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Kodi 15.0 Isengard Beta 1

The XBMC Foundation has released their first Beta version of the Kodi 15.0 media player software, a.k.a. “Isengard”.

Kodi

Kodi

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium.

It is available for multiple operating systems like Linux and Android (running on several hardware platforms), with a software 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls.

This release is mainly aimed at cleaning up the code-base, but it also features some new/improved stuff like Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets and FFmpeg updates.
For Android users the need for root/SU is removed.
Here’s a list of the improvements so far:

  • Reworked add-on manger that should give a better overview
  • Chapter selection window that shows thumbs on where to skip to in the video
  • Easier to navigate audio and subtitle selection list
  • Addition of language add-ons which allow us to update the User-Interface text outside of regular releases
  • Expansion of international options like time and date format, temperature and speed units.
  • Skip steps (step forward & backwards) improvements.
  • Tuxbox removal. Users of Enigma2 boxes can use the VUPlus PVR add-on
  • Split PVR add-ons into separate projects which should allow updates through repo in the future
  • Fix season art scraping on newly added seasons
  • Immediately fetch updates from repository after Kodi version upgrade
  • Improvement of installing new skins selection
  • Remove legacy code pre-Frodo 11.0
  • Add jump to first unwatched in TV section
  • Remove certain codecs from our core code and made add-ons out of them. Audio encoders/decoders
  • Removal of AFP filesystem support
  • Windows DXVA HEVC hardware decoding support if driver and hardware support exist
  • Added adaptive seeking through audio and video playback, also know as “skip steps”
  • Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets
  • Improve webserver caching control
  • External subtitles over UPnP can be enabled through the settings section
  • Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
  • Allow different sort orders for different sort methods
  • Start of integration binary add-ons and changing the build system around it
  • Improved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV
  • ffmpeg 2.6.2 update
  • Removal remaining SDL code which was used in some areas.
  • Changed code to C++11
  • Variety of memleaks, segfaults, crashes and minor issues fixed
  • Rescrape season art for newly added seasons
  • Upgrade included webserver which should fix issues with remotes loosing connections
  • On Android the system now handles the volume
  • General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
  • General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features

You can download Kodi 15.0 Isengard Beta 1 here.