XBMC is now Kodi

Going forward, XBMC will now go by Kodi. The Gotham 13.2 update released in August for XBMC will be the last such update under that name. Along with the name change there will be many updates to the features and benefits of the system. Here are some of the new attributes that will be included in the update.

Library upgrades

The library will be quicker on the input and output sides. For input, the scanning will be getting a huge boost of speed, meaning the initial scan of Android and IOS systems will be a much higher quality. For output, work is continuing on UPnp integration. UPnp, or Universal Plug and Play is a set of networking protocols that permits networking devices to seamlessly find each other’s presence to establish network services for data sharing. The communication between Kodi UPnp users and servers continues to get better allowing for better sharing.

Cutting edge Video Codecs

The Kodi update will use FFmpeg 2.4 meaning users will be able to play back h.265(also known as HEVC) and VP9 video codecs. This upgrade could mean much smaller video files that are the exact same high level of quality as the previous, larger files. A 1 GB file could be cut in half to 500 MB. This will be particularly useful for users with large libraries or those interested in 4K quality video.

More User Control

A big change with this update will be control of add-on updates. Users of Kodi will now be able to prevent add-ons from updating without a forced update, prevent the add-on update notices, or continue with the current system of using auto-updates. To change the update settings, visit the Add-ons folder in System Settings, if you are using Confluence, click left with your keyboard or remote to open the side panel, where a number of options exist, including the option to hide any add-ons that aren’t expected to work in your region. Secondly, tablet users will now be able to change the traditional QWERTY to a large selection of international options. To do so, visit the International section of the Appearance folder in System Settings and select Keyboard layouts.

The Kodi update will include these great features and many others. Stay tuned and continue to check our site to learn of the new upgrades as they happen. We promise to keep you up to date with all of the many options to make your experience with the Kodi Element as personalized and efficient as possible.

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