XBMC Releases 12.0 Frodo – Beta 1

The other day, XBMC released the beta of its latest media server software, 12.0 codename Frodo.  New features include:

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved Airplay support across all platforms
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

I was particularly impressed with the LiveTV and PVR support (although it requires the installation of a backend live TV server and an XBMC plugin), and is a feature that competing Plex does not have.  For those of you who prefer XBMC over other options (I still prefer Plex given its centralized server and myPlex functionality), hop on over and give it a try.  Its still in Beta, so expect some bugs.

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