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TOPIC: [Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released

[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #1

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The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 6.0 (6.0.0)

The most visible change is Kodi 15.2 (Isengard). Beginning with Kodi 15.0 most audio encoder, audio decoder, PVR and visualisation addons are no longer pre-bundled into OpenELEC but can be downloaded from the Kodi addon repo if required. PVR backends such as VDR and TVHeadend will install needed dependencies automatically. For further information on Kodi 15.1 please read http://kodi.tv/kodi-15-2-isengard-final-release/.

We now officially support WeTek's WeTek_Play device with a build that installs to internal NAND and dual-boots with Android on an SD Card. The iMX6 build extends support to all Solidrun CuBox-i/TV, Solidrun Hummingboard devices and the OSMC Vero. We recommend CuBox-i2eX / Hummingboard-i2eX or better devices.

Under the hood there are updates to ffmpeg 2.6, mesa 10.6, Xorg-1.17, libva 1.6, systemd v219, binutils 2.25, Glibc 2.22, libressl 2.1.7, LLVM-3.6 and Kernel 4.1 (except for iMX6 and WeTek_Play).

OpenELEC 6.0 release contain a Kodi major version bump. If you are updating from OpenELEC 5.0 or earlier we strongly recommend you perform a full backup before performing a manual update. If you experience issues please perform a soft-reset to clear OpenELEC and Kodi settings.

NB: Many addons and skins still need porting to Isengard by their developers. This is out of our control, and until updates are published many addons may be marked as broken by Kodi. If an addon or skin is essential to you, please confirm it is compatible with Kodi Isengard before updating.

If you want to support us, you can buy your own RaspberryPi-2 at ThePiHut by using this link.
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WeTek OpenELEC Box - LIMITED EDITION
Designed from the inside to the outside

Thinking about all OpenELEC community, we have been working with our sponsor partner WeTek on a TV box dedicated to Kodi. Let us present you the WeTek OpenELEC model, a special edition, with pre-installed OpenELEC that combines DVB and multimedia contents.

Receiving IPTV channels is good, but broadcasting DVB channels with only one box, is great. WeTek OpenELEC is available with 3 different tuners, depending on your location and signal type (satellite, cable, terrestrial) you may opt for different tuners (DVB-S2, DVB-C/T/T2 and ATSC).

You may use a HDMI or an AV cable to connect the box, this guarantee that it can be used not only with modern TV but also with older one. This is the easiest way to enjoy Kodi environment on your TV.

This new device is already available on our website and includes 24 months guarantee and free express delivery. This is a limited edition reserved for OpenELEC fans, so access our OpenELEC webshop and don't wait to get your own.

Platform Changes

  • [DROPPED] Generic 32bit (i386) builds

We dropped our Generic 32bit (i386) build. The number of 32bit devices are declining and our stats system shows most 32bit Generic users have 64bit capable hardware that can be updated to the Nvidia_legacy build. Please refer to the Wiki for 32bit > 64bit migration instructions or use the forum to get support. Users with 32bit hardware can continue to use our 5.0 releases, or if they want to buy new hardware, we recommend switching to a RaspberryPi 2 or WeTek-Play.

  • [CHANGED] Generic 64bit (x86_64) builds

The Generic x86_64 build contains now the latest nVidia GPU drivers which drops support for some older nVidia GPU hardware. Supported GPUs can be found in the following list: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/83686.

  • [INFO] AppleTV 32bit (i386) builds

Official OpenELEC builds for AppleTV hardware ceased at v4.2.1 but an unofficial 'community' v5.95.4 build with Kodi Isengard and CrystalHD support has been published by project staff member 'chewitt'. This build is noteworthy for solving CrystalHD playback performance problems that troubled historic AppleTV builds. For more information please read here: http://chewitt.openelec.tv/appletv.

  • [NEW] NVidia_Legacy 64bit (x86_64) build

This 64bit build continues to use the 304.125 legacy driver to continue support for older nVidia GPUs including popular ION devices. This build contains only nVidia drivers (no Intel/AMD). Supported GPUs can be found at http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/80134. Please be aware that at some point in the mid-term future a driver bump will be required that drops support for ION devices.

  • [NEW] WeTek_Play ARM build

WeTek offers a new dimension of technology, innovative products and solutions with the best support. Wetek is a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing products, which will satisfy all customer needs (in the sector of Home entertainment) and contribute to a better quality life for clients.

Starting with OpenELEC-6.0 we officially support Wetek's WeTek Play and OpenELEC's Box ARM devices. WeTek Play is a unique TV box. With Android and/or OpenELEC, WeTek gives your TV the full potential of Internet. Certified by Google, WeTek gives you access to thousands of Android applications through Google Play. WeTek Play includes Plug and Play DVB Tuners for Satellite (Twin Tuner), Cable, Terrestrial and ATSC (depending on the model) and you have a unique experience of DVB and Multimedia in one small device.

For more information about WeTek, visit http://www.wetek.com or Wetek's shop at https://wetek.com/product/wetek-play

Specification

Processor (CPU) AMLogic AML-8726 MX (1.5 GHz Dual Core)
GPU Mali MP400 (Dual Core)
RAM Memory 1GB DDR III
Flash memory 4GB NAND
Tuners*

Plug & Play:

  • no Tuner
  • 2xDVB-S2 (satellite)
  • DVB-T/T2/C (cable/terrestrial)
  • ATSC (over-the-air)
  • ISDB-T (terrestrial)

*can be purchased separately

Wireless LAN 802.11 B/G/N
Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet 10/100 Mbit
MicroSD 1x
USB 5(4*) (3 external, 2(1*) internal) | * = for OpenELEC box
SPDIF 1x
Serial Debug Yes external
A/V Output 1x
HDMI 1x
Power socket DC In
LED 3x (power, LAN, WiFi)
IR Yes
RF With motion RCU

Help Supporting OpenELEC

If you would like to contribute to the OpenELEC project, there are lots of ways you can help. We are always looking for people to help with documentation, testing and reporting bugs. If you enjoy using OpenELEC and would like to make a donation to support the project, you can do this using PayPal. Donating is easy and takes only a few minutes, and you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. We can also accept donations by other means (bitcoin, flattr, etc…). You can find out more about donating here.

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How To Upgrade To OpenELEC 6.0 Release

If you are going to update from one of our older releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data and do a manual update. You can use our OpenELEC Settings addon if you are using OpenELEC-3.2 or later to backup your data. For more details, please visit http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Updating_OpenELEC.

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Testing and Reporting

There has been many months of development and testing in the run-up to this releases, but like any major update there are a lot of changes. Unfortunately, we are unable to test every scenario on all hardware, so it’s possible you might pick up on an issue we may have missed (this is why we do beta tests). We would like anyone brave enough to test this release and report issues that they find either with OpenELEC or Kodi.

Thank You!

We would like to thank our users, team members and partners for testing, reporting and fixing issues, creating how-to documents, developing new features, and their donations of hardware and funds to the project. We appreciate your continued support, without it we would not be able to continue.

Questions & Feedback

If you have any questions about OpenELEC, sponsoring the project, or think you might be able to offer another service that will be useful to us, then please drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is always someone that is able to answer your questions in the #openelec irc on freenode.

You can find the new release of OpenELEC 6.0.0 on the downloads page

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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #2

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Thank you team! Keep up the great work. Hopefully the ATSC Openelec box will be in stock soon.
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Re:[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #3

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Thank-you so much.

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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #4

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Thanks a lot for your hard work
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #5

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Awesome news on a monday morning, great job guys!
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #6

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Thank you very much for your work.
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #7

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Congratulations on the new major version!

Unfortunately, a bug that i already reported about in the last beta persists for me in this release, making about 25% of my movie library unwatchable. Debug log and description posted here: openelec.tv/forum/113-video-decoders/78533-vc-1-unwatchable-in-6-0-0
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #8

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Psych05 wrote:
Congratulations on the new major version!

Unfortunately, a bug that i already reported about in the last beta persists for me in this release.....

Bug reports go in github :
github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/issues
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #9

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Thanks gents.

With this release I'm going to do a fresh install
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #10

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tergo wrote:
Psych05 wrote:
Congratulations on the new major version!

Unfortunately, a bug that i already reported about in the last beta persists for me in this release.....

Bug reports go in github :
github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/issues

I apologize if i phrased this in a wrong way. I suspect this may be a bug. But, as i am only an end user with really limited knowledge in this field, the error might as well be on my side. Before someone else can reproduce the issue, i go with the latter. Which is why i believe the forum is the right place for me.
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #11

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I notice that the PVR client add-on for TVheadend, PVR HTS, is still on an old version (2.1.16) rather than the latest release (since 22nd September) which is 2.1.18 (and contains fixes for fast forwarding/rewinding and skipping when playing back Recordings.)

Is this add-on stored in an Openelec specific repository or is it maintained elsewhere? Am not sure who's attention to bring this too.

Thanks in advance for any advice and to the developers for all the time and effort spent maintaining the excellent Openelec distribution.
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #12

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Thank you guys!
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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #13

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Nice! I hope the 24p playback bug on the WeTek boxes is finally fixed. It's been on GitHub for months: github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/issues/4259
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Re:[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #14

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adr3nal1n wrote:
I notice that the PVR client add-on for TVheadend, PVR HTS, is still on an old version (2.1.16) rather than the latest release (since 22nd September) which is 2.1.18 (and contains fixes for fast forwarding/rewinding and skipping when playing back Recordings.)

Is this add-on stored in an Openelec specific repository or is it maintained elsewhere? Am not sure who's attention to bring this too.

Thanks in advance for any advice and to the developers for all the time and effort spent maintaining the excellent Openelec distribution.
Pvr addons are in the openelec repo, and package details here github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/blob/openelec-6.0/packages/mediacenter/kodi-binary-addons/pvr.hts/package.mk

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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0 released 1 year 10 months ago #15

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I just tried to do a manual update from 5.0.8 to 6.0 with the generic 64-bit build. Unfortunately it fails, saying "Checking size: failed". :(

I'd appreciate any hints for addressing this issue.

Thank you,
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