XBMCXBMC development team presented to the public a new version of its eponymous product XBMC 12.1 FINAL, cross-platform media center software with open source.

XBMC product allows users to organize, access to personal collections of media files on the PC hard disk, optical disk or network storage, and provides everything you need to play multimedia content (audio, video, digital images, etc.) in all popular formats. Thanks to the media server, XBMC, for example, you’ll be able to watch videos from your personal collection on a big TV screen and control the playback with a convenient remote control.

XBMC 12.1 is a maintenance update that provides better performance and stability of the product on different hardware platforms. Most of the proposed improvements to somehow relate to the electronic equipment manufactured by Apple. So the owners of systems based on the operating system OS X offers support for embedded audio output device, and the ability of hardware video decoding. Developers have reported increasing support technology AirPlay. A device holder Apple TV 2 will appreciate the tighter compatibility with iOS mobile platform 6 and significantly reduce the number of crashes the application.


The new version includes support for additional types of Xbox 360 controllers. And extended support CEC-compatible devices will connect XBMC-server to the TV via HDMI-cable and use the TV remote to control playback. Finally, users are offered the localized versions of the media server in seven additional languages ​​(mainly Asian)

The developers have also recently demonstrated an early build XBMC 13, code-named «Gotham». An application that is currently under development, will boast a useful function “Play with …”. A new supported tags «TV Show» and «Music Video» help better organize the contents of home media archives.

Initially, the project was aimed at XBMC to create an open media player for a game console XBOX, but in the process of development evolved into a cross-platform media center that runs on modern software platforms. For rapid assessment of options prepared XBMC Live-assembly based on Ubuntu (608 MB). Finished installation packages are available for Mac OS X (x86, PPC), FreeBSD, Linux (ARM, PPC, x86, and x86-64), Android, Raspberry Pi, Windows, Apple TV, and iOS. Project code is licensed under the GPLv2 +.

One of the interesting features XBMC, are support a wide range of multimedia formats, and hardware acceleration for video decoding, support for remote controls, the ability to play files over FTP / SFTP, SSH and WebDAV; remote management via web-interface, the presence of a flexible plugin system, implemented in Python and available for installation in a special catalog supplements, preparation plugins for integration with popular online-services, the ability to download metadata (lyrics, cover art, rating, etc.) to existing content. Based on XBMC is developing about a dozen commercial set-top boxes, and several open arms (Boxee, GeeXboX, 9×9 Player, MediaPortal, Plex).

XBMC 12.1 Main features:

– Use the new audio subsystem XBMC AudioEngine, has provided support for HD-quality sound, including the use of audio codecs DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, support for 24-bit audio at up to 384,000 hz, means to mix all audio streams, enhanced synchronization with the video stream, support for ReplayGain (Volume Leveler) and built-in transcoding streams and resampling;
– Works as a DVR / PVR: view Live TV, listen to Internet radio, work with the electronic program guide (EPG) and the organization of video on the Web;
– Support for software decoding 10-bit h.264 video (Hi10P), are popular for anime;
– Improved support for images, you can work with additional types of images and create a more interesting and complex skins;
– Support for the Raspberry Pi;
– Initial support for the platform Android;
– Full support for 64-bit builds Mac OS X, brought up to the level of 64-bit builds for Linux;
– Improved support for AirPlay across all platforms, including the ability to use AirPlay sound in XBMC for Windows;
– Better support for remote controls in Windows and Linux, including wireless gaming console from Xbox 360;
– Advanced filtering in content library, allowing to choose content by artist, genre, title, year of creation, rating, tags, and other parameters;
– Support for tags in the video library to group movies by category;
– Enhanced tools for sharing content library through UPnP;
– Select the default language for the video is now based on the language selected for the interface XBMC;
– To work on the translation service is now involved Transifex.

XBMC 12.1 FINAL product available for all major desktop and mobile platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOSi Android.