Do you own a Smart TV? Good for you! What if you don’t? Well, there are a couple of little tricks that you can pull out of the bag. One of which is the ability to use your big television as Smart TV! All you need to do is simply connect your computer and run MediaPortal, the open source media center. Tune to regular TV and radio channels, watch or listen to online media, enjoy your own media files or comfortably browse the web while sitting on your couch. It’s as good as you are going to get without shelling out lots of your hard earned cash.

Key Features Include:

  • Watch and record TV
  • Watch videos and DVDs
  • Listen to music
  • Listen to broadcast and web radio stations
  • View the TV guide on any PC in your home
  • Movie covers and details are automatically downloaded from IMDB (Internet Movie Database)
  • View all your artists, albums, tracks, CDs, DVDs or playlists, with album art and artist images
  • Enjoy audio visualizations
  • Stream throughout your home via any PC client connected to the MediaPortal TV server
  • View pictures and slideshows
  • Check weather reports, your RSS feeds or Wikipedia on your TV screen
  • Browse the huge plug-in archive
  • Choose from a variety of looks, styles and interfaces to suit your taste.

The following changes have been undertaken in this latest version of MediaPortal:

  • # Bug
  • * Thumbs loading need overhaul in Music
  • * No Music Thumbs are created where no album tag exists
  • * TvPlugin: mini-guide doesn’t trigger tuning on the previous channel after tuning failure
  • * Recorded TV thumbnail creation causes too high disk activity if the file is corrupt
  • # Improvement/Rework
  • * Add WatchDog shortcut to Desktop
  • # Task
  • * Bump version number and set log level to INFO for MP 1.10.0 Final

So what are you waiting for? You can download MediaPortal from, today.

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