At this point, consumers are beginning to realize the fact that the satellite dish and cable industry is changing. The birth of Netflix, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime allowed viewers to watch their shows on demand and at a lower cost than traditional satellite or cable services. Many people still subscribe to cable or satellite dish and will add a service like Netflix to supplement their cable package. All of this is about to change. Enter Kodi ™.
This article will discuss the explosive growth of Kodi ™ (formerly known as XBMC). We will review the main features of the service including music, movies, photos and more. If you are curious to use Kodi ™, we will explore some of the main devices that run the software. And finally we’ll cover the future of Kodi ™ and how it is at the forefront of the ever-changing home entertainment industry.
Kodi ™ is an award-winning free and open source software (GPL) multimedia center. Works conveniently on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Adroid. More importantly, it has a 10-foot user interface for use with your living room TVs and remotes. So you can basically run Kodi from the comfort of your own couch! Kodi ™ does not provide any media by itself. User must own content or manually point Kodi ™ to third party online services. The initial release was in 2002. It was originally produced as a independently developed media player application called Xbox Media Center for the very popular Xbox game console. Currently, Kodi ™ is being used in many digital streaming players and has an easy-to-use interface for the non-technical consumer.
The main features offered by open source software are music, movies, TV shows, pictures, and games. Kodi ™ can play all your music, including AAC, MP3, and more. It has a cheat sheet, tagging support, and smart playlists for maximum control of your music collection. You can also stream movies! It supports all major video formats and sources. You can import these movies with full posters, trailers, and more. Kodi ™ offers the same features for your favorite TV shows as it does for movies. You can import your images into a data library and sort and filter them for a slide show. You can even play and record live TV from the GUI interface. The Kodi ™ software is packed with amazing features!
To access Kodi ™, you will need a fast internet connection and a good quality streaming device. These are 3 of the main devices that have no restrictions like Roku 3 or Apple TV:
The Dragon Box – The Dragon Box quad-core media streaming device has a sporty focus and offers 8GB of NAND flash memory.
The SkyStreamX: The SkyStreamX 4 Quad Core Android Smart TV Box comes with pre-loaded add-ons and is a great internet streaming media player.
The DigiXStream – The DigiXStream DX4 Quad Core XBMC Android Media Box is also a great device that is very easy to use.
“It is highly recommended to invest in a keyboard for these devices. They all come with remotes, but if you’re looking for a movie or showing your thumb, you’ll get tired of moving the cursor!
Cable companies and satellite dish networks don’t want the average consumer to understand Kodi ™. The software offers the consumer an incredible opportunity to save money. Once connected to your living room TV, you have the ability to eliminate the need for cable or your satellite dish. Kodi ™ is the future and the growth of the company will skyrocket as more and more people learn about its amazing features.