Freevo is an open source HTPC media centre. It integrates PVR / DVR functionality along with music, video, gaming,
home automation and more. It is written in python and uses existing popular software such as mplayer,
xine, vlc and skype. Freevo also provides access to popular services such as YouTube, Flickr, Apple trailers,
IMDB, Hulu Desktop and more through integrated plugins.
Primarily aimed at the Linux platform it is also possible to run on OSX and for the determined on Windows.
It can be controlled via keyboard and mouse, IR remote, network app or through it's web interface (Android
and IOS apps are planned). Freevo can record and display TV from multiple sources (analogue,
DVB-C/T/S, set top box via composite with IR blaster). You can pause or rewind live TV and schedule recordings
via the on screen EPG or remotely via a web interface.
Freevo in a dormant state
I failed to get a release of Freevo 2 out. I changed too
much, a complete rewrite and some parts are also written
three or four times. My fault, I know -- an error made years
ago and when noticed, it was too late to change it. And
since I started a new job four years ago my time working on
Freevo got smaller and smaller every month. Jason also is
completely busy with his job.
I still say Freevo 2 is ready to use, but I will not release
it. I'm not sure it works with the latest clutter or
gstreamer, I only know it works for me. It lacks many
important features such as DVD playback (I have a BluRay
Player) and TV recording. I do not need it and I don't have
time to code it.
Besides that, XBMC has a much bigger community, UPnP is enough for many
people (even I use NAS plus BubbleUPnP plus TV sometimes) and new development
such as Chromecast will reduce Freevo's usefulness even further.
I will continue to use Freevo 2, I may even write an Android
client for it (after learning Python with Freevo which was
useful for getting my current job, hacking Android is a good
next step), but I see no real future for Freevo without a
live community and more people hacking code. If someone
contributes something, I will add it. If someone needs help
to get Freevo 2 running, I will provide it.
Since we also lack someone maintaining the server we host
and I do not want to pay for something we don't need, I shut
it down. This means the SVN and the Wiki will be gone. The
code is already on github and will remain there. A static
backup of the 1.x Wiki is linked here; the 2.0 WiKi is more
outdated and wrong than correct and therefore, it is not
visible here. The mailing list on SF will continue and so
will the mail server hosting freevo.org and all mail
addresses will continue to be valid.
Maybe after some time someone resurrects Freevo. I would
love to pass the maintainership over to someone just as I
took it over from Krister years ago. Maybe someone takes the
kaa-stuff and writes something new and better. I'm happy to
assist and I think the same is true for Jason. Maybe I will
release something someday based on the current code.
It was a great time, I learned a lot and it was much fun.
16th February, 2014