If you’re a user of XBMC, then today there’s some great news as there is a new version of of the open-source free XBMC 12.0 software called Frodo being released.

The new version includes a variety of new features including Live TV and a TV guide, as well as a radio feature. Also included in the update is a new HD audio engine that provides access to a variety of audio standards. In addition, there is improvements for the AirPlay implementation in XBMC as in the previous version this would often freeze. There is also support for AirPlay in Windows as well!

Version 12.0 of XBMC also brings support for a platform everyone has been waiting for. Raspberry Pi is now officially supported by Frodo. The $35 budget micro-pc has been the media streamer of choice for placing behind the TV given it’s small form-factor and price tag, and now goes that one step further by offering full XBMC support.

Here’s the full list of new features in 12.0:

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine (OSX/iOS not yet available)
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types and more interesting and complex skins
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved AirPlay support across all platforms, including AirPlay audio in XBMC for Windows to match the other platforms
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Video library tags to complement movie sets
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Default video languages now match the language being used by XBMC
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

XBMC 12.0 Frodo seems like an essential update for those enthusiasts using the software. Grab the update right here.

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