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Kodi 19 "Matrix" Open-Source Home Theater Released, This Is What's New

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Dubbed "Matrix" after the well-known Hollywood movie franchise with the same name, Kodi 19 has been in development for the past two years and comes with support for the AV1 video coding format, Python 3 support for add-ons, a new Matrix-inspired music visualization, along with new setting to automatically open the full-screen music visualization window when playback is started.

Kodi 19 also improves the handling of multi-disc CD sets and box sets and handling of album release dates, adds support for changing the subtitle opacity and a new dark grey color for subtitles, adds support for file tags over HTTPS, improve the viewing quality of Pixel Art games, adds support for more OpenGL bicubic scalers, as well as various improvements to user information.

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Kodi 19.0 "Matrix" official release and press coverage

  • Kodi 19.0 "Matrix" - Release

    ... yes, it's here! After several iterations of alpha, beta and RC, Team Kodi is pleased to announce that Kodi 19.0 "Matrix" has just been formally released on all supported platforms. Dare you take the red pill, and find out how deep the rabbit-hole goes?

    [...]

    The broad list of new features is below, but - before we get to that - I'd just like to take a moment to say "thank you" to the huge amounts of work put in by the broadest team behind this release. Whether you submitted a few lines of code or a major new feature; whether you worked on video, audio, gaming, or a skin; whether you tested in pre-release and helped identify a problem, debugged an issue or updated a translation; whether you fixed some documentation, looked after the various systems that keep kodi.tv running, or helped to moderate the forum - thank you, one and all. Kodi is a community, and, without all of you, we would all lose something.

    So, onward - what have we got. If you've been following the release cycle, you'll have seen these already, but for people who only take final releases... hold on, it's a long list!

  • Kodi 19 Released With Python 3 Transition Complete, AV1 Software Decode

    Kodi 19.0 is represented by nearly five thousand commits since Kodi 18 and represents some big changes like finishing off the migration from Python 2 to Python 3. Kodi 19.0 also has many audio/video playback related improvements, AV1 software decoding is now supported, integer scaling is supported for those playing game emulators within Kodi, various theme/skin improvements, metadata scraper improvements, and new security improvements.

  • Kodi 19 "Matrix" released with AV1, HDR, tvOS support

    Kodi is an open-source media center that was initially designed for the XBOX game console, but was quickly ported to other platforms such as Windows and Linux, and eventually to low-cost Android TV boxes and single board computers such as Raspberry Pi.

    A new stable release of the software comes out every couple of years, and the developers have just announced the release of Kodi 19 “Matrix” a little over two years after Kodi 18 “Leia” release.

Kodi 19 (Matrix) Released With Major Improvements on Playback

  • Kodi 19 (Matrix) Released With Major Improvements on Playback, PVR And Security

    Kodi is an open-source cross-platform media player for organizing your media files or streaming online media. It is one of the best open-source media server software for Linux and other platforms.

    After the final update of Kodi 18.9 back in October last year, the developers are bringing version 19.0 labeled Kodi Matrix. This release comes with a refreshed user interface, improvements on Playback, PVR, Security, and more.

    Let’s see the major changes in this release of Kodi media player.

Kodi 19 released

  • Kodi 19 released

    For audio and music lovers, there are significant improvements across the board to metadata handling: library improvements, new tags, new displays, improvements to how Kodi handles release dates, album durations, multi-disc sets, and more. There's a new, Matrix-inspired visualisation, there are improvements to display when fetching files from a web server, and several changes to how audio decoder addons can pass information through to the Kodi player.

Kodi v19 Matrix is here. Here's what you need to know

  • Kodi v19 Matrix is here. Here's what you need to know

    Team Kodi have now announced the release of Kodi v19, codename Matrix, and we are working hard on bringing this release to OSMC users for supported devices.

    This is a significant release, with a large number of changes, so we want to outline these changes to our users and explain how we will deploy these changes.

    [...]

    Starting with Kodi v19 (Matrix), Team Kodi have decided to remove vendor specific video decoding and render methods and this applies to Linux based distributions such as OSMC. The long term goal is to have a single method for utilising hardware video decode so that numerous devices can benefit without them needing to be individually maintained. This develops a standard for video playback within Kodi and makes it easier for newer devices to be brought up in the future.

    In the past, Raspberry Pi used MMAL (Broadcom's Multi Media Abstraction Layer) and OMX (OpenMAX) to facilitate hardware accelerated playback. However, as this support has been removed from Kodi, Raspberry Pi will now use the V4L2/GBM stack and as such there will be some regressions with this release.

    There is no support for hardware accelerated VC-1 or MPEG2 on Raspberry Pi, even on existing devices where codec packs have been purchased.

    There is also no deinterlacing for Live TV with hardware acceleration on Raspberry Pi, but we are hoping that support is introduced later at some point with a Kodi 19 point release. This should be less of an issue on Raspberry Pi 4, which should be able to handle deinterlacing in software.

    The Vero 4K/4K+ will see a new video stack which will introduce 3D MVC framepacked playback; HDR10+ support and HLG support and a 4.9 Linux kernel which will be supported until January 2023. This is possible because we are maintaining our own vendor specific video decoding pathway downstream from Kodi. We are however also working on the V4L2/GBM stack for the future – but don’t plan to move over to that until we can guarantee that we have feature parity.

A Wealth Of Changes And Improved Decoding

  • Kodi 19.0 "Matrix" Brings A Wealth Of Changes And Improved Decoding

    Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” brings a new features, visual makeover, and significant improvements to playback to this popular home theater software.

    Kodi is one of the most popular media center applications. It combines many media sources into one easy-to-navigate interface. After a wait of almost 2 years, Kodi 19 is now finally rolling out, nicknamed “Matrix”.

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