The MediaPortal team have released a test version of MediaPortal 2, this is alpha 3 which is still meant for testing and not live systems (unless you are feeling really brave). There are lots of changes in the new version including support or resuming playback (the resume position is stored in the central library), more image formats and improved navigations.
There are lots of other fixes and updates in the build and it’s looking like MediaPortal 2 could be a good option for a whole home media system.
Details from their blog:
Improved user experience:
Added support for resuming playback, the resume position stored in central MediaLibrary
Added support for more image formats that can be used inside MP2
Added audio album cover support for Titanium and Reflexion skin
Added animated fanart backgrounds for Series and Movies
Improved navigation, restoring focus now works better when returning to previous screen
Fixed opacity mask rendering in SkinEngine
MediaLibrary importer now only does refresh imports
Updated OnlineVideos plugin is included in this release
News plugin will now download default news feeds per country on first run
Weather plugin updated for new API
New plugins are available!
New WiFi configuration plugin (included)
WebRadio plugin to play your favourite web radio streams inside MP2!
CEC remote plugin allows controlling MP2 (Forum)
The full change log is available here: MediaPortal 2 Alpha 3 change log