Kodi is, by far, the world’s most popular open-source media center software. Kodi was designed by a group of incredibly talented developers that had the common goal of creating an extremely powerful and open-source media player that is compatible with many different operating systems.
Kodi (formely known as XBMC) started back in 2002 when it was originally designed as an XBOX media player, but much has changed over the years as the software evolved.
What can Kodi do?
According to Wiki: Kodi supports many common audio, video, and image formats, playlists, audio visualizations, slideshows, weather forecasts reporting, and third-party plugins. It is network-capable (internet and home network shares). Unlike other media center applications such as Windows Media Center, MediaPortal and MythTV, Kodi does not include its own internal digital TV-tuner code for Live TV or DVR/PVR recording functionality, as instead it acts as a unified DVR/PVR front-end with an EPG TV-Guide GUI interface which, via a common API, abstracts and supports multiple back-ends via PVR client add-ons from third parties, with those running either locally on the same machine or over the network.
How did Kodi get so popular?
It was around 2010 when Matricom showed interested in XBMC and started to develop a TV box which was, back then, known as the G-Box Midnight. When this box was released in 2011 it went viral due to its capability of streaming and support for the already popular XBMC. Fueled by the popularity of one another, both the G-Box and XBMC/Kodi went straight into the limelight and garnered huge exposure.
Within the first two years, Matricom had sold over 2 million G-Boxes, which were focused on supporting this open-source software. Matricom continued to design their firmware and product around the Kodi media player.
Since the original G-Box, Matricom has produced many different variations such as the G-Box MX2 and then the G-Box Q, which we are now on the 3rd iteration of today. The continued success of Matricom continued to spark interest in Kodi and that interest didn’t die off. Now there are several millions of people that are using Kodi on G-Box devices alone and most certainly there are multitutes of people using the software on other devices, such as the Amazon Firestick or other generic Chinese TV boxes.
What kind of Addons does Kodi support?
Addons are the backbone of Kodi and are what drove the software into being a popular choice for Matricom in the first place. There are thousands of addons that have been designed for Kodi over the years from 3rd party developers all over the world. Unfortunately, there have been many illegal addons that have been discovered and have somewhat tarnished the media player’s name, however, Kodi’s team has done an incredible job of cleaning up that mess and has slowly brought back the reputation for Kodi.
Do I need a VPN to run Kodi?
There is a lot of misinformation about Kodi requiring a VPN. Almost every website you visit will tell you that you need a VPN, however, a VPN is only necessary if you are using Kodi for illegal purposes. Therefore, VPNs are NOT required to use Kodi and as long as you are not streaming illegal content, you have nothing to fear. A default installation of Kodi does NOT include ANY illegal content or Addons. If you purchased a “fully loaded” Kodi device, then that device is likely to contain illegal Addons. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND not purchasing such devices as there are more and more cases where the law is being enforced on illegal streaming.
Is Kodi illegal?
This is probably one of the most common questions we’re asked on a daily basis. Certainly if Kodi were illegal, we would not be producing a product that supports it. Furthermore, if Kodi were illegal, it would be evident since Matricom would have been shut down many years ago. Keep in mind that Matricom has been producing Kodi boxes since 2010 which is over a decade ago. To answer this question bluntly: No, Kodi is not illegal. However, it is important to note that Kodi, like many things in the world, can be used for legal AND illegal purposes. It is up to the user to decide what they will do with it.
Which Matricom products run Kodi?
Matricom’s products have always been based around Kodi. Therefore, every one of Matricom’s boxes are 100% compatible with Kodi. Here’s a few of the boxes that you can buy today that are capable of running the latest versions of Kodi:
Where can I find more information about Kodi?
There is no better source of information than Kodi’s official website. Here you’ll be able to catch up with the latest news regarding Kodi and its releases. Kodi also has a great community forum where you can suggest features, report bugs and get general assistance.