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What is Kodi?

At this point, consumers are beginning to realize that the cable TV and satellite dish network 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 dish services. Many people still subscribe to cable or dish and will add a service like Netflix to complement their cable package. All this is about to change. Enter Kodi™.

This article will discuss the explosive growth of Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC). We will review the main features of the service including music, movies, photos and more. If you’re curious about using 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’s at the forefront of the ever-changing home entertainment industry.

Kodi™ is an award-winning freeware and open source (GPL) media center. It conveniently runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android. More importantly, it has a 10-foot user interface for use with your living room TVs and remotes. So you can basically 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 called Xbox Media Center for the very popular Xbox game console. Kodi™ is currently used in many digital streaming players and has a user-friendly interface for the non-tech savvy consumer.

The main features that open source software provides 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 full control of your music collection. You can also stream movies! It supports all major video formats and sources. You can import these movies with full posters, trailers, and more. Kodi™ offers the same features 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 interface. 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 are unrestricted like the Roku 3 or Apple TV:

Dragon Box: The Dragon Box quad-core media streaming device takes a sporty approach and offers 8GB of NAND flash memory.

The SkyStreamX – The SkyStreamX 4 Quad Core Android Smart TV Box comes with pre-loaded plugins and is a great internet streaming media player.

The DigiXStream – The DigiXStream DX4 Quad Core XBMC Android Media Box is also a great device that is very easy to use.


Investing in a keyboard for these devices is highly recommended. They all come with remote controls, but if you’re looking for a movie or showing your thumb you’ll get tired of moving the cursor.

Cable companies and dish 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, you have the ability to eliminate the need for cable or your satellite dish network. Kodi™ is the future and the growth of the company will explode as more and more people learn about its amazing features!

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