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Kodi 19 "Matrix" Final has been released

The final version of the multimedia application Kodi 19, codename Matrix, has been released to the public. The new version is available on the official project website for all supported operating systems.

Kodi is an entertainment application that is available for desktop systems, mobile devices, and Raspberry Pi. The software has many appeals, from managing all entertainment needs, music, movies, TV, photos Internet radio, and more, to customization options and an extensive add-ons system to add features that you require to the system.

The official announcement on the Kodi blog provides insight on the changes that went into the new release. According to the information published there, "some 600,000 lines of code" were added, changed or removed since the release of Kodi 18.

Existing users need to be aware that the team moved to Python 3 when it comes to add-ons because of Python 2's end of support. Many add-ons have or will be updated, but there is a chance that some won't and that means that these add-ons cannot be used anymore in Kodi 19.

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As far as other changes are concerned, there are plenty. Here is a quick list of important changes that stand out:

  • Video playback:  AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10, static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android, and more OpenGL bicubic scalers
  • Audio playback: improved metadata handling, library improvements.
  • Games: integer scaling implemented to improve pixel-art games. Kodi on iOS gets supported for Xbox, Playstation and other Bluetooth game controllers.
  • Theme: music screen redesign, image file improvements, updated graphical user interface controls.
  • Subtitles: option to set an opacity for captions, fixed timestamp overlay.
  • PVR and Live TV: PVR reminders, home screen widgets, channel number and sorting, performance improvements, and more.
  • Security: improved add-on installation to avoid "third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons". Broken and deprecated add-ons are now highlighted and new default requirement to password protect Kodi's web interface.
  • Platform-specific: Support for tvOS and single Linux binary for multiple windowing systems (Wayland, X11 and GMB) instead of the previous three binaries.

The full changelog has not been published on the official Wiki website yet but it will be published eventually.

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  1. city_zen said on February 21, 2021 at 5:54 am

    I’m an avid user of Kodi. I run it via CoreELEC on my streaming box (which used to run a very outdated version of Android)

    Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll be stuck at Kodi 18 (a.k.a. Leia) for at least a while, because my hardware, an AMLogic S905 box, isn’t supported anymore by the CoreELEC team

    I think that LibreELEC will support those AMLogic devices for Kodi 19 (a.k.a. Matrix) but I haven’t looked into it yet

    Besides, I also run quite a few add-ons on my Kodi installation, so there’s also the issue of checking which add-ons have been (or will be) updated to work with Python 3

    Kodi may be a bit complex at times but it’s so rewarding that it’s worthwhile to take the time to set it up.

  2. don't ask said on February 21, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Do you use Kodi?

    I have, and I’ll try this new version, but I’ll likely go back to my version of EMDB, which has been hacked/skinned to my liking, which wasn’t easy to do, being that the dev is a bit cuckoo and the code is closed. In other words, it wouldn’t take much to make EMDB better than Kodi, as I’ve already done it.

  3. John G. said on February 21, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Kodi is more than a single video player. For single video playing PotPlayer is the king actually. :]

  4. rendar said on February 21, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Great, it broke everything on Shield :( piece of sh..

    1. James Jacks said on February 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm

      Same for me. It’s wiped me out.

    2. Joe said on February 25, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Same here, no longer access (browse) the root filesystem where network storage is mounted on the shield. Not able to connect to smb directly through Kodi. Favorite screen savers and yahoo weather no longer work….

      The add-ins is one thing but not being able to access network storage and the root file system is a huge mess up. Back to plex…

  5. Anonymous said on February 22, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Crap! Installed the 19.0 version and all my adding were gone! Had to go back to 18.9…what a waste of time!

  6. Anonymous said on February 22, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Is there a step by step instruction on how to get my files on my NAS to work in version 19.0? I am a nooby when it comes to these sorts of things and the last version 18.9 worked fine where I could play my files from my NAS

  7. Senefelder Vallejo said on February 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    You Need to Be Sure..before, Release Matrix 19.., Sorry I back to version 18.9….I lost my time download Matrix don’t do something similar in the future. Thanks.

    1. Rachelle said on February 23, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      How do I go back to to 18.9?

  8. CS said on February 22, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Amazing …. Why developers, or a GA Notes of Kodi 19.0, or a BIG RED screen doesn’t appear when you try update to Kodi 19.0 to warn us add-ons will not be updated (list of them) and then ask us if “we want continue with the upgrade or cancel the operatuion”, since add-ons is not yet compiled for Pithon 3 and some will never be compiled anymore ?

    System just update and remove all customizations I made on my “actual not supported add-ons” …

  9. KERR said on February 23, 2021 at 12:19 am

    I use KODI daily, have done for 10 years or so. I was hoping they would revamp it but it’s still just as clunky as ever. Maybe next time.

  10. Baccaraty said on February 25, 2021 at 3:46 am

    How can I go back to re-install 18.9, I saved it on USB stick when I tried , it say software can’t be installed, hope have help info on re-installation of 18.9,thanks

  11. Gunmaster G9 said on February 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Broke my shield. I deleted it. But the damage was already done. I had to do a full factory reinstall on my shield which is a 2015 pro and currently just using spmc until Kodi is fixed or I find a way to install version 18.9.
    My brother who has got the latest 2020 version has the same issue and I have advised him to do the same.
    Videos would freeze and the box would not respond.. it changed the hard drive names to random characters and digits. Is there a way I can reinstall 18.9?

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