TVersity iPhone Apps now on the App Store

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We are very pleased to announce today the availability of our iPhone apps (free and Pro). TVersity for iOS is the best way to access your PC media library on your home network. Your entire music collection and video and photo libraries can be available at your fingertips. All you need is the TVersity Media Server running on a PC and ready to serve your personal media to your devices. With super simple user-interface and ultrafast navigation and search there is no easier way to play and view your entire media library.

Version 3.7 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of version 3.7 of the TVersity Media Server restoring support for Roku. This is after Roku firmware 6.1 introduced a serious HLS bug and broke compatibility with TVersity (as well as with many other applications). You can learn more about this Roku bug here. This release also improves the experience with PS3 and WDTV, by more accurately determining what to transcode, and it includes various other fixes.

Web TV

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Back in the mid nineties Steve Perlman founded Web TV Networks a service for accessing the web on TV via a dedicated box. Acquired by Microsoft 20 months later and rebranded as MSN TV in 2001, the service was never a big success with consumers but it had its loyal customers, and was only shut down at the end of 2013. The web was a very different place back in 1995 and there is no question that Web TV was way too early.

Version 3.6 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of version 3.6 of the TVersity Media Server featuring support for HTTPS and thus restoring support for YouTube. This release also adds support for Sony blu-ray players and includes some improvements related to displaying subtitles. You can download the latest version here. A full list of changes is available here.

TV Industry Predictions for 2015

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Photo courtesy of Leo Reynolds licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 It is a tradition for us at TVersity to try and make new year predictions related to the TV industry and while we usually do not publish it, this year we decided to do just that. Hope you find it interesting. The transition from TV channels to TV apps will continue in full force as HBO launches its direct to consumer offering and others rush to do the same — this one is obvious, the announcements were made late last year and unless something unexpected happens we should see HBO, Showtime and some other content providers dropping the pay-TV subscription requirement.

Announcing the TVersity Screen Server

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We are delighted to announce today the TVersity Screen Server - a different kind of media server optimized for streaming the contents of your PC screen to a wide range of devices. We have received over the years many requests for this feature and have developed a prototype of it about two and a half years ago, however we could not include it in the TVersity Media Server for technical reasons.

Version 3.5 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of version 3.5 featuring support for the Xbox One. Microsoft has recently added DLNA support to the Xbox One and naturally we wanted to fully support it and properly transcode for it when necessary. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the Xbox One can play natively a much larger set of media formats (including many formats that the 360 cannot play like DVD/VOB, Blu-ray/M2TS and MKV) but there are of-course still many things that won’t play and so as always the Pro version can make your experience vastly better.

The future is here - TV channels are becoming TV apps

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For the last couple of years it has been increasingly evident that the future of a TV channel is to become a TV app. The success of TV apps among consumers and the stark contrast between the user experience those apps delivered compared to the typical pay TV experience, left very little room for doubt in my mind. On top of that people like Reed hastings and TDG Research have been saying it for a while and yet pay-TV operators remained by large very skeptical.

Version 3.4 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of version 3.4 featuring support for twitch and making H.264 encoding via Intel Quick Sync Video 25% more efficient. We have been recently receiving many user requests to add support for twitch and so we are pleased to make it available today and add yet another reason for you to go Pro. A full list of changes is available here. You can download the latest version here.

Version 3.3 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of version 3.3 with self-healing capabilities after crashing during media library indexing. The number one support issue we have been getting is related to the indexing process quitting in the middle due to a corrupt file causing a crash. The problem was that any subsequent indexing attempts (i.e. media library refresh) would quit again in the same place and so some media was never getting added to the library.

Version 3.2 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of version 3.2 with an HTML5 interface that supports playing your media in the browser as well as easy browsing and searching (for best experience please use Chrome). Having a really great interface for accessing your media library from web browsers is obviously super important and yet our web and Flash interfaces were dated and insufficient, so it is time to fix this, right?

Version 3.1 is here

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Just a few weeks after making a major release (3.0), we are making a small bug fix release (3.1) to address some issues that came up in the field. In addition to a long list of bug fixes we also added to the GUI some new functionality. A full list of changes is available here. You can download the latest version here. To learn what’s new in the major 3.0 release please check this post.

Version 3.0 is here

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We are thrilled to announce the availability of the TVersity Media Server 3.0. This is a major release with an all new user interface, a lot of new functionality and of-course bug fixes. The highlights of this release are: Introduce an all new user interface, which is HTML5 based and is significantly simplified. Hardware accelerated H.264 encoding via Intel Quick Sync Video, allows 3 times faster encoding (up to 1080p) at half the CPU consumed by software encoding (Pro only).

Version 2.7 here

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We are very pleased to announce the availability of the TVersity Media Server 2.7. The highlight of this release is support for Sony Bravia TVs and better DLNA compliance all around for increased compatibility with devices not officially supported. Many devices that refused to inter-operate with TVersity, are now fully expected to work. We are also pleased to eliminate the browser toolbar in all our software editions. Recently our toolbar partner has taken a different direction, which is not aligned with our values and so we have decided to stop including it in our software.

Version 2.4 is here

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We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2.4 - this is primarily to fix various issues with web content and to add support for additional premium web content (like crackle.com). Full release notes at: http://tversity.com/support/releasenotes/ Download it at: http://tversity.com/download/

Version 2.3 is here

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We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2.3 - this is primarily to address audio loss with Flash 11.3 for some web content (including Hulu). Sadly, the Basic version no longer supports YouTube content. This is because YouTube prohibits direct access to their media. The Pro version is using a server-side web browser and therefore does not need to access the media directly. Needless to say, we are looking for ways to restore support for YouTube content in the Basic version.

Version 2.2 is here

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We are please to announce the availability of version 2.2. This is yet another installment of small fixes and minor improvements: New Features Full support for various Sony Google TVs models. Avoid transcoding blu-ray movies with devices that support them. Improved support for transcoding Ogg Vorbis files. Restore the ability to enter user/password for Hulu (required to access Hulu plus by subscribers.) Restore support for RMVB. Bug Fixes USB drives and network drives are no longer removed from the library after a reboot.

It is an app world and 2.1 is here

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We are very excited to announce the availability of TVersity Media Server version 2.1. The 2.x versions (2.0 and 2.1 so far) bring a number of notable improvements under the hood, while making no GUI changes. Of most interest is the complete rewrite of our real-time transcoding engine with the following main benefits over the previous implementation: It works correctly disregarding the codec pack installed and even when codec hell is prevalent on the system.

TVersity Media Server 1.9.6 is here!

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After a 6 months of silence we are very pleased to release the TVersity Media Server 1.9.6. This release has many improvements under the hood (in preparation for 2.0 which will have even more!) With this release we have added support for many devices but the coolest ones got to be Android tablets running Android 3.0. You can now play all your personal and Internet media via the DLNA clients included on these tablets.

On the fly transcoding for the iPhone/iPad is here

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We are pleased to announce the release of TVersity Media Server 1.9 featuring: Pro Edition Transcoding to H.264 is now supported and so is HTTP Live Streaming. On the fly transcoding for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch including transcoding of local media and web content. Full support for the iPad. All Editions Revamped iPod/iPad interface with support for: Move to next item automatically when playing music. Keyword search. Add some user contributed device profiles (mainly Blu-ray players and connected TVs).

Some cool things we are working on

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On-the-fly transcoding has always been one of the unique features of TVersity. Thanks to this features you could play almost any media on any supported device, disregarding the limitations of the device. For those of you that are new to TVersity, we introduced the notion of on-the-fly transcoding in our very first release back in 2005. In fact TVersity was the first home media server ever to offer that feature. Today On-the-fly transcoding has become a must have feature for end users, and even Microsoft is doing some of that on Windows 7 - a great validation of our approach.

Play any flash video site on your TV!

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Last year we made the first release of our Pro edition, with the intention to enable access to premium web content (including movies and full TV episodes). The big promise of this approach was the use of a full blown web browser running on your PC but displaying web content on your TV. Ultimately we want to let you access any website on TV with this technology, today we are taking another step in that direction by letting you access any video site based on Flash.

Access your media remotely via SureWest.net

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If you have been a TVersity user long enough, chances are that you were looking for a simple way to access your media on the go - after all this is one of the promises of TVersity. Until today, the only way to do it, was open a port in your home router/firewall, find out the IP address assigned to you by your ISP and point a remote web browser to this address.

TVersity Media Server 1.7 is here

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We are pleased to announce the availability of the TVersity Media Server 1.7! This a bug fix release with many improvements under the hood, the most notable ones are: It is no longer required to disable UAC when using TVersity on Vista, in fact TVertsity works well with UAC. Furthermore, after the installation, no UAC prompts will pop out except when starting/stopping the sharing service. It is no longer required to disable the SSDP service on Vista.

TVersity Pro 1.6 is out

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We are glad to announce the availability of the TVersity media server Pro 1.6! This release is all about relaxing the system requirements for premium content (this includes Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and all the other supported premium content sites). Most importantly, a sound card with stereo-mix is NO LONGER REQUIRED, and the sound will not be heard on the PC running TVersity. Also, the installation wizard will detect whether Flash for firefox is installed, and will prompt the user to do the installation when necessary.

Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Joost, CBS, Marvel, Comedy Central, Amazon VOD and the list goes on

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Today we are launching the Pro edition of the TVersity Media Server and we bring you support for Premium Web Content (including full TV episodes) from names like Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Joost, CBS, NBC, The WB, TV.com, ESPN, NFL, Comedy Central, South Park, Marvel, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and more. This is the culmination of an almost 5 year effort, to bridge the world of Internet Video with the TV.

2009 TVersity wishlist + RC7 is out

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Seventh release candidate is out with more bug fixes. We think we are getting really close to our first non beta release, which is our biggest milestone ever and so we wanted to take the opportunity and share some of our future plans for TVersity. In 2009 we have three main goals: Embed TVersity in a hardware home server appliance(s). Initially it will probably be Windows Home Server based and later on Linux based (maybe even Open Solaris with ZFS).

RC6 is here

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We are pleased to announce availability of our sixth 1.0 release candidate. This is a bug fix release with minor enhancements and performance improvements. All Sony PS3 users should upgrade immediately since this release fixes a serious bug related to photos. Other device users are encouraged to upgrade as well at their earliest convenience. Full release notes at: http://tversity.com/support/releasenotes/ Download at: 1.0.0.10 RC6

1.0 RC5 is here + TVersity on Facebook

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Our fifth release candidate is out - this is a bug fix release, designed to address many known issues so that we can finally emerge out of beta. Your feedback in the next couple of days will determine whether we can make an official 1.0 release or need an additional set of fixes. A few weeks ago we got an email from James Leenheer, who wrote a review about TVersity in tripletags.com, trying to find out how come we do not have a page on Facebook.

Election day live on TVersity

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There are many online sources out there offering live video coverage of the election day, many of which can be watched via TVersity on your networked devices (game consoles, mobiles, etc.). For your convenience we are listing below a few live streams from the CNN, if you have other streams please comment to this post and if they are indeed compatible with TVersity we will add them to this post for the benefit of all.

Release Candidate 4 is here and so are Full Episodes from YouTube

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The forth release candidate is here with support for PS3 firmware 2.5, higher quality YouTube content and automatic update of expired URLs. As many of you probably know YouTube has been improving the quality of its videos and at the same time made its content available in H.264 and not just Flash video. Up to this release TVersity would take by default low quality videos even when higher quality was available.

Version 1.0 RC3 is now available

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In this version we bring you support for raw digital camera images, a slightly easier menu navigation on devices, new formats, new devices and of-course some bug fixes and other minor improvements. Full release notes are available at: http://tversity.com/support/releasenotes/ Download it here: http://download.tversity.com/TVersitySetup_1_0_0_4_RC3.exe

Interview on National Radio

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TVersity’s founder, Ronen Mizrahi, was recently invited for half an hour interview on the national radio show Computer America. It turns out that the show producer is a fan of TVersity and is using it to watch podcasts on the 360. Download

Setting up TVersity with your Wii

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We came across this great blog post by Dan Gross with a very nice step by step guide for setting up TVersity with the Wii. It was particularly interesting because Dan is an educator and cares about podcasts of that nature. We never gave much thought about TVersity in education but I guess there is definitely some value in being able to manage a global repository of the school audio/video collection and then have access to it from each classroom / media room using a simple and low cost device like the Wii + a TV screen.

TVersity 1.0 RC2 is here

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We have been hard at work fixing some issues with RC1 and adding album art support and today we bring you TVersity 1.0 RC2. Album art support is the main new feature of this release, it is compatible with the Sony PS3 as well as with the HTML interface (PSP, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) and flash interface (Wii). Album art support relies on JPEG files conforming to certain naming conventions that are present in the same folder as music tracks.

The second TVersity 1.0 Release Candidate is here

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We have been hard at work fixing some issues with RC1 and adding album art support and today we bring you TVersity 1.0 RC2. Album art support is the main new feature of this release, it is compatible with the Sony PS3 as well as with the HTML interface (PSP, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) and flash interface (Wii). Album art support relies on JPEG files conforming to certain naming conventions that are present in the same folder as music tracks.

TVersity can't be downloaded because Amazon S3 is down

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Today Amazon S3 went down at around 12:00 pm eastern and ever since it is not possible to download the TVersity software. You can monitor the status of S3 at: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ More and more start-ups and large companies are relying on Amazon web services, yet instead of Amazon improving the reliability of these services it has been getting worse (last outage was about 3 months ago). Maybe it is time to think about alternatives… In the meantime, here is an alternative download link for the software: http://tversity.com//TVersitySetup_1_0_0_2_RC1.exe Update: It took Amazon almost 8 hours to get S3 working again in the US (6 hours for S3 Europe).

TVersity 1.0 RC1 is here

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We are delighted to announce the general availability of the first release candidate of our 1.0 version. Please note that this is a release candidate and not a final release, meaning that we need your feedback in order to fix issues and turn this into a final release as fast as possible. We will post full release notes shortly, in the meantime in case you missed it, this release is all about user interface and usability, but it also includes many bug fixes and other minor and major improvements to the transcoding engine, media library, auto discovery by devices, and much more.

New version is almost here + Blackberry Support

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A few months ago we posted some screenshots of our new user interface. It has been awfully quiet ever since on our blog since we were hard at work implementing the new interface as well as many other improvements. This upcoming release is major for us, we will finally hit 1.0 and so we decided to give it an extra week or two if necessary and do it right. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a little something to look at, while we finalize our work.

New version is almost here

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A few months ago we posted some screenshots of our new user interface. It has been awfully quiet ever since on our blog since we were hard at work implementing the new interface as well as many other improvements. This upcoming release is major for us, we will finally hit 1.0 and so we decided to give it an extra week or two if necessary and do it right. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a little something to look at, while we finalize our work.

Announcing availability of the TVersity button on viewmy.tv

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of the TVersity 1-click subscription button on viewmy.tv. Adding new live Internet channels to TVersity has never been easier now that viewmy.tv has added these buttons, simply head over to their site and click on the TVersity button whenever you come across a channel you like. Assuming TVersity is installed on that PC, this will open your TVersity application and add that channel to it (all you need to do is confirm that you have TVersity and then when it opens confirm the addition of the channel).

A preview of the upcoming user interface

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We are re-doing our user interface and wanted to share some screenshots and get some feedback early on. Before I get to that, some of you may have noticed that we recently upgraded our icons. These icons were sent to us by Dylan Wreggelsworth, a graphic designer and the founder of Trifold Designs. He did it of his own initiative and it happened at a time where we were looking to get some professional design work put into our software and our website (yes, finally…).

Windows Mobile support is here via LobsterTunes

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We have been asked many times over the course of the last two years for Windows Mobile support and so it is with great pleasure that we announce that Windows Mobile support for music is here via our partner LobsterTunes. LobsterTunes is a very unique MP3 player, it can connect to your TVersity server while you are away from home without requiring any firewall customization. For those that are familiar with Hamachi and Yoics, LobsterTunes includes their functionality built in so you do not need to do any network configuration to have access to TVersity on the go from your Windows Mobile device.

Support for Sony PS3 2.1 and more

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TVersity 0.9.11.4 is here with: Support for the Sony PS3 firmware 2.1. Transcode settings at the file/folder/url level. A new optional menu hierarchy for folders only. These last two features are the two most sought after features in our forums and so we are delighted to finally deliver. You may have also noticed our new logo, we are in the process or redoing our GUI and website as well so please stay tuned.

Support for Xbox 360 2007 Fall update is here

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TVersity 0.9.11.3 is here with support for the Xbox 360 2007 fall update and the PS3 firmware version 2. With these new firmwares it is now possible to fast forward, rewind and skip within transcoded media with both the Xbox 360 and the Sony PS3. We also bring experimental support for Windows Mobile and some improvements for the DirecTV HR20. Full release notes are at: http://tversity.com/support/releasenotes/ Download the latest release

Secure access to TVersity on the go

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Many users keep asking for a secure method to access TVersity from outside their home network. While advanced users are able to set up a VPN, the rest of us need easier methods and so it is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of YOICS with built-in support for TVersity. YOICS need to be installed on the machine running TVersity as well as on the machine from which you wish to access TVersity.

TVersity 0.9.11.2 is here

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We are happy to announce the availability of the TVersity Media Server version 0.9.11.2. With his new release we bring you increased security when accessing your media library remotely, customizable menus and better support for the Sony PS3 firmware 2.0. For a full list of changes please visit: http://tversity.com/support/releasenotes/ Or to download the new release please visit: http://tversity.com/download/

Version 0.9.10.8 is here

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This release features support for Windows Media Center and for Media Center compatible solutions like Active-TV. It also improves the DirecTV HR20 support and includes many bug fixes and other enhancements. For a more detailed list of changes please go to: http://tversity.com/support/releasenotes/ To download the new version please go to: http://tversity.com/download/

iPhone support is here and so is version 0.9.10.7

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We are thrilled to announce our latest release featuring support for the Apple iPhone. To see this new functionality in action, point Safari on the iPhone to http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:41952/iphone. When using an EDGE connection use http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:41952/iphone/edge. In both cases xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address of the machine running TVersity. You can now access your entire media collection in the home and on the go from your iPhone however in each of these cases a different IP address is needed and you may need to establish a port forwarding in order to access it on the go.

TVersity 0.9.10.5 is here

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We are glad to announce the availability of the TVersity Media Server 0.9.10.5. In this release we are fixing many issues and adding a new Radio directory by our partner radiotime.com. We are also adding new features for Sony PS3 owners and Microsoft Xbox 360 owners. If you always wanted to add your home and Internet content of choice to TVersity via a single button click, this release is setting the stage for that.

Version 0.9.10.3 is here

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We are happy to announce full support for the Sony PS3 firmware 1.8 and the Xbox 360 spring update. As you probably know, shortly after we made our previous major release, both Microsoft and Sony issued major updates for their game consoles, making them an even better multimedia gateways. In order to best serve our users, we issued patches overnight that supported the new functionality of those firmware updates, however these patches were only partial solutions.

A Patch for firmware 1.8 of the Sony PS3 is now available

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As you may know Sony has released yesterday a new firmware update for the Playstation 3 which added support for UPnP AV / DLNA. We are glad to announce that we already have a patch that takes advantage of this new functionality allowing playback of almost any audio and video files on the PS3, including Divx/Xvid and many other audio and video formats. This patch also allows playback of some Internet radio/TV channels, albeit it is still somewhat limited in this area.

A Patch for the Xbox360 spring update is now available

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As you may know Microsoft has released today a new firmware update for the Xbox 360 and this broke compatibility with TVersity (only with videos, audio and images work as before). We are glad to announce that we already have a patch that fixes this problem and also takes advantage of the new functionality of this spring update, letting you browse your video in a folder hierarchy instead of just a long flat list.

TVersity offers better Nintendo Wii and DirectTV HR20 support

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We are happy to announce the availability of TVersity 0.9.10.2 featuring better support for the Nintendo Wii and the DirectTV HR20. The Adobe Flash interface for the Wii and PS3 is now fully operational via cursor motion/clicks and it no longer requires the use of arrow keys. This change was made to better support the Nintendo Wii: There is a new up one levelĀ button that is always visible and is more accessible than the one in the toolbar.

New Release from TVersity (0.9.10)

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TVersity 0.9.10 is out, featuring support for the Sony Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nokia N800 and video transcoding for the Sony PSP. This new release has a new Adobe Flash based media library interface that allows audio and video streaming to any device that supports the flash runtime. While this interface was created specifically for the Sony Playstation 3 and for the Nintendo Wii, it can be used on many other devices and on computers of any operating system.

Some fixes for Version 0.9.9 are now available

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We are glad to announce the availability of the TVersity Media Server V0.9.9.2. This bug fix release also includes a few enhancements that are intended mainly for Xbox 360 users but may prove valuable for others as well. Here are the main changes: Better support for YouTube RSS feeds Support for non Latin1 or UTF8 RSS feeds Add support for transcoding audio to PCM Eliminate display artifacts with the Xbox 360 by adjusting the video resolution when transcoding to WMV to allow upscaling to 720p or 1080p using integer multiplication Both 16:9 and 4:3 DVDs are now displayed correctly (we now take into account non square pixels and convert them to square ones) Lower CPU consumption when transcoding to WMV is now possible on fast machines when the “Disable decoding clock” on the transcoder section of the settings tab is turned off Added a new index for songs: “Release Year / Artist / Album” List under the “Song” folder of the Xbox 360 all audio URLs as well as all local audio files, this way it is no longer necessary to place URLs inside playlists to see them on the 360 menus Add support for long title strings, which are essentially titles that include the name of their parents.

TVersity 0.9.9 is out

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TVersity 0.9.9 is out featuring on the fly video transcoding for the Xbox 360. We also have many improvements to the GUI and a preview of our new media library navigation interface (in the picture) which is designed for web enabled devices with Macromedia Flash. You can download the new release at: http://s3.amazonaws.com/download.tversity.com/Setup_0_9_9_1.exe Or read about the new features here

WMV transcoding for the Xbox 360 is here

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Here is an early preview for the on the fly WMV transcoding feature for the 360. Since we have other stuff that needs to make it into the next release and since this is not yet ready we are releasing a patch. Please try it and let us know what you think. The patch is available at: http://s3.amazonaws.com/download.tversity.com/Xbox360Patch_0_9_8_4.zip Installing the Patch: Stop Tversity Extract the content of the patch zip file into the installation folder of TVersity (by default it is \Program Files\TVersity\Media Server) Start TVersity, go to the 360 and browse your computer for videos.

Version 0.9.8.1 is out

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We are glad to announce general availability of TVersity 0.9.8.1. The highlights of this release are: TVersity now supports ID3v2 tags, FLAC tags, Ogg tags, Ape tags, AAC tags, WMA tags and MP4 tags. The AlbumArtist tag is now supported for ID3v2 and WMA and the Artist/Album and Genre/Artist/Album indices now rely on this tag (as opposed to the Artist tag). Browsed and searched media library content can now be opened as playlist in Windows Media Player, Quicktime and Real Player.

Some fixes for V0.97 are now available

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Here are the main changes: Media Library Media library creation is now 2.5 times faster than before, meaning that the scanning of media files that used to take 10 minutes will now take about 4 minutes. This improvement is not relevant for media URLs or RSS feeds since for them the delay is mainly related to the time it takes to analyze the format of the media over the Internet. Bug fixes and more The problem with playlist files missing from the media library has been resolved, and they now appear as they did prior to 0.9.7.1.

Version 0.9.7.1 is out featuring support for the Xbox 360

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We are pleased to announce availability of version 0.9.7.1 of the TVersity Media Server. In this version we bring you support for the Xbox 360 as well as support for searching and for smart playlists. A full description of changes in this release is available at /support/releasenotes/ You can download the new version at /download

Playlists in TVersity

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Starting from version 0.9.5 TVersity supports video and photo playlists in addition to M3U and PLS audio playlists. The format for video, image and audio playlists can be PLS, M3U, RSS and ATOM. Unlike previous versions where TVersity expected to find MP3 audio files inside M3U and PLS, recent versions check the actual format of each playlist item and based on it decide where in the library it should be placed.

Backup your URLs

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Recently a few users have been asking us if it was possible to back up the URLs they added to TVersity. While we do plan to add an export and import feature to the TVersity GUI, it is possible already now to backup your URLs from the command line. Step by step instructions for doing it are available at the announcements forum.

Some Fixes for Version 0.9.6 are Now Available

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We are glad to announce that version 0.9.6.2 of the TVersity server is now available for download. With this release it is now easy to email an RSS URL published via the TVersity server to designated recipients, making it very easy to share multimedia content with friends and family members. See a full list of changes here and download the latest release here.

TVersity Media Server version 0.9.6 is out

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We are happy to announce the newest release of the TVersity Media Server, release 0.9.6. With this release we once again break new grounds by adding support for non UPnP A/V devices and allowing one to access content on the TVersity server from mobile devices including the Sony PSP, mobile phones and even iTunes. We also added support for additional UPnP A/V compliant devices including the Sony Vaio VGP-MR100U. We now do image resizing on the fly and therefore can display thumbnales for images.

Some Fixes for Version 0.9.5 are Now Available

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We have been hard at work in the last week, incorporating the great feedback we have received for the latest release and we are glad to announce that version 0.9.5.1 is now available for download. All users are encouraged to upgrade and especially users of the DLink DSM 320 for which major issues with firmware 1.07 have been fixed for online content. See a full list of changes here and download the latest release here.

TVersity Media Server version 0.9.5 is out

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We are happy to announce the newest release of the TVersity Media Server, version 0.9.5. With this release we once again break new grounds by allowing owners of any UPnP A/V enabled network device to subscribe to Audio/Image/Video Podcasts and Blogs and play the enclosed media disregarding the codec limitations of their device. While audio blogs typically contain mp3 files and image blogs typicaly contain jpegs, both formats that any media hub can handle, video blogs are mostly in an iPod Video compatile format which happens to be incompatible with most media hubs.

Some Details about the Upcoming Release

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We thought it might be interesting to discuss a few of the things we have planned for the next release and start collecting some feedback. As we mentioned in the past, the upcoming release is all about RSS/Atom with enclosures. This XML format is used on the Internet to publish podcasts and vlogs (unlike audio publishing feeds which are collectively referred to as podcasts, there are several terms used for video publishing feeds including vlogs, video blogs, video podcasts, vodcasts, and more).

Going back to being a development blog and nothing else

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Recently we started blogging some market analysis and insights and all of a sudden we had more of that stuff than development news. So we had to either change the designation of this blog or separate it to two different blogs. We decided to go with the second option, meaning that the market analysis will be published from now on at mediaholic.org - our new blog for mediaholics. If you like TVersity and the promise it brings to the digital home and to digital living in general, you will like reading mediaholic.org, see you there and don’t forget to drop us a note and let us know what you think about the new blog.

Additional fixes for V0.9 are now available

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We have recieved additional great feedback for V0.9 and based on this feedback we decided to release more fixes and improvements. Download this latest release if you are having issues with V0.9. For a full list of changes, please refer to the release notes on the TVersity website.

"Mobile Me" by Apple

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After sticking our neck and making a prediction about the next big thing for the iPod, boy were we happy to see all the hype surrounding the “mobile me” trademark applications by Apple. For those that missed it here is a quote taken from the San Francisco Chronicle: Earlier this month, Apple filed four trademark applications for the term “Mobile Me,” covering a broad array of possibilities, including “digital music,” “cellular” and “telecommunications.” So obviously this re-ignited the engines of the hype machine and lots of speculations were made, most of which were about a cellular phone.

CES 2006 and the UPnP standard

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One of the most interesting aspects of the recent Consumer Electronic Show for TVersity was the state of the UPnP standard and how well it is received in the market. What we found exceeded our expectations and we left the show far more excited about the future of UPnP than we were before, however we also found several reasons for concern. Here are some of the interesting trends we spotted: UPnP AV is no longer standalone; One unsurprising trend is that digital media adapters, which were very hot in CES 2005 were not so hot this year.

And the next big thing for the iPod is...

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So far this blog was used exclusively in order to make new release announcements and since these were also emailed, I doubt anyone was reading it. In an attempt to change that I am going to start sharing our views and analysis of the market, where it is going and how it is all related to TVersty. I am also going to allow comments to be posted to the blog so that you can tell provide some feedback.

Some fixes and additions for V0.9 are now available

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We have recieved a lot of great feedback for V0.9 (released 10 days ago) and based on this feedback we decided to release some fixes and improvements. Download this latest release if you are having issues with V0.9, or if you are one of those who has been waiting for Monkey Audio, Musepack or Karaoke support - all of which are now available as long as the relevant directshow filters are installed on your system.

GUI is here!

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You have all waited long enough so just go and download it, version 0.9 is here and it has our flash based GUI as well as support for command line interface for those of you that prefer it (anyone?). A few words about the GUI, you can run it from the start menu, the desktop shortcut or from any web browser on any machine on your network. The latter is done by putting into the address bar the URL http://ip:port/, where the ip is the ip address of the computer running TVersity and port is the port used by TVersity (the default would be 41952).

Good News for Owners of the Philips Streamium Media Hubs

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Version 0.8.0.3, which is now available for download, includes a fix for the famous periodic rebuffering that occured with the Streamiums. This fix eliminates the major issue that may have prevented owners of the Streamiums to switch to TVersity and therefore we have decided to make a special release just for it (and few other minor bug fixes). Owners of different media hubs may also benefit from this fix, which should improve the performance of the TVersity media server for media hubs connected wirelessly to the home network, resulting in less hiccups and a smoother playback.

Some fixes for version 0.8 are now available

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Version 0.8.0.2 is now available for download. This release is fixing issues with regard to the corruption of the media library when the media server and MShare attempt to modify it simultaneously, as well as a few other minor issues. We also extended the URL sharing feature to include sharing of MP3 streams and of HTTP URLs of M3U or PLS files. This means that for example radio stations from shoutcast can be added by sharing the URL copied from the shoutcast website using any web browser.

Version 0.8 is here

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It has been a little over two months and version 0.8.0.1 is finally here. The previous post covers pretty well the highlight of this release (a complete rewrite of the media library database that can handle up to 100,000 items and more) so we won’t repeat it again. We will say however that we added thousands of radio stations from all over the world, which are accessible by name, region, genre or language.

Some details about the upcoming release

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We decided to share some details about the upcoming release in order to satisfy the curiosity of all those that keep asking about it. Version 0.8.0.1 should be out before the end of the month and will feature a complete rewrite of the media library database. Unlike the current implementation the database will no longer reside in memory but rather come from the disk. Also it won’t be an XML file but a lightweight RDBMS (based on an open source project called SQLite).

Version 0.7.0.1 is now available for download

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It has been just about a month since the last release and the next one is now available for download. The highlight of this release is support for additional media hubs. In fact the TVersity Media Server now supports (in addition to the DLink DSM 320), the Philips Streamium SL300i/SL400i, the Roku Soundbridge M500/M1000/M2000, the SMC EZStream SMCWMR-AG, the Gateway ADC 320 and more. Also, as per our users request we made the folder based indexing hierarchical and not flat and as always lots of online content has been added.

Version 0.6.0.2 is now available for download

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TVersity is happy to anounce that version 0.6.0.2 (alpha) of the TVersity Media Server is now available for download. This is the second release made by TVersity, and it is made just two weeks after the first release of the software. During those first two weeks, the TVersity Media Server has seen over a thousand downloads, with three dozen users registering in the support forums and providing valuable feedback to the developers.