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XBMC 12.0 - Frodo

Everyone at Team XBMC is proud and excited to announce the long awaited XBMC 12 “Frodo.” Features for XBMC 12 include:

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine (OSX/iOS not yet available)
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types and more interesting and complex skins
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved AirPlay support across all platforms, including AirPlay audio in XBMC for Windows to match the other platforms
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Video library tags to complement movie sets
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Default video languages now match the language being used by XBMC
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

A Shout Out to Our Friends and Sponsors

With this release, we’d like to single out a few friends and sponsors who went a very long ways to make Frodo a reality.

To start, we’ve added two entirely new users bases with Frodo. The first was the Raspberry Pi platform. It’s rare when a registered charity can do something as incredible as create a piece of hardware that’s got thousands of people salivating. It’s absolutely unheard of when that piece of hardware pops out as the single least expensive means of running XBMC ever. Thanks to the Raspberry Pi Foundation for their efforts and their support!

The second new platform is XBMC for Android. The simple fact of the matter is, XBMC for Android might not exist as a working port right now if it weren’t for the decision of Pivos Technology to employ two XBMC Team members fulltime to make it happen. Of course, countless other Team Members and non-Team coders have contributed to the code base both before and after that initial decision, but it was Pivos who gave our developers the necessary man hours to make XBMC for Android a reality.

In addition, in an unheralded move, Pivos has gone above and beyond the standard sponsor requirements and donated enough XIOS DS‘s to the Foundation so that every current XBMC Team member, regardless of skill set (from developers to wiki maintainers to testers), has or will have an Android device to tinker with and test things out on.

Finally, there are the friends and sponsors who provide all the data that makes XBMC what it is, including TheTVDB, TheMovieDb, Fanart.tv, and TheAudioDb, among so many others. In particular, we’d like to acknowledge Weather Underground who stepped in to rescue XBMC when we lost our last weather host and also WebHostingBuzz and Bytemark Hosting, the webservers who make XBMC.org possible.

Thanks to you all!

Conclusion and Download

To get XBMC 12 Frodo, please visit our download page.

Check out our changelog for a more complete list of updates for XBMC 12.

Let us know what you think of XBMC 12 in the comments below, or, if you like, via the donation button at the top of the page.

If you have any problems read the Frodo FAQ, the Raspberry Pi FAQ, or the Android FAQ, depending on your version, and don’t hesitate to report them in our forums and report verified bugs in Trac.