Kodi (Formerly known as XBMC)- your personal powerful media center

If you are looking for a powerful media centre at your disposal, which can give you unlimited access to various media content locally and from around the world, then look no further then Kodi (formerly known as XBMC).

Kodi or XBMC (Originally called as XBOX Media Center) is an open source home media center software which can run on various operating systems (Windows, iOS/OSX, Android, Linux etc. visit http://kodi.tv/ to know the complete list).

Kodi basically has a concept of Add-ons, so you get Add-ons (native and third-party developed) for everything you like to run inside Kodi.

  • Programme Add-ons
  • Video Add-ons
  • Audio Add-ons
  • Service Add-ons and so on so forth

These Add-ons are normally available as part of various repositories. some are developed by XBMC / Kodi community and some are completely by the independent developers, groups or companies. Concept is to install these repositories and then install add-ons (whatever we like) coming as part of these repositories in any supported categories.  Kindly refer to http://kodi.wiki/ for any further information on what Kodi is or how to install and configure Add-ons.

Kindly refer to http://kodi.wiki/ for any further information on what Kodi is or how to install and configure Add-ons.

In this post, I want to share my experience with Kodi and making it a portable powerful media house in combination with my LG 42LB730V SMART 3D TV (http://www.lg.com/uk/tvs/lg-42LB730V) and having an experience of a lifetime with movies (HD, Bluerays, 3D), music and unlimited live TV streams from around the world.

What do you need?

  • A broadband network with minimum 2 MBPS line.
  • An Android phone (with android OS version > 2.3, as XBMC doesn’t support froyo, it needs minimum gingerbread android OS running on your phone. recommended for this post is version 4.4)
  • Chromecast dongle (search google for it, it’s as cheap as $30)
  • A TV with USB and HDMI port

All you have to do is, install Kodi on your Android phone, install Chromecast App from Google on your phone (latest version with Cast Screen feature and capabilities.). Put on the Chromecast dongle in the TV. Start the Cast screen feature in your Chromecast App on android, then start Kodi and start playing any video from your favorite video add-ons in the Kodi’s internal media player and voila, you can see that video on your big TV screen.

Only drawback with this approach is that you won’t be able to use your TV remote to control video playback, as you are using chromecast’s CAST SCREEN feature and its just transmitting video and audio wirelessly to the Chromecast dongle and not the controls. Controls of the media player are still with the Android phone, so you will have to have mobile with you to pause, rewind, forward and  control any other video playback features.

Another option is to enable external player in Kodi by following this link  (http://kodi.wiki/view/External_players or http://xbmchelper.squarespace.com/xbmcast/). Once this is enabled, any video you play from Kodi, will automatically be opened in an external media player on your smartphone (choose the players like uPnP  or the one which has Chromecast support).  This way you can use your android as the media server, playing video on the external device and can have full control on the video being played on your TV with your TV remote.

My recommended approach to install repositories is to install Add-on installer program by following (http://www.tvaddons.ag/addon-installer-kodi/) and then use that program add-on as the base to install other repositories and add-ons. this way you won’t have to look everywhere on the internet for the add-ons you want.

I hope you will enjoy the rich media content you can get using Kodi.