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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, DVD's and Blurays, 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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OS: Win
File size: 263MB
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Latest version

1.29 / 2.4 (December 30, 2021)


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Download MediaPortal 1.29  263MB  Win

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Download MediaPortal 2.4  188MB  Win

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MediaPortal 2.4 Release

We are proud to present MediaPortal 2.4
MediaPortal 2.4 is a full-blown media center software that addresses most common user requirements out of the box. Aside from its support for Live TV and Radio, it offers a complete media server for music, movies, and series. Info is automatically downloaded from various sources to provide posters, fanart, album art, and various additional metadata, such as cast, staff, and more. MediaPortal 2.4 also provides access to online video sources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Integrated news, weather information and management for your digital images complete this software package.

View Mode Settings
The view mode configuration was completely reworked and replaces many obsolete skin settings. Previously several options like watched flags could only be changed globally, everything can be set individually for every screen in a new intuitive view mode dialog now. Changes performed in the dialog are having immediate response in the background making it easy to observe the effect.
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If media details are hidden, the full screen is used for the arrangement of the media items and only very basic details are shown in bottom left of grid views as already known from home screen. In case of list views basic details are shown within the focus area, if details are hidden.
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Extended Menu Editor
The existing menu editor (menu key or right mouse on any menu item) offers already a comfortable way to arrange the menu. With version 2.4 we offer additional configuration options for the home content (just select the gear symbol in menu editor). You can arrange and hide content according to your preferrence.
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Color Scheme Customisation
Within the skin settings of Nereus skin you can find the new Color Scheme Customisation.
Besides the predefined torquoise color setting you can select other color schemes, all areas of the skin will be affected immediately.
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Touch Display Support
If touch display support is enabled in skin settings menus won't slide in/out automatically any more, but only on press of the menu button. This option can be also interesting for mouse users.
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Visual overwork of media share screens with list index indicators
Improved visual appearance of list buttons and dialogs
Better bachground image without diffraction patterns when scaled to other resolutions
Remember last main menu entry, when client is restarted
Setting for optimized touch display support
TV: Dynamic font scaling for EPG programs in relation to number of rows
Fixed invisible audio button in OSD of PrimaryPlayer, if audio state changed for SecondaryPlayer
TV: Re-added missing PiP functionality in MiniEPG and MainEPG
Allow wrapping for settings HeaderLabel in screens without tiles to not exceed the "black" area
Hide headers and icons for actor, directors, subtitles, audio tracks, if no content existing
MP2-Server crashes if FileSystemWatcher is used for exFAT drives
MP2-Client crashes while closing from power menu
Set OpenPlayerConfigInOsd by default to false
Deactivate IPv6 by default in settings, because causing mostly issues
Moved HID handling to skin engine so HID messages can be filtered before they overload the message queue
Changed updating of content list to only update if necessary. This will break content lists in plugins not part of the solution
Possibly incorrect target index used in refresh rate changer on duplicated displays
Wrong player key bindings included in Nereus and BlueVision DVD player screens
DynamicResourceExtension is not thread safe and can crash the main render loop
Fix race condition in plugin item creation and add test
Don't handle keyboard mappings if the focus is in a textbox
Don't set _lastMouseUsageTime on startup to avoid unnecessary mouse events when the home screen is first shown
Include OV2 feature to use ffmpeg for download of streams on x64 and support for x86
Added year filter for series
Support new movie rating format
External subtitle resource index not updated correctly when merging with an existing media item
MediaItemListModel can be recreated when closing the client
Media lists not returning any/all possible results
Improved handling of refresh of metadata and changed movie name matching to better take into account titles containing a year
TV: Added option to disable automatic online update of channel logos
31tJzvThYL 7d1f3The new Alexa plugin for MediaPortal2 allows speech control for Live-TV and media playback. You can for examle change TV channels, play, pause, skip media items and change volume by just saying "Alexa .." and the corresponding speech commands.
It is not possible yet to navigate through menus nore to search for media items, additional features might be added later.

For further details please refer to the download section.
tvmosaic 192 dbabcThe current TV engine (TVE3) for Media Portal 1 and 2 was developed long time before and is not state of the art any more.
Accordingly we decided to develop the TVMosaic plugin as alternative TV provider. The TVMosaic Community Edition is freeware and can be configured by web browser. Because it is not bonded to windows it may run on many platforms.
Please note, that the plugin is currently in beta state and many functionalities could not be implemented yet. The beta version can be found here.
Moving from MP1 to MP2
Procedures to install MP2 in parallel to MP1 are described in the Wiki

For all those who would like to move from MP1 to MP2 and preserve their current media organisation, our forum member raffe has created a small tool that will extract information from your MP-TvSeries and MovingPictures databases and picture folders, The tool will leave all your original data untouched, create .nfo files for all your media and copy existing pictures from your MovingPictures and MP-TvSeries to your new MediaPortal 2 media folders. The .nfo files and pictures then allow a smooth and quick import of all your media info into MediaPortal 2. See the respective forum thread for further details.

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Rating by sandraodj on Feb 9, 2020 Version: 1.23 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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

Review by Cazz on Jun 10, 2009 Version: 1.0.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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.

Review by nightsurf on Aug 25, 2006 Version: OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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.

Review by creaker on Mar 10, 2006 Version: 0.2.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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.

Review by disturbed1 on Feb 23, 2006 Version: 0.2.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 4/10

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