Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, is one of the most popular apps on SHIELD. An open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub that has successfully migrated from the domain of HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) to the Android TV platform.
For those new to Kodi, simply put, it’s a free, streaming media center app that allows users to stream TV shows, movies, pictures, music, and other digital media from local or network storage as well as the Internet. While that may seem like a serious mouthful, ultimately when asked, “What is Kodi?” we simply say, “The Kodi app is hands down one of the best ways to stream ANYTHING to your NVIDIA SHIELD TV.”
Of course, the fact remains that with SHIELD TV, NVIDIA has essentially built the best "Kodi box" available. Boasting the highest performance of all streaming media players, natively supporting 4K resolution and HDR, Kodi 17.0 “Krypton” improves upon the experience.
Last March, Kodi announced that they had plans to replace the Confluence skin, which served as the default skin since 2009! With Kodi 17.0 “Krypton,” we’re welcomed with Estuary and Estouchy (touch enabled) as the new default skins. This new modern UI has been designed from the ground up for the “10-foot” living room experience. Controlling Kodi with a remote control is now more intuitive than ever and instead of plain backgrounds, you’ll see dynamic wallpapers updating while browsing through your collection of movies and music.
SHIELD TV won’t break a sweat when displaying these amazing new visuals on your 4K TV. 3x faster than any other streamer today, with SHIELD you will be able to run the new Kodi with the responsiveness and speed you would expect from the most advanced streamer. In addition to these two new skins, the home page as well has undergone a makeover and now with the help of smart playlists is better able to automatically show you content that you’re interested in.
Additionally, the touch-enabled Estouchy is great for SHIELD tablet users!
The web interface has also received a makeover with what they call the Chorus2 web UI. This new interface lets users browse their content and control playback on your Kodi device from the desktop.
Watching “over the air” shows is taking a huge leap forward with Kodi 17.0. Kodi already supported live channels and PVR features when paired with a tuner like those from HDHomeRun. New user interface enhancements makes navigating through recorded shows or selecting your favorite channels a breeze. Watching live or pre-recorded shows on Kodi is even better with SHIELD TV as Kodi takes advantage of SHIELD’s hardware MPEG-2 decoder to guarantee that even your HD shows will play crystal clear and skip free.
With Kodi 17.0 users can easily scan their music files and extract metadata, dramatically improving how Kodi handles your music. Additionally, the Kodi team has added support for moods giving users even more ways to enjoy their music.
For the home theater enthusiasts out there, SHIELD TV is fully compatible with Kodi’s enhanced support for advanced audio streams. If your videos are encoded in DTS, DTS-HD, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby ATMOS, SHIELD will pass those audio streams directly to your A/V receiver when played with Kodi.
Starting with Kodi 17.0, updates will only be available on modern streaming devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Every SHIELD device, from the SHIELD portable to the SHIELD tablet K1 can run it, something we can’t say about many of the Kodi boxes out there. Of course, with the power of Tegra X1, the new SHIELD TV is the most advanced streamer and the best Kodi device available. Best of all, SHIELD runs the official version of Kodi straight from the Google Play Store. No more side-loading apps from internet sites or wondering if your Kodi box can support the latest upgrades and enhancements. Kodi on SHIELD will automatically update to the latest and greatest version every time it becomes available.
So if you haven't installed Kodi on your SHIELD yet, you can download the app here. And if you already have Kodi installed, chances are it has already been upgraded for you by the time you finish reading this blog!
Hardware-accelerated video, enhanced sound for audiophiles, and automatic updates, it's easy to see why Kodi 17.0 is simple the best with SHIELD TV.
If you don’t already own one, pick up an NVIDIA SHIELD TV today.