Terwijl er ook hard aan MediaPortal 2.0 wordt gesleuteld, is de final release van versie 1.5.0 verschenen. Met dit programma kan een Windows-machine als hart van de multimediahardware in de huiskamer worden gebruikt. Zo kan op een eenvoudige manier naar radio en muziek worden geluisterd, en naar video's en dvd's worden gekeken. Ook kunnen tv-programma's worden opgenomen. Door middel van plug-ins en extensies kan de functionaliteit worden uitgebreid en kan de look & feel van het programma worden aangepast. Dit zijn de belangrijkste veranderingen in deze uitgave:
Full list of changes
- PowerScheduler++ Integrated
In previous releases PowerScheduler was installed during the MediaPortal installation and PowerScheduler++ could be installed as an extension. With MediaPortal 1.5 we've integrated the PowerScheduler++ functionality into MediaPortal. This change should make configuration easier (Plug&Play) and provides lots of new features like scheduled system reboot, configurable away mode and more options for remote clients.
- Improved IPTV Support
Today most of us receive our TV via terrestrial, cable or satellite transmissions. However, the global increase in stability and speed of the internet over the past few years is making it possible for more and more internet service providers to offer television services which you can receive via your internet connection.
MediaPortal has been able to receive so-called IPTV for about 4 years. In order to keep up-to-date with the newest IPTV transmission techniques, we've overhauled our IPTV support to ensure MediaPortal 1.5 is capable of meeting your IPTV needs now and well into the future.
- CableCARD™ Tuner Support
If you live in America, are passionate about HTPCs, and haven't heard about CableCARD... chances are you've been living under a rock for the past few years!
For those of us living in other parts of the world who have no idea what a CableCARD is: maybe you're familiar with using CAMs and CI slots to receive encrypted channels from your TV provider? Well, a CableCARD is similar to a CAM.
Up until a couple of years ago if you wanted to use an HTPC to receive encrypted cable TV in America the only option was a complicated and sometimes temperamental IR blaster setup. CableCARD has finally given Americans (and some Canadians) the ability to easily use their HTPC to receive encrypted cable TV.
With MediaPortal 1.5 we've added support for CableCARD tuners... with one caveat.
Some channels or programs may not be receivable due to digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on the content. Exactly which channels are available varies between cable providers. Generally speaking, premium and "subscription" channels such as HBO, Showtime, PPV and XXX will not be receivable... but other channels like TBS, FX, TNT, USA, ESPN, NFL, MLB, Fox Sports are usually no problem. For people who are savvy with technical jargon, that means you'll be able to receive "copy freely" content.
- ViewModeSwitcher Plugin Enhancements
A major update of this plugin to fix some long-standing problems, improve the performance and add continuous Black-Bar detection/removal capability.
ViewModeSwitcher enables automatic changing of the zoom mode/aspect ratio selection and can optionally perform continuous or one-shot 'Black Bar' removal, for both TV and video playback. It provides similar functionality to the Intelligent Frame Correction plugin.
- Improved Video & TV Recording Thumbnails
With MediaPortal 1.5 we've added an option to change the time offset for thumbnails. Furthermore, if you use composite thumbnails (e.g. 2x2 tiles) the time between the thumbnail parts will be calculated automatically from the video duration. This means no more useless thumbnails!
Aside from the main features listed above there are also many other smaller enhancements and bug fixes in this release. A big thanks goes out to all our developers who have carried on working on MediaPortal even in the European summer when there are so many other things they could do with their time.
You can review the complete change log for MP 1.5.0 at the following link:
There are no changes in MediaPortal 1.5.0 that will break compatibility with skins or extensions. Every plugin and skin which worked in MP 1.4.0 will also work in MP 1.5.0.
Windows XP support ends - Support for Windows 8.1 added
MicrosoftIn this release, Windows XP is no longer supported. When you install MediaPortal on Windows XP you will get a warning that the OS is unsupported. However, as far as we know everything still works (and we even put in a couple of XP-specific fixes) so there is no need to panic. Moving forward, in the interest of further improving MediaPortal we will start a long process of cleaning up the code base. This will involve updating the system requirements to the point where maintaining any semblance of Windows XP compatibility will be simply impossible. So, if you are using MediaPortal and Windows XP, this is a good time to think about upgrading to a more modern OS.