In simpler terms, KODI is a media player. But that’s not it. It is an award-winning open sourced media player. It started off as Xbox Media Player in the year 2002. Then from 2003 to 2014, it was known as Xbox Media Centre which was later renamed as KODI. XBMC Foundation, a non-profit organisation, provides the service of KODI that is running based on donations by volunteer all over the world regarding money and facilities. XBMC foundation has sponsors like ACQUIA, BYTEMARK, etc., who mainly provide the original budget and platform to maintain this service.
Now, as I said earlier, it is an open source software, you must be thinking that what does “Open Source” mean? Well, it means that ordinary people like you and me who are using this software can modify its coding, its look, its graphics, provided that you know how to do it. Till date, KODI has been shaped by more than 500 developers and 200 translators who were not the member of the foundation but just users. That means once you start using the software, you can customize it on your terms.
KODI is a storage media player, where you can access music, movies, pictures, TV shows. Though it is a prevalent software, many have a large variety of questions that need to be answered. This FAQ can help you find solutions to all your queries about the software.
KODI is a free open sourced software media player and an entertainment hub that can bring all your media together under one roof. It can turn your PC or smartphone or laptop into a digital set-top box/streamer through which you can stream your media content from the internet, home network or local storage.
Ok…now I got your attention I guess! You heard right! KODI is a giant out of a small box… You must be thinking what else it can do? Then it is better to ask what it can’t do..?
Well, when it comes to entertainment, then it can do whatever you want it to do. It supports almost all file formats of music and videos. It contains a smart playlist by which it can play the exact song that you want it to play. Isn’t that cool?
Now, the next mind-blowing thing is that it can access TV, although it has been a smart TV to do so…but still you can stream all your contents of TV through this software. Through this software you can get all the contents in one place, that is, you satellite channel as well as your online channels like Amazon and Netflix.
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KODI works in two separate ways. First, it acts as the central hub or player for all your media gadgets in your house.
Secondly, It serves as access to other media contents on the internet. Once you install the software, it will show you the banner of the movies, music and pictures as a viewing option. But hey there…you have to aware that KODI does not come out with its content out of the box.
You can upload the content that you want to watch, and it will be stored on the network or somewhere locally that you can access from anywhere in your house in any device. KODI will catalog all the content by its smart sorting technology and will make it easily accessible from all the gadget where it is installed.
KODI comes with different add-ons through which you can customize the application.
But here I must say, KODI does excellent work when it comes to the variety of add-ons that it provides. Some these add-ons are CONTENT MENUS, GAMES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS, LIBRARIES, LOOK AND FEEL, LYRICS, MODULES, MUSIC, PICTURES, PLUGINS, SCRIPT, SERVICE, VIDEO, WHEATHER, WEB INTERFACE etc. With these add-ons, you can make the application look like a pro.
KODI is supported on a large number of operating systems and hardware devices that can be connected to TV some way or the other. The platforms that are supported by KODI officially are WINDOWS, LINUX, MACOS, ANDROID, iOS, RASPBERRY Pi.
Minimum of WIN VISTA or WIN 10, x86 or 64 bit. Minimum 1 GB RAM. GPU software drivers must support the DirectX 11 Feature Level 9.1. Drive Space of 16 GB or more.
x86 or x86-64 processor, 1GB or more RAM, GPU of Mesa 17.1 or later, Drive Space of 16 GB or more.
Mac OS X 10.8 or later
Android 5.0 or higher, x86 (Intel) or NEON compatible ARM processor
Standard iDevice with iOS 6.0 or higher and Xcode 7 or higher for Mac laptop and PC. Hardware support: iPad (1,2,3,4), iPad Air (1,2), iPad Mini (1,2,3), iPhone (4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+, 6s, 6s+), iPod touch (4, 5, 6).
Besides all these KODI is supported on Apple TV. Though the present version does not support the 1st and 2nd generation of Apple TV, from the 3rd generation, it is supported.
Yes, that’s Another winner! KODI cannot stream live TV, but it also can record the ongoing program. But the setup is a little long and time taking process. This process includes connecting to the integrated PVR(Personal Video Recorder) with the backend TV servers that are available. KODI comes with this PVR out of the box.
The other option is using one of the many add-ons that are available to get this feature. The Add-ons are TV Guide, PseudoTV, VBox Home TV Gateway, HDHomeRun, Edit decision list etc.
Reason For Popularity
Well, here I must say that the popularity of KODI primarily comes from the ability to stream copyrighted content illegally.
The XBMC foundation does not support this illegal streaming, but since KODI is an open source software, it attracts programmers to create add-ons which can stream original copyrighted content without paying or illegally. The XBMC foundation has taken steps in the upcoming versions that can no longer support such add-ons, but still, it’s going to be temporary as it is an open sourced software which can create such new add-ons again.
Now hey, since this software can be used to stream copyrighted content illegally, that does not mean that it is illegal! Well…yes. The software itself is entirely legal. Metaphorically speaking, KODI is like a blank cheque which is upto the user that how he or she would like it to be used, that is, that user will use it legally or illegally, entirely depends on the user.
It is just like the torrent program which is entirely legal to keep it in your PC. It becomes against the law when you use it to download copyrighted content without the permission of the owner.
Similarly, it is legal to use KODI but becomes illegal when someone uses the unauthorized add-ons to stream and record copyrighted content without the consent of the owner. Thus it can be said ”illicit streaming devise”, not illegal.
Almost 26 million people of the USA and 12 million people in the UK use KODI. It is so popular that people always prefer to use it. To some extent, it is used by so many users because it gives access to content that is inaccessible to someone. For example, if someone is not rich enough to have access to online channels, he can still have access because someone used this software illegally.
As mentioned earlier, that it is legal software, thus it is safe and should not harm you or your PC. The case is different with the add-ons. Since some of the add-ons are unauthorized and illegal, it might cause the problem to the software or the hardware. The XBMC foundation strictly mentioned that if something causes trouble due to unofficial add-ons to your system, nor they would take any responsibility, neither would they have any sympathy.
The present version of the software is version 17.6 KRYPTON. KODI V18 “LEIA” ALPHA 3 and KODI V18 “LEIA” NIGHTLY are the pre-release unfinished versions available on the site but the final version will be out soon.
With each release, the developer adds or updates the features, skin and the interface of the software. Go to the chief official page if KODI, press the download button on the right side of the page at the top.
Then chose the platform on which you want to run the program and hit on that option. It will redirect you to the present final version that is 17.6v Krypton and the pre-release versions also.
KODI won several awards for being the best media player in the entertainment sections. It won Life Hacker Award in 2014. Then it won Community Choice Award in 2006 and was nominated in 2007 in more than one categories.
Download the software to enjoy its all the features given by XBMC foundation and as they say, it…may the force be with you!