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Kodi 20.0 Nexus open source crossplatform media center

If you have been patiently waiting for Kodi to release an update to its excellent home entertainment center and media center. You will be pleased to know that the Kodi development team has released their first major update in almost 2 years, bringing the latest version of their free and open source crossplatform media player in the form of Kodi 20.0 Nexus.

Kodi 20.0 Nexus is now available to download for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android platforms and supports Steam Deck game controllers, as well as many other new features, tweaks, and improvements. Several Kodi platforms now allow hardware decoding of AV1 media. The Inputstream API has been updated to support AV1, allowing addons that use inputsream.adaptive to play AV1 streams.

Kodi 20 Nexus open source crossplatform media player

Kodi 20.0 Nexus

“With over 4,600 commits since the release of version 19 of The Matrix on February 19, 2021, this has been a huge effort. Thanks to our team members and everyone in our community who submitted a pull request, tested and provided feedback, or provided support to users on the forum. We appreciate your contribution to improving Kodi. Kodi 20.0 “Nexus” is being promoted through the usual channels right now, both on our own download pages and various app stores/repositories, so it should be coming to your devices soon. It’s worth noting that for the first time in a long time, we’ve removed all known blockers, so all supported platforms will be updated as soon as the various app stores handle something.”

Multiple instances of binary addons

“This allows Kodi to download multiple instances of the binary addon. For example: TVHeadend users can now run more than one instance of the addon to connect to multiple TVHeadend backend servers, with individual settings such as channel groups and hidden channels saved per addon instance. @AlwinEsch was the developer of many of these with support from @ksooo. Your favorite binary addon may not yet support this feature, but we hope that addon developers will soon introduce it into their projects.

HDR support for Windows

“@thexai has implemented full HDR support for the Windows Desktop platform along with many improvements across the entire Windows video pipeline (DXVA/2). HDR is not available on nondesktop versions i.e. UWP Store (Xbox) versions. ACES Filmic and HABLE tonemapping enhancements make even SDR videos look better, and these features are implemented for both UWP and desktop versions of Kodi.”

Source: Kodi

Headings: Technology news, Main news

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