Kodi Update: New version of notorious streaming software released

There’s a major new software update to the Kodi media streamer, which is good news for content-hungry users of the notorious platform.

Kodi is a hugely popular service, but it’s known largely for all the wrong reasons. The media-streaming software has been hi-jacked by pirates using third-party add-ons to allow people to watch premium content without paying for it.

But there are plenty of legitimate uses for Kodi’s open-source streaming software too, and that’s what we’re interested in.

The good news is that Kodi’s creators have sent a new software update live to users, which is available from today. It’s not the long-awaited Kodi 18 Leia, but a major update to the existing Kodi 17 Krypton version.

Here’s a list of the key changes in Kodi 17.5:

  • Joysticks: Fix accelerometers preventing screensaver
  • More robust way of handling audio output on variety of Android devices
  • Fix playback of DVD file over network on Linux
  • Update to FFmpeg 3.1.11
  • Fix up and down buttons on IR remotes with MacOS High Sierra
  • Added latest Apple devices to allow Retina support
  • Fix not being able to add content manually to video library
  • Fix power message handling for CEC
  • Fix jumping timeline while switching channel groups in Guide window

If you want the new update, get it here:

Kodi is increasingly headlining in UK news as British authorities continue a nationwide crackdown on the software. As a result, many retailers have opted to stop stocking Kodi-powered set-top boxes that are loaded with third-party add-ons enabling piracy.

It’s important to remember that while using Kodi isn’t illegal, it is agains the law to use third-party software to avoid paying for premium content like TV shows, movies, or live sport.

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