New Default Skin, CableCARD™ Support, MP2 News... and more!

A Taste of Things to Come #2


Well howdy, folks! We here at MediaPortal have been getting quite a lot of feedback from everyone, and have found that 3 questions keep being asked:

  1. Why not a new default skin for MP? The old one is a bit outdated and you have some awesome skinners on the team.
  2. Why is getting your non DRM digital cable content into MediaPortal so hard? Specially if you live in the U.S. as Set-Top-Boxes make it even harder.
  3. What is the hype with MP2? Why is better? What is it going to look like?

Okay.. some of those were multiple questions, but I went to school for A,B,C.. not 1, 2, 3! Keeping that in mind, we would like everyone to know that all of these issues are not only actively being corrected, but we are very close to finish righting these wrongs. Allow me to explain...

Summer Release Of MP2 Alpha Is Here!

The development of MediaPortal 2 made a good progress! On our way to the 2nd Alpha Release we created many new features, made important changes, added localization and much more. A big "thank you" to all who helped to achieve this!
With so many changes we thought it would be a good time to release an interim build for users to test. We like to get a much feedback as possible about this build, to help build a very good 2nd Alpha!

1.3.0 (Alpha) and Extensions

In MediaPortal 1.3.0 we introduce many new features which will greatly enrich your MediaPortal experience.

Such enhancements always come with a price. In our case it's the Extension compatibility.


In 1.3.0 we introduce many new features that give our skin designers more freedom when designing skins. With the new support for "Themes", a designer can now easily distribute many differently styled versions as themes - and more importantly, users will be able easily to switch between them. This will greatly increase the user base of single skins because now the skinner is able to offer a selection of different moods (dark, light, etc.).

Which new features are available to skin designers, and what is required to make existing skins 1.3.0 (Alpha) compatible is described in our wiki.


Introducing new features like those in our skin engine did have a few consequences for plugins as well. We tried our best to keep the required changes to a minimum, but users will still find a few plugins listed as "incompatible" after performing an upgrade installation to 1.3.0 (Alpha).

We have listed the required changes to achieve plugin compatibility for plugin developers in our related wiki pages.

In case that your plugin includes files for MediaPortal's Default skin, you should also have a look at the skin related changes in our wiki.

Release Date of 1.3.0 Alpha:

During the last few weeks we have been working hard to minimize the amount of breaking changes for Extensions (plugins). Right now we are in the process of testing these reworks. We apologize for delaying the release of 1.3.0 alpha, but felt it was worth it to enable extension developers to make their extensions compatible quickly and easily.

With this news we want to give our great Plugin Developers and Skin Designers a head start, to work on their 1.3.0 Extension compatibility.

The release of 1.3.0 Alpha is very close.

About The Project

The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.


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