Kodi 15.0 alpha 1 released

Kodi 15.0 alpha 1 which has just been released recently, was formerly known as XBMC. Kodi is an award-winning free media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android. Kodi 14 Helix RC has recently been released, and this release comes with a lots of changes.

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Kodi 15.0 alpha 1 is the first public alpha release and it comes with following important changes:

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    Added adaptive seeking through audio and video playback, also know as “skip steps”
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    Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets
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    Improve webserver caching control
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    External subtitles over UPnP
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    Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
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    Allow different sort orders for different sort methods
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    Start of integration binary add-ons and changing the build system around it
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    Improved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV
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    ffmpeg 2.5.4 update
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    Remove remaining SDL code
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    Minimal Mac OSX 10.7 Lion required
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    Only OSX 64-bit builds provided by us, so no more 32bit builds
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    Minimal iOS 5.1 required
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    iOS 8.1 SDK & MacOSX 10.10 SDK
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    Minimum Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1 required
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    Android API 17 as minimum with SDK 14 and NDK 10e
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    Removed the need for root/SU on Android
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    Android PIL packaging fixed
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    Changed code to  C++11
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  <li>
    Variety of memleaks, segfaults, crashes and minors fixed
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  <li>
    General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
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    General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features
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  <li>
    see release <a href="http://kodi.tv/kodi-15-0-alpha-1-road-to-isengard/" target="_blank">announcement </a>for full change details
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</ul>

<p style="text-align: justify;">
  <span style="color: #003366;"><strong>Install Kodi 15.0 alpha 1 on Ubuntu OS</strong></span>
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<pre style="text-align: justify;">sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

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  <span style="color: #003366;"><strong>Install Encode addon</strong></span>
</p>

<pre style="text-align: justify;">sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-* kodi-pvr-*</pre>

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  <span style="color: #003366;"><strong>Uninstall Kodi</strong></span>
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<pre style="text-align: justify;">sudo apt-get remove kodi</pre>
 
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