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).
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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.
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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.
- PS3 no longer stops playing Hulu videos once the 2GB mark is reached.
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.
- It can now utilize Windows Foundation codecs and demuxers and not just DirectShow (Windows 7 only).
- It now converts only audio or only video when possible, thus requiiring less system resources and maintaining the original quality of the source materials.
- It chooses the most appropriate audio language (for MKV and DIVX) when multiple audio tracks exist with different languages and the most appropriate subtitle language (for MKV) when multiple subtitle languages exist.
- It takes into account the system capabilities when determing transcoding paramters by executing a transcodng benchmark the first time the software runs after an installation.
A lot has changed in the software world ever since TVersity got started. Most notably the concept of app stores came to exist and people habits have changed. It is no longer outrageous for consumers to pay a few dollars for software, even for little apps that were developed in a few days. In the same time it is quite unusual to pay for high end software more than twenty dollars or so.
For that reason we are changing our economic model with version 2.0 and we are reducing the price of the Pro version from $39.99 to $19.99. Our non Pro version, which used to be free, will be called Basic from now on and will cost a few dollars.
We feel that this is more in line with today’s world and would love to hear what you think.
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.
Here is a partial list of newly supported devices:
- Added device profiles for Android 3.0 tablets (tested with Asus Eeepad Transformer TF101 but should work on other Android 3.0 tablets - let us know if this is not the case). Please note that transcoding for Android requires the Pro edition, and only Android 3.0 or higher is supported.
- Added device profiles for WDTV Live.
- Added device profiles for various Samsung TV models.
- Added user contributed device profile for Logitech Revue.
- Added user contributed device profile for Windows Phone 7.
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We are pleased to announce the release of TVersity Media Server 1.9 featuring:
- 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.
- 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).
- Transcoding of FLV with H264, and of MPEG2 transport streams is supported.
- Many bug fixes and other minor improvements.
Once again we are pushing the boundaries of what a home media server is, and incorporating into TVersity features that are typically found in high-end enterprise level streaming solutions.
The videos embedded in this post are demonstrating some of the features above.
One byproduct of this release is that you now have more reasons than ever to go pro. In case you do not know what are exactly the differences, the table below may prove helpful:
|On the fly transcoding
|Transcode to H.264
||except premium web content
|Other premium web content
||Music and Photos
||Music, Photos and Video
||50% (optional for an additional year of free updates)
Full release notes are here.
Download latest version here.
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.
We are pleased to announce the release of TVersity Pro edition 1.8 featuring:
- New implementation of the off-screen web browser based on Google Chromium for increased stability and speed. In fact we think this is approaching rock solid levels and can soon come out of beta (please be sure to let us know what you think).
- We are opening the list of supported premium content sites so that advanced users can add new ones (only web pages with Flash video for now). If you are an advanced user and you are not intimidated by xml files then check osb.xml, it is pretty much self explanatory.
- List of supported websites can now be updated without requiring a new release. From now on, new sites will be added and pushed to all users. (Advanced users should send us their additions since from time to time we overwrite osb.xml).
Full release note are here.
Download latest version here.
Have questions related to adding premium content sites? Need support for the Pro version? Try our new questions and answers tool available at: answers.tversity.com.
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. If you were lucky and your ISP was not blocking you, you could access your media wherever you were - a very liberating experience. For most of us however that was just too complicated.
Today, we are starting to change all that, we have come together with SureWest to offer a custom version of TVersity called SureWest Media Connect, that allows dead simple remote access (SureWest subscribers only at this point). This custom version of TVersity is fully integrated with the SureWest network and the MySureWest.net website, so all you need to do is enter your SureWest username and password during the installation of SureWest Media Connect, and then login to the SureWest portal from anywhere. No network configuration of any kind is required, just install the software and when you want to access your personal media remotely, simply login to SureWest.net. A widget on the home page will allow you to play your music and videos and see a slideshow of your photos from just about anywhere (see widget screenshot).
This new service is currently in Beta, so you will need to first join the Beta program by logging in at SureWest.net. If you are not a SureWest subscriber and yet you live in SureWests Northern California service area, there has never been a better time to switch… Other users who are interested in this service can help us bring it to them by contacting their ISP and suggesting TVersity remote access as a possible value-add service.
In case you are wondering how this remote access service relates to our core offering - access of personal and Internet media on TV, the basic idea behind TVersity is to empower users to access their favorite media on their favortie devices - be they TV connected or mobile. This is the first time however that we have been able to make remote access as easy as it needs to be. Needless to say SureWest Media Connect includes all the other features of TVersity and can therefore satisfy all your media serving needs.
“I am thrilled to be launching the SureWest Media Connect Beta! We have worked for some time with TVeristy to bring this service to our customers in a way that would make it easy to access and use. With SureWest Media Connect and the My Surewest website we are able to give our customers a truly unique service, the ability to remotely access and play all of the music, photos and videos stored on their home PC from anywhere on the world!” -Rick Vohs, Product Engineering Manager, SureWest
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. Additionally, the discover-ability of TVersity on the network has been improved on all operating systems.
We had a problem for a while now with the GUI, where on some systems it would not connect to the media server. We were finally able to identify the root cause and believe that this release eliminates the problem completely.
In case you are curious, the source of the problem is related to incompatibility of multiple Flash Player versions running on the same system. It turns out that on some systems with newer versions of Flash (9 or higher) the Flash local storage was disabled for older versions ( TVersity GUI was using Flash Player 8 ) and it was not possible to enable it. That in turn rendered the TVersity GUI useless as it relies on this local storage.
Full release notes are available here.
You can download the software here.
It is recommended for all users to upgrade as soon as possible, and if you have not yet paid for the Pro version despite the fact that you are using it, now is the time to purchase a license.