Kodi is an free to download 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 PC (Windows+Linux), Android, OSX 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 new official name for XBMC from version 14.0 onwards.
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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.
There are now versions of Kodi for PC (Windows,Linux), Android, jailbroken AppleTV2, OSX, Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi2.
PC / HTPC
Windows+Linux. Usuall more expensive than Android alternatives and hardware varies massively, but the PC version of Kodi is the 'main' version and has the best support. It is most stable with best add-on compatibility. Full OS versions of Linux Kodi are available (OpenELEC, Kodibuntu).
Raspberry Pi2 + Linux Kodi
Massive user community and support. More powerful hardware than the original Pi. Needs additional case, remote for media centre. Requires some technical knowledge to install. Can run custom builds of OpenELEC (Linux Kodi). Officially supported by OpenELEC. Install info here.
Android Media Box
Lots of development and good community support. Easy installation. With the right hardware performance is excellent. Picking good hardware is vital because Android boxes vary massively in their capabilities. Android OS offers flexibility in running other apps.
OpenELEC / Linux Kodi Box
Boxes are now abailable with Android ARM hardware but running custom OpenELEC (Linux Kodi). These boxes offer good performance with cheap hardware and the benefits (simple operation - good performance) of Linux Kodi.
Android box running standard Android Kodi. Very powerful hardware. Good manufacturer support. Some features that work in other Android boxes (e.g. HD-Audio passthrough, 3D ISO) do not work in Shield.
720p only. Difficult installation. Invalidates your warranty. Old hardware. Not possible on AppleTV3.
Raspberry Pi + Linux Kodi
Massive user community and support. Old and slow hardware. A circuit board is not to everyone's taste as a media centre. Install info here
Amazon Fire TV / FireTV2
Android box running standard Android Kodi. Kodi must be sideloaded and has no official support. Tricky installation. Install info here.
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Kodi is pre-installed on all of the Android boxes we sell.
As of summer 2015, Kodi is available in Google Play Store. It can be installed just like any other app! 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.
The official Kodi Android download page is here http://kodi.tv/download/. Just download the Windows executable file and run it to install.
Android/Kodi boxes with piracy streaming add-ons pre-installed are often termed 'fully loaded'.
These products can be 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 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 were a series of UK Police raids in summer 2015 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.
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..!
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