Kodi is a free open source media management and playback application originally developed as XBox Media Center (XBMC) for the Xbox in 2002. It is now available on many platforms including Windows, Linux, Android, MacOS, and Raspberry Pi.
It's original purpose was to organise and play large collections of video and audio files. Gradually it developed features more like an operating system where you can download and install add-ons (think of them as apps for Kodi).
'Kodi' is the name for XBMC from version 14.0 onwards.
LibreELEC is the new name for OpenELEC Comunity Edition (late 2016 onwards). It is Linux Kodi re-engineered to run on ARM hardware. So you can run Linux Kodi on some Amlogic and other 'Android' hardware.
An advantage of Linux Kodi over Android Kodi is that it runs faster and sometimes has better support for add-ons and Kodi features like PVR. The big disadvantage is that you lose Android and all of it's other apps.
Kodi will scan local or networked storage for video files (practically any format) and index them for playback with a slick interface featuring cover art, thumbnails, synopsis.
Kodi will scan local or networked storage for audio files (practically any format) to provide you with easy access to your music with cover art, smart playlists.
Photos from local or networked storage can be indexed, sorted, and displayed in a slideshow.
A vast selection of add-ons are available for download. These are like apps for Kodi and provide a huge range of added features including TV streaming services, subtitles, lyrics, skins.
Thousands of free skins are available letting you completely customise the appearance of Kodi.
Kodi remote apps are available for iOS and Android, allowing you to control Kodi using phone/tablet.
Kodi is pre-installed on all of the Android boxes we sell.
The easiest way to install Android Kodi is through Google Play Store. Just visit Play Store on your Media Box and search for it. See here. Alternatively, the official Kodi Android download page is here: http://kodi.tv/download/. Download the ARM Android .apk and run it to install.
Kodi for Android has to run on many different kind of hardware so video/audio playback cannot be optimised for every Media Box. To get around this Kodi has a feature where the internal video player can be replaced. A Kodi 'wrapper' calls an external video player app for video playback. This method enables recent and high-end formats (e.g. 4K, HDR, 7.1 HD-audio) to be supported from Kodi.
VidonXBMC is a fork of Kodi optimised for specific hardware and with added features like Blu-Ray full menu, auto framerate switching, and 3D ISO. Unlike Kodi it is a commercial product and you need a licence to access the added features. There is some controversy amongst the Kodi community about VidonXBMC because it uses community developed code for commercial gain.
Android/Kodi boxes with piracy streaming add-ons pre-installed are often termed 'fully loaded'. These products are often advertised as 'free sports!', 'free pay-TV!', 'free Sky TV'. etc. 'Fully loaded' boxes work by pre-loading Kodi add-ons designed to allow the viewing of copyrighted media content. Kodi itself has no such add-ons pre-installed, they are added by the 'fully loaded' box retailer. Examples of such add-ons are Exodus, Specto, SALTS, Genesis, Phoenix, TVMC, TV-addons, navi-X, 1channel, icefilms, filmon, projectfreetv, SportsDevil, TVMC, Droidbox, Wookie, mash up..
It is illegal to use add-ons that deliver pirated pay-TV / movies in the UK and it is illegal to sell boxes intended to run them.
There have been a series of UK Police raids targeting the 'fully loaded' retailers. It is very possible that if you buy from one of these retailers your details will end up with the Police / content providers. e.g: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4205282/Five-people-arrested-selling-Kodi-TV-streaming-boxes.html
All Kodi add-ons are developed as free open source projects. The retailers selling 'pre-loaded' style boxes exploit this open source work to sell their product. You can easily install all of these add-ons yourself for free onto any version of Kodi.
None of our Android/Kodi boxes are 'fully loaded' because we have every intention of extending our 5+ years in business! Where we sell products with Kodi pre-installed it is a clean install with no extra add-ons. We have been selling media players for 5+ years, Kodi is now the leading media management / media player app, we sell high performance Kodi boxes for this purpose.
Retailers selling 'fully loaded' boxes know what they are doing is illegal. Because of this they sell the cheapest hardware possible with no regard for hardware quality or safety. They are all about making quick profit now. Your warranty is effectively worthless.
If you buy from us you get the reassurance of top quality hardware and knowing that we are not going to disappear tomorrow. The choice is yours..!