Articles by Cris Silva (h.udo)

Flirc “Kodi Edition” Raspberry Pi 4B Case

Yesterday the new Raspberry Pi 4B was unveiled with a revised spec that guarantees it will be super-popular with Kodi users. It brings 4K media support, faster CPUs, faster memory, faster Ethernet, faster USB, and now handles HEVC natively. It’s a great update on the previous 3B+ model, and at $35 for the 1G model it’s also a bargain, and we predict it will be a massively popular way to run Kodi via distro’s like LibreELEC, OSMC and Raspbian.

The 4B’s board layout is different to previous models so upgrading (and new) users will need a new case – and what better to wrap a Pi 4B in than a Kodi Edition Flirc case!

Retaining the design language that made the original case great, the Flirc case has been re-tooled to accommodate the Raspberry Pi 4B’s ports and CPU placement ensuring maximum cooling efficiency. Otherwise it’s the same winning formula and gorgeous design as the previous 3B/3B+ Kodi Edition case. The main body is Aluminium and designed to act as a heatsink that keeps the BCM2711 chip in your 4B cool. The top surface of the Aluminium has been mirror-polished to catch your eye, and the Kodi branded top uses soft-touch plastics so it not only looks great, it feels great too.

Flirc is well into manufacturing and are offering an early bird discount of 30%. At USD $11.20 (normal price USD $15.95) that’s a steal! – and orders will ship in late July. Flirc is also offering the 3B/3B+ case at the same discounted rate to clear remaining inventory.

Team Kodi receives a royalty on each Kodi branded case sold – and alongside t-shirt sales it’s one of the main sources of funding for the Kodi Foundation. Flirc also donate a percentage of the sale to Cancer research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, which plays a key role in personal back-story to Flirc.

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Kodi 19 gets a codename

It’s that time again. After unleashing Kodi v18 Leia into the wild, it’s time to give the upcoming Kodi 19 a codename.

As usual, our users suggested a myriad of names, most right up our alley, some less… erm… “appropriate”. After compiling suggestions from the community thread, Facebook and Twitter, we arrived at the top 10 list:

  • Magneto
  • Mars
  • Marvel
  • Marvin
  • Matrix
  • Megatron
  • Merlin
  • Metropolis
  • Mordor
  • Morpheus

At first glance it seems a consensual list. Nothing out of the ordinary and, with the possible exception of “Mars”, all science fiction related. Next, we needed to decide what to do: follow the users’ top suggestion as we’ve done in the past? Have team members vote to decide the name? Or maybe pick a completely different codename for Kodi v19 – Kodi “Muppet”, maybe? With so many great suggestions, we decided a team vote was the way to go.

So we did, and “Matrix” won the vote. And then all hell broke loose. Some team members argued we should be less predictable and geeky, that we could use some out-of-the-box thinking, choose something completely different, etc. What ensued was truly horrific. Geeks cursed each other, pizza boxes got thrown, beer was spilled, perfectly-formatted CSS insults flew, moms’ basements destroyed all over the world. I mean, spilled beer! Utter madness.

Bottom line – with such a great list of suggestions and a team vote, we still couldn’t reach an agreement. And, for a while, we actually contemplated settling for Kodi “MultiPass”.

Nahh, just kidding! The users have spoken, the team has voted and, in the end, geekiness has won!

Kodi “Matrix” it is.

Presenting KodiTV MultiPass

This is going to be short and sweet: we proudly present KodiTV™ MultiPass!

Starting at 00:00 UTC, our servers will deploy an update to your Kodi install if you’re in North America (Canada not included) or Europe. Unfortunately the broadcasting rights don’t allow us to offer the service to other regions yet. More on that later.

KodiTV™ offers the best of all major content providers, combined in one single add-on. Starting now, we will support five streaming providers, with more to come:

  • Netflix
  • HULU
  • HBO
  • Amazon Prime
  • Youtube Premium

KodiTV™ add-on will give you four subscription tiers:

  • Micropass: $0.99 per movie and $0.29 per TV show episode from any of our content providers (any content provider)
  • MultiPass: $14.99/month from up to three of our content providers (providers selectable each month)
  • Megapass: $23.99/month all providers right at your finger tips
  • Monsterpass : watch everything for $199 a year (unlimited tier)

Have fun! ;

We do not sell hardware

Don’t be fooled by the cool wallpaper above – we do not sell hardware.
We do not sell computers, Kodi boxes, Kodi sticks, carrot sticks or french fries. Actually, we don’t recommend specific hardware, and we’re certainly not interested in selling hardw…

The Kodi Foundation joined the Linux Foundation

The Kodi Foundation is very proud to announce that it has joined the Linux Foundation as an Associate Member. It seemed natural for us to join, given the fact that we are strong believers in the benefits of open-source software.

We strongly believe that open-source is the best way to achieve awesome things. That was and still is what moves Kodi forward. Ever since XBMP, where this project started, a small group of like-minded individuals from different backgrounds have worked together to achieve a goal, taking advantage of each other’s merits and talents.

That leads to true innovation. Innovation that would not be possible if Kodi’s code base was closed source. Innovation that would not be possible if the goals were constrained by corporate vision and allocated resources.

This is a story that happens every day. An individual shares some code thinking “meh, no one is interested in this“. Two days later someone across the globe sends a patch to fix a bug or suggest an improvement. Now there are two individuals working on a common problem. They don’t know each other but they are working together, sharing ideas. When people cooperate and share, the project at hand and the community will always benefit.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and open source in general, providing support for the open-source community through financial and intellectual resources, governance structure, IT infrastructure, services, events, and training and certification.

Some of its most notable work includes sponsoring the Linux creator Linus Torvalds, maintaining the Linux trademark and linux.com website and organizing the world’s leading Linux conferences where the creators, maintainers and practitioners of the most important open source projects meet.

With more than 1000 members across the world, the Linux Foundation has taken its experience and expertise in supporting the Linux community to help establish, build, and sustain some of the most critical open source technologies. Its work today extends far beyond Linux, fostering innovation in every layer of the software stack, hosting projects spanning enterprise IT, embedded systems, consumer electronics, cloud, networking, and more.