Kodi 19 Alpha 1 Released With AV1 Decoding, Many Other HTPC Improvements

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 8 August 2020 at 10:58 AM EDT. 5 Comments
Kodi 19 "Matrix" Alpha 1 has been released for this very popular, cross-platform open-source HTPC software.

Kodi 19 is bringing many exciting improvements as a major update to this open-source home theater software. Among the new additions of Kodi 19 include:

- Software decoding for the royalty-free AOMedia AV1 video codec.

- Improved handling of multi-disc CD sets.

- A new, Matrix-inspired music visualization option.

- Subtitle improvements including a new dark grey color and adjustable opacity for subtitle text.

- Various skinning improvements.

- Support for game controllers for Kodi on IOS.

- Static HDR10 support for Kodi on Android and Windows where supported by the underlying hardware.

- Various PVR video recording improvements.

- Kodi add-ons are finally migrated over to Python 3. Also, Kodi add-ons will now enforce the origin of installed add-ons and their dependencies.

More details on the Kodi 19 Alpha 1 release via Kodi.tv.
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