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RC 1 released of Kodi 15.0

Release Candidate 1 of Kodi 15.0 is released. According to the Kodi developers it is a “clean-up” edition, with a couple of nice (new) features.

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

In this version there are no add-on changes that would impact any add-ons except for PVR and all skins that worked in 14.x should still work in 15.0.

Release info

• Minimal 10.7 Lion 64-bit required on Mac OSX

• Minimal iOS 5.1 required and no more ATV2

• Minimum Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1 required on Android

• Various improvements in PVR section. This includes skin support and new PVR add-ons

• Complete video database clean-up session on stored data (no data will be lost). This may take some time on first run

• ffmpeg 2.6.2 update which bring better codec compatibility and playback

• Improved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV

• Fix the queuing of music videos

• Improvement of FF/RW (fast-forward / rewinding) of videos

• Improved logic to make PVR, audio encoders and audio decoders optional

• Fix of grouping movie sets when navigating in smartplaylists

• 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

• Skip steps (step forward & backwards) improvements for videos and music

• Add jump to first unwatched in TV section

• Fix subtitles showing on top of each other in certain cases

• Reworked add-on manager 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

• Show progress for add-on repository update

• Addition of language add-ons which allow us to update the User-Interface text outside of regular Kodi releases

• Immediately fetch updates from repository after Kodi version upgrade to prevent delay in getting better compatible add-ons or skins

• Expansion of international options like time and date format, temperature and speed units.

• Improvement of installing new skins selection

• Upgrade included webserver which should fix issues with iOS or Android remotes loosing connections

• Fix season art scraping on newly added seasons

• On Android the system now handles the volume instead of Kodi

• Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets

• Refreshrate switching on Android 5.0 opr higher (your device must have the proper implementation of these features to support it)

• 4K@60Hz playback on the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

• Reworked the storage provider on Android. This fixes several problems with mounting points for storage.

• Remove default 250ms audio delay on Android for AMLogic chipsets. You may need to adjust the delay again

• Remove certain codecs from our core code and made add-ons out of them. So called Audio encoders/decoders

• Removed the need for root/SU on Android. Some hardware/firmware might not like that. Please contact your hardware supplier

• Removal of Tuxbox support. Users of Enigma2 boxes can use the VUPlus PVR add-on

• Removal of AFP filesystem support

• Remove legacy code pre-Frodo 11.0

• Vast amount of possible memory leaks, segfaults, crashes and minor issues have been fixed

• General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas

• General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features

 

Kodi is now also available in the Google Play store for Android. Head over here for all the download links for all platforms.