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Is Kodi 19 going to be supported, since they're moving to Python 3, or are we going to have to stick with 18?  I know that it's going into beta soon, if not already...anybody tried using CV with it yet?

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Some news: Updating CinemaVision is well underway, we can hopefully add a few bug fixes if we keep this pace and have something to share with all of you by the end March, beginning of April.

4 hours ago, freddoh said:

are you looking for devs to help?  i don't know python, but i know java and react/redux. i did take a little python, but super basic stuff.  Be willing to help any way i can. i am GREAT at following coding patterns so if there is an example, i can figure it out and replicate.

  when i watch a movie in my theater room, this add-on is what makes it an EXPERIENCE. the bumpers tailored to what you are watching makes it over the top.  man... i can't lose this addon.  plex pre-roll and extras process sucks! 

let me know if i can help even if its sending a few cases of energy drinks somewhere

Thanks for your availability, CV is all python, right now I think we can manage but I'll keep your contact just in case :)
We're doing this to have the same experience as you described but at the same time if anyone wants to buy us a cup of coffee to keep us energised here is my Paypal.me link!
Paypal.me/khnutt

Hopefully there's more good news along the next few weeks or so.

 

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As a general rule, I wouldn't expect CV to work with future versions of Kodi until you read about compatibility here.  18 had been out for a while before CV was updated to work with it.

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On 11/30/2020 at 9:49 AM, OTA said:

@Matt  Any news on a new developer?  I saw where @Ragnarok was talking on the MovieNow! forums and was looking at the same developer of that to work on CinemaVision.

I unfortunately don't know anything new.

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Well, If they are moving to Python 3 I'd suspect they'd have to rewrite the whole thing, so I wouldn't expect somebody like @rdsp to bail us out with a simple change in code next time around.  I'm no Python programmer though, so I have no clue if it's backwards compatible or if it's simple to convert.

It's really a shame.  CV is such a powerful plugin, not only for the theater experience, but mostly for the action modules.

Maybe there's hope yet?  https://docs.python.org/2/library/2to3.html

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I love this addon...been using it for years, and I don't want to see it go away--do we need more money to continue development for Kodi 19?  I'm willing to re-up; I'm sure others are as well!

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On 12/4/2020 at 11:04 PM, dyhometheaterguy said:

What needs to be done to get this plugin updated? and is possible to get this on Plex as well?

They were always indicating that you'd have to make the request of Plex to support it, but considering the development has been dead for a while now, I don't see that happening unless we get a developer to pick up the pieces and start rolling with it again.

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13 hours ago, OTA said:

They were always indicating that you'd have to make the request of Plex to support it, but considering the development has been dead for a while now, I don't see that happening unless we get a developer to pick up the pieces and start rolling with it again.

Yea I hope we can find another developer soon. I am willing to contribute as far as funds. I really like this addon for my theater room. Many bugs tho that need to be sorted out especially since 19 is about to come out.

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While I cannot promise anything I am trying to get a developer to work with me to change CV to python 3.

If this happens it will take a couple of months or more depending on our free time.

I am aware that CV may not work properly after 18.7 but if we're to update CV to Kodi 19 it may be easier to work on compatibility from that version on therefore anyone using CV right now may want to stay away from these newer versions.

On a last note, we'll be working on maintaining compatibility only so people can keep using it, fixing bugs is secondary and adding features is not planned. We're doing this because we love and use this addon too.

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On 12/27/2020 at 3:12 PM, rdsp said:

While I cannot promise anything I am trying to get a developer to work with me to change CV to python 3.

If this happens it will take a couple of months or more depending on our free time.

I am aware that CV may not work properly after 18.7 but if we're to update CV to Kodi 19 it may be easier to work on compatibility from that version on therefore anyone using CV right now may want to stay away from these newer versions.

On a last note, we'll be working on maintaining compatibility only so people can keep using it, fixing bugs is secondary and adding features is not planned. We're doing this because we love and use this addon too.

are you looking for devs to help?  i don't know python, but i know java and react/redux. i did take a little python, but super basic stuff.  Be willing to help any way i can. i am GREAT at following coding patterns so if there is an example, i can figure it out and replicate.

  when i watch a movie in my theater room, this add-on is what makes it an EXPERIENCE. the bumpers tailored to what you are watching makes it over the top.  man... i can't lose this addon.  plex pre-roll and extras process sucks! 

let me know if i can help even if its sending a few cases of energy drinks somewhere

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On 2/11/2021 at 4:31 AM, rdsp said:

Some news: Updating CinemaVision is well underway, we can hopefully add a few bug fixes if we keep this pace and have something to share with all of you by the end March, beginning of April.

Thanks for your availability, CV is all python, right now I think we can manage but I'll keep your contact just in case :)
We're doing this to have the same experience as you described but at the same time if anyone wants to buy us a cup of coffee to keep us energised here is my Paypal.me link!
Paypal.me/khnutt

Hopefully there's more good news along the next few weeks or so.

 

Enjoy the coffee!

 

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On 2/20/2021 at 3:33 AM, Assi said:

Hi!

Any news to this topic, now that 19.0 is out? Has anybody already tried?

I'm not a developer but I do dabble and I was able to install Kodi 19 (Matrix) stable in an ubuntu virtual machine and change some things to see Cinemavision boot. I was using the 1.1.1 version that I have running on my Kodi 18.0 machines as the base since I don't have any with the newer 1.1.1a10-a12. By changing some of the requirements, updating import paths, and changing some lines regarding decode("utf-8"), and updating the included_packages\hachoir to 3.1.3, it loaded and I was able to play a basic sequence that came with Cinemavision. It is far from being a successful upgrade and I don't know what else I broke getting it to run but there is hope! and it doesn't seem that impossible! I did this during a weekend so the real developers should be able to get something together quicker since they already understand the intricacies of their own coding and development better than I do!

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Keeping my fingers crossed they can get us compatibility ported to 19 soon.  The Shield in my theater dropped 19 on me before I realized it, so I'm stuck for now.  Not to mention it finally broke my favorite, no longer developed, skin that I've been nursing along for a few years...

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Admins are working 9n it they have been working on it since they heard python 3 but I think there's only 2 of them.. I would stick with 18 till fixed ..Cinemavision isn't the only thing down with 19 half my add-ons are down because python 3 I can't even check the weather with 19

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Yeah, this is one of those times where going into "cruise control" bit me.  When I was using an ODroid as my Kodi device, I stayed pretty current on both the OS and Kodi, keeping things updated on my own and so forth.  Then I retired the ODroid and went to a Shield as the primary device, and when I did kind of stopped keeping big tabs on development.  I let Android handle auto updates, and didn't give it a thought.  I didn't even know the next Kodi was dropping, let alone all the stuff about Python 3, or I would have turned off auto updating for the app and held back.  Instead, went to power up the theater one night, saw the Kodi Matrix boot screen, then the slew of invalid addon messages.  So now I get to wait, or get impatient enough to find a version of Kodi 18 to sideload, but I'm really hoping to avoid that route.  :) 

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7 minutes ago, Moebius01 said:

Any updates from our fearless leaders?  Even just to know they're still plowing through would provide a little hope.  :)  

No fearless leader here but yes, we are still plowing through :D 
It's taking a while but we'll get there.

 

I suggest everyone, if they can, stay away from 19 for now. It will break many other addons, not just CV.

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@rdsp I think it is not fair to say that Kodi is "BREAKING" any Add-ons. The Add-ons still fuction like they did before. But if the Platform that the Add-ond run on (=Kodi) changes then is is simply a matter of fact that the output of the Add-ons is affected as well.

It was not Team Kodi´s decission, that Python2 is not supported anymore and nobody is forced to upgrade to Matrix before your most beloved Add-ons are adjusted.

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I think you're splitting hairs here and getting stuck on semantics.  Nobody is blaming the Kodi team for upgrading to Python3.

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2 hours ago, Assi said:

@rdsp I think it is not fair to say that Kodi is "BREAKING" any Add-ons. The Add-ons still fuction like they did before. But if the Platform that the Add-ond run on (=Kodi) changes then is is simply a matter of fact that the output of the Add-ons is affected as well.

It was not Team Kodi´s decission, that Python2 is not supported anymore and nobody is forced to upgrade to Matrix before your most beloved Add-ons are adjusted.

I mention "for now" because of the add-ons that haven't been updated and will not work properly in Kodi 19. No blames assigned here :)

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Here are some updates: 

We have completely translated CV to Python3 including some dependencies that we couldn't find updated anywhere. That took longer than expected.
At this point, it's still not working because of changes to other scripts CV uses. We are trying the updated versions and have to change the code to work nicely with these.

Youtube trailers won't work because the script hasn't been maintained or updated for a long time.

I will keep this thread updated as soon as I have any more news.

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