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Emby (former Media Browser), beginning with version 3, is no longer a single program. It encompasses a large suite of applications all communicating with a central server that manages your library. No longer locked inside Windows Media Center, Emby can now bring your entire media library to not only all of the computers on your network, but also many of your portable devices. Whether it's the Roku in the living room, or your tablet on the back porch, Emby will bring your media right to you. Requires .NET Framwork 4+.

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Released:Jan 15,2019
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Announcing Emby Server 4.0

At long last we're pleased to announce Emby Server 4.0. This new release will begin rolling out over the next 24 hours, so please be patient. This has been our longest release period ever, and going forward we intend to get back to a more frequent release schedule. This release is packed with improved performance, updates to existing features, as well as several brand new features.

Important Upgrade Information
After installing the update, the server will begin a database upgrade operation. If you attempt to open the web app during this time, you'll be given a friendly message informing you about this. This operation could take a little time, so please be patient with it.

After this is complete, any plugins you may have installed will require updates, so please check the status of this on your server dashboard. If any plugins are updated, remember that Emby Server will need to be restarted. After all updates have been applied, we recommend that you run a library scan. The first scan following the update could take longer than usual, so please be patient.

With that out of the way, let's go over the highlights of this release.

No Telemetry or Anonymous Usage Reporting

If you're wondering why the anonymous usage reporting setting has been removed, it's because not only have we removed the setting, but we've removed the function altogether. We know our audience pretty well thanks to this community, and because of that we've decided we no longed need any data reporting.

New Emby Live TV Guide Data

As previously announced, Live TV Guide Data is Now Included with Emby Premiere, if you're in the USA, Canada, or the UK. What does this mean? This means if you're in the USA, Canada or UK, you'll no longer need to setup an account with another website nor pay someone else for this data. You'll simply enter your zip code into Emby, select your channel lineup, and we'll handle retrieving your guide data.

We believe this will provide a better experience for Emby users with fewer setup steps. The new data is also quite a bit richer, and we will be looking at how we can take advantage of that to bring new Live TV features to Emby. Going forward, Live TV will require Emby Premiere in the web app, where previously this was not the case.

How to Migrate From Schedules Direct
If you are setting up the server fresh, then you should use our new Emby guide provider, which will be the default. If you are already using Schedules Direct, then you can continue to use it through the remainder of your Schedules Direct subscription. Schedules Direct has pledged to continue to honor your subscriptions, and we thank them for that.

New Levels of Performance

A database re-structuring brings your Emby Server and apps to new levels of performance that were previously not possible. Screens will load faster, videos will start quicker, and more. This will also manifest itself in other areas, such as improved library scan performance, and faster live tv guide refreshes. Please Note: The first scan after the update may take quite a while depending on your library contents and exactly what features you have enabled. Please be patient as subsequent scans will be much faster.

New and Improved Hardware Acceleration

This has been rebuilt from the ground up and is better than ever. We now have sophisticated hardware detection that runs on server startup to determine what your system can support. This allows us to provide you with an "easy mode" setting:

And if you enable advanced control, you'll be able to see what was detected:
Our hardware transcoding has been rewritten to take better advantage of each of the major GPU platforms, whether it be QuickSync, Nvidia, DXVA, VAAPI, MediaCodec, or others. This will allow hardware transcoding performance to perform better than ever.

Best of all, you can now monitor this on the server dashboard. The green bar indicates the current playback position while the orange bar designates the range that has been transcoded so far.

Important: Hardware acceleration has been truly a major effort for us, and because of this, it will now require Emby Premiere on all platforms except for Nvidia Shield and Western Digital.

Transcoding Throttling is Back
This feature has returned after a two year hiatus and is better than ever. What is transcoding throttling? Sometimes your server can transcode content much quicker than you're actually watching it. When the transcoding process gets a big enough lead on your watching position, we can slow it down on the fly in order to reduce the load on your server. Then as you're watching, if we need to speed it back up, we can do that too.

And best of all, your server dashboard will show you when transcoding is being throttled:
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Emby Server Now Available for Android and Nvidia Shield

Stay tuned for separate announcements.

Improved Search

Search is now faster and now supports fuzzy search! This means you don't need to type your searches perfectly in order to see the matches you're looking for. For example, if you accidentally enter "Bad Breaking", instead of "Breaking Bad", you'll still be able to see Breaking Bad in the results.

Multi-Resolution TV Shows

Without requiring any changes to your file names, we now support having multiple versions of episodes. This doesn't require any special setup and you'll now see the friendly version selection on the episode screen:

Revamped Grouping Into Collections

This has now been moved from a server setting to directly onto the Movies list screen where it can be easily toggled.

Expanded Filtering

You can now filter on more fields such as container, video codec, audio codec, subtitle codec, and more. This filters are also remembered !

Expanded User Library Access

User library access can now be controlled for sub-folders, providing you with even greater flexibility than before.

Other Improvements

Update to .NET Core 2.2
Update to Sqlite 3.26.0
Improve library scan performance
Improve performance of live tv guide refresh
Improve subtitle delivery performance
Support Brotli http compression
Display video size on detail screens in Media Info
Significantly reduce dlna related network traffic
Add More Like This On Live TV section
Add tabbed layouts for music videos and home videos
Add network browsing to directory picker for Linux, Android and MacOS.
Change new indicators for programs to match guide data
Rework mobile context menus
Rework tv tabs to be consistent with Emby Theater
Downloaded subtitles are now saved using the two-character language code
Improve transcoding of low bit rate hevc
Add Moviedb season image provider
Show favorite people
Support tvg-chno with m3u tuners
Support tvg-shift with m3u tuners
Allow a library to be named "backdrops", a previously reserved name
Improve server dashboard display with blue radiance theme
Improve mobile server dashboard with bottom navigation
Added live tv channels to search feature
Improve layout of live tv channels tab under live tv
Add audio books content type
Use es-MX with MovieDb when Spanish language is selected along with Mexico as the country
Improve metadata with absolute episode ordering
Cloud sync upload improvements
Support launching android server on device startup
Add container, video codec, audio codec, and subtitle codec filters
Improve multi-resolution naming recognition
Improve automatic refreshing in the web app
Improve resiliency with iptv streams
Improve Windows sleep prevention while server is being used
Improve Chromecast volume control
Improve xmltv parsing of European characters
Support multiple images with xmltv
Use transcode=none profile for HD Homerun when appropriate
Support splitting musicbrainz id's on both slashes and semi-colons
Make alpha pickers dynamic based on content
Improve identify feature
Improve manual refreshing when replacing existing images
Improve database cleanup procedures of removed content
Improve automatic refreshing of recordings
Restore user permission to change password and profile image
Prevent syncing of in-progress recordings
Improve authentication failure logging for Fail2ban support
Add API to find item by provider id
Update new user defaults to not allow deleting media
Make news notifications configurable
Reduce size of Windows and MacOS installers by 30 MB
Support user subtitle download permissions
Defer collage image generation until images are needed
Move AudioDb and Omdb to pre-installed plugins
Move to pre-installed plugin
Move MusicBrainz to pre-installed plugin
Move MovieDb metadata provider to pre-installed plugin
Move nfo saver to pre-installed plugin
Move tvdb to pre-installed plugin
Support per-library resume settings
Bug Fixes
Fix issue of changing password in Firefox when Firefox password manager is used
Fix repeated Visual Studio C++ install prompts when VS2017 is already present
Fix favorite artists page showing empty list
Fix search by accent characters
Fix web access by ipv6 ip address
Fix More Like This for artists always showing same content
Fix xmltv programs not being marked as new when they are also a Premiere
Fix recording image file names for shows containing a period in the name
Workaround .net core crashes on network availability changes
Fix collection and playlist separation per library
Fix hardware transcoding options being reverted to defaults
Fix cloud sync upload throttle not being applied
Fix xmltv failures with SMB paths
Fix audio books getting immediately marked as watched
Fix intermittent crash associated with log file rotation
Fix windows task scheduler entries not getting cleaned up
Fix typo in Exynos spelling
Fix remote URL showing with remote access disabled
Various DLNA bug fixes

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Your Media on Any Device
Emby Server automatically converts and streams your personal media on the fly to play on any device.

Easy Access
Emby Connect makes it easy to enjoy your personal media while away from home. Just sign in and play.

Live TV
Stream Live TV to any device, manage your DVR, and enjoy your library of recordings.

Mobile Sync
Sync your personal media to smart phones and tablets for easy offline access. Automatically sync new content as you add it.

Manage Your Home
Easily control content access for your children. Monitor and remote control their sessions as you need to.

Send videos, music, photos, and Live TV to Chromecast with ease.

Beautiful Displays
Emby organizes your content into easy and elegant presentations. Your personal media will never look the same.

Parental Controls
Specify parental restrictions for your children, create access schedules, time limits, and more.

Cloud Sync
Sync your personal media to the cloud for easy backup, archiving, and converting. Store your content in multiple resolutions to enable direct streaming from any device.

Manage Your Media
Easy web-based tools help you edit metadata and images, search for subtitles, and more.

Emby automatically detects Dlna devices on your network so that you can easily send content, remote control, and more.

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