Kodi is a powerful tool that helps users import all of their media files to one central hub so that they can organize, and later access and play them on all of their devices. This is especially helpful for users that might have multiple types of media data stored on multiple devices.
Now, you no longer need to remember which device you used to save photos of important events like birthdays or graduation. You also don’t have to take the time to move mp3 files from one device to another in order to play your music on both. Kodi takes care of all of that, and more, for you.
How Does Kodi Work?
Kodi first began life as the Xbox Media Center, and it was used to play digital media files on the original Xbox. This capability did not continue with the Xbox 360 and One consoles, and so the media player was rebranded as Kodi.
This software was created as an open-source platform, which means that anyone, from professional, third-party developers to amateur coders, can access the programming to create new applications and add-ons.
Just download the latest builds if you are interested in helping to develop or improve new features for Kodi. Most users, however, will likely want to stick to well-established versions. These official builds have been well-tried and debugged of commonly known issues that affect stability and performance.
Kodi’s Best Features
Kodi has several useful capabilities. It’s compatible with nearly any operating system and device and can access and play nearly every type of media file. This is true whether it’s audio files that play your favorite music, or video file types that make it possible to watch and enjoy movies and TV shows.
Users just go to the site’s download page to get the correct version to use with their device. It automatically installs over previous versions, which makes upgrading a quick, and simple, task. Operating systems that are supported by Kodi include OSX, Windows and Linux as well as iOS and Android.
Third party add-ons can be downloaded that allow users to access a wide variety of music, movies and other media content. This content is in addition to the media files that users have stored locally in their media libraries and elsewhere.
For example, Pluto.TV offers users several online channels that they can watch for free, and a third party plug in exists that allows Kodi users to access Pluto TV’s lineup and content. YouTube and other media providers are also available by officially supported add-ons.
Other add-ons make it easy to control the interface via remote control. You can also record and watch live TV when you pair the software with compatible backends such as MythTV, NextVPR, Plex and many more.
Use the software to view your favorite pics and candid shots, or create a customized slideshow for your viewing pleasure!
Free, downloadable skins make it easy to customize the program’s appearance, further enhancing the user experience.
Considerations to Keep in Mind
While Kodi allows users to stream all types of media files on multiple devices, using multiple operating systems, it’s important to note that Kodi doesn’t actually provide any of the content that is streamed. It is up to users to find content to view.
Kodi is not a Replacement for Cable TV, Satellite or Streaming Content Providers
The software is not intended to replace Pay TV or streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO or other providers. This means that you won’t be able to access any of the media found on these sites or similar ones that allow viewers to stream media via a subscription or fee unless the specific provider makes this content available to you via an officially supported add-on.
Use Tags to Make Finding and Organizing Media Easier
This software uses tags to help you find and organize your local media files. This is one reason why it’s a good idea to make certain that all of your media files are organized and properly tagged in your local content libraries before you begin importing it.
Once you’ve tagged everything, simply go to the menu on the left, click on the type of content you want to import, select files, and then choose the source of your content, or the location of your stored media files, and name the source. Specify the type of content Kodi should search for in those files to complete the process.
The User is Ultimately Responsible for the Content
Kodi and its development team do not provide any support for pirated media or otherwise illegal or illicit content. While some third-party apps may make it easier for users to access bootleg media, it remains illegal to do so. Kodi does not support it and advises that it is the user that will be held responsible for content that is illegally downloaded or otherwise accessed through the program.
For example, while users can record and watch live TV with this software, when it’s combined with a compatible backend provider, it is still the user’s responsibility to have a paid subscription for any pay TV service that it obtains content from.
Users can buy “boxes,” that come with Kodi and a number of add-ons preinstalled. Regardless of where you purchase a “Kodi Box,” it’s still the user’s responsibility to make certain that they aren’t downloading any illegal content, or using illegal add-ons and other programming to do so.
Stick to officially supported add-ons to reduce the risk that you might unintentionally access media covered by copyright or other legal protections.