Kodi 15.0 Isengard Beta 1 released

Kodi 15.0 Isengard beta 1 recently released, 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. This release is the first beta build for Kodi 15.0 and it comes with a huge number of fixes, features, and improvements.


Kodi 15.0 Isengard beta 1 changelog

  • Reworked add-on manger that should give a better overview
  • Chapter selection window that shows thumbs on where to skip to in the video
  • Easier to navigate audio and subtitle selection list
  • Addition of language add-ons which allow us to update the User-Interface text outside of regular releases
  • Expansion of international options like time and date format, temperature and speed units.
  • Skip steps (step forward & backwards) improvements.
  • Tuxbox removal. Users of Enigma2 boxes can use the VUPlus PVR add-on
  • Split PVR add-ons into separate projects which should allow updates through repo in the future
  • Fix season art scraping on newly added seasons
  • Immediately fetch updates from repository after Kodi version upgrade
  • Improvement of installing new skins selection
  • Remove legacy code pre-Frodo 11.0
  • Add jump to first unwatched in TV section
  • Remove certain codecs from our core code and made add-ons out of them. Audio encoders/decoders
  • Removal of AFP filesystem support
  • Windows DXVA HEVC hardware decoding support if driver and hardware support exist
  • Added adaptive seeking through audio and video playback, also know as “skip steps”
  • Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets
  • Improve webserver caching control
  • External subtitles over UPnP can be enabled through the settings section
  • Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
  • Allow different sort orders for different sort methods
  • Start of integration binary add-ons and changing the build system around it
  • mproved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV
  • ffmpeg 2.6.2 update
  • Removal remaining SDL code which was used in some areas.
  • Changed code to C++11
  • Variety of memleaks, segfaults, crashes and minor issues fixed
  • Rescrape season art for newly added seasons
  • Upgrade included webserver which should fix issues with remotes loosing connections
  • On Android the system now handles the volume
  • General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
  • General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features
  • Mac OSX
    • Minimal 10.7 Lion required
    • Only OSX 64-bit builds provided by us, so no more 32bit builds
    • Minimal MacOSX 10.10 SDK
  • iOS
    • Minimal iOS 5.1 required
    • Minimal iOS 8.1 SDK
    • No more ATV2 builds
  • Android
    • Minimum Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1 required
    • Android API 17 as minimum with SDK 14 and NDK 10e
    • Removed the need for root/SU on Android. Some hardware/firmware might not like that. Please contact your hardware supplier
    • Android PIL packaging fixed
  • Install Kodi 15.0 Isengard Beta 1 on Ubuntu OS

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install kodi

    Install Encode addon

    sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-* kodi-pvr-*
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