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Kodi (XBMC) and SHIELD are Ideal Match

By NVIDIA - Mon, Oct 19, 2015

What is Kodi?

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is a free, award-winning software media center app that allows users to enjoy TV shows, movies, pictures, music, and other digital media from local or network storage and the internet.

Available on the Google Play store, Kodi has already been downloaded more than 1 million times by fans around the world.

Kodi’s easy availability is great news for SHIELD Android TV box users, who can stream all of their personal media to their big-screen TV or download hundreds of community-created add-ons that provide access to popular internet streaming media services like Twitch, Vimeo, Vine, SyFy, NFL, Flickr, and more.



Why the SHIELD Android TV box is best for Kodi

Want to transform SHIELD into a full-fledged media entertainment center? Look no further than the Kodi app. Want to power Kodi on your big-screen TV? Then look no further than SHIELD!

6 reasons why SHIELD Android TV box and the Kodi app are an ideal match:

  1. Snappy performance

    With SHIELD’s snappy UI and instant playback response, you can enjoy Kodi the way it was meant to be — all within a small, ultra-quiet, extremely low-power design. This comes thanks to the powerful NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, which delivers performance that's 34x better than Apple TV, 25x better than Roku 3, and 8x faster than Fire TV.*
  2. 4K Ultra HD video

    SHIELD is the only Android TV box that lets you enjoy 4K content on Kodi and 4K shows from Netflix. The most recent release of Kodi (v15 “Isengard”) was optimized for SHIELD with 4K Ultra HD support, refresh rate switching, and hardware-accelerated HEVC playback support.
  3. Smooth video playback

    Video hardware acceleration is critical for smooth video playback. SHIELD supports hardware acceleration for these leading video codecs: H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, MPEG-2, MPEG-4.
  4. Surround sound

    The SHIELD Android TV box lets you pass-through Dolby Digital Plus (5.1 and 7.1) to a receiver.
  5. All-in-one living room device

    With SHIELD all of your entertainment is in one place, from one device. Kodi, Netflix, HULU, Sling TV, Pandora, Android games, cloud games, and more. It’s all on SHIELD with a beautiful living room UI and controlled by voice search. Just say “open Kodi” and sit back and enjoy.
  6. Addons

    Formerly known as “XBMC plugins,” Addons are basically packages that are either created by the Kodi team or third party users that let you experience other services like YouTube, Hulu, and Pandora. While many of the Addons leave much to be desired, the fact remains that there are quite a few that greatly improve the Kodi experience.

Learn more about Kodi, and get your NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV box today!

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*As measured with GFXBench T-Rex benchmark.