Spectrum TV Change Log

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  • Version 1.2

    -Now connects to YouTube and displays videos from that website within the software. Youtube videos can be added to favorites.

    -Added error trapping: now the software will try to see if a channel is online, and if the channel is not online the software will no longer display an error message. Instead, an image will be displayed in the video section describing what is wrong. This is a huge usability update.

    -All channels are now stored in an online database for future updates. The software will notify the database when a channel is not responding. We can monitor and remove old channels in this way.

    -A number of small improvements to the user interface.

    -Users can now rate channels similar to netflix (this will be used in future versions).

    -The next version, version 2.0, will feature live channel updates from a database, user submitted channels, initial channel sorting by rank/most favorite (to ensure the best channels are shown at the top of the list for new users) and much more! Our plans are to start working on version 2 in January 2008.
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  • Version: 2.0

    -Added rating system
    -Rated all good channels
    -Good channels are now sorted to the top of the list by default
    -Channels are now stored in an online database
    -Added internet update
    -Channels can be sorted by any category
    -Added status bar
    -Added channel count
    -Added YouTube search
    -Removed video section which is now merged with TV
    -Added the ability for users and software owners to submit new channels
    -Added webpage spider that will search through a webpage for video or audio feeds and allow previews, to make submitting channels easier
    -Made GUI more simple
    -Added channel data to the User's application data folder in the subfolder TVDAT for Vista compatibility
    -Added initial translations in French, German and Spanish (These will need to be improved in the future)
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  • Version 3.0

    -Completely rewritten to work on Windows/Mac
    -Brand new content database
    -Added TV feeds from Hulu, CBS, etc
    -Added many more formats including quicktime and flash
    -Added APPS section which connect to major video feed websites like Justin.tv.
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  • Version 3.1

    -Added setup window to make required software (Quicktime, flash, etc) more clear

    -Added the ability to choose your region

    -Added ability to hide blocked content based on your region

    -Updated database with region information for feeds that might be blocked if you do not live in their country of origin (Hulu, BBC)

    -Added more content*

    UK - Streaming BBC Channels (One, Two, etc.)

    DE - Streaming DasErste

    UK - Over 300 on demand BBC TV shows

    UK - Over 20 on demand FXUK TV shows

    UK - Over 650 on demand Channel 4 TV shows

    DE - Over 90 on demand DasErste shows

    CA - Over 30 shows available on CTV

    US - Over 30 shows available on the WB

    AU - Added the Channel Ten video player

    AU - Over 20 shows available on Plus7

    *You will receive these channels with the 3.1 update, but make sure you subscribe to channel updates so that your customers can receive daily updates as more content is added. You can do so through your My Software page.

    -Updated the software so that channels which have problems being embedded directly as video will instead display inline in their original webpage

    -Updated the database and software to make future additions of channels more easier/frequent without requiring a software update

    -Images that are too big to display are now resized to fit the window area

    -Window splitters are now invisible until you select a show

    -If there is more than one source for a show it will not auto-load the first source anymore, you must select the source first

    -The user may now select whether the video size should be unchanged or made full screen by default

    -The software will no longer pop up a message box stating that no feeds were found, it will notify the user in a more friendly way

    -The software will now notify us when a TV listing does not contain feeds so that we can remove it

    -Added error checking to prevent a "Nil Object Error" that was affecting some users

    -Fixed an Out of Bounds Error that was due to inappropriately named image files associated with some shows
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  • Version 3.2

    -Added thumbnails to everything!

    -Added thumbnail caching option for favorites or for all images

    -Added cache of TV shows to speed loading times after the original channel load

    -Added progress indicators for loading channels so the program does not appear to freeze

    -Added multi-user capability for separate Favorite lists and ratings, accessible via the Setup screen

    -Added self-check for Adobe Flash installation to avoid confusion over whether or not it was installed

    -You can now favorite a channel or a specific video.

    -Video favorites will be thumbnailed in a list on the favorites screen

    -Added settings button to toolbar

    -Added a Play button to the list of videos so that videos aren't launched automatically when you click on them

    -Added option to open player fullscreen (without window borders/close button/etc)

    -Escape button now closes the player window

    -Other cosmetic changes

    Database changes available now through the "Update" button:

    -Fixed Justin.TV to show all categories

    -Fixed YouTube to remove duplicates

    -We are always adding more channels and feeds daily
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  • Version 3.3

    -Added proxy support, automatic detection of proxy settings, and adds a connection settings area to the program. This allows people behind proxies to access shows.

    -Proxy support will resolve one of the more common registration errors: Error 1a and 1b. Those errors arose when the software could not connect to the internet, and in many cases this was due to proxy servers.

    -Added "Setup" button to the main toolbar

    -Fixed a "UnknownFormatException" error that happened on computers with non-US date formats upon attempting to update the channel database.

    -About to release a major database update for the Fall 2010 TV season. Now is a good time to subscribe to channel updates if you haven't already.
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  • Version 3.4

    The focus of this update was on improving the user experience while the database loads channels or videos.

    -Featured and Favorited videos are now available for viewing instantly upon program load. Other channels will load in the background. When all of the channels are available the toolbar will become enabled, allowing users to leave the loading page and browse any channel they wish.

    -The All Content and TV sections, which are very large, will now contain an alphabetical control for browsing shows. Users can click on the first letter in the name of the show to display all shows with names that start with that letter. This vastly improves loading times.

    Users may also click the "All" button to display all shows in one list the same way that version 3.3. did.

    -Channel loading is now threaded and will not interfere with the program causing it to freeze

    -Video loading is now threaded and will not interfere with the program causing it to freeze

    -The program now loads a list of feeds on demand, when a channel is clicked, instead of preloading them. This improves loading times.

    -A large channel database update has been included in this release. This means users will not have to click "Update" to receive it, they simply install the new version and the database is included.

    -Content directly from CBS and Fancast has been added in this release.

    -We have found an acceptable VPN provider with service in all of the countries which users might wish to access content. They are now linked in the Setup window.

    -The translations for the program have been updated. Some languages were removed to keep the file size manageable. Languages can be added upon request.
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  • Version 3.5

    This version is a bug fix release.

    A bad error checking routine caused some builds of 3.4 to have an error which caused a white screen whenever clicking on a video. This has been resolved.

    In addition, there was a bug on the mac which prevented the in program browser from displaying any webpage which contained a space in the URL. This has also been fixed.
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  • Version 3.7

    -Updated the startup screen to make it more clear, and to help users who need to install optional plugins like flash, quicktime, etc.

    -Added Japanese, Korean and Swedish languages and fine tuned translations

    -Now automatically detects operating system language

    -Updated TV database for fall 2011 and included the most current copy in the installer
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