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Kodi 19.3 “Matrix” Final now available for download and install for both iOS and tvOS.

Available for download and install the new version Kodi 19.3 “Matrix“, the third update of this controversial version that incorporates improvements and corrections, undoubtedly the most popular content manager today.

CHANGELOG

We’ve had some challenges getting the Xbox version released because of some specific platform requirements needed for 4k/HEVC playback. With the help of @CelesAtXbox (thanks so much!) we think we’ve now genuinely got those covered to Microsoft’s satisfaction, and can finally get this into the Windows Store.

There’s also an issue with an expired certificate for 18.9 on Xbox, which effectively takes that version off that platform for new installations, so timing is opportune to fix that.

There’s been a long-standing Atmos audio issue on all platforms that support TrueHD passthrough – we know that this this has been irritating people for some time, and we’ve now been able to fix this.

We unintentionally introduced a bug in 19.2 that broke Airplay, so we’ve fixed that one.

A couple of gaming-related fixes, notably a controller fix and some shader issues on Retroplayer.

We’ve fixed a bug that affected thumbnails for watched episodes when hiding episode spoilers.

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Kodi 19.2 “Matrix” Final now available for download and install for both iOS and tvOS.

Kodi 19.2

New version available for download and install Kodi 19.2 “Matrix“, the second update of this controversial version that incorporates improvements and corrections, undoubtedly the most popular content manager today.

The following article shows the new features, updates, and changes within Kodi 19.2 which have been pulled directly from the official Kodi Website.

Kodi 19.2 New Features, Fixes, and Updates
PVR
Fixed: crash when accessing invalid PVR channel from favourites
Fixed: crash on startup while searching for missing channel icons
Fixed: crash on startup caused by missing timer type
Fixed: “Delete permanently” of recordings from trash
Other, more minor bug fixes
Video Library
Fixed a bug that deleted UniqueID’s when scraping the library, which caused unexpected behavior for addons relying on those ID’s
Games
Added translations for emulators and game controller add-ons
JSON-RPC
Expose icon path of EPG tags as ‘thumbnail’ property
Expose series number of EPG tags as ‘seasonnum’ property.
Network
Websocket: handles partial messages
Add-ons
Fixed: display logic for official and third-party modules

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Kodi 19 “Matrix” Final now available for download and install

The first final version of Kodi 19 “Matrix”, the first stable build of the new generation of this popular player and content manager, is now available for download and installation.

The most important change in this version is on the add-ons aspect, now are based in Phyton 3 and this will block all add-ons that are not updated, something that will certainly generate many problems. On the other hand there is more control over add-ons that will block the ability to overwrite official repositories. We will also have improvements to play contents based on the AV1 codec, now it is possible to decode this format by software. You have in this same article the complete list of changes of this new version that represents the future of KODI for the next years.

Kodi 19 “Matrix” Final Features

Playback

For audio and music lovers, there are significant improvements across the board to metadata handling: library improvements, new tags, new displays, improvements to how Kodi handles release dates, album durations, multi-disc sets, and more. There’s a new, Matrix-inspired visualisation, there are improvements to display when fetching files from a web server, and several changes to how audio decoder addons can pass information through to the Kodi player.

For video, most of the changes are more technical, and may depend on your hardware: 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.

For those who combine the two, and have libraries of music videos, you get some goodies as well: database and metadata display improvements mean that Kodi will now fetch and display related album and artist information from the music library, where appropriate. There are also new features around grouping videos by artist (not just album), support for .NFO files that list all performers instead of just the main artist, plus better search links to return related albums and videos by the same director director.

And, finally, if your definition of “play” is more game-related, we’ve implemented integer scaling to improve the viewing quality of Pixel Art games across the board, while iOS get support for Xbox, PlayStation and other supported Bluetooth game controllers.

Skin/Look-and-Feel

For many people, the interface is Kodi – it’s how you find your way around, it’s how you interact with the application and your media. As such, it’s always getting some attention, and this release is no different: screen redesign, especially for music; new metadata displays; changes to playlist views; a new “now playing” view; artwork and image file improvements; both new and updated GUI controls. Some changes may be subtle, but all are designed to improve your experience.

Subtitles

An often-overlooked feature, but immensely useful to so many people, subtitles get some attention in this release: timestamp overlays get fixed, plus you can now select a dark grey colour and set an opacity for the captions (particularly useful in HDR – protect your eyes, kids, you’ll miss them when they’re gone).

Addons and Scrapers

Python comes in for some major changes in Kodi 19. Because the old Python 2.7 has gone out of support, we’ve finally made the wholesale move to Python 3 and ported our addons across. Much of the community has come with us, so, hopefully, your favourite addons will still function, but we’re at the mercy of third-party contributors to update their work.

Kodi 19 replaces the old XML metadata scrapers with new default Python for movies and TV shows; there are also new Python scrapers for music, Generic Album Scraper and Generic Artist Scraper. Binary addons in general get improvements to system documentation, cleaned up settings dialogs, and better help text.

PVR and Live Television

Another significant part of Kodi that’s had a lot of attention in this release. Most new features here revolve around usability: PVR reminders, home screen widgets, group/channel manager enhancements, navigation and dialog controls, context menus, New/Live/Finale/Premiere tags, channel numbering and sorting, performance improvements, API improvements.

Security

There are a few new security features implemented now in Kodi, to help keep you safe from intentional or unintentional problems. Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies, which prevents third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons; broken or deprecated add-ons are now highlighted in the add-on list, so you have to actively agree to activate one; the binary addon system now has higher security around data exchange between Kodi and an addons. In addition, we’ve added a default requirement to password-protect Kodi’s web interface, plus give better information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces if you do choose to enable them.

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Kodi 19 “Matrix” RC1 now available for download and install

New version Kodi 19 “Matrix” RC1 available for download and install from KTB Store, a new compilation that brings us closer to a stable version of the new generation of this popular player and content manager.

Version history / Release notes / Change-log

Kodi 19.x “Matrix” – Release Candidate

And, off we go again. The dust settles on the festive season, so it’s time for another pre-release to hit the streets… we’re getting close to final release now, so we’re moving out of Beta and into RC.

If you want to know the main features in this release series, please refer back to previous blog posts: this is an iteration of previous Beta releases, not a feature release, remember.

This is stable, reliable code, suitable for daily use. Please, then: install, test, and give us clear feedback on any remaining issues, either with the new features or perhaps with a regression in existing code. As this is a release candidate, we think it’s basically ready to go, but let’s aim to make sure.

https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/compare/19.0b2-Matrix…19.0RC1-Matrix

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Kodi 19 “Matrix” Beta 2 available for download and install

New version Kodi 19 “Matrix” Beta 2 available for download and install from KTB Store, a new compilation that brings us closer to a stable version of the new generation of this popular player and content manager.

The most profound change in the field of add-ons where it jumps to Python 3 and this will block all add-ons that are not updated, something that will certainly generate many problems. On the other hand there is more control over add-ons that will block the ability to overwrite official repositories. We will also have improvements to play contents based on the AV1 codec, now it is possible to decode this format by software.