Kodi 19 Released With Python 3 Transition Complete, AV1 Software Decode

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 20 February 2021 at 12:00 AM EST. 15 Comments
Kodi 19.0 "Matrix" is now available for this popular open-source, cross-platform HTPC solution.

Kodi 19.0 is represented by nearly five thousand commits since Kodi 18 and represents some big changes like finishing off the migration from Python 2 to Python 3. Kodi 19.0 also has many audio/video playback related improvements, AV1 software decoding is now supported, integer scaling is supported for those playing game emulators within Kodi, various theme/skin improvements, metadata scraper improvements, and new security improvements.

More details on the big Kodi 19.0 release over at Kodi.tv.
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