Name : Kodi Android App for Android streaming TV Boxes
Owners: It is an open source software. However, it is managed by the XBMC foundation
Kodi – What is it
Kodi is a comprehensive media player and entertainment hub that has the ability to work on Android as well Apple, Windows, and Linux OS devices and is able to play music, videos, movies, podcast and also stream content from the internet. The Kodi Android App usually comes preloaded on almost every android TV boxes. However, you can also download it from the website. It was first known as Xbox Media Center (XBMC), first developed to be used on the Xbox gaming console back in 2002 but later changed to Kodi in 2014.
Although it is popular on Android devices, it can also work on other proprietary devices such as Roku and Amazon streaming devices. Installing Kodi on these other devices may not be as straight forward as just downloading the app from google play store, but there are tons instruction on the internet to show you how to install it on those devices as well, just in case you already own one of those or planning to get one.
Who is Kodi For
Kodi is compatible with almost every video file format on the planet. So if you want one place or one software to play all your movies, view pictures and play your music catalogue, Kodi is right for you. It has the ability connect to any local or network attached storage device. It shows the metadata for all your files for easy identification. Navigation is easy with its very attractive and user-friendly environment.
In addition to playing your local media, the most exciting part of it is that with the aid of Add-Ons, you can also stream live TV and other online content.
How does it work
Once you install Kodi on your device, it is empty, it doesn’t come preloaded with anything. The easy to use menu on the left allows you to add content to get started. The easy to navigate menu allows you to add movies, tv shows, music, photos from your USB or remote storage. The App itself is automatically connected to its own Repository. The Repository carries over 960 Apps or Add-Ons as that is what they are popularly known as, and more gets added from time to time. so the repository is like Kodi’s own app store.
Within the Repository, there are Add-Ons for almost everything from live TV, movies, music, and weather forecasts. Some of the most popular examples are Pluto TV which has live feeds from Bloomberg and RT international, news feeds from CNBC and also Movies. Crackle which is a movie app that shows content from Sony. BBC player that shows content from the BBC and so on. Some Add-Ons are geographically specific, which means the content within the Add-on app will only work according to where you reside. For example, the Crackle Add-on will only work in the USA Canada.
Also, there are Add-Ons from YouTube, Reddit, Cnet and other various video and audio podcasts. Add-Ons from Netflix and Amazon will be available in the future. Add-Ons can be installed and uninstalled at anytime. The repository are constantly updated and Kodi automatically fetch these updates to your device whenever new ones are available. Most of these content within these Add-Ons are absolutely free, there are others like Netflix and FilmOn and some Amazon content that will require a subscription to access some programs and features.
While the App is easy to use, whether you want to play movies or music from your local storage. You will not have any major problems there. However, the online content is a different story. Sometimes content providers will remove your their Add-Ons (which may be one of your favorites) without any prior notice, or some live streams from an Add-on are not available for viewing in your area.
Apart from availability issues, some live or recorded streams may not come through smoothly or may be inconsistent. However, if you have very good internet speeds, you won’t encounter a lot of those issues, especially if you connect your device via the Ethernet port and not over WiFi.
The Biggest drawbacks!….frequent version updates!…while this is a good thing in itself, installing a new version is not automatic, while your current version that you are presently using will automatically update the bug fixes. It will not automatically upgrade to the new version that is available and you will not be notified automatically of the new version that is available.
Example, if you are using V.17, you will automatically get bug fixes and repository updates for V.17. However, you won’t get automatically notified that V.18 is available. Especially if you are using it on your Android box, Amazon or your Roku device and especially if your google account is not connected on your TV box (which is most of us). So you would have to download the APK from the website and then install it to your device. However, that is easily done with the browser on your device itself.
With the Kodi Android app installed on your streaming device, your TV experience gets a lot more exciting with over 960 additional Add-Ons to choose from. Most of the content that is available on it is absolutely free. You will get access to the latest news and entertainment programming from all around the world with no copyright infringement to worry about.
The Kodi community is open source, so new content gets added all the time within the repository.
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