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Kodi 18.5 “Leia” Stable/ Kodi 19.0 Alpha 1 Build 20191116

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Kodi 18.5 “Leia” Stable/ Kodi 19.0 Alpha 1 Build 20191116

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.

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, including TV shows, PVR and Live TV.

This media center has the customizable design and clean playback options. It also features Add-ons, Skins, UPnP compatibility, Web Interfaces, Remote Controls support and a lot more.

The Kodi project is managed by the non-profit XBMC Foundation, and developed by volunteers located around the world.

Kodi Media Center features:

Music

Play all your music including AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WMA formats. It has cue sheet, tagging support, MusicBrainz integration, and smart playlists for ultimate control of your music collection.

Movies

Supporting all the main video formats and sources, including streamable online media, ISOs, 3D, H.264, HEVC, WEBM. Kodi can import these movies with full posters, fanart, disc-art, actor information, trailers, video extras, and more.

TV shows

The TV shows library supports episode and season views with posters or banners, watched tags, show descriptions and actors. Video nodes/tags and smart playlists can further organize your library for special interests, making specific screens for sci-fi, anime, etc.

Pictures

Import pictures into a library and browse the different views, start a slideshow, sort or filter them all using your remote control.

PVR and Live TV

Watch and record live TV all from the GUI interface. It works with a number of popular backends including MediaPortal, MythTV, NextPVR, Tvheadend, VDR, Windows Media Center, and more.

Add-ons

There are add-ons for videos, music, changing Kodi’s behavior, popular web services, adding more artwork, controlling your lights, and much much more.

Skin

Allows you to completely change the whole GUI. Thanks to the highly customizable skinning engine you are able to change every aspect of media center. Choose from dozens of community created skins, each with their own set of options, or create your own dream UI.

UPnP

With UPnP compatibility you can stream to and from any other Kodi instances and play to other UPnP compatible devices in your home with ease. Have one UPnP master device and use other Kodi instances as clients which automatic keeps you watched status and library up-to-date. You can also now import from uPnp sources to synchronize your data inside instances of Kodi.

Web Interfaces

Interact with Kodi using its JSON-RPC based remote interface. This brings loads of possibilities for remote controls, web browsers and 3rd party tools to take Kodi to the next level.

Remote Controls

Control your media your way with support for hundreds of remote controls, CEC-compatible TVs, or one of the new Smartphone and Tablet Apps.

What’s New in Kodi 18.8 “Leia”:

Interface/Look-and-Feel

  • Estuary and GUI info fixes, including scrollbar behaviour, icon names, label changes
  • Add dual support for Artist Slideshow 2.x and 3.x
  • Fix to always allow ‘Black’ screen saver
  • Fix wrong sort order list for music playlists node

Playback/Display

  • Fixes to external subtitle playback
  • Fixes to support for archives over UPnP
  • Fixes to “queue item” and “play next” for STRM files with Plugin URL
  • Fixes to “hide watched” status for videos
  • Fixes to resume handling when marking a file as unwatched

PVR

  • Fixes to EPG database storage, start/stop of PVR service
  • Fix handling of open modal dialogs
  • Fixes to commercial skip (EDL) processing

Other/General Fixes

  • Multiple Android changes around windowing, secure decoder and SDK versions
  • Multiple iOS changes, including support for iPhone 11 and 7th generation iPad, plus fixes for touch input, overlapping drawing surfaces, sandbox checks, notch support.
  • MacOS fixes around windowing, where only a portion of the screen was correctly rendered
  • Log files improvements around verbosity and security
  • Shoutcast improvements
  • Various fixes and improvements to add-on settings, package build documentation, build system, advancedsettings.xml, skin/profile changes and many other subsystems

Changes in Kodi 17.6:

Homepage – https://kodi.tv

Kodi runs on Linux, macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls.

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