Media Browser 3 in Beta, Coming Soon, Tons of Changes-Improvements

Media Browser has been around for a while now, providing a solution to merging your available online streaming content along with your native local software, and they’re investing in some big changes. See full notes below and at the Media Browser website–it looks like it’s going to be as beautiful as ever. Currently in beta, but to be released soon!

Media Browser will become a client-server application beginning with version three, and will be targeting multiple platforms. The server runs on Windows 7/8 and Windows Server 2008/2012. There are currently six client applications in development. Leading the way is Media Browser Theater, powered by VLC, which is the replacement for MB2 and runs as a stand-alone application on Windows 7/8.

Then there is the Dashboard, a web-based client, which runs in any HTML5-enabled browser. This houses the server’s configuration interface and will also provide the ability to browse the library and play content. In addition, Media Browser will be coming to Android, Windows RT, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

While this will be a brand new application, it is extremely faithful to MB2, and many of our popular plugins will be coming along for the ride. There are also several new features, such as user profiles, support for special features, in-movie menus, chapter selections, and more.

Last but not least, and perhaps most importantly, we now have a public web-based API and are actively seeking developers to create new plugins and help bring Media Browser to even more platforms. iOS, Roku and DLNA remain very high on our wish list. Community members who would like to contribute are encouraged to utilize the API in any manner they wish, even to accomplish smaller goals than building a client application.

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