Is mediaportal going to survive the new xbmc

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    I have been a longtime user of mediaportal about 6 years before moving to XBMC only because i wanted to try somthing different i didnt have a tvtuner so the tv server was wasted on me so i thought i would have a play with xbmc for windows while keeping my mediaprtal setup but once i learned how to use xbmc i rely liked what it had to offer for what i needed especially a live XBMC OS as time moved on i got into skinning in xbmc and rely got into the scene but time came for me to get a tv card with all the new hd tv content so i thought about returning to mediaportal until the XBMC development team announced the next installment of the software codeneame Dharma with
    improved skinning engine
    also new addons section
    full blu-ray support
    full mkv/Avchd playback annd much more
    tv tuner support for live tv and recording using myth tv server or mediaportal
    and much more check here for list Roadmap ? XBMC
    so was just wondering what you guys thought about this and what mediaportal will have to offer over xbmc i rely like mediaportal dont get me wrong but i like my eye candy


     
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    Last time I try xbmc, it was perfect to look poor divx on screen for newbees but if your problem is quality of video, freq, colors, management, sound and if you want a full htpc computer with TV, there is no conccurent to mediaportal, free or not ;)
     
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    Why should MP have to "survive" XBMC? They're both great products that show how awesome open source can be. I'm glad if XBMC gets better because in the end MediaPortal will benefit from this (by adding similar features, porting skins, etc.).

    That's all I'm gonna say on this topic because there have been enough discussions on what is the "better" software and which features MP is missing.
     
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    I tried XBMC a couple of times because I do feel that XBMC's interface is a lot 'smoother' than MP's. However, as soon as you want XBMC to do a bit more you realize that MP wins out as far as plugins etc go. My feeling is that MP is way more extensible.

    That said, I think both projects have a place in this world and can only benefit from each other. For now, I'm looking forward to MP2. :)
     
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    Only time will tell :)

    About XBMC's blu-ray support, its not full like you state (it doesn't support menus) so it's on par with the current offering of MediaPortal plugins.
     
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    Yep! That stuff is on Roadmap, but has anyone really seen how the integration of TV is going to work?

    I am always interested in users comments comparing features and functions of MP and any other media center software. AFAIK there is not a good comparison anywhere on the web. At least I looked and could not find one. So I really appreciate everyone's comments as it helps me when I am writing docs, text for our Home Pages, press releases, etc.

    Has anyone actually compared the system resources required? Because I have had users tell me that the 'smooth' interface of XBMC requires considerably more system resources.

    If anyone feels up to writing some usable comparison stuff for us, it would be great: Features, Performance, support, etc.
     
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    Re : Is mediaportal going to survive the new xbmc

    Just a single report with own experience :
    Tried XBMC some months ago (maybe 1 year).
    XBMC seems less ressources demanding than MP.
    More configuration possibility for MP.
    Faster skin engine display and media folders navigation for XBMC, giving impression of more reactive software.
    No TV Engine for XBMC.
     
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    Re: Re : Is mediaportal going to survive the new xbmc

    Yes, but you could use "MythBox", which is a MythTV frontend for XBMC... MythBox Project :D
     
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    At the moment I'm using both XBMC and Mediaportal, and I'm still not sure which one I like the most.

    XBMC
    pros:
    - Skins (love the Alaska Skin)
    - Almost everything plays out of the box (no codec trouble)
    - HT- Experience plugin :)
    - Being able to view the trailer that you downloaded with the movie. (If you're in doubt whether you're gonna like the movie or not)

    cons:
    - Less updates
    - Harder to find Skin updates/changes
    - harder to find the correct plugins
    - Configuration only inside XBMC
    - Not able to change a serie/movie when the wrong one is found

    Mediaportal
    pros:
    - Moving pictures
    - Tv Server (Don't use it.. but still :) )
    - A lot of plugins
    - Great forum
    - Configuration both inside and outside Mediaportal

    cons
    - skins are less smooth and nice, although StreamedMP is getting there
    - No trailer support
    - No HT Experience
    - Hard to find the right codecs, although SAF is pretty good

    The last few months I'm starting to use XBMC more and more over Mediaportal (Sorry)
     
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    Re : Re: Re : Is mediaportal going to survive the new xbmc

    Hi geov,
    Yes, maybe, a TV try should be done. :)

    Therefore, test has been made one year ago.
    At this time, there was no Gibman's leaks fixes, nor rtv's skin engine improvment speed and so on...
    The only one 4/3 skin fully working in all cases other than B3 was Xface.

    MP Series and MovingPictures plugins were not as mature as today.

    Even StreamedMP, Xfactor skins, ... didn't exist.
    So, XBMC skins were more beautiful than MP skins at this time.

    With that history, we can see how good improvements were done by MP Team and MP community.

    A newer test reported by someone would maybe be very interesting.;)
     
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