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  #778049 11-Mar-2013 15:23
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reven: they need to try and work on getting mepo on different clients/hardware.

I think this is one of MP's weaknesses (and XBMC's strengths). However, compare the size and makeup of the two development teams and you'll start to understand why MP is Windows only. Also MP's top feature is native TV support. Until the last few years almost zero TV cards had Linux drivers, so what was the point of having Linux support (?). This is changing with companies like TBS, TeVii et. al. bring Linux drivers to market for well priced and featured hardware (and chip makers investing effort into producing solid reference drivers).

Having said that, there are projects like MpExtended and aMPdroid that are bridging the gap to other platforms.

this is hard being in c#, but they have moved most logic into a client/server setup (more so with mepo 2 i believe, centralized database.), so they could write a gui that runs on more hardware (linux, android, windows etc) then they might get more users.

As you know, XBMC is able to achieve platform independence by using platform independent technologies such as OpenGL and C++. There are core parts of MP that are C++. MP is tied to Windows as much or more by the TV support framework (BDA) and DirectShow as C#.

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  #778052 11-Mar-2013 15:32
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CYaBro: How do you play Blu-ray discs in MP?

There are plugins like Bluray handler for MP 1.2.x down, and native support from MP 1.3.x up. Note that the native support does not include BD-J and will not circumvent copy protection mechanisms that otherwise prevent the BD from playing.

What doe that mean?
Am I going to need something like AnyDVD HD to actually be able to play a BD in MP 1.3?


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  #778053 11-Mar-2013 15:36
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I've been using MP for about 5 years, I keep trying XBMC but MP wins me back every time (I've recently been testing Frodo). I spend about 90% of the time using the TV Series plugin and find it superior to XBMC's TV Series handler, the UI is quicker and less cluttered (I can't find a theme I like in XBMC which is part of the problem), fanart less problematic and the integration with Trakt works much better. With a large TV the 12x5 banner view in StreamedMP for TV series is perfect. That said I think XBMC does the following better:
  • Their web API is much better - I'm using MPExtended but it's less useful than XBMC's. I wish I could trigger MP TV Series to do an update on a particular directory. The auto scan is nice but with 10,000+ TV show episodes it takes a long time to scan.
  • Multiseat - while it's a hack, it's still nice to be able to pause a movie in the living room and go to the bedroom and continue from where it left off.
  • Linux support - I feel dirty (the bad kind of dirty) running a Windows box for my HTPC, I tested out XBMC on my Pi and it works surprisingly well.

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  #778054 11-Mar-2013 15:40
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CYaBro: What doe that mean?
Am I going to need something like AnyDVD HD to actually be able to play a BD in MP 1.3?

The short answer is "yes, for most commercial BDs". As per the issues with BD under Linux.
I suggest you read the wiki:
This information is not hard to find.

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  #778124 11-Mar-2013 17:55
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Hey guys,

I think 1.3 will advance the simple install issues many people have had with MP until now and is, to me, the defacto media client. XBMC is great at what it does, but until it replicates what MP does for Live TV it is a no go... I do however love the android /linux based clients, especially as there are some really useful looking quadcore arm based units which are small enough to use as a client... If only TV was implemented as good as MP!

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