5 Useful Features to Help You Unlock Kodi 17
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It’s no news, Kodi latest release - Kodi 17 “Krypton” - has arrived and comes with a fresh face and improvements all across the board.
XBMC Foundation teased us with betas throughout the past year, but now that the final stable version is here we can finally say: wow.
1 - Good on the eye
Behold Estuary and Estouchy TV, the new default skins coming to revamp the looks of the beloved, yet kind of dated, Confluence. Estuary is perfect for using your on a computer screen of big screen TV with its leanback UI style, whereas Estouchy, as the name hints, is the touchscreen-friendly counterpart.
However, if you’re not keen changing the way you interact with Kodi, don’t worry, you can still get Confluence along with other skins, as it remains available as an optional download through the add-on repository. If you need help on shedding Kodi’s skin, check out our quick guide for the previous version, as it is pretty much the same.
2 - Chorus, the new web-interface.
You may have never heard of it, but yes, a web-interface as has existed within Kodi as an almost forsaken feature, however, Kodi 17 brings the web-interface into the spotlight under the name Chorus2.
If you’re not familiar with how a web-interface works, let’s just say that Chorus2 is GUI (Graphical User Interface) you can use to access Kodi through a web-browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or even Internet Explorer, if you’re feeling adventurous) and control it remotely.
Some of its features include a responsive interface that adapts to screen size, multi-language support, seemingly add media to Kodi audio and video playing queue, the ability to lookup music videos for a song and play in the browser or Kodi, download video, and audio via the browser and much more.
3 - Video and music
This new iteration also brings Kodi up to speed with the latest developments bringing a new wave of changes with improvements to stability, audio/video synchronization, refresh rate switching and decoding/encoding of video on all platforms, while its video engine is still undergoing a multi-phase rewrite.
Music lovers all around using Kodi to blast tunes through their Home Theatre systems can also rejoice, as they’ll be able to breeze through large libraries with increased browsing speed. Also, you may expect improvements to the performance on tag scraping, as well as support for mood and artist role tags. All being considered, these tweaks are sure to satisfy your need for organization.
4 - Live TV and PVR
We have covered before how Kodi can help you to “cut the cord” with its IPTV features on 5 Easy Steps To Get You Started With Kodi. On this new version, you’ll find a whole lot of improvements to Live TV and PVR. Besides delivering dramatic enhancements to performance, you’ll now be able to access Recent Recordings and Last Played Channels on the home screen, as well as the ability to choose to show the PVR guide or Channel window when Kodi starts. On the PVR side, users are being treated with more than 15 add-ons (mostly already updated), including VDR VNSI, Tvheadend, HDHomeRun, Enigma2 and MythTV. Lastly, Kodi now comes with support for the back-end for Digital Devices Octopus Net and asynchronous connections to backends helping with connection stability.
5 - Next level Android magic
One of the greatest feats presented by Kodi “Krypton” is that it is now standards-compliant with Android’s official Audio API. While this requires Android 5.0, or higher (which all of WeTek 's current devices support), devices that implement AudioTrack v23 or higher can now take full advantage of DTS-HD, DTS-X, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby ATMOS passthrough. As for the video, you can expect support for 4K video and output and improvements to refresh rate switching and HEVC, VC-1 / WMV 9, and VP9 playback on supported hardware.
But wait there’s more!
When talking about Kodi, we should never forget the relentless open-source community backing it up and continuously working for it. Believe or not, but Kodi 18 pre-builds are now already springing out. It’s being called Leia “in honor of the late Carrie Fisher, as a tribute to one of the characters that defined an industry, and as a celebration of the whole Star Wars universe.”
However, as Kodi’s web page puts it, proceed at your risk as pre-builds “can sometimes still be very unstable.”