MediaPortal 1.3.0 may have been a long time in development and only just released in March but there is a new version to play with. MediaPortal 1.4.0 pre-release is ready for testing and despite there only being a few months between releases there are plenty of changes. There is a better handling of HDMI, faster startup, improved standby handling, new music engine and better Blu-ray playback. See the list below for the details and you can get a full change log on and the download team-mediaportal site.

HDMI half/fullscreen fix:
HDMI is THE connection these days. In 1.4.0 we have finally managed to fix the issue that plagued so many people in our community. MediaPortal no longer resizes into a small window when you use HDMI to connect your HTPC with a TV or AV receiver!

MediaPortal starts faster:
MediaPortal can take a fair amount of time to start. This release introduces a few changes which should reduce that startup time a bit.

Standby (S3) hibernation (S4) handling reworked:
MediaPortal’s compatibility with Windows power saving features has been improved. Hopefully this will allow you to save some money from your power bill.

Compensate for Windows DPI settings different than 100%
Windows has a feature that enables you to increase the size of text (to make it easier to read). This version of MediaPortal works better than previous versions when that feature is enabled.

Video and TV-recordings thumbnails creation
Our thumbnail creator for videofiles has been worked on to make it more reliable.
We are also now able to create thumbnails for TV recordings on multiseat systems!

Picture thumbnail creation
MediaPortal 1.4.0 pre-release creates picture thumbnails more than 10x faster than MediaPortal 1.3.0.

Music playback
The music player implementation has also been given an overhaul. WASAPI support has been added and the existing ASIO support has been cleaned up.

MediaPortal Audio Renderer
Based on your feedback, the MPAR which was first introduced in MediaPortal 1.3.0 has been refined and improved even further.

Blu-Ray Playback
We know you love the native Blu-Ray support that was introduced in MediaPortal 1.3.0. We’ve made further improvements in this release.

TV-Server enhancements
The TV-Server has received numerous small fixes and enhancements such as the option to also import and export your tuner settings.

New logging framework
The new log4net logging has elements that can be configured, specifically the log file size and log rotation.

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