XBMC 12 Frodo – Release Candidate 1

by Damian on December 14, 2012 · 4 comments

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The folks at XBMC has been quite busy leading into the holiday season. Earlier this month the beta 2 version of XBMC Frodo was released, notably with the long awaited support for the Android platform.  What do you know, two weeks later Frodo has left beta mode and is now out as a Release Candidate. This means that all features are locked in, so only bug fixes will occur prior to the official release. Aside from Android support (which has worked well on my Asus TF701 tablet but having audio issues on my Galaxy Nexus 7) there is now official support for HD Audio pass thru

We would quickly like to take this time to announce the first release candidate for XBMC 12. Features for XBMC 12 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
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

Any of you folks out there using XBMC? If so drop a comment on your thoughts and how you are using (HTPC, tablet, etc…)

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Brian December 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

I’ve been using XBMC on a Windows platform for several months. I love it. It was a bit difficult for this oldtimer to set up as I was unfamiliar with most every term. I’ve been using it instead of WMC. It’s buggy, but I like it much better. I’ve had no issues with any of the video formats except DVD (VOB). I am anxious to migrate from WMC and SageTV as my PVR and run XBMC exclusively.

One of the things that I am most happy about is that my girlfriend’s two kids, ages 8 and 5, are pretty comfortable using it to view some of their favorite shows and movies.

Damian December 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

How is the PVR integration going with XBMC? Can it handle cable card or only content that isn’t DRM’d (I assume only non DRM’d content)

Brian December 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’ve not loaded Frodo, yet. I’m still on the previous release. That one did not support PVR. I’ve got to do a little reading up on Frodo. It sounds like it’s stable, so I may pull the trigger and upgrade.

Ron Harris February 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I have had XBMC on my Nexus 7 for about a month from the “dailys” Currently running 12 Frodo RC1. Since I am new to XBMC, but an old fogey to technology, I am quite surprised on how stable and well it runs.

There are a few add-ons I am dying to get working… Right now my Nexus 7 is my full time TV, Tablet etc…Since I am enjoying the 10 excellent Seasons of Stargate:SG1 on Amazon Prime, the Nexus 7 doesn’t make it easy due to lack of flash, so of course I loaded up flash anyway and a browser, it works o.k., but I prefer to use PLEX from my Nexus 7 but Plex on Android can get buggy. When XBMC is released its going to be awesome, with some great add-ons, the PVR functionality, it will turn the Nexus 7 into a media powerhouse.

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