What is Kodi?
In a Nut Shell
Kodi is used by millions of people all over the world to enjoy streaming content of all sorts. Many people buy Android boxes or Fire Sticks with the express intent of installing Kodi. But there are many people that are still on the fence about cutting their cable or streaming free movies and TV shows. Many of those just don’t understand what Kodi is or how it can benefit them. Hopefully, we can shed some light on the subject so you can make a smart decision if it is something you want to use.
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So, What is Kodi?
Kodi is simply a program that you can install on Windows, iOS, MacOS, Linux, BSD, Android and Raspberry Pi and other Operating Systems. Kodi was built from the ground up to allow you to access digital media. Whether that media lives inside your network, for example, a shared drive on your computer, or on a website in another part of the world. Kodi is designed to be a media center management platform. Most of us are familiar with installing programs on our computers and mobile devices. Kodi is no different in that respect. However, Kodi is very different in that, once installed, it operates as a complete add-on platform. Inside of Kodi, you can install other applications that were written especially for Kodi. While there are many application developers that write official add-ons such as Netflix, there is also a robust development community that creates so-called “unofficial” software specifically for Kodi. These applications do all kinds of things. They allow you to access all kinds of content from all over the Internet.
What Kind of Add-Ons are There?
There just isn’t enough room to list all of the hundreds of add-ons that are available for Kodi. There are apps that just stream music. There are apps for streaming free movies and TV shows. There are apps for live TV, also known as IPTV. There are apps designed to help you manage Kodi on your device. Because Kodi is open-source, anyone can write an application. This means that, if you are looking for an app to stream your favorite Colombian TV channel, there is already an app for that. In fact, there just isn’t much content that can escape the sheer number of add-ons that people have written.
Where Can I Install Kodi?
Kodi can be installed almost everywhere. Whether you have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Android Box, a Raspberry Pi or a PC with Windows or Mac or Linux, there is a Kodi application that is compatible. Not to mention that you can install Kodi on an Android phone, tablet or other devices. It is very easy to build yourself a Home Theater PC, or just use a device to watch your favorite movies and TV shows for FREE.
Here are a few tutorials to help install Kodi on your device or PC
- How to Install Kodi on Windows
- How to Install Kodi on Linux
- How to Install Kodi on Android
- How to Install Kodi on Fire TV or Fire Stick
Where Do I Get Kodi?
The main download page for Kodi is located at http://kodi.tv/download. This page allows you to choose the Operating System that you wish to install Kodi on. Also available here are the development builds of Kodi. Those builds have not been officially released to the public yet. They are quite likely unstable and are used primarily for developers that need to make sure their add-ons, etc. are compatible with the newer version. That doesn’t mean they aren’t functional builds, and you can feel free to install one of those. But if there are glitches, problems, or one of your favorite add-ons is not compatible, you just have to live with it. So, we always recommend that you install the officially released builds. The current version of Kodi is Kodi v17.6 Krypton.
How Can I get Kodi Up and Running Quickly?
That part is easy. Kodi is already very easy to install and configure. But Kodi doesn’t allow you to watch content without installing some add-ons. You could go search the Web for add-ons you like, or others say they like. The problem is that the sources of those add-ons tend to come and go. Some will already be discontinued by the time you download them. So, the best option is to install a Kodi Build. And we always recommend that you install the Kodi No Limits Build. The developers of this build keep it constantly up to date, and it is packed with all the add-ons you need to get up and running quickly. You can follow our tutorial for installation of this build at How to Install No Limits Build on Kodi
How do I Optimize Kodi?
Kodi is really a very simple program. But it does require hardware that has enough resources to run it smoothly. Many of the older Fire TV Sticks and Android boxes would run Kodi, but when it came to actually using Kodi, they lacked the memory or disk space to allow Kodi to “breathe” so to speak. Check out our Article on How to Reduce Buffering on Kodi. Kodi also has a minimum requirement for each different type of OS. Here is a quick rundown of those requirements.
Kodi runs great on most Android devices. If the device has Android 5.0 or higher, it is likely to run Kodi fine. Remember that Android has minimum requirements as well, and the hardware resources required for running Android exceed those needed to run Kodi. So, most any modern Android device should run Kodi just fine. But beware of those Android devices that are sold with the bare minimum requirements. More often than not, you will experience slow performance due to limited memory. Here is an article with some recommended Android Boxes that run Kodi beautifully. Top Android Streaming Media Devices of 2018
PC or Computer
- x86 or x86-64 processors such as Intel Pentium 4/ Pentium M, AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron, or newer CPU that supports SSE2, which all CPUs made within the last 10-years does).
- 1 GB or more in an HTPC media player appliance-like computer dedicated to Kodi, and 2GB or more in a computer for multipurpose use.
- Kodi will run on most graphics cards made within the last 10-years or so, though for good hardware video decoding support a newer graphics card can make a huge difference. Choose a good card from manufacturers such as AMD/ATI, Intel, or NVIDIA which support OpenGL 2.0 or later.
Kodi is a powerful media streaming tool. We hope we were able to help explain what Kodi is so you can make good decisions about your streaming software? Sometimes it can be a little hard to absorb that there is a software like Kodi. Many people we talk to have heard of it but have no idea how helpful it can be if they like to watch TV. Please check out our other tutorials and keep yourself informed as to how Kodi can help make your streaming media experience great!
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