Mar 272011

It’s been a long time in development and we now have a new release. This contains many new features and bug fixes to hopefully make this the best release yet.

Many thanks to all the beta testers that provided valuable feedback over the past couple of years.

This release requires PHP 5.2 or 5.3, and so PHP 4 is no longer supported. PHP 6 is also not yet supported by this release.

Enhancements / New Features
Movies and TV

  • Themes are generated using fanart as background images.
  • Added FSK rating system from Germany.
  • Added Kijkwijzer rating system from Netherlands.
  • Movies and TV episodes can now be rated.
  • Added ‘Lookup details’ to TV episode selected page.
  • Subtitles for movies can be downloaded from
  • Trailers can be assigned to movies as either a local file, URL, or YouTube link.


  • New ‘Browse by composer’ for audio.


  • Slideshow photo interval now configurable with PHOTO_DELAY_SECONDS setting.

Internet Radio

  • Live365 internet radio.
  • RadioTime internet radio.
  • IceCast internet radio.
  • Steamcast internet radio.

Internet Video

  • YouTube now supported.
  • Watch Apple movie trailers.
  • Movie trailers from
  • TOMA – Internet TV.
  • Internet Bookmarks can now be assigned categories and ratings.


  • New parser framework (thanks to Utsi) that allows multiple parsers to be queried.
  • Dutch movie parser from
  • German movie parser from
  • Movie parser to get details and trailer from Apple trailers site.
  • Actor images can be downloaded by TVDB and IMDb parsers.

Media Search

  • Implemented SwissMonitor to watch media locations for new media (Windows only)
  • Separate scheduled media searches can be defined for RSS and media.
  • Updated GetID3 library to 1.8.5.


  • Supported players can now be configured independently for compatibility.
  • Added System Test to verify installation files.
  • Added Parser Tests to verify movie and TV parsers.
  • Statistics pages in both Configuration and TV.

Popcorn Hour (NMT) Improvements

  • Enhanced ‘Now Playing’ screen showing fanart and progress bar.
  • Fixed incorrect detection of 1080p output, 1920×1080 instead of 1920×1280.
  • Fixed oversized banners when using 1080p output.


  • Fixed XPath encoding of & in exported settings (PHP5 only).
  • ‘Recently Added’ now uses discovered date rather than timestamp of media.
  • Improved caching of languages to improve performance.
  • Shuffling large playlists no longer restricted to first 2000 items.
  • Fixed UTF-8 decoding of Quicktime tags in m4a files.
  • Fixed audio playback of flac, wav, etc due to incorrect mime-type being used.
  • Fixed requests to
  • Fixed relative file paths in playlists.
  • Fixed detection of MusicIP service with PHP5 and Vista/Windows 7.
  • Fixed UTC time of tracks scrobbled to
  • Fixed encoding of file paths to UTF-8.
Jan 102008

A new release was made available a few days ago!

Enhancements / New Features

  • Enhanced photo/slideshow options. Photos can now be browsed by their IPTC/XMP metadata information.
  • Last.FM support.
  • Web browsing can now be performed from your media player.
  • Added import of iTunes playlists.
  • New TV Series media type. This automatically recognizes TV series and episode details to assist navigation.
  • Added a parser for TV Series to get episode details from
  • Ability to delete videos.
  • Video details and running time can now be viewed.
  • Added dvr-ms file support, including metadata extraction.
  • Added AlbumArtist and Disc tags for improved mp3 browsing and ordering.
  • Improved support for Netgear EVA700 player. Includes remote mapping and custom quick icons.
  • Sub-Categories can be defined to improve media navigation.
  • Improved style framework to support more configurable styles.
  • The current music playlist can be played whilst viewing a slideshow.
  • A media search can now be ‘forced’ to refresh all metadata.
  • Added the ability to filter based on “played status“.
  • Folders containing DVD vob files will be added to database with title taken from folder name.


  • The GetID3 library has been fixed for improved mp3 and wma tag recognition, especially track numbers and genres.
  • Fixed various playlist bugs.
  • Fixed some search/browse history issues.
  • … and various other minor fixes.
May 302007

I’ve decided to do a release due to problems with the “Now Playing” screen that was affecting a number of users. There are a few other enhancements that I’ve made over the weekend, so I have incorporated those as well.

Enhancements / New Features

  • Ability to export/import swisscenter settings.
  • Swisscenter now updates MusicIP with details of new media locations and new MP3s found. There is no need to use the MusicIP interface for this any more.
  • Updated Dutch and German translations.
  • You can now select to search for new media by media type and/or category. Information on the progress of the search is also displayed back to the user.
  • Periods and underscores in filenames are now converted into spaces within movie/MP3 titles.
  • Added “Expert Options” to edit the swisscenter database and system preferences manually.


  • Included a workaround for occasions when the wrong port number is reported in the HTTP request sent by the hardware player. This should fix the “Now Playing” screen issues.
  • Logging level couldn’t be set to 1.
  • Thumb/list view not switching on the “edit movie details” config screen.
  • Updated the version of the GetID3 library used by swisscenter to the latest stable release. This should fix some MP3 tagging issues.
  • Old movie details were not being removed if you clicked “Update movie details”.