The Features of MediaPortal: Everything else is just a media center

By | March 20, 2012

MediaPortal turns your HTPC into a very advanced media center, or Home Theater PC (HTPC)

  •  Stream media, radio and TV to any HTPC / PC connected to your network
  •  Use a remote to control your HTPC from your couch
  • Listen to music and radio
  • Play videos, movies and DVDs
  • View pictures or create a slideshow
  • Watch, schedule and record live TV – like a TiVo, but more, and for free!
  • Check weather, news, or information on the web, even play games!

All in the comfort of your living room, on your big screen LCD or Plasma TV or projector.

Performance!

Unlike many other Media Center programs, MediaPortal was designed especially for Microsoft Windows. Thus, the performance and playback quality is unsurpassed. No additional hardware or commercial software is required.

You can play any file that you can play in Windows. In Windows 7, codecs are included, and supported by MP out of the box. So you do not need to install anything to play all your files.

Remotes

Most common remotes are supported natively and you can easily configure them however you like. Or, configure MediaPortal to recognize your own remote. You can decide which keys you want to use for which actions.

IR Server Suite (IRSS) expands support to 28 more remotes, from iMON to Wii and MacMini. With IRSS you can create layers for your remote so one key can perform many functions. If you want to press the ‘Green Button” and start MP, then use the built in Tray Launcher application. Or, use Translator to create macros for control of other devices, like your Blu-Ray player.

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Hardware and Network

MediaPortal works on many different configurations. You don’t need a fancy, expensive system. You can just connect your TV and sound system to your existing PC and be up and running in no time. Simply configure MediaPortal to display on your TV screen.

Use your mouse, a touch screen, keyboard or remote. Display either fullscreen or in windowed mode. It’s your choice.

If you prefer, you can set up a separate Home Theatre PC (HTPC) to run MediaPortal, and even connect it to your existing network.

Or, you can configure an advanced network with MediaPortal on the server and as many ‘client’ PCs as you like. Network architecture is fully supported, so you can stream radio, music, video and live or recorded TV throughout your home.

User Interface

MediaPortal provides a variety of options to allow you to customize the interface yourself.

There are two Home Screens: Home and Basic Home. Both can be customized, but BasicHome allows even more flexibility in style and layout and is often used by community skins to support submenus, weather forecasts, RSS feeds and more all on the Home Screen.

Menus and Context Menus are available throughout MediaPortal to allow you to select and even configure options for the window you are viewing.

TV and PVR Support

MediaPortal offers you the most powerful TV Engine and PVR (Personal Video Recorder) available today. You can do everything a TiVO can do, and more, but for free.

There is no limit to the number of  TV Cards you can use. A vast array of  TV Cards are supported, including analog cards. With a single DVB/ATSC card you can watch and record more than one channel. Cards supporting BDA driver architecture require no configurationThe following tables lists the special features of various tuners that are supported by MediaPortal.

Model/Brand CI/CAM support CI menu support Multichannel decoding DiSEqC – switch DiSEqC – motor DVB-S2 support Remarks
TBS No No No Yes Yes Yes QBOX, QBOX S2, QBOX 3, TBS5922, TBS5980, TBS6920, TBS6921, TBS6922, TBS6928, TBS6980, TBS6981, TBS6984, TBS6992, TBS8920, TBS8921, TBS8922
Blackgold No No No No No Yes BGT3590, BGT3595, BGT3600, BGT3630
Digital Devices Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Cine S2, DuoFlex S2
Digital Everywhere Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes FloppyDTV-S, FloppyDTV-S2
Genpix No No No Yes No No SkyWalker 1, SkyWalker 2
Hauppauge Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes HVR-3000, HVR-3300, HVR-4000, HVR-4400, NOVA HD-S2, NOVA HD-USB2, NOVA S Plus, NOVA S-USB2The WinTV CI can be used with Nova and HVR series tuners.
KNC Yes Yes No Yes No Yes TV-Star DVB-S, TV-Station DVB-S, TV-Station DVB-S2
Mystique Yes Yes No Yes No Yes SaTiX SE, SaTiX SX, SaTiX S2, SaTiX S2 Dual
Prof No No No Yes Yes Yes Red 6200 PCI, Red 7300 PCI, Revolution 7301 PCI, Revolution 7500 USB, Revolution 8000 PCIe, AdvanceTune 7700 USB, AdvanceTune 8700 PCIe
TechniSat Yes No No Yes Yes Yes SkyStar 2, SkyStar HD2, SkyStar S2, SkyStar USB HD, SkyStar USB 2 HD CI
TechnoTrend Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Budget S-1500, Budget S2-1600, Budget S2-3200, Connect S-2400 Connect S2-3600, Connect S2-3650 CI
TerraTec Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Cinergy S2 PCI HD, Cinergy S2 USB HD, S7
TeVii No No No Yes Yes Yes S420, S464, S470, S480, S630, S660
Twinhan (Azurewave) Yes No No Yes Yes Yes AD-SP400, Sat-Ci

 

Internationalization

Over 30 languages are supported by MediaPortal. You don’t need to install a separate version or a plugin, just select your language and away you go!

Plugins & Skins

MediaPortal was designed to be extended. There are hundreds of amazing plugins available to do almost anything you can imagine.

Skins are more than just themes. They not only change the look and feel of MediaPortal, but often the way you interact with it. There are dozens of skins available, you are sure to find one that suits your taste.

Plugins and Skins are fully and smoothly integrated into MediaPortal. They can be installed and updated using a common Extensions Installer, and configured using the standard interface.

Installation

Installation is very easy with our installer (Deploy Tool). It will check your system and prompt you if any required components are missing or need updating.

Configuration

Configure all main features, plugins, and skins in a single, easy to use interface. The same interface is used to configure the TV Server and it’s plugins. User files, log files and updates to plugins and skins have links for easy access right on the Configuration screen.

Diagnostics

Diagnostics are built into MediaPortal – Watchdog will automatically capture log files whenever an error occurs. You can even choose the level of error reporting you wish.

The Debug-Mode shortcut, on the Windows Start Menu, automates the entire procedure, clearing previous logs, starting up MediaPortal collecting logs in debug mode when you exit and storing them in a zip file on your desktop for you to submit in the Forums.