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NEW VERSION 1.14.0 Final / 2.0 Spring 16'

MediaPortal turns your PC in a very advanced Multi MediaCenter / HTPC. It allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more. You get Media Portal for free and best of all it is opensource. MediaPortal 2 is newer but less plugins, see comparison here.

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Version:1.14.0 Final / 2.0 Spring 16'
File size:146MB
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  Latest version:
1.14.0 Final / 2.0 Spring 16' (April 18, 2016)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
MediaPortal 1.14.0 Release
Written by Team MediaPortal on 18 April 2016.

Attached to this news you will find the final version of MediaPortal 1.14. 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

Where the focus was on

The focus for this release was on bug fixing. We notably kept consolidating our remote control HID handler. We fixed potential slow startup issues with offline share. We added a couple of features like the display of Radio EPG in the NowPlaying screen (when available) and the GUI auto-update in Videos, Music and Pictures sections when files and folders are created, renamed or changed. For a full list, see below.

Full list of changes

You can review the complete change log for MP 1.14 Pre Release by using the link below:|8e62a917ed15286a0e3f913f4da437e56d1f0e39|lin

You can review the complete change log for MP 1.14 Final Release by using the link below:|87159012585f7333e3f2ec23b1d25d11439dca30|lin

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:'s_New/1.e.x

MediaPortal 2 "Spring of '16" Release

Summary of changes

Compared to the Summer'15 Update 1 Release, this release brings a lot of fixes and features:gear-icon

Skin engine:
New window mode, toggle between them by "ALT-Enter":
Windowed always on top
Windowed (normal)
Windowed modes keep aspect ratio of Skin and position/size will be restored after restart
Fixed wrong MP2 window size after sleep/resume cycle due to resolution changes
Added feature to prevent focus stealing during startup phase
Updated freetype library to fix occasional crashes
Switched texture loading back to GDI (with fallback to FreeImage) to improve decoding performance
Added new feature to specify Texture alignment in images sources
Extended IScreenControl to allow temporary disabling "TopMost" behavior of MP2 main form (used for OnlineVideos)
Fixed logging of shader load errors
Video playback:
Updated TsReader for smoother playback of TV and recordings
Refresh Rate Changer got extended configuration options to allow custom refresh rate mappings (i.e. 25 fps -> 50 Hz, or 23 fps -> 24 Hz)
Added support for external subtitles by xy-VSfilter
Added new shortcuts to video fullscreen: "Yellow" to toggle subs, "Blue" to toggle audio streams
Media Library:
Major improvements to Image Player: player starts in "still" mode, allows skipping forward/backward through images. "Play" starts the known slide show. Automatically create playlist to play all audio or image items from current view.
New filter for audio "Album Artist"
Extended support for IMDB-id detection of non-xml .nfo files
Extended online lookup support at TheMovieDb by using tmdb ids
Hide "playlists" action from non-media screens
Extended SeriesMetadataExtractor to support user defined regular expressions and pre- and post-match text replacements (to clean up filenames)
Fixed possible NRE in MKV tag handling
Fixed potential crash for imports of UNC locations when checking for IsVirtualSource
Improved memory caching logic to avoid "out of memory" for large imports
Fixed Resource Server that could return wrong url in some cases (fixes loading of fanart / channel logos)
Changed streaming parameters for remote resource bridge (trying to fix interruption of media playback in multiseat)
Updates and fixes for SlimTV / TVE 3:
Updated core to MP1.14 version
Added option to hide "All Channels" group
Added new feature to show episode information in TV guide and recording planning
Improved schedules management: added scheduled programs list / series view
Extended recordings screen to show more details (channel, recording times),
Fixed occasional synchronisation issue of channels when switching groups
Fixed page up/down, home/end navigation inside EPG view
Fixed tuning details filenames due to wrong zip encoding
Internal changes to use ILocalFsResourceAccessor for files, while rtsp streams still use INetworkResourceAccessor
Reworked group / channel / zap handling to use correct group and channel indexes
Changes to UPnP system (removed IP affiinity in some calls to improve device detection, sending UPnP "update configuration" after resume from standby to improve reconnection)
Fixed user priorities (solves conflicts with EPG grabber and tuning requests)
Fixed recording/canceling of programs of series schedules
Disabled redundant TV Thumbnail creation (done by MP2)
Fixed endless loop in recording management if folder is missing
Fixed storing/reading of some settings due to case-sensitive DB storage.
BlueVision skin:
Implemented animated page transitions and seamless navigation between home pages
Fixed help label overlapping
Fixed flickering of "currently playing" group button and changed the icon
More fine tuning in all themes
Using new ImageSourceWrapper for smooth transitions of fanart images
Moved player controls into new "currently playing" screen (right button in top group menu), so they don't overlap footer contents
Added help texts for menu items to make features clearer to new users
New "Windows 10" theme
OnlineVideos 2
Added BrowserPlayer support for MP2, sites like Amazon Prime and Netflix should be working fine
Added support for placing BrowserPlayer above the MP2 GUI
New plugins:
Added UPnP renderer plugin
Emulators plugin available for download
Fixed detection of x86 VC redistributables on x64 systems.
Removed license link from initial dialog
MCE remote support:
Fixed duplicated "next" / "previous" key handling
Reduced logging to log unmapped keys only once
Improved compatibility with some remotes by handling "Windows" keys properly

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Sections/Browse similar tools:
Media Center/HTPC/PS3/360

Alternative to Media Portal:
Emby Server
Plex Media Server
TVersity Media Server

Guides and How to's:
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
MediaPortal, Media Portal


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I just love it.
It is very easy to install, it download the file I need and install if I dont have it.
That is alot of nice plugin and other that make it so easy to use it.

Well yes that have happend that is not so easy to understand but the forum they have is very good and people is very nice to help.

If you going to use it to recording TV, then I like to give you a tip For The Record that you can find here

Posted June 10, 2009 by . Tool version 1.0.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
Guides: A maybe a little to old guide but when I use it for first time it was very good

As a free tool you need to google around and use the forums to get the most from this tool but evetually you can get it all setup. Find it stable now and very flexible if you spend the time to set it up. Now the family have a great UI. I use Imon remote that came with silverstone case. lcd and remote work well with media portal app.

Posted August 25, 2006 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Previous review is unfair; this is a work in progress and it's free.

It looks a great deal better than BeyondTV, Showshifter, MCE, MyTheatre, iMedian, GBPVR, Meedio, and the others.

I've found that GBPVR has very bad stuttering when playing back live TV - this doesn't happen with MediaPortal or Showshifter.

Media Portal supports multiple DVB-T cards, plus analog MPEG2 capture cards + devices - BeyondTV still does not support DVB-T cards, and Meedio does not *officially* support more than one DVB-T card at a time. GBPVR supports multiple DVB-T cards and analog cards, but I think you have to specifically assign which channels you want to view against each DVB card which is painful.

However, GBPVR does allow you to have Media MVP devices around the house that can receive video from the central GBPVR - I don't think this is possible with Media Portal just yet.

Certainly, Media Portal has it's irritations; it still occasionally causes a BSOD when performing DVD playback for example.

But its potential (its source code is open, it's free, but it doesn't suffer the from hardware support strangling that occurs in Linux) makes it worth sticking with - and there are some really neat plugins such as being able to view lots and lots of movie trailers (assuming your Media PC has a connection to the internet), plus it's reasonably easy to get it to function with the myriad of remote controls out there.

The Lady of The House likes it, despite the fact it crashes occasionally (much less now it's reaching an official 0.2.0 release). She likes the cute little chap with the Popcorn when playing DVD's, and how he changes depending on what functionality is being used.

And believe me that's more important than the occasional instability if you want to have your Media Centre accepted underneath the TV.

Posted March 10, 2006 by . Tool version 0.2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

The reviews I read tell of a different software than I installed. Lots of bugs, lots of errors. Not very smart programing at all.

The music selection is poor. I have a directory of ogg files, which the program scanned in, read the id3 tags, and added to it's database. Which is another problem with this program, the database just isn't there, it's more of a directory listing. When you attempt to play an ogg file, it passes it off as an mp3 file to Windows media player. WMP errors out and doesn't play the file.

Movie selection shows a default icon without a video preview.

It has potential, but Media Portal needs a database and catalog program. In it's current state, it is nothing more than using windows explorer with a background. Not an HTPC app in it's current state.

To be honest Google's Picasa or ACDSee is a better HTPC app than this program.

Posted February 23, 2006 by . Tool version 0.2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10

Runs rings around its commercial alternatives. Tried all the pvr's to date (both free and pay-for) and nothing comes close to mediaportal for functionality. Personally I love its xmltv integration - very intuitive design in being able to search your tv listings including by genre, episode.

Only other pvr i considered was showshifter, simply because it was the fastest at changing channels on my machine, but again it didnt have half the features.

Mediaportal all the way. Big Thanks go to Frodo and all responsible!

Posted January 12, 2006 by . Tool version 1.3.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Best HTPC i've ever seen. Using it for 8 month now and it is improving nearly every day.

Posted April 21, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This happens to be the best piece of HTPC software on the planet!
Forget the rest this clearly is the best and it getting better every week - what piece of software do you know provides you with a weekly build with great new features and functionality superior to the competition???

Posted February 22, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This software ran so slow on my 2 GHz/512MB box that I uninstalled it. The 3rd party support lags other products like Meedio (myHTPC). Maybe in a couple years this will mature into something.

Posted August 26, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

I've been using Media Portal for about 3 or 4 days now and it has been the best noncommecial HTPC software I've found. Almost everything I've tried has worked on it and setup couldn't have been to much easier. They seem to be working on improving this all the time. It's already gone up a version in the last couple of days since I began using it. If you are looking for a great piece of software for your HTPC then go download this and give it a try. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

Posted August 09, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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