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WETEK Play

The OpenELEC team is proud to announce its 3rd Beta of OpenELEC 6.0. Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 5.95.3.

The OpenELEC 5.95 release series are test releases (beta) for OpenELEC-6.0.
OpenELEC-6.0 will be the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-5.0.

The most visible change is the update from Kodi-14.2 Helix to Kodi-15.0 Isengard (rc 2). Beginning with Kodi-15 most audio encoder, audio decoder, PVR and visualisation addons are no longer included in our base OS, but they are available via Kodi's addon manager and must be installed from there, if needed. Our own PVR backends such as VDR and TVHeadend will install needed dependencies automatically. Other than that, please refer to http://kodi.tv/kodi-15-0-isengard-rc-2/ to see all the changes in Kodi-15.

Our OS is updated to latest ffmpeg (2.6), Mesa (10.6), Xorg-1.17, libva-1.6, Kernel 4.1 (except iMX6 / WeTek_Play platform), systemd (219), Binutils (2.25), Glibc (2.21), libressl (2.1.7) and LLVM-3.6. Also we updated the whole OS with recent releases of all packages and we added support for Xorg's new input driver system based on libinput and updated many Xorg libs and GPU drivers to more modern releases.

We now officially support WeTek'sWeTek Play devices with a build that can be installed to the internal NAND or as a dual boot system together with WeTek's Android version on SDCard. Our iMX6 build supports now all Solidrun CuBox-i/TV devices, Solidrun Hummingboard and OSMC's Vero (but we recommend that you use at least Solidrun CuBox-i2eX / Hummingboard-i2eX or better).

Because we are now using NVidia's latest stable GPU drivers, older ION-based systems are no longer supported via our Generic build. To continue support of older NVidia-based hardware, we introduced a new build called "NVidia_Legacy" which must be used on such hardware. Be aware NVidia will drop support for this device in the next few years.

YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO MAKE A FULL BACKUP before performing a manual update and perform a “Reset System Settings to defaults (Soft Reset)” after the update if you update directly from OpenELEC-5.0 or earlier.

Please note that many addons and skins remain to be ported by their developers. This is out of our control and until this happens, they will either not work or be marked as broken by Kodi. If an addon or skin is essential to you, please confirm with its developer prior to upgrade if it is compatible with Kodi (Isengard).

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.

Supported Platform Changes

  • [Dropped] Generic 32bit (i386) builds

We dropped our Generic 32bit (i386) build. There are not many more devices which are used with OpenELEC. This mainly affects users with one of the first NVidia ION devices. Most users running this build are able to switch to our 64bit build (x86_64) because the hardware supports this. Please refer to our Wiki for instructions for migrating a 32bit build to 64bit or use our forum to get support.
Users with 32bit hardware can use our 5.0 releases. 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 older NVidia GPU hardware. A list of supported Graphic hardware you can find at http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/83686.

  • [NEW] NVidia_Legacy 64bit (x86_64) build

Due to the drop of older NVidia Hardware in our Generic 64bit build, we provide a legacy build with legacy NVidia drivers. This build contains only NVidia Graphic drivers (no Intel/AMD GPU hardware is supported). A list of supported Graphic hardware can be found at http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/80134. Please update to this build from Generic build if you have this hardware. Be aware that NVidia will drop support for these devices in the next few years.

  • [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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Updated core Components (summary) since OpenELEC 5.95.2 (6.0 beta 2)

  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.48
  • update to kodi-15.0-rc2-0aa930b
  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-47d51d6
  • update to bcm2835-driver-47d51d6
  • update to mesa-10.6.2
  • update to gettext-0.19.5
  • update to linux-4.1.2
  • update to nano-2.4.2
  • update to libevdev-1.4.3
  • update to libshairplay-0f41ade
  • update to libinput-0.19.0
  • update to xproto-7.0.28
  • update to openssh-6.9p1
  • update to xproto-7.0.28
  • update to openssh-6.9p1
  • update to libva-1.6.0
  • update to libva-intel-driver-1.6.0
  • update to platform-1.0.10
  • update to libdrm-2.4.62
  • update to gcc-4.9.3
  • update to curl-7.43.0
  • update to mpfr-3.1.3
  • update to xorg-server-1.17.2
  • update to xf86-video-nvidia-352.21
  • update to RTL8812AU-3f015f0
  • projects/RPi*/linux: enable CONFIG_BCM_VC_SM, needed to show HW Cursor
  • projects/RPi2/patches/linux: update RPi support patches
  • projects/RPi2/patches/kodi: update RPi support patches
  • projects/imx6/linux: enable CONFIG_SND_SOC_IMX_AC97_VT1613
  • Fix 16bpp patch which doesn't use stride consistently - see #4221
  • kodi: enhance english kb layout a bit.
  • linux: add patch for Hauppauge HVR-2205/2215/2255 support
  • linux: fix TechnoTrend S2-4600 DVB-S received
  • Configure RPi/RPi2 platform with optimal CPU and IO settings
  • projects/WeTek_Play/initramfs: Init framebuffer according to HDMI resolution from kernel command line
  • projects/WeTek_Play/patches/kodi: Make ugly IEC958 workaround less ulgy

For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:
https://github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/compare/5.95.2...5.95.3

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 5.95.3 on the downloads page