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Media Browser Server 3.0.5416 Beta Released



Introducing Media Browser Connect


As many of you know, we have a lot of really smart people here in our community, and great things happen when we put our minds together. We've been longing for a way to make it easier to access your server when you're away from home, and we're pleased to announce our solution. It's Media Browser Connect.


Now you can use your forum username and password to sign into any Media Browser app from any location, and it will know how to locate your server in the most efficient way possible. This means you no longer have to fumble with IP addresses. Not only does this make it easier to access your server, it also makes it easier to mange multiple servers and share with your friends.



So how does it work?


It's very easy. For existing users that you've already setup, simply edit their user profile and enter their forum username or email address. The local server account will then be linked to the forum account. Once they accept the invitation email, they'll then be able to use their forum credentials to sign in to your server, without having to know the server's IP address.




In the user list, you'll see a cloud to indicate the user has a Connect account.





Invite Your Friends


You'll notice a new Guests section on the user management page.




What are guests? Guests are forum users that you've invited to use your server. Simply click the plus button next to Guests, and you'll be presented with a popup to invite a forum user. You can even choose which libraries they'll have access to.






By default guests have very limited permissions, and you'll have full control over what they'll have access to.


Local Accounts, Cloud Accounts - You Decide


While we expect this feature to be very popular, we know that many prefer local accounts and we're pleased to say they're not going anywhere. Both of the features work very well together and we expect to continue to improve on this.


App Support


This has been a large team effort and you can expect to see updates for all of our apps soon. Here's a few teasers to wet your appetite.









Try the Hosted Web Client


We now have a hosted version of the web client at:




Simply use your Connect (forum) login, and then you can access any of your servers (owned or shared).




Once you sign in, you'll see the very same web client you've come to know and love. Switching servers is easy:





As you can see the layout is currently limited to one server at a time, but this is only the beginning. We know that many of you are clamoring for multi-server presentations, and we intend to deliver that in future releases.


The hosted web client has one unique advantage over the local version. It features automatic network switching from LAN to WAN and vice versa, on the fly as needed. You might login initially within your home network, and then leave the house and transition to mobile. The app will handle it for you, all on the fly. The hosted web client is truly one url, any time, any location.


Important Note: The hosted web client is served via static HTML and JavaScript. All communication occurs directly from your browser to your Media Browser Server, just like the regular web client. We do not have any external servers that send requests to your home server, and we do not collect any information about your media library.


New Devices Section


There is a new Devices section in the server dashboard. Many of you have asked for device-specific settings and we now have a place to put those. For starters, you can configure a friendly name for each device, to override the name reported by it.




Automatic Camera Image Uploading


You'll notice the Devices section has a Camera Upload tab. Camera upload allows automatic uploading of images from your smartphones and tablets. It's easy! Just enable the devices you'd like to use it for, and voila!


Then go out and take some pictures, and when you come home the images will begin uploading. It's a fully automated feature. All of our mobile apps will be updated soon to support this.





If you like, you can even specify a custom upload path for each device to keep albums separated. Here is a preview of image uploading on windows phone:





New Parental Control Features


Now you can define access schedules for users to control when they have access to your server. It's very easy and only takes a few clicks to setup.





When users try to use the server during restricted hours, they'll see a friendly message indicating that they'll need to come back later.




Expect to see more parental control features in upcoming releases.



New Trailer Features


We know that trailers is a big part of movie watching. The Movies section of the web client now has a Trailers tab, which will pull trailers from all available sources (channels, files, etc).





There's even a new nifty Trailer Reel button. What is the trailer reel? It's the ability to create a long running playlist of random movie trailers. This makes for great background video while you do the dishes.





The best part about the trailer reel feature is that remote control is fully supported. You can send a trailer reel to any Media Browser app that accepts remote control commands.



DLNA Improvements


You'll notice better dynamic category images that are based on the content within your library.




Movies that have trailers or extras are now displayed as folders, allowing you to play the main feature or any of the extras from within the DLNA client interface.




Also, big thanks to FuFa for his work in helping improve our Panasonic device profile, and Happy2Play for lending some of his expertise.



Live TV Improvements


We've been working hard with Krustyreturns and SiliconDust, and ServerWMC users are in for a treat. If you have an HDHomerun that supports Dlna, we now use the SiliconDust api to stream directly from the tuner hardware, thereby bypassing Windows Media Center's wtv conversion process. You will notice faster video start times, increased reliability, decreased resource consumption, and improved video quality. Big thanks to krustyreturns for his efforts on this!



New Argus Live TV Plugin


We're happy to welcome Argus to the community, giving you yet another choice of Live TV providers. Thanks to Sven for his work on this. Check it out in the plugin catalog.






Latest Item Settings


Some users have reported that they'd prefer not to have photos or music showing up in their latest items lists. This is now easily configured in your user preferences and will take effect within any Media Browser app that displays a global Latest Media section.





Web Client Photo Slideshow:


Click on any image within a photo album and you'll be treated to a visual slideshow. Best of all, it works great when you're mobile just by swiping your fingers left and right.






Support for .STRM files:


These are a longtime favorite of Xbmc users. Now you can create stub files in your library containing a single media url, and the content will be displayed like any other video. Clients will then stream the content from the remote url.


Usage is simple. Create a normal text-file and rename the .txt extension to .strm then open it up with a text-editor (like Notepad in Microsoft Windows) and input the the direct url link of the stream.


For example:


Other Improvements:

  • Upgraded to fanart v3 api
  • Support Imdb url's within NFO's that appear after the closing xml tag

Bugs Resolved:

  • Music videos not showing up on artist page
  • Artists with & in their name not displayed correctly
  • Upcoming TV not displaying certain content
  • "set" tag not getting saved in NFO's in certain situations

Fully Open and Community Built


As you all know we're committed to open source. We have developer libraries for Media Browser Connect ready to go for a number of platforms. We want to make it easy as possible for new developers to integrate or interact with our API. Expect to see more information about this soon.



Join the Community


Help us build new channels and apps. We're looking for more developers for all software platforms. Just drop us a line.

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Is there going to be a tagged release on GitHub?  This is a version I would like to push out to my AUR package as soon as possible.

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An amazing update! Media Browser's future is very bright. :)

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Thanks for getting that up.  Loving the new Connect feature! Very handy to not have to worry about a dyndns client to update.  :)

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OMG (I hate that really but seems fitting for this release)


well done

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Nice update folks. I'm really happy with new scheduling on parental control. Although it would be nice if we could do something like this: Id like to enable watching movies on weekdays from 9am to 9pm, but only for 3 hrs.


It would be then covered with all Parental Control as should be... :)

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This is awesome. This is why I love you guys over Plex. MediaBrowser is just leaps and bounds superior!


I'll be adding LiveTV to my MB setup in the coming weeks. What's are the main differences between NextPVR and Argus Live TV? My Google-Fu is failing me.

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Great release fellas, MB just gets better every month!!

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Wow, huge release!


.... ok, that sounds wrong. 


Anyway, lots of new features to try out, thanks MB guys, MB3 gets better every time :)

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Wow this is big, I mean really BIG!

Congrats for the release.

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This is awesome!

Does,Will Media Connect have https?


All communication to connect is over https, but that is only in the initial phase to get connected to an MBS instance. Once it hands you over to MBS, it's exactly the same as the regular web client.

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WOW what a massive update, so many new features to play with. Thanks to everyone involved. 

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Absolutely great. Tried the connect through the web app and it just works. Tried it over wifi, LTE & 3G.

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Bazinga indeed. Love that Media Connect feature. No more third party apps.

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Wow that's hell of an update. For no reason at all I am just going to send a donation :) Have a beer or two on me while ya sit back and admiring ya hard work. 

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Apex Predator


Thank you for not getting rid of local accounts :) Will you continue to build out the multiple server option for local accounts as well?

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OMG! its really great!! Its really a BIG update!! Congrats to all the team!! 

Thanks so much for everyone who works to make mediabrowser, every day, a little better!!

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How do I upgrade to this beta?


On the website you can download both the stable release and the latest beta.

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