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If you are wondering what Kodi Software and why you should have it installed on you TV Box or any other device, it is best that you read this post. After reading this post you will have a general idea on what Kodi software is and the way it works. Installing Kodi is not an easy thing to do on your own. If you decide that you need Kodi in your daily life visit our store to view the Kodi installation services we provide to our clients. You can also browse our many TV Boxes that have Kodi already installed for you to enjoy a unique experience.

What is Kodi

Kodi Software (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation. XBMC is  a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, with a software10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most streaming media. These media are videos, music, podcasts, and videos from the internet. This also includes all common digital media files from local and network storage media as well .

What Kodi does and how

Kodi Software 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 which, via a common API interface, abstracts and supports multiple back-ends 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. They do this 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 Licence (GPL). It is governed by the tax-exempt registered non-profit US organization, XBMC Foundation. This organization is owned and developed by a global free software community of unpaid volunteers.

Kodi for Xbox

The original XBMC project no longer develops or supports XBMC for the Xbox. Nevertheless, XBMC on the Xbox is still available via the third-party developer spin-off project “XBMC4Xbox”, which 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. Also, there are three official Kodi Software versions in the market. Kodibuntu, Native applictions and Xbox.

Limitations

But you may want consider that there are some software limitation in the Kodi/ XBMC source code.These are some software limitations in the Kodi/XBMC source code. One problem is Kodi’s own internal cross-platform video and audio players (DVDPlayer and PAPlayer) cannot officially play any audio or video files that are protected/ encrypted with DRM technologies for access control. This meaning audio files purchased from online music stores. Audio files  as i Tunes Music Stores, MSN Music, Audible.com, Windows Media Player Stores, and video files protected with Windows Media DRM or DivX proprietary DRM. Such files can be played only by using another media player supporting DRM, or by removing the DRM protection from the file. In addition, as of February 2014 Kodi supported plug-ins written in the Python script language and binary add-ons.

Critical acclaim

XBMC won a Life Hacker Awards in 2014 for “Best Media Player” in their entertainment selection. XBMC won two Source Forge 2006 Community Choice Awards.In the 2007 Community Choice Awards, XBMC was nominated finalist in six categories. Also in the 2008 Community Choice Awards XBMC won an award for Best Project for Gamers. With Microsoft’s decision to discontinue Windows Media Center (WMC) starting Windows 10, htpcBeginner.com voted Kodi not only as the best WMC alternative but also in many ways better than WMC.

Main features of the Kodi Software:

Addons manager, addons and plugins

Plugins and scripts

Metadata extraction and web scrapers

Skins and themes

Web Interfaces

Application launcher

Live TV with EPG and PVR/ DVR frontend

Audio, Video and Pictures playback and handling

Format Support:

Supported formats:

  • Physical digital media
  • Network protocol clients
  • Network protocol servers
  • Container formats
  • Video formats
  • Audio formats
  • Digital picture/image formats:
  • Metadata tags

Video Playback in detail:

  • Video Library
  • Video Player Cores

Audio Playback in detail:

  • Music Library
  • Audio Player Cores

Digital picture/ image display in detail

Games Manager and Game control emulators

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