Tvheadend is reborn as community project
As many people will be aware Andreas, the project founder, has not been actively developing Tvheadend for quite some time. However following recent discussions he has agreed to open the project up and its with great please that we can now announce that Tvheadend is a fully fledged community project.
The git repository has moved to a new home https://github.com/tvheadend/tvheadend. And a small Team of developers has been assembled to help maintain the project. Forums, Wiki, etc.. will continue to be hosted here on lonelycoder.com.
Before anyone gets worried though, this does not mean the end of Andreas, he will continue to act as Project Lead. And we're actually hoping that with the team around him he's going to rejoin the fray and start doing some more work on Tvheadend.
We've created a new official release to replace the somewhat ageing v2.12 release. This includes many of the patches and additions (many provided by the community) since Andreas stopped actively developing Tvheadend.
It mostly represents a stopgap solution while we collect ourselves and put together a release based on the current work being undertaken (some of which is already in the git master).
For XBMC users, the builds provided by Lars Op den Kamp http://xbmc.opdenkamp.eu/, will probably remain the best source for the short term.
This will be a new "development" build, it may not be as stable as v3.0, but it will hopefully include lots of cool new features including (though not limited to):
- EPG Rewrite (including OpenTV, Freesat/Freeview support).
- New Muxer (to allow additional containers to be used, such as TS).
- Transcoding support (useful to users of handheld devices).
At this stage we have no definite plans for a release, we're still trying to find our feet and evaluate the current state of the various development threads. However we hope to be able to provide more input in the next couple of weeks.
The will be the next "official" release of Tvheadend. It should hopefully include most of the features being developed in v3.1. But should have had more extensive testing and will be considered stable.
By this point we hope to have in place plans for providing official packages and hopefully a PPA to allow users to easily upgrade. The exact details of how this will all work are still under discussion.