Kodi - The Ultimate Media Center for Linux
is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation
, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi media center
was originally created for the Microsoft Xbox and called Xbox Media Center (XBMC
), the software has continued to evolve, spawning a community of its own. Kodi
is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms including Linux. It is also available on Windows, Mac OS X, Kodibuntu, iOS, Android, and Raspberry Pi. It features a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the Internet.
So why Kodi Media Center?
is designed to act as a media centre. The original idea was to install it and use on a PC as the entertainment hub of the home by connecting it to a big-screen TV and as such. It comes with specific features that make it quite capable for the role. It is designed to be legible on a TV when sitting on a sofa (10-foot user interface), and compatible with both remote control hardware and software.
comes with several advantages that you don't get with many other media players. It's compatible with a very wide range of file formats and operating systems
. And also, the fact that it is open-source in nature, its high profile and large base of programmers mean there's a vast range of add-ons and skins or themes that are available for download to customise the software to one’s choice of detail.
KODI is also quite popular and apparently very good for watching 'pirated' copyrighted content for free. The XBMC Foundation, understandably, distance themselves from such use.
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