Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform media player feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater. Currently Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. It will even scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations.
Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox. More than 50 software developers have contributed to Kodi, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages. It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons. Kodi is fully Open-Source and released under the GPLv2.0+ license. It includes many third-party libraries which use compatible licenses. Due to the inclusion of some GPLv3.0 libraries the entire application becomes GPLv3.0 as binary.

Notable changes in Kodi 16.0:

  • Start of integration of ADSP (Audio Digital Signal Processing) handling (no add-ons shipped yet)
  • Improve image resizing and caching algorithm to improve image quality of images
  • Added support for the musicbrainz "ARTISTS" tag in id3v2, ape, xiph.
  • Add date added to music library and use it for sorting
  • Support saving skin settings as add-on data instead of in guisettings.xml
  • Image resource add-ons which provides common image libraries than can be used by several skins and add-ons.
  • Don't mess with the long and short date formats defined in the language files
  • Add sort method for albums "artist / year". This will sort the albums chronological per artist.
  • Moved some add-on categories to "look and feel" in add-on manager
  • Series recording added for PVR
  • Add a "none" option for preferred subtitles
  • Properly handle wired or bluetooth headsets on Android and only use PCM output
  • Fix playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android
  • Use best possible icons from other Android apps while browsing these in Kodi
  • Enable true 1920×1080 output on AMLogic device without up-scaling
  • Add Korean, Chinese and Czech keyboards
  • Add multi-touch support for Linux platform
  • Improve touch-screen keymapping
  • The item that you had previously chosen will now be selected in the selection list instead of just starting at the top of the list
  • Decouple Kodi and system volume on Android which removes the double audio volume slider
  • Karaoke support has been completely removed as it wasn’t functional
  • Various PVR fixes and improvements
  • Various improvements to the music section
  • Three finger touchpad mapping in iOS to make room for new tablet gestures which will be available in Alpha 4 to complement existing tablet gestures.
  • The Kodi GUI now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for users of Kodi on 3D TVs or VR headsets
  • Add stereoscopic depth for Confluence skin
  • Extended support for browsing movies by country and through UPnP as well as user-ratings which we be added in future versions.
  • And many more fixes & changes.

How to Install Kodi 16.0 Jarvis:

Kodi 16.0 Available for Ubuntu 15.10 Wily/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 17.x/17/other related Ubuntu derivatives, Kodi 14.2 Helix is available for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 13
To install Kodi 16.0 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Addons (such as PVR) available for Kodi, use package name with sudo apt-get install command to install addon.
PVR Package Name Description
kodi-pvr-dev Kodi Media Center (PVR Add-on Dev package)
kodi-pvr-argustv Kodi PVR Addon Argustv
kodi-pvr-demo Kodi PVR Demo Addon
kodi-pvr-dvbviewer Kodi PVR Addon Dvbviewer
kodi-pvr-iptvsimple Kodi PVR Iptv Addon
kodi-pvr-mediaportal-tvserver Kodi PVR Addon Mediaportal Tvserver
kodi-pvr-mythtv Kodi PVR Addon MythTv - Cmyth
kodi-pvr-nextpvr Kodi PVR Addon NextPvr
kodi-pvr-njoy Kodi PVR Addon Njoy
kodi-pvr-tvheadend-hts Kodi PVR Addon TvHeadend Hts
kodi-pvr-vdr-vnsi Kodi PVR Addon VDR Vnsi
kodi-pvr-vuplus Kodi PVR Addon Vuplus
kodi-pvr-dvblink DVBLink PVR
kodi-pvr-filmon FilmOn PVR
kodi-pvr-hts TVHeadEnd PVR
kodi-pvr-pctv PCTV PVR
kodi-pvr-stalker Stalker PVR
kodi-pvr-vbox VBox Home TV Gateway PVR client
kodi-pvr-wmc WMC PVR
shairplay Free portable AirPlay server implementation

Kodi is now available for Android.

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