A TV Box is a great method to spend your free time. You can enjoy hours and hours of high quality entertainment. At this point we need to consider what a TV Box needs. It needs great apps to be of great use to its owner. In Best apps Part 2 we will see some of the best apps you should download on your TV Box. Enjoy!
Our first app in Best apps Part 2 is no other than Kodi. Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a home screen replacement app specifically. They made it for television usage. The app has a simple, but attractive interface. It also great for its ability to put all of your media and apps in one spot. Like Android powered TV’s primary interface, they designed it for use with a remote. In addtion is actually very simple to mouve around the media center. You’ll also be able to watch your locally stored content assuming you have some on there. It’s completely free and one of the more unique Android powered TV apps.
Kodi supports most common audio, video, and image formats, playlists, audio visualizations, slideshows, weather forecasts reporting, and third-party plugins. It is network-capable (internet and home network shares). There is a difference with other media center applications such as Windows Media Center, MediaPortal and MythTV. Kodi does not include its own internal digital TV-tuner code for Live TV or DVR/PVR recording functionality. Instead it acts as a unified DVR/PVR front-end with an EPG TV-Guide GUI interface. This via a common API interface, abstracts and supports multiple back-ends. It does this via PVR client add-ons from third parties, with those running either locally on the same machine or over the network.
Plug-ins, using either C/C++ programming languages to create Binary Addons or the Python scripting language to create Script Addons, expand Kodi to include features such as television program guides, YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Veoh, online movie trailer support, and Pandora Radio and podcast streaming. Kodi also functions as a game launcher on any operating system.
Kodi’s source code is distributed as open source under the GNU General Public License (GPL), it is governed by the tax-exempt registered non-profit US organization, XBMC Foundation, and is owned and developed by a global free software community of unpaid volunteers.
Even though the original XBMC project no longer develops or supports XBMC for the Xbox, XBMC on the Xbox is still available via the third-party developer spin-off project “XBMC4Xbox”. This forked the Xbox version of the software and completely took over the development and support of XBMC for the old Xbox. The ending of Xbox support by the original project was also the reason that it was officially renamed to simply “XBMC” from the old “Xbox Media Center” name, and why it later was renamed again to “Kodi“. The Xbox version of XBMC had the ability to launch console games, and homebrew applications such as emulators. Since the XBMC for Xbox version was never distributed, endorsed, or supported by Microsoft, it always required a modchip or softmod exploit to run on the Xbox game-console.
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Our second app in our Best apps Part 2 is the unique Netflix. The proverbial king paid content streaming is Netflix. Most people reading this either already have Netflix or at least have thought about it. Netflix was one of the first Android powered TV apps and it has had a long period of time to iterate and improve than most of the other streaming services. Pair that with a good selection, their excellent original content, and other features, and you end up with a really good experience overall. It does have a few issues, but nothing major.
Netflix Inc. (marketed and stylized as NETFLIX) is an American multinational entertainment company. They founded founded on August 29, 1997 inScotts Valley, California. The founders were Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. It specializes in and provides streaming media and video on demandonline and DVD by mail. In 2013, Netflix added film and television production, as well as online distribution. The company is currently headquartered in Los Gatos.
In 1998, about a year after Netflix’s founding, the company grew by starting in the DVD by mail business. In 2007, Netflix expanded its business with the introduction of streaming media, while retaining the DVD and Blu-ray rental service, with streaming made available to Canada in 2010. As of 2016, Netflix is available in over 190 countries. In 2013, Netflix introduced itself into the film andtelevision industry, with its first series being House of Cards debuting in the same year. It greatly expanded into film in 2015, and now offers its “Netflix Original” content through its online library of films and television.
As of July 2016, Netflix reported over 83 million paid subscribers worldwide, including more than 47 million in the United States.
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