Version 2.3 of MediaPortal has been released. With this program, a Windows machine can be used as the heart of the multimedia hardware in the living room. This makes it easy to listen to radio and music, and watch videos and DVDs. TV programs can also be recorded. By means of plug-ins and extensions the functionality can be expanded and the look & feel of the program can be adjusted. The release notes for this release can be found below.
Skins NereusMediaPortal 2.3 comes with the completely new, fresh and modern skin Nereus supporting varible resolution aspect ratios , so it doesn’t matter you are on a traditional 4: 3 or on an ultra wide 21: 9 screen. menu, that can be configured to your needs by an easy integrated menu editor with a single button press (“i” /context). The skin combines elegant gray tones with some color traces. Nereus comes with two themes for the main menu design , cool image tiles (default) or long shadow tiles with symbols (simple). to media items, filters and further information in home screen.
You be able to see instantly the latest added media items continue watching the latest watched movies, see your favorite music, which you were playing frequently. You can also directly select current running TV programs or favorite TV-channels directly from HomeScreen.
If you are a fan of the simple library view also not a problem, just selecting the main menu entry navigates you to it as known from past skins. Info ScreensNew info screens reachable by context menu on focused media items were implemented. Here you see all important information and directly can play the media item.
View ModesFor almost all libraries and plugins (news, online videos, emulators, app launcher, …) view modes can be switched between list and grid view according to your visual preferrance. Additionally you may change the grid mode appearance for series and movies in skin settings between posters, thumbnails and banners.
x64 SupportMediaPortal fully supports 64 bit for the client version now. It improves performance of UI and also video playback (especially with 4k videos) .You are still able to start it in 32 bit, there are two different shortcuts to start MediaPortal 2, the preferred type can be also selected by right click on “MP2 -Client Launcher “in task bar.
App Launcher integrationApp Launcher was existing as optional plugin and is fully integrated into MediaPortal 2 now also offering Home Content. The functionality was extended to also allow customized menu tiles for the home menu.
- Controls: Eject command for CD / DVD / Blu-ray disc media
- GUI: Fixed font rendering engine causing random crashes
- Audio: ‘Artist’ and ‘Album Artist’ filter display same artist multiple times
- TV: Fix “Pause” image displayed when changing TV channels
- Input: New Wifi remote plugin which can potentially be used with mobile apps as a remote control or with home automation in future
- Player: Added optional setting to do instant skips in seconds (instead of relative percents)
ExtensionsMediaPortal 2.3’s functionality can be further extended through the installation of additional plugins. The choice of extensions, while currently limited, is steadily growing. Discover what else is available in our Featured Plugins section.
WebRadioThe Webradio plugin was overworked for 64 Bit compatibility and also supports HomeContent fpr Nereus skin now
Subtitle downloaderSubtitle downloader is a plugin for downloading subtitles for movies or series episodes. Please be aware that subtitle downloading is illegal in some countries, so check the legal situation in your country before installing this plugin.
DLNA ServerDLNA server is a plugin for browsing / playing media from the media library from other devices like TV’s, phones etc. that have a DLNA client. It is currently in testing phase.
Moving from MP1 to MP2Procedures 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 organization, 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.
Full list of changes
- You can review all changes by taking a look at changelog: MediaPortal 2.3
- For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum .
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