At this point, consumers are starting to realize that the cable and satellite dish 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 cable or satellite dish services. Many people still subscribe to cable or satellite dish and will add a service like Netflix to supplement their cable plan. All of this is about to change. Enter Kodi ™.
This article will discuss the explosive growth of Kodi ™ (formerly XBMC). We’ll go over the main features of the service, including music, movies, photos, and more. If you want to use Kodi ™, we’ll explore some of the best 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 (GPL) software media center. It works on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS and Adroid. Most importantly, it has a 10 foot user interface for use with TVs and remotes in your living room. So basically you can run Kodi from the comfort of your own couch! Kodi ™ does not provide any media 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 an independently developed media player application named Xbox Media Center for the very popular Xbox gaming console. Currently, Kodi ™ is used in many digital streaming players and has an easy-to-use interface for the uninformed consumer.
The main features provided by the 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 cue sheet, tagging support, and smart playlists for ultimate control over your music collection. It can also stream movies! It supports all major video formats and sources. It can import those movies with full posters, trailers and more. Kodi ™ offers the same functionality 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 slideshow. You can even play and record live TV from the GUI. Kodi ™ software is packed with amazing features!
To access Kodi ™ you will need a fast internet connection and a good quality streaming device. Here are 3 of the best devices that don’t have restrictions like Roku 3 or Apple TV:
The Dragon Box – Dragon Box Quad Core media streaming device emphasizes sports and offers 8GB of NAND flash memory.
The SkyStreamX – The SkyStreamX 4 Quad Core Android Smart TV Box comes with preloaded add-ons and is a great streaming internet media player.
The DigiXStream – The DigiXStream DX4 Quad Core XBMC Android Media Box is also a great device very easy to use.
• It is strongly recommended that you 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 be tired of moving the slider!
Cable companies and satellite 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 television, it has the ability to eliminate the need for cable or your satellite dish. Kodi ™ is the future and the business growth will explode as more and more people discover its amazing features!