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MediaPortal 1.15.0

Record TV, watch DVDs and videos, play music and more with this comprehensive media centre application

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 28 June 2016
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Downloads To Date: 4643
Developer: MediaPortal team
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MediaPortal 1.15.0
Record TV, watch DVDs and videos, play music and more

MediaPortal is an open-source media centre application that comes packed with ways to keep you entertained.

Does your PC have a TV tuner, for instance? MediaPortal supports many different types: analogue, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-S and ATSC, even multiple tuners in the same system. The program can pause, rewind and generally time-shift live TV. Support for all the main TV guides makes it easy to spot your favourite programmes. And if they're on at some inconvenient time, then a host of recording options (record once, record now, daily, weekly, or every time a particular programme appears) will ensure that you don't miss a thing.

If you're more interested in your own music or video collection then MediaPortal doubles as a very capable media player. Not only will it play every DVD or movie that you can view in Media Player, for instance, but the program is also able to store their details in a media database, automatically retrieving relevant video art and other information from the Internet Movie Database. MediaPortal can organise and play your music collection, too, as well as browsing your digital photos, or displaying selected images in a slideshow.

You also get a powerful radio module, which supports all your favourite stations (FM, DVB or internet stream). A Weather tool shows the latest conditions and forecasts for the temperatures you define. And a host of plugins add more functionality, allowing you to for example burn files to disc from within Media Portal, view RSS news feeds, read and send email, play games, even send your PC to sleep and wake up when there's a scheduled programme to record.

What's new in MediaPortal 1.15.0?

- Separate settings for DVD and BD external players.
- Improved Wake On LAN support.
- Option to hide the windows volume OSD
- HID remote handler now supports multiple profiles to make it easier for users to customize their remote control experience.
- Added progress bars to TV miniguide and MyVideos listviews (already implemented in Titan and DefaultWideHD).

Verdict:

MediaPortal is an excellent media centre, and arguably one of the most powerful open source applications around. If your TV tuner came with some feeble old viewing app, or you're not happy with Windows Media Centre, then give this a try instead

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