MediaPortal is open-source media center software with a 10-foot user interface (designed for the living-room TV) that acts as a front end for a digital PVR (Personal Video Recorder), video, pictures, and music, among other functions.
MediaPortal runs only under Microsoft Windows operating systems. MediaPortal allows a computer to perform many entertainment-related tasks, such as recording, pausing, and rewinding live television, much like a PVR box such as a TiVo system.
Other functionality includes playing video, playing music with dynamic playlist building based on the Last.fm service, launching and playing games, recording live radio and browsing picture collections. MediaPortal supports a plugin system and a skin engine allowing users to extend the base software.
- Direct X GUI
- Video Mixing Renderer 9
- Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) on Vista/7
- Advanced Digital Video Broadcasting support (Common Interface, DVB radio, DVB EPG, etc..)
- Integrated Weather Forecasts
- Built-in RSS reader