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Kodi 19 “Matrix” has officially been released and is now considered the “stable” version of this software.
The following article shows the new features, updates, and changes within Kodi 19 which have been pulled directly from the official Kodi Website.
You can also download the most recent version using the links below or learn how to update.
Important – Please note that TROYPOINT has now tested Kodi 19 with popular add-ons and builds and many don’t work properly with this new release.
The Kodi 19 addon system changed to Python 3 which means many 3rd party addons and builds will not function properly.
If you are using a 3rd party addon or build, do not update to this new version until testing properly on a different device.
However, if you are using Kodi 19 on your device, refer to the guides below.
If you want to learn how to use both Kodi 19 and Kodi 18.9 on your device at the same time. Refer to the video below.
Use Both Kodi 19 & Kodi 18.9 on Firestick/Android
Note: for those of you who haven’t updated to Kodi 19 yet and want a 19 Fork, I’ve created one of those as well and you can install it through the TROYPOINT Rapid App Installer.
Kodi 19 New Features, Fixes, and Updates
- Improved metadata handling
- Library improvements
- New tags
- New displays
- Better way of handling release dates, album duration, multi-disc sets, and more
- New Matrix-inspired visualization including when fetching files from a web server
- Changes to audio decoder addons passing information through to the Kodi player
- AV1 software decoding
- HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10
- Static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android, and more OpenGL bicubic scalers
From Kodi Devs: For those who combine the two, and have libraries of music videos, you get some goodies as well: database and metadata display improvements mean that Kodi will now fetch and display related album and artist information from the music library, where appropriate. There are also new features around grouping videos by artist (not just album), support for .NFO files that list all performers instead of just the main artist, plus better search links to return related albums and videos by the same director director.
- Integer scaling to improve viewing quality of Pixel Art games
- iOS gets support for Xbox, PlayStation and other supported Bluetooth game controllers
Skin Look and Feel
- New screen redesign
- New metadata displays
- Changes to playlist views
- New now playing view
- Artwork and image file improvements
- New and updated GUI controls
- Timestamp overlays fixed
- Select dark gray color and set opacity for captions (particularly useful in HDR)
Addons and Scrapers
- Change to Python 3 and ported addons accordingly
Due to this important change, not all 3rd party addons will work properly with Kodi 19.
- New Python metadata scrapers for movies, TV shows, and music
PVR & Live Television
- PVR reminders
- Home screen widgets
- Group/channel manager enchancements
- Navigation and dialog controls
- Context menus
- New/Live/Finale/Premiere tags
- Channel numbers and sorting
- Performance improvements
- API improvements
From Kodi Devs: There are a few new security features implemented now in Kodi, to help keep you safe from intentional or unintentional problems. Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies, which prevents third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons; broken or deprecated add-ons are now highlighted in the add-on list, so you have to actively agree to activate one; the binary addon system now has higher security around data exchange between Kodi and an addons. In addition, we’ve added a default requirement to password-protect Kodi’s web interface, plus give better information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces if you do choose to enable them.
- Support for tvOS
- TopShelf support and fixes on Apple TV
- Better logging and notch support on iOS
- Move to a single Linux binary for multiple windowing systems (X11, Wayland, and GMB)
Behind the Scenes (things you probably won’t notice)
- API changes to feed subtitle URLs to the player
- Multiple updates to various core modules
- Improvements to API calls and actions
Install Kodi 19 Via TROYPOINT App
The free TROYPOINT app may be installed on any Android-based device including Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, NVIVDIA SHIELD, Android phones, and tablets.
The TROYPOINT App includes the Rapid App Installer which allows you to install all of the best streaming apps and tools in a matter for minutes.
You will also find Troy’s latest videos as well as an Internet Speed Test tool.
Kodi 19 Download Links
For Firestick and Fire TV Users, the following links will provide you with installation guides and updating guides for your preferred device:
TROYPOINT Android Shortcode for Downloader app or browser: https://troypoint.com/k19
iOS (Must have jailbroken device)
ARM32 is no longer supported in Kodi 19 and beyond.
Use the following commands in your Linux/Ubuntu terminal to install Kodi 18.6. Follow the prompts as you would with any other software installation.
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install kodi
Remember, by installing a repository, you will have the freedom to choose different streaming add-ons for your enjoyment. TROYPOINT’s list of the Best Kodi Add-ons can be found by clicking the link below.
If you are looking for a simple way to install the best add-ons and repositories quickly and efficiently, I suggest using a Kodi Build. Click the link below for a list of the Best Kodi Builds at this time.