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Kodi (former XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source 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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19.4 / 20.0 Alpha 2 (July 10, 2022)



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Software License

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Kodi "Nexus" Alpha 2
Developer, Prerelease

Team Kodi

July 10, 2022

4 min read
Slightly delayed Alpha 2, but here we go. We had a bit of a wild ride more due to behind the scenes update and changes - however, the good news is that it's given us more time for fixes and additions.

Release notes
Platform Specific

Android

Fix a stutter when the Kodi Android app was opened, closed and opened again. One of our team members (@thexai) noticed an issue with a recent PR that caused media stuttering to occur only after the app was opened and closed and reopened again without a force close. @ksooo has come up with a fix, so hopefully playback should be a better experience over Alpha 1.
Another TrueHD fix - buffers reduced to a specific level to optimise data throughput - Android: Adjust buffer size/duration for TrueHD IEC.
More local app icons should render fully in Kodi - Android: CFileAndroidApp::ReadIcon: Add support for icons provided a....
Fix a packaging error for binary python modules (pycryptodome) - Android: packaging: don't delete cryptodome libraries from depends i....
XBox

Fixes some specific H.265 video crashes - XBox: DXVA2: Allows the use of more than 16 decoding surfaces for H265 Full HD or less.
Python

Android and Apple systems have had their Python version bumped to 3.9.13 in accordance with the latest release of the CPython 3.9 series. Of note, there have been fixes by the CPython team specifically for issues raised by Kodi community members around some crashes. Thanks to those members raising the upstream issues, and the fantastic CPython team for fixing them.

Please note, this does not affect any of our Windows releases, or if you are using Linux.

Filesystems

Fix a regression that caused thumbnails to not appear when accessed from "remote" filesystems (e.g. WebDAV) - fixed: URIUtils::IsInternetStream() didn't properly handle filesystem....
Closed Captions

Fix an instance of Closed Captions not working. A forum member was able to provide an extremely helpful sample that allowed @enen92 to track down an issue with closed captions not working correctly. Incidentally, this also fixes Closed Captions for some Inputstream.Adaptive streams as confirmed by @CastagnaIT.
Subtitles

Multiple WebVTT fixes

Subtitles: WebVTT: Fix X-TIMESTAMP-MAP LOCAL parsing.
Subtitles: WebVTT: Clear all overlays just before creating a new parser.
Subtitles: WevVTT: Sync cue timestamps with period start.
Bluray

Fix BluRay resume issues - Discs: Fix resume of Blurays and BluRay ISOs (state serializer).
Thumbnail Images

Reduce "quality" of thumbnail creation - FFmpegImage: Reduce quality a tiny bit

NOTE: An advanced setting is available for those users who wish to alter the default further. More information can be found on the wiki.

Skinning

A couple of skinning changes have been introduced. gui: info: Add VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants and gui: info: Add Addon.Setting* infos.
Skin timers - skinning: Skin timer implementation.
Removal of player.DisplayAfterSeek - gui: info: Remove Player.DisplayAfterSeek.
Skip border infill - Adds GUI hint for skins to skip border infill.
Moving speed - gui: Implemented movingspeed to mover/resize controls.
Diffuse fading animations - Added diffuse fading animation effect .
VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants - gui: info: Add VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants.

https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/compare/20.0a1-Nexus...20.0a2-Nexus

Kodi "Nexus" Alpha 1
Developer, Prerelease
Team Kodi
May 16, 2022

So, here we go, with no further ado, we'd like to present the first Alpha releases of Kodi 20.x "Nexus".

This is a major release, so, as you'd expect, it comes with many new features. However, it will inevitably cause problems for some people, which is why we'll go through a more traditional Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate model. As such, then, please be aware that installing this will inevitably break things, and we'd really like your help at that point to identify the problems and get them fixed.

So, all that aside... what's actually changed?

Video

AV1 hardware decoding for Android. PR
AV1 hardware decoding for Linux via VAAPI PR
Bump to FFMPEG 4.4 PR
Subtitles

Add new font style settings such as border size/colour, background type/colour/opacity, shadow colour/opacity, and blur
Add support to display subtitles with dynamic positions which make use of position tags
Add underlined and strikethrough text style support
Add a new wide colour palette in colour settings
Add a new setting to change text alignment for closed caption subtitles for a better reading
Add a new setting to override subtitles metadata like style and position
Improved font size that now match the point/pixel proportion
When Kodi is in windowed mode subtitles are now always displayed correctly
Improved VPlayer for better reading of multiline text
Improved SAMI format to better support multiple languages
Improved TX3G format to support multiple styles, colours and alpha channel
ASS/SSA subtitles are displayed without flickering
Improved image-based subtitle rendering to keep a better aspect ratio
Add support to the WebVTT subtitle format type
Improved font list setting - the actual names of the fonts are now listed
Add support to OpenType font type (OTF)
Improved calibration window, so it's now possible to also reset the calibration settings
Subtitle settings can now be changed while in playback without side effects
Discs

Fix resume of Blu-Rays and DVD ISOs in file mode (not in library)
Fix playback of some optical discs on Linux due the incorrect mapping of mountpoints
On Linux optical media is now mounted by default (via udisks)
Partial code cleanup and platform split of disc drive handling
Skin cosmetics
Fix duplicated context menu items
EDL

Fix EDL mute sections and EDL cuts
GUI

Fix wrap lists
Fix hitrect on auto sized buttons
Fix some context menu options not triggering the respective builtin action
Independent volume setting for GUI sounds PR
Password reveal button in keyboard dialog PR
Input

Added Steam Deck built-in controller support
Skinning

Add a new Colour Picker window dialog to allow display a colour list
Improved image control to support read dynamic $INFO data to "colordiffuse" tag
Improved Player Process Info window - new information has been added and grouped by context
New media flags for HDR videos: detect, store and process the type of HDR in a video file PR
Skinners can now define modal dialogs if its visibility depends on Boolean condition evaluation
Deprecation of old infolabels with the introduction of new generic ones (e.g. Player.Editlist, Player.Cuts, etc)
Estuary/Estouchy

Estuary PVR Home Screen: New widget for timers (replacing old current/next recording widget)
Estuary PVR Home Screen: Add percentage played progress bars to Recent Channels and Recent Recordings widgets
Estuary PVR Home Screen: Change default click action to open the Guide window
Improve display of EDL markers on the default skin (EDL mutes are now shown, cut sections are also identified)
Games

Savestate manager for Retroplayer with captions describing the state of the game provided by https://retroachievements.org/ PR
In-game Port Setup dialog to change between game controllers PR
Platform Specifics

UNIX Family Platforms:

Implement WS-Discovery (SMB discovery) for *ix platforms (Android/Linux/Apple) PR
iOS/TVOS:

Improved Siri Remote handling PR
Improved "Now Playing" info PR
macOS:

Initial support for M1 native including native windowing/input handling PR NOTE: We do not provide prebuilt M1 dmg's. Any devs willing to work on ironing out the many corner cases of the native windowing implementation, don't hesitate to ping @fuzzard on the forums if you have any questions.
Extend GameController support to OSX PR
Many code cleanups/refinements/refactors
Android:

Update Android build to use Gradle for signing/aligning/packing PR
Linux:

Add ACES/Hable Tonemapping for GLES PR
More BiCubic Shaders for GLES PR
Pipewire support PR
Windows:

New setting to use 10 bit swapchain for SDR videos. Improves video quality and more precise colour conversions: YUV to RGB, limited to full range, shaders, etc. This is true even if video output is limited to 8 bit RGB by system or graphics driver. PR
Improved DXVA2 (HW video decoding) performance by sharing decoding and rendering surfaces. Avoids video copy operations and drastically reduces video memory usage on NVIDIA and AMD graphics using recent drivers. PR
i8n support

Harfbuzz rendering for scripts with open type font shaping features PR
PVR

Channels and Recordings can specify a provider PR
Read-only recordings supported
EPG Search: Add Saved Searches, incl. new Estuary PVR Home Screen widget
Channel Manager: Add possibility to refresh all channel logos
Settings: Add possibility to specify which data to delete when resetting PVR database
Automatic cleanup of cached PVR images (texture.db and cached image files)
Functional Improvements for multi PVR Add-on scenarios
Performance improvements, esp. for large number of channels
Build System/Dependencies

Most dependencies have been updated to latest, or close to, for Apple/Android platforms
Many cmake updates to update build system
Date/Time

Many many updates/changes to use std::chrono throughout the code base
Addons

Colour Picker PR
Colour button setting PR
Add support to add video HDR type info to a video list item
Function for removing orphaned dependencies recursively PR

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9 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


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.


Review by Kool-Believer on Jun 21, 2016 Version: 16.1 Jarvis OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 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."


Review by JDLewan on Oct 10, 2015 Version: KODI 15.2 OS: Other Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 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.

Review by Specter on Jul 15, 2012 Version: 12.0 alpha 3 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 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.


Review by The Mariner on May 3, 2012 Version: 11 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 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.

Review by ricoman on Dec 24, 2009 Version: 9.11 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10


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