MediaPortal 2.1 Release

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  • BlueVision TitanExtended Theme

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  • WMC Default Theme

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  • BlueVision Grey Theme

The MP2 team is proud to present the final release version of MediaPortal 2.1

MediaPortal 2.1 is a full-blown media center software that addresses the most common user requirements out of the box. Besides its TV and Radio services it is also offering a complete media management for movies, series and music, including posters, album and fan art as well as additional metadata (e.g. actor, director and much more) that are automatically downloaded from the internet. MediaPortal 2.1 also provides access to online video sources such as Amazon Prime. Integrated news, weather information and management for your digital images complete this software package. 

The modern client/server architecture in combination with the central database greatly simplifies the use and management of the system. New clients can easily be added to the environment and connected to the MediaPortal 2 Server for immediate use. 

 

Skins

A series of different skins allows customization of MediaPortal 2.1's look & feel to your individual likes. The choices of skins and their respective themes is continuously expanded:

A specially designed WMC skin addresses the needs of former Windows Media Center users. This skin with its two themes Default and Dark offers the same experience that you were used to while providing additional features that make it even better than Windows Media Center.
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The revamped BlueVision skin and its themes Default, Win10, Titanium Extended and Grey offer additional display options that allow adjusting the look of MediaPortal 2.1 to your personal preferences:
Win10
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Titanium Extended
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Grey
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TV

MediaPortal can handle TV channels from satellite, cable, as well as DVB-T/T2 and IP streams. It includes an electronic program guide (EPG), recording scheduling and recording management. Logos for your TV channels are automatically retrieved and added to your TV database.
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Media Management

All kind of media (movie, series, audio, videos, etc.) are automatically scraped. Respective online information (descriptions, covers, posters, fanart, artists, etc.) is downloaded and added to the central database. Users can define which online sources to use and what kind of data to download.
Local fanarts and descriptions from NFO files are also supported. Data can later be enriched with online information if desired.

Filter and Sorting settings that are available in all screens allow the definition of individual views for every kind of media. Different views can be set for each hierarchical level (e.g. Series/Season/Episode).

Localized language information will be used to retrieve Movie and Series data from Online sources. However, the original language will be used If files don't contain any local language audio stream. For example a movie that holds only French language streams will be displayed with its French title and summary even if the local language is English.

Music
Information is either read from tagged file data and/or downloaded from online sources. The integrated player displays album and track information together with fanart in combination with a dynamic equalizer visualization.
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Movies
Movie information is imported including title, summary and other data such as director, character and actor.
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Series
TV series data (including actors and characters) are automatically retrieved from TheTvDb.
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Video Streaming Services

MediaPortal 2.1 supports online video replay through its inbuilt OnlineVideo services. A big number of online sources is predefined, among which YouTube and Amazon Prime.
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Extensions

MediaPortal 2.1's functionality can be further extended through the installation of additional plugins. The choice of extensions, while currently limited, is steadily growing. Discover what else is available in our Featured Plugins section.

 

Full list of changes

You can review all changes by taking a look at the different changelogs: MediaPortal 2.1 Final, MediaPortal 2.1 Pre2 and MediaPortal 2.1 Pre.

 For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum.


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

Extract the downloaded zip archive and simply run the MP2 Setup file.The installer will automatically download any missing components and install them.

Windows 10 K and KN editions: You need to manually download and install the additional Microsoft Media feature pack first. This will add the Windows Media Player and related technologies that are required by MediaPortal 2.1 to work.

Wiki:  http://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Installing+MediaPortal+2

Upgrade

MediaPortal 2.1 has a new media database structure that is not compatible with versions prior to MediaPortal 2.1 Pre Release. The installer will recognize an existing incompatible database and rename it before upgrading the system to the new version.

N.B.:

*** Attention Spring '16 users ***: Please uninstall Spring 16 first from the Windows Control panel (and only from there!). Your databases and user settings are preserved. The 2.1 installer will recognize your existing TV database and keep your your user-specific settings.

Please refer to the Wiki for a detailed explanation how to prepare a Spring '16 setup for upgrade: https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Upgrade+Spring+%2716

The attempt to upgrade from a weekly snapshot will fail. In such cases the installer will stop and notify that the existing setup needs to be uninstalled first.

If you upgrade from an earlier version than MediaPortal 2.1 you will need to redo your server settings including the setup of media sources. MediaPortal 2.1 will automatically scan each path and import online information as per your settings to allow using all the new features.

 

Feedback

Bugs

If you think you found a bug then please first check if it has not already been reported: the Bug Reports Forum contains all active user bug reports with their respective status. For new issues post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information.

Appearance and functionality

We invite you to make suggestions for improvement with special focus on menu layout, menu content explanatory texts and translations. Please post your comments in a new thread in the General section.

Requests for missing/new features should be made in the Feature Request Forum. As for bugs we would appreciate if you first verified that your request has not already been raised before. Also if possible please make only one request per thread.

 

Download

We hope that you took the time to read this release news as it includes vital information about the major changes. Get your own copy of the new MediaPortal 2.1 by selecting the download link.

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The MP2 team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

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MediaPortal 1.16.0 Release

Attached to this news you will find the release version of MediaPortal 1.16.0.


Highlights of this release 

  • MediaPortal now supports BD-J
    Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J) allows bonus content on Blu-ray discs to be far more sophisticated than bonus content provided by standard DVD. This includes network access, picture-in-picture and access to expanded local storage. You need to install Java to use this feature.
  • madVR (requires manual installation)
    madVR is a high quality DirectShow video renderer, designed as a no-compromise approach, which tries to achieve the best possible video playback quality.
    Wiki link: MadVR Video Renderer
  • Ares (skin)
    An amazing new skin from the designer of Apollo giving you 25 home buttons to configure exactly how you like. 
    Rename labels, change images, swap out plugins and configure hyperlink parameters all within the home screen.
    Support and a button image template can be found in one of the following threads:
    http://forum.team-mediaportal.com/forums/ares-skin-feedback.716/

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  • TV engine now supports broadcasts with HEVC/H.265 video e.g. DVB-T2 HD in Germany
  • For remote TV clients, a major update of the underlying RTSP client/server code to improve the speed of live TV channel changes, live & recorded seeking (skip steps) performance and IPTV reliability.
  • Live TV playback performs smooth matching of broadcast and PC stream rates, to reduce playback 'pauses' in some circumstances.
  • Better TV audio support (more AAC formats supported and other reliabilty improvements)
  • Separate settings for DVD and BD external players
  • Improved Wake On LAN support.
  • HID remote handler now supports multiple profiles
    This makes it easier for users to customize their remote control experience.

Along with the above items we kept consolidating our software.

            


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for MP 1.16 Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.16 Pre & 1.16 Final

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.16.0 Release


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

microsoft net framework 4 e711eSince we switched to .NET4 you need to make sure you have.NET4 installed on your computer (not needed if you are on Windows 8 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 1.16.0 Pre Release there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.16.0 Release

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to MP 1.16.0 Release without losing your settings.

Plugins:

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 1.16.0 Pre 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 1.16.0 Pre Release.

Upgrading Extensions:

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!

television-iconOn 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 1.16.0 Pre Release 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.


Feedback

Bugs

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.


 Download

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 donation!

The Team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 1.16.0 Release .::.

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MediaPortal 2.1 Pre2 Release

Attached to this news you will find the Pre2 Release version of MediaPortal 2.1.

Since we published the MediaPortal 2.1 Pre Release in late December, we fixed many issues and further improved the product to provide the best possible experience to the users.

While MediaPortal 2 is now a fully stable product, some of the issues that the community reported require further work. Because of this the MP2 team decided to publish another Pre release version to allow the community to benefit from all the bug fixes and improvements that we added since the beginning of the year. 


Highlights of this release

Besides numerous bug fixes, we have included the following major improvements:

  • New WMC skin
    Coming from WMC, because not able to use it anymore with Windows 10, but looking for the same lean usability? The new WMC skin will offer the full look and feel, that you are used to and offer a lot of additional opportunities making it even better.

    Default theme
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    Dark theme
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  • New BlueVision skin themes
    The BlueVision skin has been revamped and new themes have been added: Windows10, Titanium Extended and Grey allow to adjust the look of MediaPortal to your personal preference. 

    Windows10
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    Titanium Extended
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    Grey
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  • Completely reworked media management
    All kind of media (movie, series, audio, videos, etc.) will now be automatically scraped. Respective online information (descriptions, covers, posters, fanart, artists, etc.) is downloaded and added to the central database. Users can define which online sources to use and what kind of data to download. Local fanarts and descriptions are also supported.

  • Enhanced movie and series management
    Movies can now be shown filtered by collections (aka movie sets)
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    Now there is also an indicator for the watched percentage of movies and their collections as well as for series and seasons. 
    Several new features have been added. You can now enjoy season FanArt and benefit from a broad variety of metadata to filter and sort on.
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  • Online Videos
    Added support for DRM-protected content like Amazon Prime

  • Skin
    All: Configurable Fanart transparency/visibility level
    WMC: Added age certification logos
  • Settings
    Individual share watcher settings for each media source
    Configurable Splitter settings
    Logging level change now acting on both client and server

Full list of changes

The complete list of changes since the release of Spring '16 last year is very long and we will only list changes since MediaPortal 2.1 Pre Release here. Please also refer to the Pre Release changelog for a complete overview of what has changed since Spring '16.

 Changelog since MediaPortal 2.1 Pre Release: Have a look at the details 

For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum.


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

Extract the downloaded zip archive and simply run the MP2 Setup file.The installer will automatically download any missing components and install them.

Windows 10 K and KN editions: You need to manually download and install the additional Microsoft Media feature pack first. This will add the Windows Media Player and related technologies that are required by MediaPortal 2.1 to work.

Wiki:  http://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Installing+MediaPortal+2

Upgrade

MediaPortal 2.1 has a new media database structure that is not compatible with versions prior to MediaPortal 2.1 Pre Release. The installer will recognize an existing incompatible database and rename it before upgrading the system to the new version.

N.B.:

*** Attention Spring '16 users ***: Please uninstall Spring 16 first from the Windows Control panel (and only from there!). Your databases and user settings are preserved. The 2.1 installer will recognize your existing TV database and keep your your user-specific settings.

Please refer to the Wiki for a detailed explanation how to prepare a Spring '16 setup for upgrade: https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Upgrade+Spring+%2716

The attempt to upgrade from a weekly snapshot will fail. In such cases the installer will stop and notify that the existing setup needs to be uninstalled first.

If you upgrade from an earlier version than MediaPortal 2.1 you will need to redo your server settings including the setup of media sources. MediaPortal 2.1 will automatically scan each path and import online information as per your settings to allow using all the new features.

If you don't like the new version you can easily roll back to your previous version as all data files are preserved. The old database file can be deleted if you decide to stay with MediaPortal 2.1.

The Dokan package will be upgraded to version 1.0.1, however, the installer will leave an existing old version 0.5.3 untouched in case it is used by other software. If you are sure that you don't require Dokan 0.5.3, do a manual uninstall from Windows Control Panel.

Feedback

Bugs

If you think you found a bug then please first check if it has not already been reported: the Bug Reports Forum contains all active user bug reports with their respective status. For new issues post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information.

Appearance and functionality

We invite you to make suggestions for improvement with special focus on menu layout, menu content explanatory texts and translations. Please post your comments in a new thread in the General section.

Requests for missing/new features should be made in the Feature Request Forum. As for bugs we would appreciate if you first verified that your request has not already been raised before. Also if possible please make only one request per thread.

Download

We hope that you took the time to read this release news entirely because it includes vital information about the major changes. Get your own copy of the new MediaPortal 2.1 by selecting the download link.

menuv3 donate a8bac    If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation!

The MediaPortal team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 2.1 Pre2 Release .::.

 

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

         

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