March 2020

Kodi’s Response to Internet Issues

Kodi’s Response to Internet Issues

 

Team Kodi would like to wish you all good health and security during this difficult time for the world.

 

With almost everyone working and schooling from home now, the internet and world wide web are under severe strain for bandwidth and data volume. Many streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime have reduced their streaming resolution to help ensure there is enough connection speed for everyone who needs it.

 

In line with this, from today Team Kodi will also be doing our part. The following measures will be put into place with immediate effect:

  • Playback will only be available at standard definition and low colour depth to save bandwidth.
  • We reserve the right to implement 1 channel audio and 4 bit monochrome video with AI based dithering shaders to recolour the content should the ongoing situation require it.
  • Streaming addons and IPTV may limit access to meet local/regional curfew restrictions.
  • Kodi will only function on home networks, and will no longer operate through free public wifi.
  • The Kodi database will be scrubbed overnight every night to ensure it remains clean.
  • We will only support 60″ or larger displays to implement social distancing requirements and prevent people grouping around small devices.

 

Kodi updates with these changes are being pushed via our normal download locations; our website, Windows App store, Google Play store. We hope for your support in taking these actions, and that they will not interrupt your viewing and listening pleasure.

 

Remember: stay home, watch stuff and save lives!

Kodi 19 Welcomes tvOS but Says Goodbye to iOS 32bit

Dear Users,

In the upcoming Kodi 19, tvOS will be added as new platform. It will be fully featured, supporting top-shelf* and the Siri remote, with support for both the Apple 4 and 4K. Similar to iOS, it will require jailbreaking or side loading.

We wanted to thank Memphiz for the base on which this effort was completed and to davilla from MrMC for his support. Thanks also to team members sy6sy2 for being brave enough to start tackling this, and to kambala and Fuzzard for contributing the lion’s share of the work.

Unfortunately, in order to keep things maintainable, we have decided that iOS 32-bit will no longer be supported from Kodi 19 onwards. We understand this will affect our users, and we don’t make this decision lightly. As a small team of volunteers, we have to balance maintainability and the time it takes to add new features in the future.

It’s also important to note that iOS 32-bit users are not being abandoned: they will, of course, have Kodi 18 to run on indefinitely. From Kodi 19 the oldest iOS devices supported will be the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPod touch 6th gen.

Cheers,

phunkyfish

* top-shelf is not available with the free dev certificate

Kodi “Leia” 18.6 Release

And…. here we are again. The latest Kodi release in the 18.x “Leia” cycle, with more (count them!) and better (measure them!) bug fixes for your various delight, delectation, and delirious… discussion?

18.6 is here. More nasty (and not-so-nasty) problems fixed, more bugs squashed, more happiness and love for all. This release is all about backports: where practical, we’ve brought bug fixes forwards from the forthcoming 19.x release, so you get the benefit sooner rather than later.

As usual, you can find full details of closed pull requests on GitHub, so explore that if you want the details, but the summary would be…

 

Audio

  • Fixes around visualisations
  • Fixes around pause/resume
  • Fixes around TrueHD crashes
  • Workaround firmware bug (AMLogic v23) (sidenote: there are many more Android audio fixes that can’t be merged into 18.x “Leia” because of old AMLogic workarounds)
    Fix to correctly resume audio-only MPEG-TS streams
  • Correct headphone enumeration (Android)

Build System

  • Updates for missing includes
  • Updates for Cmake (Windows)
  • Updates for device handling and packaging (macOS)

Games

  • Fixes for launching disc images and .zip files
  • Fixes for black screen for RGB emulators (Rpi)

Interface/Look-and-feel

  • Fixes around TextureCache
  • Fixes for windowing, refresh rate, mode change and others (Android)
  • Fixes for floating/split keyboard (iOS)
  • Fix for artist slideshow (Estuary)
  • Fix media view from addon given content

Playback/Display

  • Fixed race condition for OnPlaybackStarted
  • Fixes for MIME type (Android)
  • Support for DolbyVision streams via addons
  • Fixes for maximum width and height/vertical-shift (Android)
  • Fix for scanning in sub-directories    
  • Fix size of EAGL layer on external screen (iOS)
  • Fix for glTexImage3D (Linux)
  • Fix for seeking issues
  • Reset playlist on new file playback

PVR

  • Fix for multiline episode names

Other/General

  • Fixed incorrectly formatted region time
  • Pass JSON serialised path settings to python scrapers
  • Fix file access on auto-mounted sources     
  • Fix seeking with FileCache lockup
  • Fix passthrough on USB devices (Android) 
  • Fix crash if profile.xml gets broken   
  • Fix cache forward size on EOF
     

The nature of point releases is that most of these changes won’t be visible to most people unless they address a specific problem you’ve stumbled across. That said, they’re all real bugs, and real fixes, so thanks as always to all who found a bug, took the time to report it and, in some cases, provided a fix.

The full v18.6 changelog can be found in our GitHub milestone. If you want to read back on what was actually changed in v18 itself, you can find the corresponding articles in the blog posts – Kodi 18Kodi 18.1Kodi 18.2Kodi 18.3Kodi 18.4 and Kodi 18.5.

Application deployment on different platforms (notably, Google Play and the Microsoft Store) varies due to circumstances outside of our control. It may thus take a few more days to appear everywhere, so just stay tuned.