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Andreas Smas, 01/31/2014 07:19 AM

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h1. Showtime 4.4 - list of features
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h2. Plugins
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Showtime supports plugins installed from a centralized repository. For a list of available plugins see "this link":https://showtimemediacenter.com/plugins/showtime.
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h2. Unified search
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Searching using the toolbar on the home page will search in all installed plugins that support searching.
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h2. File browsing protocols
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* "WebDAV":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebDAV
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* "SMB / CIFS":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block - "Windows shares"
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* "FTP":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Transfer_Protocol - File Transfer Protocol
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* Local file system.
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* On PS3 it also support reading and writing from USB attached NTFS hard drives.
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In addition to this normal HTTP can also be used for streaming.
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h2. File formats
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* All formats supported by libav can be played. See "here":http://libav.org/general.html#Supported-File-Formats-and-Codecs for a full list. Currently Showtime uses libav version 9.
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h2. Video codecs
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* See "libav's list":http://libav.org/general.html#Video-Codecs for supported video decoders
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h2. Audio codecs
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* See "libav's list":http://libav.org/general.html#Audio-Codecs for supported audio decoders
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* In addition to this Showtime can also play various game music formats (not available on all platforms)
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h2. Hardware accelerated video decoding
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Decoding video is a complex task and on most systems hardware acceleration is needed to achieve decent performance.
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* PS3: Accelerated h.264 (Up to Level 4.2) and MPEG-2 
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* Rpi: Accelerated h.264, h.264, MPEG-4 (DivX, Xvid), MPEG-2, VP8, VP6, MJPEG
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* Linux: Accelerated h.264 using VDPAU (only on Nvidia cards)
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* OS X: Accelerated h.264 (Using VDA)
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h2. Audio output
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* Linux: Digital pass thru of DTS, AC3, E-AC3. For PCM output up to 32 bit 192kHz is supported depending on source content. Discrete multi channel output is also supported.
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* PS3: Multi channel audio streams are re-encoded to 6 or 8 channel DTS (Limitation of PS3 LV2 operating system)
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h2. Built-in metadata lookup
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* Artist and Album graphics are looked up using last.fm
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* Movie metadata (including posters) are looked up via themoviedb.org
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* TV shorws (including posters) are looked up via thetvdb.org
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* Metadata lookup can be turned on/off per folder. (Default on)
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* Options exist for user to choose if multiple results are available. A custom search query can also be entered.
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h2. Video streaming
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* "HLS":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Live_Streaming -  HTTP Live Streaming. For multi bit rate streams Showtime will select optimum stream based on available bandwidth.
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* "RTMP":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Time_Messaging_Protocol - Streaming protocol used for Flash players.
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* "HTSP":https://tvheadend.org/projects/tvheadend/wiki/Htsp - Streaming of Live TV from "Tvheadend":https://tvheadend.org
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h2. Supported subtitle formats (External files)
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* DVD Subtitles and VOBSUB
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* ASS/SSA
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* SRT
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* SUB (Microdvd)
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* TTML
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* Automatic code page detection using language heuristics
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* On the fly decompression of .zip files and .gz files containing subtitles
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h2. UPnP/DLNA
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* Browsing and playback of content from UPnP/DLNA shares.
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h2. Network servers
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* Built in HTTP server available on port 42000. Currently this is mostly used for diagnostics.
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* Built in FTP server. This is default disabled but can be enabled in Settings -> Network