, CenterStage+Plex and MediaPortal. "

Software Informer - MediaPortal 1.0
" You can see the weather, listen your music, view your movies, and more with this lovely program very intuitive and totally amazing. Disadvantages: Hasn´t Disadvantages. "

Raiden's Realm - Review: Media Portal
" Overall I'm very impressed with Media Portal... it's worth grabbing if you want a good DVR software that will work with most of what you have. Between this and MythTV, I'd say the developers of Media Portal have succeeded at slightly better hardware support, given that more TV Capture Cards, remotes and other associated hardware is supported vs MythTV. "

CNET UK - Open-source software rated: Ten alternatives you need
".. go grab yourself MediaPortal, because it's bloody marvellous." - Stor guide: gratis program är bäst i din htpc

Softpedia - Version reviewed:MediaPortal
"If you want a mediacenter-type of software to play your DVDs and your music, watch your pictures, get weather reports and so on, but you are not necessarily set on spending money on such a piece of technology, Media Portal is definitely one of the first choices."

PVRWire - MediaPortal - Alternative to Windows Media Center
"The great thing about MediaPortal is it is open source meaning it's a lot more customizable than the regular Windows MCE."

Afterdawn - Mediaportal v1.1.0 Beta 1 User review
"this software is so good that a member of the Microsoft Media Center team recommends it on his blog, and numerous well respected magazines and websites laud it as it justly deserves. I hope you love it as much as I do."

Digital World - Media-Center gratis
"Sie suchen ein Media Center? Die freie Software Media Portal kann alles: Fernsehen, Musik, Fotos. Digital.World zeigt Ihnen, wie Sie Media Portal installieren."

Online PC - Testsieger: MediaPortal
"MediaPortal schlägt Sceneo TV Central, Nero Premium, Showshifter, Cyberlink Power Cinema and Intervideo Home Theater Platinum"

Marketing your biz - MediaPortal Review
"If you are comparing Media Portal against upgrading to XP Media Center, then Medial Portal will win hands down on functionality."


Netzwelt - Projekt HTPC: MediaPortal einrichten
"Mittlerweile gibt es aber genügend Alternativen zur relativ engstirnigen Mediacenter Edition von Microsoft und zur kryptischen Linux-Oberfläche...Wir haben uns für das kostenlos erhältliche Programm MediaPortal entschieden"

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  • TV

    Watch live TV, record shows to your hard drive, or view the TV guide on any PC in your home. You can even watch and record TV at the same time

  • Videos

    Browse your movies with full DVD covers and details automatically downloaded from IMDB (Internet Movie Database). All you have to do is make the popcorn, MediaPortal does the rest.

  • Music

    View all your artists, albums, tracks, CDs, DVDs or playlists, with album art and artist images. Play your music using high quality Bass effects, while watching your favorite visualizations.

  • Radio

    Tune radio stations via your TV Card Tuner, or add web stations like ASX or Shoutcast then stream them throughout your home via any PC·client conneted to the MediaPortal TV-Server.

  • Pictures

    Scan your drives and display all your photos or images, either as a single image or a slide show presentation, on your widescreen HD TV!

  • Weather, News, Info

    Get five day weather forecasts for cities around the world; view satellite weather images; keep track of all your RSS feeds, or check Wikipedia - all in the comfort of your living room!

  • Plugins

    Hundreds of developers create plugins for MediaPortal that do almost anything you can think of, with new ones added almost daily. The only limit is your imagination.

  • Skins

    MediaPortal skins offer a variety of looks and styles to suit your taste, even different user interfaces. or screen sizes. Many skins offer a choice of layouts, font sizes and options for your Home screen.

MediaPortal: Discover the Features

Do you want a Home Theatre with audio streaming throughout your home, a digital photo album to organize all your photos and webcam videos, access to web streams and information like weather, news, sports or Wikipedia, plus a super TiVo? With MediaPortal (MP) you can do all this and more, from the comfort of your sofa. It is the most feature rich Media Center software in the world today, and it's free!

"I still cannot believe that MediaPortal is a free software. For people like me who want to organize their movies, music photos and have a nice interface with customizable screens etc….MediaPortal is the way to go." - GeekTonic, April 09, 2009

Watch and Record TV

MediaPortal Titan_Feature_TVWatch live or recorded TV on any networked PC. You can do everything a TiVO can, and more, but for free!

Use the TV Guide to group your channels, view program details and upcoming airings, or list recorded or scheduled programs.

Change channels easily using Mini TV Guide or 'zap' through channels while watching TV.

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Listen to Music

MediaPortal Titan_Music_Now_PlayingListen to all your music using high quality Bass effects, or your own player.

View artist images and details, album covers and fanart backdrops.Organize, sort and view your music in whatever way YOU like - by artists, albums, genres, top 100, songs or even file size.

Create your playlists manually or automatically and listen for hours to your favorite music!

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Enjoy Pictures & Home Videos

MediaPortal Titan_031MediaPortal can scan your drives and display all your photos or images for you, either as a single image or a slide show.

View or sort your favorite images as you like.

Organize your images, view picture details or create a slideshow with transitions or other special effects.

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Style MediaPortal with Skins

MediaPortal- Titan_000092The default skin, available for both 4x3 and 16x9 (SD) screens, is designed with elegant simplicity to perform well even on older PCs.

Our new Titan HD skin, displayed in many screenshots here, offers a stunning design with fullscreen fanart, horizontal icon based Home screen, and various layout options.

Our community designers have also created many sophisticated skins with unique, original styles. One is sure to suit your taste.

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Play Videos, DVDs & BRDs

MediaPortal Titan_Feature_VideosBrowse all your movies, videos and DVDs, with cover art and details. Then watch them with superb quality playback.

Organize, sort and view your movies and videos however you wish. Add detailed movie info, posters, covers, even actors photos and bios.

Create playlists 'on the fly' then sit back and enjoy Home Theater at its best.

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Stream and Record Radio

MediaPortal Titan_Feature_RadioListen to FM or web Radio on any PC, even on your network, and record your favorite programs.

Tune in your FM radio stations automatically; or add stations from your satellite cable (DVB) provider. You can also add web streams, including ASX or Shoutcast.

Organize your stations, and use the Radio Guide with all the same features as the TV guide.

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Check Weather, News & More

MediaPortal Titan_Feature_GameGet weather data for as many cities as you like, anywhere in the world, and view satellite weather images.

Add and view all your RSS feeds, to keep up with the latest news on your favorite subjects.

Play Games like Tetris and Sudoku.
Use system utilities to monitor hardware, burn CDs/DVDs or edit Videos.

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Extend features with Plugins

MediaPortal Titan_Feature_PluginsAll main features are included in MediaPortal; you do not require any additional plugins.

However, there are hundreds of amazing plugins available to do almost anything you can imagine–seamlessly integrated into the MediaPortal interface.

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Access from the Web or Mobile device

thumb webmp blueshift2Away from home? On the go? Access MediaPortal remotely from anywhere in the world, using your web browser, Android, iOS, and more.

Plus turn any device on your wifi  network into a remote control. 

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MediaPortal will run fine on recent Windows computers (see supported Windows versions below).
However, make sure you have installed the software components described in the following list.


  • computer-icon   Recommended Minimum Hardware

    Although MediaPortal may run on even less powerful hardware, the following is the minimum recommended for SD playback:

      • CPU: Intel P4 with 2.0 GHz / AMD XP-2000+ or above
      • Memory: 1024 MB
      • HDD: 600 MB for MediaPortal
      • HDD: 50 GB for TV recordings and time shifting. Recordings can take up to 8GB per hour
      • Video card: DirectX 9 compatible video card with at least 128 MB of video memory
      • TV card: MediaPortal TV-Server supports all analog TV cards with hardware MPEG-2 encoder and all digital TV cards which use BDA-drivers. For specific features, see Supported TV Cards in our wiki


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    The following is the minimum hardware recommended for HD (1080p/i) playback for both videos and TV.

    • CPU: Dual-core CPU with 2,0 GHz or above
    • Memory: 1024 MB
    • Video card:
    • Codecs: LAV Filters (can be selected during installation as of 1.3.0 beta), although you may use any codecs you wish with MediaPortal

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  • File system

    file-manager-iconTV recordings can use a lot of hard disk space. The exact amount depends on the bit rate, resolution, and format of the the transmission. A one hour SD recording will typically require approximately 2.5 GB of space; a one hour HD recording will typically require approximately 5 GB of space.

    NTFS file system is highly recommended as it significantly increases the number of hours you can record to the same amount of disk space.
    USB sticks are not suitable for recording/timeshifting drives as the large capacity sticks often have abysmal write speeds and come formatted as FAT32 by default.
  • TV-Server specific Requirements:

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    It is necessary to select one of the following databases during installation:

    Microsoft SQL Server

    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition

    Oracle MySQL 5 (Windows)

    • MySQL 5

    If you choose MySQL, the MP installer will download and configure MySQL server for you. As an alternative, you may use almost any version of SQL Server from 2005 onwards. If you choose to use SQL Server, it should be installed before you install MediaPortal. Please see the SQL Server Wiki page for tested versions and links to detailed instructions. Some users have successfully used the open source MariaDB instead of Oracle's MySQL, but MariaDB is not (yet) officially supported.


    The TV-Server depends on the RPC Locator service activation. This service should be automatically installed with the Client for Microsoft Network under the properties of your network card.

    We strongly recommend using static IP addresses and disabling IPv6!

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    • Windows Media Center Edition 2005 with service pack 3
    • Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit with at least service pack 2
    • Windows 7 32- and 64-bit with at least service pack 1
    • Windows 8 32- and 64-bit (as of v1.3.0)
    • Windows 8.1 32- and 64-bit (as of v1.5.0)
    • Windows 10 32- and 64-bit (as of v1.12.0)

    We strongly recommend you always install always the latest available service pack for your platform.

  • Unsupported Operating Systems

    Please note that the following operating systems are not officially supported. However, you will be able to run MediaPortal on some of them. Use the following overview as a guideline only.

    Warning-IconMP won't run on the following OS:
    • Windows 2000 and older editions
    • Windows XP 32-bit Edition before service pack 3
    • Windows XP 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista before service pack 2
    MP will issue a warning, but will install on:
    • All beta/preview versions of Microsoft Windows
    • Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 (Windows Server operating systems do not include TV tuner support)
    • All beta/release candidate service packs
    • Windows XP 32-bit Edition with at least service pack 3

    Please, do not submit bug reports when running an unsupported operating system.

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    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
    • Microsoft Microsoft DirectX 9.0c (June 2010 redist)
      • Note: Using MP 1.0.0 or above the installer will automatically install latest DirectX if necessary.
      • Note: In Vista it's also required to have November 2008 DirectX End User Runtime installed.
    • Microsoft latest available Windows Media Player Version
      • Note: MP 1.0.0 or above will automatically prompt you for the download of latest WMP.
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL Security Update
      • VisualCNote: Using MP 1.0.0 or above the installer will automatically install latest Visual C++ Redistributable Package if necessary.
      • Note: If the component is downloaded and installed manually, be sure to use the x86 package even on x64 systems.
      • Note: On Microsoft's download page, Windows 7 is not listed for this package. Nevertheless it is required and working fine for Windows 7, too.
  • Required Updates and Hotfixes:WindowsUpdate

    • Common to all operating systems
    • Only for XP / MCE2005
      • BDA/DVB hotfix - This hotfix is essential for viewing digital TV broadcasts using either analog or digital TV cards. It is already included in roll up 2 of Windows MCE 2005, for Windows XP you have to install it manually. [Updated psisdecd.dll]
      • Firewire hotfix - This hotfix is necessary if you have upgraded to Windows XP SP2 and use FireWire devices. It is already included in Windows XP SP3.
      • Videoplayback flicker hotfix - This hotfix resolves a problem with flickering video playback. [Updated quartz.dll] It is already included in Windows XP SP3.

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  • It's Easy to Get Started

    You don't need a fancy, expensive system. Just connect your TV and sound system to your existing PC,configure MediaPortal to display on your TV screen, and be up and running in no time

  • Settings

    Many settings can be selected within MediaPortal. Or use the Configuraton tool to configure even the most advanced options, for core features plus extensions

  • Installation

    Our Installer, or Deploy Tool, will download all required software for easy installation or upgrades. You can choose to save the downloaded files to deploy on client PCs or other installations

  • Designed for Windows

    You can play any file that plays in Windows. The top notch performance and suberb playback quality make it the choice of media enthusiasts

  • Navigation

    Use MediaPortal with almost any remote, keyboard, mouse, touch screen or even an external mini display. Special controls are built in to help you. Standard menus, context menus, layouts and views make it easy to use.

  • MediaPortal is International

    MediaPortal already supports over 30 languages with ongoing additions. Local TV Guide data, movie data, and weather information is available for most regions around the world. If not, it's easy to add your own

  • Watch & Record TV at the same time

    There is no limit to the number of TV Cards you can use. You can even watch and record more than one channel using a single DVB/ATSC card. View the status of all recordings in the TV Guide or Mini Guide

  • Skins are more than Themes

    MediaPortal Skins can change the look and feel of MediaPortal, and even the way you interact with it by offering different menu styles, display layouts and features

"MediaPortal is a stellar example of how free, open source software can harness the power of the masses and deliver a powerful and productive application that offers the user a wide variety of choice...Offering the more flexible and customisable solution, MP is a seriously viable alternative to its Microsoft counterpart, and head-to-head I’d chose it..." - The Digital Lifestyle, March 09, 2009


Unlike many other Media Center programs, MediaPortal was designed especially for Microsoft Windows. Thus, the performance and playback quality is unsurpassed. No additional hardware or commercial software is required.

You can play any file that you can play in Windows. In Windows 7, codecs are included, and supported by MP out of the box. So you do not need to install anything to play all your files.

Hardware and Network

MediaPortal works on many different configurations. You don't need a fancy, expensive system. You can just connect your TV and sound system to your existing PC and be up and running in no time. Simply configure MediaPortal to display on your TV screen.

Use your mouse, a touch screen, keyboard or remote. Display either fullscreen or in windowed mode. It's your choice.

If you prefer, you can set up a separate Home Theatre PC (HTPC) to run MediaPortal, and even connect it to your existing network.

Or, you can configure an advanced network with MediaPortal on the server and as many 'client' PCs as you like. Network architecture is fully supported, so you can stream radio, music, video and live or recorded TV throughout your home.



Most common remotes are supported natively and you can easily configure them however you like. Or, configure MediaPortal to recognize your own remote. You can decide which keys you want to use for which actions.

IR Server Suite (IRSS) expands support to 28 more remotes, from iMON to Wii and MacMini. With IRSS you can create layers for your remote so one key can perform many functions. If you want to press the 'Green Button" and start MP, then use the built in Tray Launcher application. Or, use Translator to create macros for control of other devices, like your Blu-Ray player.

User Interface

MediaPortal provides a variety of options to allow you to customize the interface yourself.

There are two Home Screens: Home and Basic Home. Both can be customized, but BasicHome allows even more flexibility in style and layout and is often used by community skins to support submenus, weather forecasts, RSS feeds and more all on the Home Screen.

Menus and Context Menus are available throughout MediaPortal to allow you to select and even configure options for the window you are viewing.

TV and PVR Support

MediaPortal offers you the most powerful TV Engine and PVR (Personal Video Recorder) available today. You can do everything a TiVO can do, and more, but for free.


There is no limit to the number of TV Cards you can use. A vast array of TV Cards are supported, including analog cards. With a single DVB/ATSC card you can watch and record more than one channel. Cards supporting BDA driver architecture require no configuration.


Over 30 languages are supported by MediaPortal. You don't need to install a separate version or a plugin, just select your language and away you go!

Plugins & Skins

MediaPortal was designed to be extended. There are hundreds of amazing plugins available to do almost anything you can imagine.

Skins are more than just themes. They not only change the look and feel of MediaPortal, but often the way you interact with it. There are dozens of skins available, you are sure to find one that suits your taste.

Plugins and Skins are fully and smoothly integrated into MediaPortal. They can be installed and updated using a common Extensions Installer, and configured using the standard interface.


Installation is very easy with our installer (Deploy Tool). It will check your system and prompt you if any required components are missing or need updating.


Configure all main features, plugins, and skins in a single, easy to use interface. The same interface is used to configure the TV Server and it's plugins. User files, log files and updates to plugins and skins have links for easy access right on the Configuration screen.


Diagnostics are built into MediaPortal - Watchdog will automatically capture log files whenever an error occurs. You can even choose the level of error reporting you wish.

The Debug-Mode shortcut, on the Windows Start Menu, automates the entire procedure, clearing previous logs, starting up MediaPortal collecting logs in debug mode when you exit and storing them in a zip file on your desktop for you to submit in the Forums.

About The Project

The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.


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