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Old 02-25-2009, 12:49 PM
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SageTV V6.5.11 Beta is Here!

Howdy all!

How's about some beta action?

We've put back in the beta demux on Windows which has the accurate seeking. A/V sync issues with playback on the Mac should also be resolved now.

We've also got one new piece of fun for those of you with HD extenders (currently only HD200). We've got support now for playing back BluRays that are in a BDMV folder structure. There's no support for menus or interactive features. But it does support multiple audio tracks, chapter selection and later will also support subtitles. It only works in extender mode now; but there'll be another firmware update soon which adds it to standalone mode as well.

Highlighted changes are in Bold in the release notes below.

Submit any bugs you find to here please:

Here's the links:

SageTV for Windows

SageTVClient for Windows

SageTVPlaceshifter for Windows

SageTV for Windows Home Server

SageTV Media Center for Macintosh

SageTV Client for Macintosh

SageTV Placeshifter for Macintosh

SageTV Media Center for Linux

SageTV Placeshifter for Linux

SageTV Media Center for Linux - Debian Package Installer

SageTV Placeshifter for Linux - Debian Package Installer

And here's the detailed release notes for you all:

SageTV V6.5.11 Beta 2/25/2009

Core Updates
1. Fixed issue when creating a channel limited Favorite, it wouldn't have the channel limits applied until the Favorite was updated (this was not possible to do in our standard UI since you can't create a Favorite initially with a channel limit, you have to create one and then modify the channel limit)
2. Added support for importing BluRay BDMV folder structures. These are now recognized as a single MediaFile. They currently will appear along with DVDs so STVs won't need modifications yet to show them. The ONLY playback mechanism for these currently is the HD media extender (firmware update required). This only plays the main movie of the BluRay; it does not support any menus or other interactive features currently. It does support multiple audio tracks, chapter selection and all the standard playback controls. Subtitle support is in progress.
3. Fixed issues with downloading files from SageTV servers that had unicode characters in the pathname
4. Added property "include_blurays_as_dvds" which includes BluRays with all API calls that would normally just return DVD objects (this property must be set at startup, and defaults to true)
5. Fixed bug where we would think we ran out of diskspace due to an asyncronicity with the calculation (only affected Mac/Linux)
6. HE-AAC audio should now be properly supported for transcoding
7. Added property "dump_bluray_info" for dumping the info about a BluRay to the log file when its imported into SageTV
8. Add two new frequency entries for "Norway-CanalDigital"
9. Various format detection issues fixed
10. Fixed issues with photos with unicode pathnames not showing up

Placeshifter Updates
1. Disable automatically popping up the 'Add Server' dialog in the Placeshifter since this is confusing to some users and also happens when the discovery process is slow sometimes.

Windows Updates
1. New MPEG demux w/ accurate seeking is included again

Mac Updates
1. Fixed A/V sync issues with playback
2. Added Control-Click as right mouse click for Mac OS X
3. Allows the user to disable Apple IR remote in the prefs now
4. Improved HDHomeRun support

Linux Updates
1. Improved HDHomeRun support

Media Extender Updates
1. Added support for BluRary BDMV folder playback on the HD media extender. This only plays the main movie of the BluRay; it does not support any menus or other interactive features currently. It does support multiple audio tracks, chapter selection and all the standard playback controls. Subtitle support is in progress.
2. Fixed bug where we didn't properly detect MPEG1 streams
3. Added support for HDMI hotplug mode changes for HD extenders
4. Updated native resolution switching code so that it'll match on the horizontal dimension or the vertical instead of just the vertical (i.e. things like 1280x600 would play at 720p)
5. HE-AAC audio should now be properly supported (firmware update required)

Studio Updates
1. Added MediaFile API call CreateTempMediaFile which can be used to create a temporary MediaFile object for wrapping around a file/network path (allows updating metadata before playback begins)
2. Added MediaFile API call IsBluRay which returns true for BluRay MediaFile objects
3. BluRays are represented by a new MediaMask which is 'B'. This will automatically be added to any MediaMask with a 'D' if the property "include_blurays_as_dvds" is set (which is the default currently)
4. Updated IsCurrentMediaFileDVD API call to also return true for BluRays if the "include_blurays_as_dvds" property is set (which is the default for now)
5. Updated ShowAPI call GetRoleTypes so that it clones the array before it returns it since that array is used by the core for other purposes

STV Updates
1. Various performance optimizations
2. Updated thumbnail button overlay graphic & title text layout
3. Changed spinning circle wait animation to progress bar, and changed % progress indicators to use the enlarging progress bar.
4. Custom STVs can call the default STV and jump to a menu by specifying the menu widget's symbol ID in the gTargetMenuName variable. If the symbol lookup fails, it searches for the menu widget name, as it did before.
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