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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.

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Version:1.12.0 / 1.13.0 PreRelease History


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1.12.0 / 1.13.0 PreRelease (November 17, 2015)

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Download MediaPortal 2 Beta Update 1 here

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
MediaPortal 1.13.0 Pre Release
Written by high on 03 November 2015.

Attached to this news you will find the Pre Release version of MediaPortal 1.13.0.
Pre Releases are provided as a way for the community to test and give feedback on all the exciting things we have lined up for the next release. We allocate about one month for Pre Release testing. In that time we only do bug fixes, and then comes the final release!

Scroll down to the 'Full list of changes' to read up on all of them!

Highlights of this release

Remove Default skin and replace DefaultWide with DefaultWideHD

It wasn´t an easy decision, but finally we decided to drop the 4:3 Skin "Default" from the installer. For users who need a 4:3 skin, there will be a nice replacement called "Four2Three" with the same functionality as the new DefaultWideHD.

We also replaced the skin "DefaultWide" with "DefaultWideHD" with the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. A lot of users may already know that skin as "DefaultWide HD", from our skin repository.

"DefaultWideHD" offers an easy-to-use BasicHome-Editor inside the GUI to let you configure MediaPortal to your personnel needs.

More information and a description of how to use the new BasicHome Editor can be found under this link:
PIN protection for delete recordings in TvPlugin

The accidental deletion of TV recordings may now be protected by a PIN.

Native ISO support on Windows 8 or later

MediaPortal now supports the direct playing of ISOfiles on HTPCs with Windows 8 or higher.

Please be aware that this new feature is still experimental, so you better do not remove DT or VCD before try!
Remove Microsoft MCE Input Handler

We removed the Microsoft MCE Input Handler.

Restore last position and size of MP when used in windowed mode.

If you are using MediaPortal in windowed mode, your settings regarding position and size are now stored when you close Mediportal.

Full list of changes

You can review the complete change log for MP 1.13 Pre Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal|5c119978fbf929cf5d1b4fc7136e6c8796940468|lin

Documentation of new features can be found at the following link:
What's new for MediaPortal 1.13.0's_New/1.d.x

View full changelog

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

Guides and How to's:
No guides/tutorials, submit guides here.

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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