MediaPortal 2.0 Alpha 4

4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 (165 votes)

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Windows 7/Vista/XP / Open Source / 28,270 downloads

MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC / TV into a very advanced Media Center. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more. You get MediaPortal as Open Source software. This means you can help in developing MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovating plugins from our great community.

Reviews of MediaPortal

  1. 2 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 1.2.0 RC (Aug 30, 2011)

    fails to find 1 channel Hauppauge 1600 tv card

  2. 5 out of 5 stars
    hilfer

    Reviewing 1.2.0 RC (Aug 30, 2011)

    The best and the easier to configure.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    Vimes

    Reviewing 1.1.0 Beta 1 (Sep 1, 2009)

    I would spend sometime reading the release notes within their forum....

    http://forum.team-mediap...eased-69653/#post502427

    ...whilst this beat does require testing and feedback you must remember that it is a beta and not recommended to use full time on a media PC. For that they have version 1.02 which has been working a treat for me for a while. I am using it on Windows 7 x64 and the only issues I had was the refresh rate not auto changing when playing 24hz material and some issues with my remote control. However both of these were fixed with help from their supportive forums.

    Media Portal is worth all the effort to get it to work but I had limited success in ever getting the TV function to show a populated EPG. I ended up buying DVB pro and I use that for the TV viewing.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars
    at80

    Reviewing 1.0.1 (Apr 14, 2009)

    Media Portal is an excellent product and free! I prefer it over MediaCenter as it has more functionality, is faster and has much better features. Only gripe is that you need to spend time setting it up and configuring it or customizing it for your system....too many options.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    Vimes

    Reviewing 1.0.1 (Apr 14, 2009)

    It is an excellent and well supported piece of software that is very worthy of a donation to help to fund it, albeit it is free.
    However my only reservations in its configuration is the complexity that could overwhelm the new user. Whilst I have used it for several months now I have decided to use Media Portal for media files and then purchase DVB-Viewer for the TV function as I found the TV aspect of MP to be confusing and difficult to use compared to DVB-Viewer (which is not free unlike MP).
    I have tried Windows 7 Media Centre and that is simplicity in itself. It found my TV card immediately and I had a fully populated EPG and working TV function from the start. The media support from Media Centre is not as capable as Media Portal (when using the TV series plugin and My Films plugin) but again it is very very easy to setup.

    Both Media Centre within Windows 7 and Media Portal are great products and as MP matures I do hope that it will become easier to configure and not as daunting as it is compared to MC. I have a feeling that there is not a consolidated focus on simplifying the setup and configuration of MP, even though there is a newbie section within their forums, and this is, in my opinion, where MC within Windows will win every time.

    On balance, if you have the time patience and skill, I would recommend using MP, just ensure that you also grab the subtitle integration files as they did not make the 1.01 release in time for them to be included, if needed. Also spend a lot of time reading up within MP's forums to get an idea of how it functions.

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