You love tech. Whether you use it to make your days more productive at work, or your downtime more enjoyable at home, you have a hard time imagining your life without it. And while you’re passionate about learning about new developments in the world of technology, and how they will affect our lives, this passion can easily become an obsession. And while many of us have a healthy relationship with consumer tech, there are armies of marketing consultants working harder every year to make new tech seem more seductive and convince consumers that their lives are incomplete without the latest models. Whether it’s the latest smartphone, the latest tablet, PCs or game consoles, TVs, and physical media players, many of us are in love with the allure of these precision-engineered machines. 

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While we’re all in love with tech, we need to be aware that our tech will never love us back. And that we won’t be in love with the tech in our homes forever. When new models roll around we’ll need to make a difficult choice between sticking with the slightly lower-spec equivalents that we already have, or taking the plunge on something new. Many of us opt for the latter, and as such can risk seriously over-spending on tech. But fear not, this can be mitigated. Here we’ll look at some of the ways in which you could be overspending on tech, so you can save money on the gadgets you love.  

Being an early adopter

When a new iPhone hits the store, you’re the one that has to be first in line. When a new game console is released, you have to be able to brag to your friends about it. If your TV and sound system doesn’t draw audible gasps of admiration for visiting guests, you instantly start wondering if you should replace it. But while being an early adopter has a certain degree of prestige value, it also carries certain risks

Early adopters pay more. They also inherit a lot of the teething problems. They have to sit around waiting for software patches to make their tech more usable. They have to make do with a limited selection of games that don’t use the hardware to its full capability… because the full capabilities have yet to be truly established. They are the first to get stung by the obsolescence cycle (hello to all early iPhone 8 adopters). They tend to be the ones who get the least value for money over their tech’s lifespan. 

While waiting a few months (or *gasp* even a year) may rob you of the prestige of being first in line, it will almost certainly save you money and ensure that you get more out of your product. 

Buying brand new all the time

Being able to break open an untouched box and lay your hands on a pristine piece of consumer tech is a wonderful feeling. But it’s one that comes at a premium. While many tech enthusiasts are wary of buying used consumer electronics (who knows how responsibly their previous owners were with the,) there are significant advantages to buying refurbished models. These are often virtually brand new, fully functional, and backed by a generous warranty. They afford you all the benefits of buying new with discounts of up to 50%. If you’re not too fussy about the visual condition of your tech, you may also save a small fortune by purchasing ex-display models from stores. You’d be amazed at what you could save if you’re prepared to put up with a couple of scratches, a small dent or a persistent patch of sticker adhesive. Speaking of which 

Paying the sticker price

In your zeal to get your hands on the latest tech, don’t be duped into paying the sticker price when you can buy the exact same product for less. Whenever you shop online, use apps or plugins like Honey to see if you could buy the exact same product cheaper elsewhere. These browser extensions scour the internet in seconds, making sure you have the best access to the products you’re browsing anywhere in the world. 

In this digitally enlightened age, there’s no reason to pay the sticker price, even if you insist on buying brand new. 

Getting your phone and your data plan from the same place

It’s always nice being able to see the admiring glances when you whip out the latest smartphone, whether you’re showing friends a cool photo you took at a party, or making a contactless payment in a store through it. At least… until the next model comes along. Still, while you may insist on getting the latest smartphone, you’re probably less keen to be over charged for it. And if you’re getting your phone and your data plan under one roof, there’s a chance you’ll be over-charged for one or the other or both. 

Because service providers know that consumers are keen to get their hands on the latest models, they may pair them with sub-par tariffs. This could mean that you spend more not just on your phone, but on the data, minutes and texts that you use. If you’re still paying upwards of £25-£35 a month just for your tariff as well as paying off the finance on your phone itself, you’re almost certainly spending too much. Take a look at some of the smaller service providers out there and you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that you can get deals with Limitless data for less than £20 per month. Why pay more for less?

Thinking like a collector

Many tech enthusiasts think of themselves as collectors and connoisseurs. Their spare rooms and attics are chock full of boxes upon boxes of unused retro tech including old games consoles and computers, boxy CRT TVs, VHS players and tapes and maybe even the odd hard drive, handheld, smartphone or games console. Even though they may get little or no use, we cling to these pieces that we know will never see the light of day. But there comes a point at which we need to learn to cut our losses. 

There’s a fine line between being a collector and becoming a hoarder. You may want to keep hold of old tech until it stops being obsolete and starts to become a curio. Retro gaming, for instance, is a huge industry and well-maintained consoles from the ‘80s and ‘90s go for a pretty penny in the used market. Even VHS still has a dedicated fanbase. Hoarding old tech that is less desirable, however, can see you hold on to it long past the sweet-spot where it is still valuable. Sell your old tech while it is still relatively new and you can mitigate a substantial amount of the cost of its replacement. 

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Paying extra for Netflix in 4K

If you’re a tech enthusiast, there’s a good chance that you’re also a bit of an AV snob. No matter what the content, you want to be able to watch it in the best possible quality. Thus, when Netflix made the jump to 4K UHD and High Dynamic Range a little while ago, you likely upgraded your account straight away. Yet, while the difference may seem fairly negligible it all adds up by the end of the year. And despite Netflix’s adoption of a new codec to facilitate faster streaming without compromising quality, the difference between HD and UHD may be tricky to perceive on a streaming service. 

Especially since, especially in some countries like the UK and Europe, bitrate has been limited to 7.62 Mb/s to reduce server strain. Even at full speed, Bitrates are pretty paltry (15-12 Mb/s). Compare this to a Blu Ray disc’s 54 Mb/s and 100 Mb/s for a 4K UHD disc and that’s a lot of data that’s not making it to the screen. You may be better served by sticking with HD until your broadband’s capabilities can overcome the bottleneck of bitrates. For movies and TV shows that you absolutely have to see in all their glory and detail invest in 4k UHD Blu Ray discs for the best viewing experience. 

Buying software that you can get for free

Finally, tech geeks aren’t just in love with hardware, we also love to get our hands on the latest software, too. But there are lots of ways to get highly capable software without having to spend a fortune. No, we’re not talking about resorting to piracy. Just taking the time to research free alternatives. For instance, those still paying for MS Office may find that Google Docs not only saves them money, but is also a better office suite. Likewise, those still paying for a VPN may want to look into these high-performing free alternatives.

Nobody’s saying you have to abandon your love affair with technology. However, in these economically uncertain times, we can all benefit from saving a little extra money on our tech. At a time when we have so many ways to save, there’s certainly no need to overspend.  


Kore v2.5.1 Released!

Team Kodi are proud to announce the release of the latest version of our Kore Android remote. This version is mostly a bug fix release, but it also includes some improvements that we hope you like.

The most relevant changes for this version are:

  • Add support for sharing from Amazon Prime Videos and from Arte (The European Culture Channel) to Kodi
  • Allow local playback of items in the “Files” section
  • Fix download of media files not working
  • Fix “Play from here” in the “Files” section
  • Prevent continuous refresh of playlist in the remote section in some configurations
  • Support sharing of local filenames with spaces in the name
  • Support for self-signed certificates
  • Remember last used tab in various sections

Kore is available now from the Google Play Store and from F-Droid.





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When we launched 18.7 across all platforms a couple of weeks ago, it became apparent that there were some problems on Android that wouldn’t wait until a future point release to be fixed. These issues – regressions, specifically around micro-stutter and discontinuities on multi-chapter streams – came about because we’d re-introduced MediaCodec JNI over MediaCodec NDK to address scaling/aspect ratio issues that people were seeing on AFTV devices.

As such, we immediately paused deployment through Google Play while we sorted things out. We fixed those in an 18.7.1 interim release, which we rolled out through the Android Play beta channel. However, this immediately revealed new problems: automatic feedback showed program exceptions when playing DRM-protected streams on incapable devices (due to the devices’ DRM security level).

To avoid segfaults, and thus Kodi termination, we again halted the beta rollout, and went back to work. We’ve now updated the code to handle exceptions identically to the previous NDK, but we’ve also fixed the aspect ratio issues we were seeing on AFTV – hopefully, the best of both worlds.

So, with that done, we can start the roll-out once more with a new version of Kodi 18.7 just for Android (internally marked as 18.7.200). This will initially be rolled out on the Play store beta channel, and then – assuming no other glitches trip us up – it will then become the official, final “mass market” 18.7 for Android. It has no impact on other platforms.

The beta APK is rolling out now, so should be pushed to registered beta testers. All going well, we’ll then release it to a broader audience in due course with a general Play update, and it will, of course, also be available for download directly from the Kodi website.

If you’re interested in helping us to make the best media centre software there is, you can sign up to the beta programme here.

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LibreELEC 9.2.3 (Leia) the final version has arrived based upon Kodi v18.7.1.

Changes since 9.2.1/9.2.2:

  • improvements for the RPi
  • several minor updates
  • Kodi 18.7.1

Change for Raspberry 4:

With LE 9.2 and later you need to add hdmi_enable_4kp60=1 to your config.txt if you want to use 4k output at the RPi4. Before you needed hdmi_enable_4k=1 that is now deprecated.

Raspberry 4:

It would be nice to have the 4B running the latest mainline kernel as other devices in LibreELEC 9.2, but adding support for an all-newSoC chipset is a huge effort and the Pi Foundation needed to align initial 4B software with the current Raspbian release to maximise compatibility with existing software and to keep the workload sensible. Generic x86/64 devices are running Linux 5.1, while Raspberry Pi devices (0/1/2/3/4) are using Linux 4.19 with some new/extra code.

In this initial release 1080p playback behaviour and performance on the 4B are broadly on-par with the previous 3B/3B+ model, except for HEVC media which is now hardware decoded and massively improved. New 4K video capabilities still have plenty of rough edges to be smoothed out, but the Pi Foundation developers have been pushing fixes to the test team at a phenomenal rate over the last month and that will continue as the userbase expands.

The 4B now uses SPI flash for the bootloader. Current firmware supports SD card boot only – Network and USB booting are still on the Pi Foundation to-do list. Also on the list is HBR audio (current audio capabilities are the same as the 3B) and 3D video. The 4B hardware is HDR capable, but software support has a dependency on the new Linux kernel frameworks merged by Intel developers (with help from Team LibreELEC/Kodi) in Linux 5.2 and a kernel bump will be needed to use them. Once the initial excitement and activity from the 4B launch calms down, serious work on HDR and transitioning Raspberry Pi over to the new GBM/V4L2 video pipeline can start.

Rockchip:

Our Rockchip releases remain in an state with limited support. The Kodi version is updated but there are no significant video/audio improvements to the Rockchip 4.4 kernel codebase – and none planned. Our work on Rockchip support has refocussed onto the Linux 5.x kernel to use the modern kernel frameworks needed for the next-generation Kodi video pipeline. This work is progressing nicely, but it means the 4.4 codebase “is what it is” until a future kernel bump.

Amlogic

Our original goal was to announce Allwinner and Amlogic images alongside Rockchip as part of the LibreELEC 9.2 release, but while overall readiness has greatly improved in recent months – each has specific technical challenges to overcome before they meet our basic critera for a public release. On the human side of the project several maintainers also have reduced availability for support due to work and family commitments. Combining these factors together, the team felt it was better to be patient and not rush releases.

So instead of releasing LibreELEC 9.2 stable images, we are announcing the start of official nightly images from our master development branch.

If you experience problems, please open an thread at our forum. You can also open an ticket at our issue tracker.

Upgrading

On first boot the Kodi media database will be upgraded. Depending on your hardware and media collection size this could take several minutes. Please be patient.

Downloads

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TV ZION v4.1.1 FREE TV SHOWS & MOVIES APK

TV Zion v4.1.1 is out and fixes some minor bugs as well as adds a new feature. For more on the changelog, check below. The has introduced an awesome, new look with the v4 UI so if you missed the app for a while, now it’s the best time to get it. It is among our list of the best streaming apps of 2020 because it delivers exactly what it promises.

What It This App About?

TV Zion APK v4.1.1 is a great Android app with a huge library and great video quality. TV Zion is really easy to use and works great on any Android device like an Android TV Box, Android smartphone or tablet, etc. You can also keep up with your favorite TV shows as episodes are updated every day. So don’t wait up, jump in, and watch free episodes and movies online with this great app.

TV Zion v4 app new UI

How To Use TV Zion v4.1.1

TV Zion app uses a very simple user interface from which you can browse the different contents available inside the app. With awesome functions like Auto Play Next Episode just like Netflix and Resume From Last it is now even easier than ever to use. You can find all the movies sorted by categories and all the seasons and episodes of your favorite tv shows. You only need to select any of them and press the play button to start watching them within the app. And other than movies and tv shows, anime is also on the menu, therefore, if you’re a fan of Japanese animations, you’ll be delighted to use this application. Also, it supports all the most used services like Trakt.tv, Real Debrid, Premiumize, and external players as VLC and the best you can get in my opinion MX Player.

TVZion v3.8.1 beta 4

New Version v4.1.1

This is the latest version of TV Zion APK as of today and has been released on August 2019.

Change log:

  • [BugFix] Show subtitle search by IMDB id.
  • [New] IMDB Cache. [Settings > Content > Additional data sources > IMDB cache]
  • [Fix] Resolvers [+1]
  • [Optimize] Rating thumb widths.
  • [Zionclub] [New] Link, Subtitle validation [Settings > Link validation].

Is It Safe?

Yes, the TV Zion app is safe to use app. But one thing to consider, when using this app as any streaming apk, is your online privacy. So you should always use a VPN to protect your identity and security when streaming free videos online. So if you consider protecting your internet identity and demand high-quality privacy, then protect your online presence with a trusted VPN service like IP Vanish or Private Internet Access. Both are paid services but guarantee your online anonymity without keeping logs or paid records! 

Download TV Zion v4.1.1 APK

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You can also download TV Zion v4.1.1 from the TV Zion Official Filelinked Store, use code 57458882. For more Filelinked codes, check out our Best Filelinked Codes of 2020 list.

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HBO Max: Same Price But More Content

If you need the simple answer, that’s it. The main difference between HBO Go / Now and HBO Max is that although they cost the same price, HBO Max has more content! The new service, HBO Max went live on May 27. It now includes the legacy HBO content but also more content from the larger Warner Media world. What is strange is that both services will co-exist and to make things more complicated they are priced the same. HBO and HBO Max cost both $14.99 a month. But as mentioned above, HBO Max includes movies and tv shows from TBS, Cartoon Network, TNT, TruTV, CNN, Adult Swim, and even selected shows from Turner Classic Movies.

HBO Max Price 2020

HBO Max Supported Devices

You can watch HBO Max on the following devices:

  • PC Windows 7 or newer
  • Android TV
  • Android phones and tablets with Android 5 or newer
  • iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 12.2 or newer
  • Mac with macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer
  • Google Chromebooks
  • Any web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari)
  • Samsung TVs (selected models only)
  • Apple TV 4 / 4K or newer
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Chromecast
  • AirPlay

What To Expect on HBO Max

As we mentioned above, HBO Max features everything from HBO Go / HBO Now and more. As Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos, HBO Max will have new movies every month. It also will feature HBO Originals like Westworld and Insecure. Some of the newest addition currently in May 2020 are: Legendary, Love Life, On The Record, Craftopia, Looney Tunes Cartoons and The Now Too Late Show With Elmo.

HBO MAx 2020

More To Come In 2020

HBO Max has also confirmed the following upcoming originals too:

  • The Flight Attendant, starring Kaley Cuoco
  • The Friends unscripted cast reunion
  • A new season of Search Party
  • Expecting Amy, with Amy Schumer
  • Raised by Wolves, Sci-Fi series from director Ridley Scott
  • Close Enough, comedy series
  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands, the first out of four Adventure Time specials.

To find out more on HBO Max, visit the platforms official website here: www.hbomax.com/.


You may have noticed that we’ve adopted a RERO approach to Kodi – release early, release often. Our aim is to fix problems more quickly, and then get those fixes out into the wild equally as quickly. This might mean some issues escape alongside the bug fixes, but, overall, it should mean better software, sooner, and without the disruption of a major version bump.

So, with no further fanfare: another release in the Kodi 18.x “Leia” cycle. The usual rules apply: bug fixes, not new features or functionality; most will be invisible, but will be much-appreciated if you’re been suffering from a problem we’ve managed to address.

You can find full details of closed pull requests on GitHub, so explore that if you want the details, but TL;DR…

Audio

  • Fix to not reset user-set volume (Android)
  • Fixes around multi-channel audio track support

Playback/Display

  • Fixes to Bluray subtitle language recognition
  • Fix playback of bus-encrypted bluray discs
  • Improved library handing for plugins if media source is removed
  • Use JNI instead of NDK for MediaCodec (Android)
  • Further work on maximum width and height/vertical-shift (Android)
  • Fixes around realtime handling of TS streams

Interface/Look-and-feel

  • Fix for watch icons not showing when content type is not set (Estouchy)
  • Fix navigation in skinsettings (Estuary)
  • Fix crash in favourites dialog
  • Apply safe area insets to Kodi GUI (iOS)
  • Fixes around focus after touch action
  • Improvements around dialog/toast handling
  • Fixed behaviour when accessing locked media sources

Music

  • Fixes around library handling of “isalbumartist” field
  • Fixes around expansion of .ISO images to avoid GUI freezes
  • Ensure album artist isn’t blanked out when scraping

Build System

  • Fix downloading dependencies from mirrors (Windows)
  • Library updates – bump gnutls (3.6.11.1) and nettle(3.5.1)

PVR

  • Fix EPG corruption when new channels are added during startup

Network

  • Improvements around handling of proxy credentials
  • Fix for proxy empty fields (proxy, username, password)

Addons

  • Fix crash if an incompatible VFS addon is present
  • Fix display of title for compressed package directories
  • Fixes around addon settings folder naming

Subtitles

  • Fixes around decoding of HTML escape characters
  • Fix around SMI (SAMI) subtitles and quoted start tags

Profiles

  • Fixes for issues related to switching profile
  • Fixes to saving of lock preferences (master lock, lock video windows, etc.)

Other/General

  • Add “Swiss German” and “Portuguese (Brazil)” to language codes
  • Fix to guard against assert in tinyxml
  • Fix stack overflow when trying to find NFO files in a RAR file
  • Implement range checking in URIUtils::resolvePath
  • Implement support for extended local headers in ZIP files used by some scrapers

Thanks as ever to all who found a bug, reported it, helped isolate it and, in some cases, provided a fix.

The full Kodi 18.7 changelog can be found in our GitHub milestone. If you want to read back on what was actually changed in v18 itself, or in previous versions, you can find the corresponding articles in the relevant blog posts.

Application deployment on different platforms (notably, Google Play and the Microsoft Store) varies due to circumstances outside of our control. It may thus take a few more days to appear everywhere, so just stay tuned.

Update: because of the current global situation, and the resultant adjusted work schedules in many organisations, please be aware that we’re currently experiencing longer than usual review times before acceptance/publication. This is likely to delay full availability on curated app stores by seven days or more.

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In Defence Of Our Good Name

As most who read this will know well, Kodi is a free and open source media centre software application. It is created and supported by the group of unpaid volunteers known as Team Kodi, along with a large number of members of our very large and active user community. The software is freely available for anyone to download and use, and to fork and modify if they so desire. It is not a commercial product, and no money is gained from it, as it is not sold.

One important point of note is that whilst Team Kodi produces media centre software, one thing that we do not provide is actual media. We don’t make films, television channels or programmes, nor do we directly provide them as part of the software package that we distribute.

Similarly, we do not produce hardware – there is no “Kodi Box” that’s supplied by us. This is a key fact, as there are many third party hardware suppliers out there who do supply such boxes, which either come pre-loaded with Kodi on them or onto which it can be loaded by the end user. 

To the uninitiated this may seem like a trivially small distinction, but it is actually a very important one. As noted, we make the software available to anyone who may wish to use it, and do so for free. But this does not mean that we are responsible for how those end users make use of the software, and how they may modify it when installed on their boxes. We have no commercial interest or stake in any such sale, nor do we receive any monies from any media player box sold anywhere.

Kodi also does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.

Unfortunately, some of these vendors are less than scrupulous, and modify the Kodi product with third party addons giving access to illegally supplied or otherwise-pirated media sources. Hence we wish to make it crystal clear that Team Kodi does not condone, support or benefit from any such usage or device. Indeed, through our official Foundation policies, we actively deny support for any such device on our community forums, and through our trademarks and other legal means will act against any vendor who falsely claims any such endorsement from us.

This has also, on numerous occasions, lead to false or misleading statements being made about both the Kodi software and also the team behind it. These have been from a range of sources, from sellers wishing to falsely claim association or endorsement from us to YouTube channels wishing to make a buck by offering “support” (usually involving 3rd party piracy addons) and, sadly, even from media outlets (both mainstream and technical) where a little basic research would yield the truth.

Our aim has always been to give our users the best media experience possible, and to ensure that, whilst they are free to use our software in any manner they wish, it is done with full knowledge and understanding of what they may be doing, enabling them to make responsible choices. Sadly some of these sellers, either deliberately or through ignorance, confuse the users as to what may be legal and what is not.

We do not support media piracy, we support the best media player possible for everyone and provide a media centre, not “free TV and movies”. In the past, out of our very scant resources, we have worked in cooperation with media companies on such matters to check illegal activities and we will continue to do so. We do not have resources to be involved in litigation, especially those in foreign jurisdictions. We are disappointed and reject the incorrect characterisation of Kodi, its software, or its volunteer community.

Licence:

Kodi is provided under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2.0 or later, with some individual source files distributed under additional other licences. Full details of these can be found here.

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My Opinion About The SuperBox S1 PRO & Why I Will Never Review It

This is my opinion about the SuperBox S1 PRO since I got asked by a lot of you to share it with you. I got plenty of emails from various sellers in order to review this device and recommend it. And even if they give you crazy money if you “convince” people to buy it, I refused. I also refused to get one as a sample to review since they want to add their link in the video description.

Now, I am not saying that the SuperBox S1 Pro is a scam. At the end of the day you pay for it and it arrives. The issue is that it seems “shady”, or even illegal if they do not have the licenses which means they will be shut down at some point. Then you will be left with a cheap, outdated tv box and no service. Because let’s face the elephant in the room, if you buy this Superbox, you only do it for the live tv and movies, the Blue TV, and the Blue VOD apps that are included.

I am not biased quite the opposite I would love to make money. But not if the cost is to lose my credibility and your trust.
Also, I am very disappointed by some “reviewers” that recommend this device. It’s just a matter of time until this service shuts down and leaves all those people with a cheap box that is outdated.
I will never affiliate with a product I don’t believe in, even if I lose hundreds or as in this case thousands of revenue. Your trust has no price tag.

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I want also to point out that I am not here to preach ethics. A user can do whatever he wishes with his money. I know a lot of people use IPTV, but it is different if you get a month to month subscription, different if you pay up-front a lifetime subscription, especially with my blessing (or any other YouTuber / Reviewer).

This is my opinion about the SuperBox S1 PRO and the reason why I will never review it.

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Android 7.0 Nougat OS

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2GB DDR3 Memory

16GB eMMC Internal Storage

2.4G/5G Dual Band WiFi

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And…. here we are again. The latest Kodi release in the 18.x “Leia” cycle, with more (count them!) and better (measure them!) bug fixes for your various delight, delectation, and delirious… discussion?

18.6 is here. More nasty (and not-so-nasty) problems fixed, more bugs squashed, more happiness and love for all. This release is all about backports: where practical, we’ve brought bug fixes forwards from the forthcoming 19.x release, so you get the benefit sooner rather than later.

As usual, you can find full details of closed pull requests on GitHub, so explore that if you want the details, but the summary would be…

Audio

  • Fixes around visualisations
  • Fixes around pause/resume
  • Fixes around TrueHD crashes
  • Workaround firmware bug (AMLogic v23) (sidenote: there are many more Android audio fixes that can’t be merged into 18.x “Leia” because of old AMLogic workarounds)
    Fix to correctly resume audio-only MPEG-TS streams
  • Correct headphone enumeration (Android)

Build System

  • Updates for missing includes
  • Updates for Cmake (Windows)
  • Updates for device handling and packaging (macOS)

Games

  • Fixes for launching disc images and .zip files
  • Fixes for black screen for RGB emulators (Rpi)

Interface/Look-and-feel

  • Fixes around TextureCache
  • Fixes for windowing, refresh rate, mode change and others (Android)
  • Fixes for floating/split keyboard (iOS)
  • Fix for artist slideshow (Estuary)
  • Fix media view from addon given content

Playback/Display

  • Fixed race condition for OnPlaybackStarted
  • Fixes for MIME type (Android)
  • Support for DolbyVision streams via addons
  • Fixes for maximum width and height/vertical-shift (Android)
  • Fix for scanning in sub-directories    
  • Fix size of EAGL layer on external screen (iOS)
  • Fix for glTexImage3D (Linux)
  • Fix for seeking issues
  • Reset playlist on new file playback

PVR

  • Fix for multiline episode names

Other/General

  • Fixed incorrectly formatted region time
  • Pass JSON serialised path settings to python scrapers
  • Fix file access on auto-mounted sources     
  • Fix seeking with FileCache lockup
  • Fix passthrough on USB devices (Android) 
  • Fix crash if profile.xml gets broken   
  • Fix cache forward size on EOF 

The nature of point releases is that most of these changes won’t be visible to most people unless they address a specific problem you’ve stumbled across. That said, they’re all real bugs, and real fixes, so thanks as always to all who found a bug, took the time to report it and, in some cases, provided a fix.

The full v18.6 changelog can be found in our GitHub milestone. If you want to read back on what was actually changed in v18 itself, you can find the corresponding articles in the blog posts – Kodi 18Kodi 18.1Kodi 18.2Kodi 18.3Kodi 18.4 and Kodi 18.5.

Application deployment on different platforms (notably, Google Play and the Microsoft Store) varies due to circumstances outside of our control. It may thus take a few more days to appear everywhere, so just stay tuned.

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