Here it is, our MediaPortal 2015 Summer release!
Attached to this news you will find the final version of MediaPortal 1.12.0. With this release we offer a number of bug fixes and made some improvements.
Scroll down to the 'Full list of changes' to read up on all of them!
Highlights of this release
Enhanced TV experience
For users of Closed Caption subtitling, MP 1.12 can now decode and display Closed Captions from TV channels using H.264/AVC video compression (in addition to the existing MPEG2 capability).
Now supporting a wide range of gamepads out-of-the-box through our improved HID input device option. Usage for common gamepads is illustrated here. Note that MCE remote and keyboard support is now covered by MP's HID input device management.
Full list of changes
You can review the complete change log for MP 1.12.0 Release by using the links below:
Release Notes for MediaPortal 1.12
Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.12.0
Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback
Since we switched to .NET4 you need to make sure you have .NET4 installed on your computer (not needed if you are on Windows 8 or higher 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 1.12.0 Release there is nothing else to worry about.
Upgrading from earlier MP versions to 1.12.0 Release
All MediaPortal installations can be upgraded to MP 1.12.0 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 1.12.0 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 1.12.0 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 1.12.0 Release!
Please contact the author of the skin you use for further information and updates.
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!
On 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 1.12.0 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.
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!