Kodi

Kodi (XBMC) Jarvis 16.1

Powerful media player and entertainment hub

Kodi (previously known as XBMC) is an excellent free open source media center that calls itself a "High Definition Hub" for all kinds of media. View full description

PROS

  • Looks great from the start
  • Quick navigation
  • Use it to view photos, videos and listen to music
  • Lots of skins
  • Stream video over a network with ease

CONS

  • Takes some time to customize
  • Navigation may feel unintuitive at first

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Kodi (previously known as XBMC) is an excellent free open source media center that calls itself a "High Definition Hub" for all kinds of media.

A complete multimedia hub for your PC

Because it's open source, Kodi has been modified by some users to create Plex, although Kodi is the original base on which Plex is built. Which one you prefer will depend on what you want in a media center but Kodi is a pretty good contender being easy to use, slick, and supported by a large community of enthusiastic users.

Kodi is suitable for everything from watching Movies to streaming live TV and listening to Music. Everything is extremely well presented and Kodi is clearly inspired by Apple TV in the way it looks and feels. Kodi functions very well as a standard media player although it's far better if you use it as a complete home hub for your entertainment needs. Kodi supports a huge range of remote controls and keyboard shortcuts, and feels like a real entertainment center.

Kodi also has a highly “skinnable” interface, meaning that it can look radically different based on which skin is used. Confluence is used by default, so this is what will greet you upon install but you may wish to change it to something else using some of the free skins here. Some of them are very slick indeed.

Easy to setup and import your collection or stream media

There are simple instructions on how to setup Kodi as a standalone player or to stream videos over a network. You can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using almost any protocol available. For example, Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, most popular video formats on your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives.

Kodi will also scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. Finally, there are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. The overall navigation can feel a little unintuitive at times - especially if you've used Apple TV - but this is something you soon get used to.

An excellent all-round media center

Kodi is a fantastic media center although if you don't want to go to the hassle of customizing it, Plex may be a better alternative.

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Kodi (XBMC) Jarvis 16.1

User reviews about Kodi

  • mdeaton104

    by mdeaton104

    "I love being able to watch what i want and when i want."

    Kodie is the bomb. TV or movies its perfect. wonderful, marvelous,spectacular. More.

    reviewed on April 25, 2017

  • mikewilson237568164

    by mikewilson237568164

    "crappy"

    it sez it can be run on windows XP,but obviously it cannot!!!. More.

    reviewed on March 11, 2016

  • Perrywong

    by Perrywong

    "Not suitable for Windows XP!"

    It isn't compatable with XP so I can't form an opinion on the product but I can form an opinion on Softonic who I've sig... More.

    reviewed on February 8, 2016

  • chandrasekharmaganti

    by chandrasekharmaganti

    "The automatic paly of next file in video play stops the video playitself."

    Nice but i have a problem in playing videos. Next file does not play automatically. More.

    reviewed on October 21, 2015

  • peter.cseszarik

    by peter.cseszarik

    "Awesome, complete media center. Good looking and easily costumizable."

    Awesome, great looking and versatile. Love it. Had it for many years now. More.

    reviewed on February 3, 2015

  • octavian2

    by octavian2

    "Wow... "

    This is what I needed. I used Zune for a while, but this Media Center is the best I used. It has everything: listen to m... More.

    reviewed on August 3, 2012