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Kodi (former XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

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OS:Windows Mac Linux
Version:17.0
Released:Feb 1, 2017
File size:80.0MB
7.8/10
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17.0 (February 1, 2017)




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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Kodi 17
05 Feb

Team Kodi are very happy to announce the immediate availability of Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) for Windows, Android, MacOS and iOS. Krypton brings updated default user interfaces, better organisation of settings, and many under-the-hood changes on VideoPlayer, Music Library, PVR, audio on Android, and thousands of small bugfixes and improvements to stability. Note: Kodi 17 downloads will be available in our Ubuntu PPA soon, so stay tuned for updates!

New look

Kodiís user interfaces receive a major revision in Kodi 17.0. The new default skin Estuary has been specially designed as a 10-foot interface, while touchscreen devices have a new touch-enabled skin called Estouchy. To complete the overhaul we are now shipping Chorus2 as the default web interface.

Our video engine is undergoing a multi-phase rewrite and Kodi 17.0 delivers the next wave of changes with improvements to stability, audio/video synchronisation, refresh rate switching and decoding/encoding of video on all platforms. New inputstream add-ons extend support for streaming protocols like RTMP, MPEG-DASH, SmoothStream and NXMSL. Other new additions include hardware-accelerated DVD playback and OpenGL dithering when performing colour conversion, and Kodi on Linux can now use 3DLUT and simple ICC profiles to colour-correct displays. Audio sinks on most platforms have also been refined.

Music

Changes to the music library bring improved performance for tag scraping, support for mood and artist role tags, and increased browsing speed for larger libraries.

Live TV and PVR

Kodi 17.0 has numerous improvements to Live TV and PVR functionality. Changes start in the user interface with widgets for Recent Recordings and Last Played Channels on the home screen, and the ability to choose showing the PVR guide or Channel window when Kodi starts. The PVR user interface has seen much love. Channels can be sorted by Last Played. TV and Radio recordings are now shown in separate windows. There is a huge performance increase when browsing the guide window. Scheduling of recordings had a complete rewrite with both timers and timer rules now displayed in separate windows, and instant recording options can be customised. There are now 15+ PVR add-ons and most have been updated, including VDR VNSI, Tvheadend, HDHomeRun, Enigma2 and MythTV. Kodi now comes with support in the back-end for Digital Devices Octopus Net and asynchronous connections to back-ends which helps with connection stability.

Android

Kodi 17.0 is now standards-compliant with Androidís official Audio API and requires Android 5.0 or higher as the minimum version. DTS-HD, DTS-X, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby ATMOS passthrough are now supported on devices that implement AudioTrack v23 or higher. Devices with firmware that does not follow this standard will not support passthrough. Support for 4K video and output and improvements to refresh rate switching and HEVC, VC-1 / WMV 9, and VP9 playback on supported hardware are the icing on the cake.

Windows

Kodi 17.0 is the first version available through the Windows Store and is now one of the most popular downloads in the store. The version in the Store wraps our normal x86 application in a UWP wrapper for installing on Windows 10. The normal installer from the download section of the website can be used on Windows 7 and 8 (and 10).

Changelog

1.1 Live TV and PVR (Personal Video Recorder)
Added enhancement/improvements to PVR addon API (connection state change handling, asynchronous updates & more)[1] [2][3]
Added support for navigation controls between EDL (commercial skipping) during PVR recodings playback[4]
Added support for sorting channels by 'last played' in the Channels window[5]
Added support to changing of timer type for existing timers to ex. change a episode timer to a series timer[6]
Added support to echo up important Status info to Timer Rules in the Timer rules window[7]
Added option to hide disabled timers in the Timer window[8]
Added support for 'Edit timer' & 'Delete timer' rules to context menu in the EPG & Search windows[9][10]
Added support to allow timer creation for EPG in recent past in the EPG window[11]
Added support to use timer logos depending on its state in the EPG window[12][13][14]
Added "ShowTimerRule" builtin to allow key mapping for "add timer" dialog pre-filled for epg-based timer rule[15]
Added 'recent recordings' widget (core support and Estuary PVR home screen)[16]
Added vertical scrollbar to Guide window to allow channel navigation using the mouse (core support and Estuary change)[17]
Added support for JSON-RPC API sync PVR types fields with current implementation[18]
Improveed playback of live streams as PVR Live TV streams can now be identified as "live"
Improved Kodi's Eventlog with extentions to PVR events for 'create/delete timers, timer rules', 'start/stop recordings'[19]
Improved PVR Guide window performance, especially on first open[20][21]
Changes to have separate windows for 'Timer Rules' from 'Timers'[22]
Changes to separate TV and Radio recordings in the Recordings window[23]
Changes to make 'group items' setting be persistent in the Recordings window[24]
Changes to recordings window which now respects "default select action" settings value[25]
Changes to instant recording behavior to make it configurable (fixed-time vs. current show vs. interactive)[26]
Refactoring of the PVR Manager (PVRManager) so addons are now owned by Kodi's addon system[27]
Added, updated, and improved PVR backend clients addons for all popular third-party external PVR backend platforms:
New: Digital Devices Octopus NET Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
VDR VNSI Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Team Kodi
Tvheadend HTSP Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Team Kodi
FilmOn PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Stalker Middleware PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
HDHomeRun PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Enigma2 (Dreambox / Vu+ / DBox2) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
VBox TV Gateway PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Njoy Digital (N7) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
PCTV Systems (Broadway) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
MythTV PVR Client Addon backend client maintained and available from the Kodi's community
NextPVR (former GB-PVR) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Argus TV (former ForTheRecord) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
DVBLink PVR Client Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
DVBViewer Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
MediaPortal PVR Client Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
WMC (Windows Media Center) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
IPTV Simple Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
RTL-SDR FM Radio Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
PVR Demo Client dummy addon with fake (method stub) PVR backend for PVR skinning and regression testing
1.2 Add-ons Framework, API, and Manager
For full changelogs of all Addons APIs, see Krypton API changes, JSON-RPC, and Add-ons Development Forums
Added a new API level system to binary addons, refactoring the binary addon library interface for Kodi[28]
Added a new input system with an API for keyboard and game controllers as "Peripheral Addons"[29]
Added API support for "Peripheral Addons" for updatable configuration of input devices[29]
Added support for game controller peripheral addons to system addons[30]
Added a user-mappable Joystick (Peripheral) Addon for joysticks and gamepad abstraction APIs[31][29][32]
Added "Peripheral Addons" for game controllers, gamepads, joysticks, and input peripherals (in repo[33]):
Joystick Controller Addon
X-Arcade (XGaming Tankstick) support for Kodi Addon
Steam Controller (gamepad) Addon
Default Game Controller Addon (reference game controller addon based on Xbox 360 gamepad)
PlayStation Game Controller Addon
Nintendo NES Game Controller Addon
Nintendo SNES Game Controller Addon
Nintendo N64 Game Controller Addon
Nintendo GBA Game Controller Addon
Sega Genesis Game Controller Addon
Sega Dreamcast Game Controller Addon
Added support for method to get our useragent string[34]
Added support for Addons to include screenshots to be visible in Kodi's Addons Manager
Added support for skins to display 'recently installed' or 'recently updated' addon list in Addon Manager[35]
Added setting for enabling/disabling ZIP installation of addons from unknown sources (disbaled by default)[36][37]
Added a lot of Doxygen related Addons documentation regarding builtin commands to Documentation[38]
1.3 GUI Engine (Skinning Engine)
For full changelog on changes to the skinning engine, see Krypton API changes and the Skin Development Forum
Added a new default skin called Estuary, with themes & colors, (moving Confluence to addon repo)[39][40]
Added a new default touch-screen enabled skin called Estouchy (moving Re-Touched to addon repo)[39][41]
Added a new Color Manager to handle loading of madVR 3D LUT ICC profiles for color correction[42]
Added a new FFmpeg based image loader to guilib for loading pictures[43]
Added a new FFmpeg based image thumbnails implementation[44]
Added experimental limited support to guilib for animated APNG images in skin textures and backgrounds/posters[45]
Added experimental limited support to guilib for animated GIF images in skin textures and backgrounds/posters[46]
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9 comments, Showing 1 to 5 comments

Best Media Center I ever used. Lots of functions.
Access to lots of cool and useful tools such as the
Photo Add-on "500pix" or "Big Picture". View world
photos of big events, beautiful nature, etc.
Play your music with all kinds of visualizations, album art, and more.

Video Add-ons are easy to install if you go by the directions, like from this place...
http://www.wirelesshack.org/top-best-working-kodi-video-add-ons.html
Step by step instructions on how to install from Repositories.
Or this place... http://www.htpcbeginner.com/best-kodi-addons-2016/
Just be careful of which add-ons you install.

Play your videos with or without subtitles and music with cool visualizations.

The main settings are in SYSTEM/SETTINGS, then Appearance, Audio, Video, etc.



Jun 21, 2016 Version: 16.1 Jarvis OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Straight from your forum I have this problem with the new OTT TV BOX with the 4X CPU Cortex-A9r4 & 8X GPU Mali-450:

"This time after the 15.0 release it became clear that for several devices using an Amlogic chipset there was a change in firmware that caused Kodi to not function properly and only show a zoomed in or only used part of the screen."



Oct 10, 2015 Version: KODI 15.2 OS: Other Ease: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 5/10



After reading the last review I tried out XBMC and must admit it has come a very long way since it began. As an HTPC app it is incredible. There are many built in functions and lots of addons you can download within XBMC. You can even download and install skins with the click of a button. Adding different video feeds is a just click of a button away. It really is incredible how far this program has come. It also supports DLNA file sharing although video support is very basic and only offers a few video formats. If you haven't tried XBMC in a while, check it out.


Jul 15, 2012 Version: 12.0 alpha 3 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



XBMC has come a long way since the last round of comments in late 2009, and I just couldn't let it sit there with a out of date 'out of 10' rating. It's a mature product with a strong following of users and programmers and has a very active forum, so it deserves a better score.

In my opinion it's the best media centre application of it's type.



May 3, 2012 Version: 11 OS: WinXP Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Beautiful to look at and very ambitious in scope. Looks very promising. Unfortunately I was hoping that since it had Xbox origins, it would play HD DVD format, but it won't. I still have about 30 HD DVDs that I was hoping to view with this. I have an Xbox external disc drive, but no media player that will play it.


Dec 24, 2009 Version: 9.11 OS: Windows 7 Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 8/10


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