Kodi entertaintment centre, as it’s now known – is changing the landscape of home entertainment as we know it.
The behemoth formerly known as XBMC is in it’s 13th year and for something that as cornered into the original Xbox on the day of it’s birth to have grown so substantially into the world’s largest media centre application is quite an accomplishment.
Now only has Kodi transformed the way users interact with their media at a home based self install level – the code has also been used in commercial set top boxes by some of the biggest providers of Pay Tv in the world – most noticeably UPC who use it to drive their Horizon TV platform.
How interesting is that? One of the very premium pay tv providers that authorities claim Kodi Tv hurts the most actually used the open source nature of the software to develop their own custom built fork of the system for their new product. Amazing.
One of the most interesting things in the last few years is how kodi has developed into a more user friendly application. In the early incarnations it was simply impossible to use without a modified Xbox console. It developed into being compatible with various other platforms such as Linux, Mac and Windows on November 15th 2008 – still relatively limited to the more technically minded elements of it’s fan base however – the future was relatively uncertain in the mainstream world.
The application was primarily used for giving the user a central hub for all their media. This could be important images and pictures, home videos, legally owned movie backups, online purchased music or indeed their 12″ vinyl collection converted to MP3. XBMC gave those users a chance to aggregate all their content into one nice, simply, easy to use interface.
The challenge however, remained. The time had come for the application to progress further than the hardware limitations of the original Xbox has allowed. This wasn’t an issue for those with the technical knowhow to take the platform and somehow get it onto their TV – but that certainly wasn’t a user friendly process.
By the end of the decade we were seeing some incredible features and functionality that included website scraping – which made the presentation of your media library improve dramatically. The scrapers would read your files and scrape the information from the internet on what that file actually was, so for a movie – it would display the DVD cover and a brief summary of the plotline. For music files it would display the originating album artwork and song listings. It was incredible to suddenly be able to look at your personal media collection and see it mimic what we’d only seen
before in video rental stores or commercial shops. Kodi Tv came to life.
As the popularity of the platform began to grow substantially, more people were becoming aware of the power this media creation had. At times, it was used exactly as designed but there was a shadow development scene emerging that would change the face of online content forever.
The lines were drawn, the XBMC foundation distanced themselves significantly from the development of 3rd party, unofficial addons that were turning the platform into a beast for online streaming video content. No longer where users limited to using their own local media files, but online content was now widely available – to those in the know. What that meant was that with the emergence of online data locker platforms into the market, users could now view content that was digitally stored online – via many websites, some of which could be somewhat questionable in
That however is the nature of the internet, some special can always be used for something unintended.
Just as this new emerging technology had gotten so advanced that the options were starting to look limitless, there was suddenly a breakthrough. XBMC had just been released for the apple tv. This was possible because of a flaw in the custom tv ios operating system allowed a form of a jailbreak – the name for the process that allows hardware to run unsigned code from the manufacturer’s “safe” list – when this hacking process was complete, XBMC could be installed.
This was significant because for the first time in a long time, this platform that had grown so substantially had the ability to transcend barriers and have a direct link to your living room without the need for lengthy video cables running from your PC to the TV and corresponding sound system.
How people choose to use the now renamed Kodi Entertainment Centre, is entirely up to them – where StarBox come into the equation is proudly being the first company in the industry to develop a cost effective, kodi smart tv box platform that could run Kodi like an absolute dream.
We’ve taken the official android releases of the Kodi TV android platform and reverse engineered them to work flawlessly with our hardware so for the first time in the last 12 years it won’t cost an arm and a leg to have this wonderful Kodi Tv platform accessible in the living room as a more than reasonable price.
StarBox are committed to optimising this fantastic application continuously as a key component of the StarBox product offering, we feel that this application is by far the best available for categorising, and displaying your personal media collection. Whether that be home movies, family pictures or your legally owned digital content – this content aggregator is the best in the business to give you a unique front end to browse your content.