Coming soon

Posted By: Team XBMC on Feb 06, 2010 in Site News

coming_soonIt’s been a while since we’ve posted about the work currently going into XBMC, so here’s a quick taste of what’s been added lately, what’s in the works, and what we’re dreaming of:

  • DXVA2: Elupus has already added the initial code for gpu offloading in Windows (Vista/7 only). Not to be confused with DSPlayer below.
  • DSPlayer: A new DirectShow based internal player from tiben (Windows only) that also provides GPU acceleration. See the forum thread for more info.
  • CrystalHD: Davilla is still hard at work on the Broadcom hardware decoder.  Watch the current status here. For those who haven’t yet taken the plunge, Logic Supply is now offering $10 off to XBMC users, just use the code: “XBMC10″.
  • AC3 Encoding: An often requested feature. Thanks to gnif, realtime transcoding will soon be available.
  • HTTP Server: The crusty old web server is soon to be ripped out in favor of a much more interactive JSON-RPC one. Check out topfs2′s informative post. Watch for a web-interface contest!
  • Addons Manager: Even better than it sounds. Will allow an easy way to manage addons, including among other things, PVR backends.
  • PVR Frontend: Probably the most requested feature for XBMC. This will provide a unified experience to your choice of PVR backends such as: VDR, MythTV, Tvheadend, and MediaPortal TVserver.

Some of the bigger features like the Addons Manager and PVR Frontend will introduce significant churn to the codebase. We’ll likely suspend nightly builds at these times and recommend that SVN users take a break.

As usual, we’re working hard but can’t give any ETAs. The usual answer… “when it’s ready”.

Downtime Notice: We will soon be moving the site and all services to new home at WebHostingBuzz to cope with the ever-increasing traffic. This means that the blog, forum, trac, and wiki will all be down during the transition. If all testing goes well we’ll make the switch on Mon. February 8th. I’ll update this page after the move (no sense updating a 404′d site, right?) with the status. Update: Done!

Also be aware that all xbmc links will be changing, we’ll be moving all services to subdomains for easier management in the future. For example, http://xbmc.org/forum will move to http://forum.xbmc.org. You will be redirected automatically for a while, so don’t forget to update your bookmarks.

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Discussion - 50 Comments

  • Hans Feb 06, 2010 

    wow, big dreams, but I like it :D
    PVR Frontend is the last, but my favorite.
    Thanks for all work! It’s a great work.

  • tmpdir Feb 06, 2010 

    pvr support? … this guy is heading to the forums to get up to speed about this.

    (In the meanwhile switching between VDR and XBMC works fast and reliable to).

  • wallnut Feb 06, 2010 

    3 Linux TV backends , 1 Windows backend and no Mac OSX ? :-(

  • theuni Feb 06, 2010 

    @wallnut
    Backends will be pluggable. Find an OSX backend and someone to code up the plugin and voila.

  • wallnut Feb 06, 2010 

    well you’re probably right. I dont know how open EyeTV w/ CyTV is for developing front end so i’ll just keep quiet. :-)

  • Elbert Feb 06, 2010 

    Just in case you guys didn’t know it yet… awesome work. Looking forward to the ‘Addons manager’ and already enjoying Davila’s work on the CrystalHD project. All the hard work is really very much appreciated. Thanks

  • Plug Feb 06, 2010 

    Could you possibly change this blog so it gives full content to the RSS feed, not just a short summary? Thanks!

  • Wulfsdale Feb 06, 2010 

    Superb, fantastic , great!
    Thank you.
    W.

  • Johny007 Feb 06, 2010 

    Great, I’m really looking forward to the PVR frontend! Thank you guys!

  • Goga Feb 06, 2010 

    wow – pvr support in xbmc !!! great news

    as far as I understand in these days will be merge of pvr-testing2 branch in trunk ? correct ?

  • Maksim Feb 06, 2010 

    PVR frontend is the most expected add-on, indeed. We are all looking forward to it.

  • Livio Feb 06, 2010 

    PVR frontend? Mmm… Tasty news.

    Can’t wait :) .

    I hope you’ll support both MythTV 0.21 and 0.22, somehow, as smaller percentage of users switched to 0.22.

  • Igor Feb 06, 2010 

    but when will be pvr merge ?

  • Keith Feb 06, 2010 

    Can you consider/vote on a PVR frontend to BeyondTV as an option? This is nice backend software but has kind of been abandoned by the manuf. I (and I think quite a few others) use both XBMC and the BeyondTV front end s/w; it would be really good to have these integrated.

  • Keith Feb 06, 2010 

    Keith :Can you consider/vote on a PVR frontend to BeyondTV as an option? This is nice backend software but has kind of been abandoned by the manuf. I (and I think quite a few others) use both XBMC and the BeyondTV front end s/w; it would be really good to have these integrated.

    (Oh as I guess they’re going to be pluggable someone (who can code, not me :( ) will be able to manage this :) ) Should have read more carefully.

  • James Feb 06, 2010 

    Webkit Engine?

  • diego Feb 06, 2010 

    dxva yupiii :)
    thanks

  • Soul_Est Feb 06, 2010 

    You all are doing wonderful work! Just one question: Will the Crystal HD decoder support cover both the BCM70012 and BCM70015? The reason I ask is that I have a feeling that someone somehow will try to play a video file encoded in MPEG4 Part 2 (DivX, Xvid) instead of h.264/x.264.

  • George Feb 07, 2010 

    What about the mentioned touchscreen support that Jonathan hinted about in the Linux.conf.au Report news post?

  • Gerwin v. Nöthen Feb 07, 2010 

    @wallnut
    is there any MacOSX backend?

  • Mcborzu Feb 07, 2010 

    Will the final version of PVR be pretty much user friendly…I’ve never used Windows Media Center but I always read that theirs is easy to setup and use. Are you guys aiming for that type of ease of functionality? Just being curious I always read those PVR threads in the HowTo Section but I don’t understand half of what everyone writes in those threads.

  • davidw Feb 07, 2010 

    thanks for the news!

  • Yellowman Feb 07, 2010 

    Thanks for the info, sounds like good stuff.

    Although I have to say I´m pretty damn happy with Xbmc in it´s current state, everything I/we use it for works like a dream. Thanks for all your work!

  • kevin Feb 07, 2010 

    all them new features, but not 1 that is just as important or more than some of them features, multiple resolution support so i can change my resolution in xbmc, kind of the reason i have to stay with xbmc babylon

  • Baeckman Feb 07, 2010 

    And as always the CrystalHD can be found much cheaper on eBay. About half the price compared to Logic Supply…
    Just search for BCM970012 on eBay

  • Mo Firouz Feb 07, 2010 

    Nice! Looking forward to that upgrade guys.

    Just in case you somehow forgot Elbert’s comment: Awesome work!

    Thanks guys. Highly apperciated

  • Bill Feb 08, 2010 

    There are a few standalone networked TV tuners available out there on the market now which do not need to be installed on an operating system, like HAVA Wireless HD, HDHomeRun, and Dreambox, could any of those someday be fully supported as TV tuner backends for this PVR frontend in XBMC?

    Gerwin v. Nöthen : is there any MacOSX backend?

    There are no open source TV tuner backend that I know of, does anyone know of any? Though there are a couple of closed source commerical ones available which you have to pay for, like SageTV and EyeTV, I wonder if it will be possible to use any of those as TV tuner backends for XBMC?

    Mcborzu :Will the final version of PVR be pretty much user friendly…I’ve never used Windows Media Center but I always read that theirs is easy to setup and use. Are you guys aiming for that type of ease of functionality? Just being curious I always read those PVR threads in the HowTo Section but I don’t understand half of what everyone writes in those threads.

    I have not tried myself either but my guess is that the XBMC frontend will “just work” without any difficulties settings, if that is the case then at least that part will be very userfriendly. However my guess is also that you will still need to install and configure the TV tuner backend on your own separately from XBMC, so that almost none of its setup like the initial channel tuning and such will be controllable from the XBMC frontend, that might not be as userfriendly depending on which TV tuner backend you choose to go with.

  • Fanatix Feb 08, 2010 

    Bill :There are a few standalone networked TV tuners available out there on the market now which do not need to be installed on an operating system, like HAVA Wireless HD, HDHomeRun, and Dreambox, could any of those someday be fully supported as TV tuner backends for this PVR frontend in XBMC?

    Yeah having XBMC act as a full replacement frontend interface for networked TV tuners would be perfect, at least for Mac and Apple TV users, would greatly benifit most Nvidia Ion based Nettop users as well!

    These types of TV tuners are quickly gaining popularity as they are so easy to setup and don’t require you to run a computer as the backend, the ones I could find with a quick google search where Monsoon HAVA, HDHomeRun, Dreambox, Slingbox, and LocationFree Player.

    Can’t you use TiVo Series2 DVRs like a networked TV tuner too via its Home Media Engine which is open source?

  • AdamC Feb 08, 2010 

    Bill :
    There are no open source TV tuner backend that I know of, does anyone know of any?

    MythTV, been using Mythbuntu for quite a while now and love it, I have 4 digital tuners.

  • Spark Feb 08, 2010 

    ZOMG! Awesome! :D

  • jrobin Feb 08, 2010 

    @Fanatix
    Doesn’t Myth run on OSX?

  • George Feb 08, 2010 

    jrobin :@Fanatix Doesn’t Myth run on OSX?

    Yes, MythTV Backend version 0.22 and later should work under Mac OS X on both Intel and PowerPC!
    http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MythTV_on_Mac_OS_X

    It is suppose to be pain to setup though on OS X, hopefully someone can package it better for XBMC?

  • Jimmy Feb 08, 2010 

    Doesn’t VLC Media Player have PVR/DVR video capture capabilities? Could it be used as a cross-platform backend?

  • mesh Feb 09, 2010 

    I am very happy with the progress in pvr-testing2

  • andy Feb 09, 2010 

    linux with vdr for recording purpose in the cellar. atv below my tv. all movies / mp3 mounted over nfs to the vdr and atv.
    works like a charm.

  • Metal Feb 09, 2010 

    PVR wohooooooooooooooooo!!! long time waiting for this feature! nice job fellas ;-)

  • Guy Feb 10, 2010 

    New servers are extremley slow. WAY worse than before.

  • theuni Feb 10, 2010 

    @Guy
    Server has been up for ~11 hours, 8 of which was admin beauty-sleep time. Give us some time. For now, the major problems should be (fingers crossed) fixed.

  • Eldorado Feb 10, 2010 

    Psst.. don’t forget to change the forums link on the main website ;)

  • Eldorado Feb 10, 2010 

    @Eldorado

    Ah crap.. refresh and link is updated :)

  • AzzX Feb 10, 2010 

    Great work as always, anticipating the new HTTP server and the DXVA work progress has been phenomenal.

  • dani3l Feb 11, 2010 

    Finally DXVA2! Great work all of you involved!

  • joesep Feb 11, 2010 

    THANK-YOU!

  • beatbreaker Feb 13, 2010 

    Good to hear about the PVR and other additions to GPU processing

    I would have liked to see something about fixing DVD/CD playback – eject buttons and the like in the UI would have been good to see that all finalized.

    Anyway thanks XBMC, I use it on Linux, OSX, and Windows!

  • ron Feb 14, 2010 

    wonderful

    the old adage springs immediately to mind, if it wasnt broken then why fix it.

    possibly a direct link from the old site http://www.xbmc.org to the new site might have been a good idea, still you must know what you are doing.
    no link provided, whereabouts of xbmc new site is impossible to find.
    try google and you end up back at this site which offers no clues and no help, when you nee to read the help concerning how to use this product then your totally out of luck.

    so its back to windows media player for a usable program, sounded to good to be true for a program and as the website appears to be non-existant according to google then perhaps you have done us a favour now that we cannot view it or visit it.

    sourceforge has given a download but no link, when asked they reply that its a work in progress and they will let us know when the site reappears, until then dont hold your breath.

    many thanks for the nice idea, pity its not available as a website

  • theuni Feb 14, 2010 

    @ron
    That sure was a long rant to not even say what the problem is. Yes, I missed the www subdomain initially somehow (all our links have always been http://xbmc.org), but that was resolved the morning after the transfer. Also, you’re obviously posting on the site, so could you elaborate on what’s missing?

  • Ted Feb 16, 2010 

    Fantastic!

    AC3-Encoding, DXVA2! Perfect for barebones/nettops

    thanks and good work

  • forcedalias2 Feb 16, 2010 

    That is… the best XBMC news I’ve read… EVER.

    Will no longer have to switch between XBMC and WMC every time we want to watch some TV! \m/

  • Simon Feb 16, 2010 

    DXVA Hallelujah!

  • darkmagic Feb 19, 2010 

    Hi, I want to ask about XBMC and frontend for DVBViewer. Is it going to be supported? (I’m using DVB-S2 card SkyStar HD2)

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