Monday, January 19, 2009

2009 TVersity wishlist + RC7 is out

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). These devices will be more powerful than a typical NAS (to allow real time transcoding up to DVD quality), probably as powerful as a low end PC, but with a much lower power consumption. Intel dual core Atom seems like a good fit, thoughts and suggestions by the community are welcome.
  • Add many more Internet content sources, Hulu is first on our list. Already works in the lab and will be released soon in our 1.5 beta.
  • Keep supporting new and interesting devices that have a massive consumer following. Maybe the new TechCrunch tablet will be a good fit???
This is it, please share with us your feedback as well as your 2009 TVersity wish list. Our product roadmap is very dynamic, and since the connected home space is evolving very quickly we are going to adapt as often as necessary.


At 4:17 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

The continued and expanded ability to use through XBMC would be great!

At 4:28 PM, Blogger DMack said...

Glad to hear you're still thinking about a Linux version.

Users outside of the USA can't access Hulu, but it sounds like you've got some exciting things planned for TVersity!

At 6:18 PM, Blogger BURRITO78 said...

Try to adapt to the fact that a small program called "PS3 Media Server" is stealing your show!

Forget feature creep - finally make this software stable and ready for primetime!

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Percy said...

I'll add another vote for a Linux version. I haven't been able to find anything on Linux that has the features and works as well as TVersity on Windows.

At 11:21 PM, Blogger Mobileguy said...

I'm glad you are thinking windows home server as I'm movimg to that shortly and see TVersity as a great fit to move all my media and stream from the home server.

At 2:42 AM, Blogger SubJunk said...

I agree with BURRITO78. There are still many problems with the PS3 to fix.

At 3:16 AM, Blogger saski said...

I would love better subtitles integration, by direct sub file reading, instead of transcoding.

Better videocast subscription support. I've tried TVersity to aggregate my favourite RSS video channels to watch them through a Wii/Opera and it was a nightmare.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Darren said...

Just more support for a Linux version really.

I've had to stop using TVersity because of it, though I remain interested in it's development (I'd be interested to know your release criteria for 1.0 stable, 7 release candidates seems very excessive) - I've paid for Twonky to satisfy my Linux host requirement.

I'd be interesting in helping develop/test a Linux build - your approach to transcoding is very well implemented, and quite the 'killer feature' in this space, at least for now.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger GGCAN said...

I agree to team up with the PS3.

Yes, there are still a few quirks going on, but for me, it's the best Media server out of the 4 I've tried.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger MarkHamilton said...

Stop trying to do new things. Make sure what TVersity currently does is stable enough.

Fix some documentation for example, get XBOX360 to work well, and loads of other shit like helping your current users out on the forum.

At 6:03 AM, Blogger JC said...

Personally I think the people nagging about stability and new features sound VERY ungrateful for software that took SO much work to get to this stage, so many resources, so much time and money, and yet we get it for free. Looking a gift horse in the mouth are we? I agree, you have the option to pay for one, but for those of us in countries with horrid exchange rates, software like this is heaven sent.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Ronen said...

Anyone having stability issues, i.e. TVersity crashing, is welcome to send us a problem description with logs to There has not been a single such email in the past that was not fixed within a very short period of time. As far as we know TVersity is rock solid and definitely more stable than the average Windows software.
Now, we are aware of the fact that MKV support in TVersity is limited (especially when it comes to MKV with subtitles which we do not support at all), so if that is what you are referring to, this is not a stability issue, it is a new feature request. If it is something else, please provide more details, otherwise your criticism is non constructive, it is in fact destructive.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Mokinaki said...

And where might we find these logs?
The same place we find support?

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Ronen said...

Some guidelines for reporting problems and attaching logs are at:

At 9:31 AM, Blogger ultimate gattai said...

Hey I still have this problem and I never got a reply about it:

Seems like a couple of people are having trouble with SP3 installed on XP. Really I'd be happy if it bloody worked which is why I wonder why I get this error in comparison to others who seem to have success with it. e.g. A very small amount of AVI's will play while alot of other AVI's won't.

Another think I would like to see is a better method for organising our media since the current methods (e.g. tagging only) drives me nuts.

So better stability and an improving it so it's more likely to work without problems as well as better media organisation are on the top of my wishlist.

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

RC7 is working well on my home network - thanks for all the hard work you've put in to it.

Also, FYI the transcoding works well on my Athlon XP 2400 with 2GB RAM running Server 2008 :)

A note about Server 2008 - the only way I can get the mediaserver.exe to run is to call it at the commandline with the -debug option. Otherwise it just dies.

Feature request:
- TV tuner support! Just streaming live TV, not recording (although that'd be cool, I imagine other apps can do it and dump to the library that tversity will read)
- Streaming video to Nokia N95

Thanks :)

At 3:03 AM, Blogger Kristian said...

To finally have a Twonky competitor in the NAS world would be SOOOOO NICE. Is there still not a single NAS producer out there who embeds TVersity...?

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Seer Snively said...

I also add my vote for a Linux version. My Windows Desktop doesn't stay on all the time, but my home linux server always does.

Hulu would also be a great add, as long as you add it to the linux version. I purchased PlayOn to get Hulu and Netflix streaming to my DLNA receiver (a PS3), but alas it's just Windows. Need a Linux solution for that.

Otherwise, other than restarting the TVersity server once a week to keep it's memory usage down, I very happy with TVersity for local media and transcoding.

I have been experimenting with FUPPES under Linux, but I haven't really dove into the transcoding... we'll see!

At 4:57 PM, Blogger TrevMan said...

So I just have to say I was a bit late in upgrading to the Xbox 360. I'm not a big gammer, but all about my entertainment being digital. After I found out the media center functionality would not work with my Divx videos and other data from the family I was a bit po'd. So I did some searching and found TVersity. Had it up and running in about 5 minutes, now I love it. It convinced me to buy two more Xbox 360's for the other rooms. Keep up the good work!!! Amazing stuff!

Trevor Combs
Nashville, TN

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

Great Windows Home Server add on. This is one add on we need and have been waiting for.

At 6:38 AM, Blogger gg said...

linux/solaris support would be awesome! very happy to hear about this.

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