MediaPortal transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and displays your TV Series, Movies, Photos and Music in a much more dynamic way. All in the comfort of your living room, on your big screen LCD or Plasma TV or projector!
Watch, schedule and record live TV — like a TiVo, but more, and for free!
Play videos, movies, DVDs and Blu-ray discs
Listen to music and radio
Enjoy pictures, home videos or create a slideshow
Stream media, radio and TV to any HTPC / PC connected to your network
Use a remote to control your HTPC from your couch
Check the weather, news, and more
Access MediaPortal from the web or mobile device
That’s only the basic features! By using the hundreds of plugins and skins available, you can do almost anything—like monitor your HTPC; view sports scores or local movie show times; stream or download web TV, Apple Trailers, YouTube videos or internet radio; even start up MediaPortal playing music from a predefined playlist.
MediaPortal is quite simply a revolution in media control, it allows you to watch, listen, read and play your media as you want to, without getting in the way, or having to learn difficult navigations systems.
Question: What? Two versions? Why?
Answer: MP1 has been around longer. It currently has more plugins available to use. It is considered to be stable. Despite its age, it is still being maintained and developed. MP2 is fairly new. Development of this was started approx. 4 years ago. The main drive was to use the good and bad experience from MP1, put them together and start building a new and improved version of Media Portal. The number of plugins available is not on the same level as compared to MP1. MP2 is already usable and stable. But of course it is being developed and improved further.
Question: So how do I know what version of Media Portal suits my needs best?
Answer: To make it easier, a comparison table with the main features is presented below.