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    0 KODI 17 OR BUST??

    Whilst there isn't (at the time of writing) an official announcement on the front page of https://kodi.tv, Kodi 17.0 has reached final status and is no longer just available as a Release Candidate or Beta release. On compatible devices you can download it from their website or Google's Play Store.

    Two big changes found with Kodi 17 are a new default skin (Estuary) and the requirement to have Android 5.0 or later installed.

    Kodi's own FAQ is located at http://kodi.wiki/view/Kodi_v17_(Krypton)_FAQ

     

    Why is this post titled "Kodi or Bust"?

    17 is bigger than 16Kodi 17 must be bigger and better than 16.

    This is often the basic thinking behind some of the queries we receive. Whilst we understand eagerness to try new things and sample the changes that this Krypton (v17) build of Kodi brings, it is worth considering all angles before updating or being concerned that you need a new device.

    Here is why using Kodi 16.1 is not likely to curtail your online entertainment for some time...

    Even Kodi 15.2 is still often enough for most add-ons, some wizards/builds require Kodi 16 or 16.1 . If Kodi 16 is not available due to your device running Android 4.4 or earlier, there is no need to panic. You will be able to continue to use most of your video add-ons for quite some time yet.

    Whilst those running Android 5 (Marshmallow) or later are now able to install and use Kodi 17, there will be some hiccups/tweaks required for a while. If your current set up works and provides what you need, and you don't relish the idea of losing access to add-ons that are incompatible with Krypton, leave everything as it is. Some coders are specifically requesting users of their skins, add-ons and wizards do not yet update.

     

    If you do update, the first time you open the application afterwards you may see warnings like the one shown in the screenshot above. If you do not want to lose the current appearance you have with Kodi 16.1, we definitely recommend backing up (see http://kodi.wiki/view/Backup ) your Kodi installation. If you find your Wizard, build or skin don't yet work in Kodi 17, you can then reinstall 16.1 and restore your backed up data to have everything back as it was originally.

    0 Kodi 17 “Krypton” Released

    Although not officially announced yet, Kodi developers have finally released Kodi 17 “Krypton” which you can download for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS, as well as Raspberry Pi and some other development boards, and several Linux versions specific to TV box such as Nvidia Shield Android TV, Amazon Fire, or WeTek Hub. The most visible changes of the update are the new Estuary and Estouchy default skins, and people who have bought recent Amlogic based Android TV boxes may have already experienced them as several TV boxes shipped with Kodi 17 Beta versions.

     

    There’s a long list of changes, but some noticeable ones include:

    • Lots of changes and updated to the Live TV and PVR (Personal Video Recorder) include PVR backend clients addons
    • New Settings user interface
    • Media library improvements with multiple sources support, more filtering & rating options, and better scanning & database performance
    • Audio Engine improvements on most platforms using ActiveAE
    • New default web interface called Chorus2

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    There are also some Android specific changes, with the most important being that you now need Android 5.0 or greater to run the latest version of Kodi:

    • Moved to Android API 21 and SDK 21 with NDK 10 as minimum, meaning at least Android 5.0 is now required
    • Moved jni into its own separate project / submodule (jni backports from SPMC)
    • Added support for audio pass-through for DTS-HD, DTS-X, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby ATMOS
    • Added support in CMake to debug binary-addon packaging issues on Android
    • Improved MediaCodec API video decoding implementations support for Android 5.0 (API level 21) and later
    • Improved automatic refresh rate switching support for video playback on Android 5.0 & later (>= API 21), inc. Android TV
    • Improved support for UltraHD decoding / 4K resolution output when HW supports it
    • Improved playback of HEVC, VC-1 / WMV 9, and VP9 hardware video decoding when using Android’s MediaCodec API
    • Removed AMLCodec hardware accelerated video decoding support for Android on Amlogic device

    Now that Kodi 17 has been released, no new features will be added, but bug fixing will still occur, and a dot release might be available later on. New features are now developed on Kodi 18 “Leia”.

    0 How to Fix BT Home Hub Kodi Issues

    This guide shows you how you can disable the Smart Setup feature on the BT Home Hub which apparently has effects on Kodi that stop it from working as it should.



    • Open a web browser on any computer or device connected to your Hub and go to http://bthomehub.home to open the Hub Manager.
    • Select Advanced Settings:
    • Enter the admin password. If you haven't changed it the you will find the default password on your Hub settings card on the back of your Hub.
    • Select Continue to Advanced Settings
    • Select Home Network > Smart Setup
    • Select No to disable Smart Setup & select Apply

    You can also try this method

    • Open a new web browser on a device connected to your Hub and type 192.168.1.254 in the address bar. This will open the Hub manager
    • Click Smart Setup
    • Enter the admin password. Unless you've previously changed it, you'll find the default password on your Hub settings card on the back of your Hub. If you have changed it and now forgotten it, you can use the password override feature to set up a new password without losing all your personal Hub settings and configuration.
    • Click the "On/off" button to turn Smart Setup on or off
    • Remember once you make any changes you'll need to save them. Click Save

    You should now not have any issues with BT Hub and Kodi

     

    0 “Search Error – No Results” in Kodi

    If you see “Search Error – No Results” in Kodi, go to Addons -> Services -> Twitter Feeds and disable it.