A Taste of Things to Come

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A Taste of Things to Come




Hello again, fellow MPers! Sorry for the long absence of my weekly blogs, but I am happy to announce that we will be kicking those off again this month. I have been super busy, so I have been slacking in our blogs. But here is a little blog about some of the things within the MediaPortal community as a kind of teaser until we get back to While You Were Sleeping and the other weeklies.



A lot of buzz is going on about MP 1.3, and in case you might have missed it here is the word on some of the new features of MP 1.3:

  • Skin Engine Enhancements
  • New Codecs Included
  • Blu-Ray Support
  • MyVideos Rework
  • ... many, many more

As many are aware, an Alpha release of MP1.3 will soon be released to the public for testing. How soon, I cant say at this time (well, not without suffering the loss of a random limb), but I would go so far as to say "very" soon. More details will be released soon about MediaPortal 1.3 Alpha, so keep an eye out.


MediaPortal 2

Development of MP2 has not been without its improvements, thanks to the feedback from testers of it's Alpha release. A lot of work has been done on it's default skin and TV series handler. Tons of work has also been done in other areas, but our MP2 developers are in great need of more feedback and more developers. If you have not done so, please download the MP2A installer and give it a test run!

I can tell you that a special "Summer Release" of MP2 Alpha will be coming very soon, then some weeks later an Alpha 2 will be released. Lots of fun stuff ahead!


Mobile Access

In the past many MP users have discovered that you can access your live TV and stored media on the go. It was accomplished by using a little program called General Media Access WebService, or GMA for short. GMA was handy and did its job, but not well. We needed something better, so Oxan and a few others decided to take matter into their own hands and MPExtended was born. MPE is simply a service that allows clients to connect to your MediaPortal HTPCs. As for current clients, there are two readily available, aMPdroid and WebMediaPortal, or WebMP, for short. If you have an android device running 2.3 or better, then visit the Google Play store to get your copy of this awesome free app. WebMP is also developed by the MP developers and can be used with any browser on almost any laptop or tablet/phone.

Now some of you have been using MPExtended and WebMP 0.4.x, but let me tell you about 0.5. MPExtended has changed so much since its last version that it is "almost" a new piece of software. Seriously... no joke. Even Oxan had to go back and look at some 0.4.x code a couple weeks back and had a hard time comparing the two. So be prepared for a mobile access experience that is greatly enhanced. Below are some videos of WebMP (plus the jQui skin for WebMP) and aMPdroid.










MediaPortal is trying for a few booths at state fairs again this year. So far it looks like Texas, Louisiana & Virginia are possible with some MP booths at trade shows in California, Mississippi, Arizona and Utah. If you are interested in hosting a booth at a local event to you, please send a message to Lyfesaver. Remember the cost of the booth will be paid for by Lyfesaver.



Most plugin developers have been working on adapting their projects to take advantage of the new forthcoming 1.3 features, so expect some updates from popular plugins.

Also, if you have done lots of changes with your databases, you might want to check out MPCleaner



Much like extensions, a lot of skinners are starting to play with the new enhancements to the skin engine for 1.3 Alpha. I expect a few will have lots updates for the 1.2.x clients as well.

For example, aMPed will soon be releasing 3.4 Beta, which is basically a complete rework.


Area 51

As you may, or may not, know... our developers are hard at work on adding new features, and Area 51 is where it all happens. But with MP, and unlike the US government, we are open about the inner goings on. So lets take a peak at some of the cool things taking place, that we may see in the future for Mediaportal.


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What Sayeth You?: MyVideos

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What Sayeth You?: MyVideos

#2 (1/21/2012)

This week's blog, as the title implies, is our 2nd 'What Sayeth You?' blog, and it is all about MediaPortal's stock videos/movies database handler, MyVideos. There has been a ton of work already done in it in 1.2 and so many more on the way. Just like our last WSY blog (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly), this one will use a theme from a popular movie or TV show.

Your Top Ten Developments of 2011

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First, thanks to all who proposed suggestions in the Comments thread and voted on the poll. Although the results speak for themselves, I thought it would be interesting to elaborate a bit on the top ten developments you selected for 2011.

What a great year for MediaPortal!  I hope I have not forgotten anyone or anything. There was so much development in so many areas in 2011, it is not easy to stay on top of it all! Read on to see what I mean. Development of MediaPortal shows no signs of slowing down for 2012. So fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

On the Couch: Lyfesaver74

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******************Note From Author******************

Okay guys and gals, we are back to blogging! Due to the busyness of the holidays my free time was reduced. Also, due to the team being very busy this holiday season, a lot of news has been released and I thought it best to not have that info buried by blogs. Well have no fear we are picking right up where we left off. Today I will be putting myself on the couch as I actually have a lot to share, like my recipe for K-Paxian Stew!!!


On the Couch: Lyfesaver74

#5 (1/9/2012)


As if talking to one's self was not crazy enough, today Lyfesaver74 will be actually answering himself!! Wait a tic.. am I referring to myself in the third person? Okay, maybe I have gone off the deep end. But hey... in these types of conversations... at least I am always right!

Enough of that! I am going to be telling you all about myself today, and hopefully not bore you tears in the process! As you will find as you read, I have my fingers in many pies, but my main goal with MediaPortal is promotions and public relations. So, without further ado (or adon’t) let’s jump right in!

Top Ten Developments of 2011

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Last year I posted a Team Top Ten Countdown of the major achievement's in MediaPortal in 2010. This year I thought it might be nice to switch it up, and ask YOU what you think were the major developments in MediaPortal in 2011!

So in the Comments thread, you may add as many new features or developments as you wish.  I will add them to a poll attached to the thread (in the order they are submitted) where everyone can vote on them.  You are free to list any new features or developments of MediaPortal, extensions (plugins, skins, etc.) or even website, forum, wiki developments (like access to the forums via mobile devices, etc.).  Please try to be as specific as possible about the features/developments you think were most significant. Don't be shy to explain why!

Our developers have worked hard in 2011. It's been an awesome year for MediaPortal. Here's your chance to show them some love, and let them know which developments mean the most to you.

I will report back with the results - the top ten features/developments with the most votes in the poll.

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While You Were Sleeping: Skins #2

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While You Were Sleeping: Skins

#2 (12/2/11)

Lots of action has happened this past month in the world of MediaPortal Skins. A lot of tweaking, adding, fixing and intergration for all to enjoy! Now I know what you are all thinking: “Why do they continue to call the tomato a vegitable?” I know.... it mistifies me too. But I think if we all pull together, we will be okay. While I cant help with the tomato dellima, I believe that you take a moment to read the following info you will learn more about what your favorite skins have been up to. Either that or we can all learn how to remove rust from bumpers with nothing but peanut shells!

On the Couch: Deda

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On the Couch: Deda

#4 (12/5/11)


I did not put anyone on the couch last week as i.Loop posted a News article, but we are back at it this week!. So on the couch with us to today is Deda. He really does not like the feel of the vinyl couch against his skin, but I told him to wear clothes to the interview. It's his own fault! "Who is Deda?", some of you are asking, well I will let him fill you in on the details, but in a nutshell he is responible for tons of patches, and most recently a complete rework of MyVideos (the base video handler inside MP). He has ridden a bobsled down the entire length of Mt Everest, he has swam in the Sea of Tranquility.... he even built the Taj Mahal with his bare hands.... and today he is On the Couch....

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