Features » History » Version 20

Version 19 (Leonid Protasov, 01/14/2015 08:21 AM) → Version 20/42 (Leonid Protasov, 01/25/2015 01:06 PM)

h1. Showtime 4.8 - List of features

h2. File browsing

* Local file system (on PS3 Showtime also supports reading/writing on USB attached NTFS hard drives)
* Reads content and can play files from compressed ZIP and uncompressed RAR archives
* "SMB / CIFS":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block - "Windows shares"
* "FTP":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Transfer_Protocol - File Transfer Protocol
* "UPnP/DLNA":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UPnP
* "WebDAV":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebDAV
* Torrent browsing - Allows browsing and Video/Audio -streaming of torrents without downloading first.

In addition to this normal HTTP can also be used for streaming.

h2. Video streaming

* "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.
* "RTMP":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Time_Messaging_Protocol - Streaming protocol used for Flash players.
* "HTSP":https://tvheadend.org/projects/tvheadend/wiki/Htsp - Streaming of Live TV from "Tvheadend":https://tvheadend.org

h2. Audio streaming

* Icecast / Shoutcast

h2. Plugins

Showtime supports plugins installed from a centralized repository. Some of the more popular plugins are Youtube, Navi-X, Twitch.tv, Opensubtitles, Spotify (Not available on PS3), SVT Play.

For the full list of available plugins see "this link":https://showtimemediacenter.com/plugins/showtime.

Plugins are, by default, automatically upgraded when a new version is available.

Developing plugins is easy if you know javascript. See the [[PluginDevelopment]] wiki page for docs.

h2. Unified search

Searching using the toolbar on the home page will search in all installed plugins that support searching.

h2. In-application automatic upgrades.

On PS3 and RPi Showtime can upgrade itself. In addition, on RPi it can also upgrade the entire "STOS operating system":https://showtimemediacenter.com/projects/stos.

The user can select to upgrade form three different tracks (In Settings -> General):

* Stable - Most stable version.
* Testing - Upgraded approximately bi-weekly depending on changes made and risk for severe bugs in the master branch.
* Bleeding Edge - Tracks master branch. Every commit made by the development team is a new release. Could be very unstable from time to time.

h2. File formats

* All formats supported by libav can be played. For instnace, MKV, MOV, AVI, M2TS, etc. For a full list see "here":http://libav.org/general.html#Supported-File-Formats-and-Codecs. Currently Showtime uses libav version 9.

h2. Codecs

* See "libav's list":http://libav.org/general.html#Video-Codecs for supported video decoders
* See "libav's list":http://libav.org/general.html#Audio-Codecs for supported audio decoders
* In addition to this Showtime can also play various game music formats (not available on all platforms)

h2. Hardware accelerated video decoding

* PS3: Accelerated H.264 (up to level 4.2), MPEG-2
* RPi: Accelerated H.264 High 10 Profile (up to level 5.0), MPEG-4 (DivX, XviD), MPEG-2 (needs license), VC-1 (needs license). GPU accelerated VP6, VP8 (SD resolutions only), MJPEG, MJPEG (up to 720p), Ogg Theora (up to 720p)
* Linux: Accelerated H.264 using VDPAU (NVIDIA cards only)
* OS X: Accelerated H.264

h2. Audio output

* PS3: Multi channel audio streams are re-encoded to 6 or 8 channel DTS/AC3 or whatever end device supports DTS (Limitation of PS3 LV2 operating system)
* Linux: Digital passthrough 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.
* RPi: DTS and AC3 downmixed to stereo.

h2. Built-in metadata lookup

* Artist and Album graphics are looked up using "last.fm":http://last.fm
* Movie metadata (including posters) are looked up via "themoviedb.org":http://themoviedb.org
* TV shows (including posters) are looked up via "thetvdb.org":http://thetvdb.org
* Metadata lookup can be turned on/off per folder. (Default on)
* Options exist for user to choose if multiple results are available. A custom search query can also be entered.

h2. Supported subtitle formats (External files)

* DVD Subtitles and VOBSUB
* ASS/SSA
* SRT
* SUB (Microdvd)
* TTML
* MPL
* TMPlayer
* Automatic code page detection using language heuristics
* On the fly decompression of .zip files and .gz files containing subtitles

h2. Network services

* Built in HTTP server available on port 42000. Currently this is mostly used for diagnostics and has HTTP control API.
* Built in FTP server. This is default disabled but can be enabled in Settings -> Network
* RPi Showtime OS (STOS) has included SSH ssh server which can be enabled/disabled from Showtime UI.