Best Music Addons Kodi
As I already have a list for the best live TV addons for Kodi, I thought I would add a best music addons list. I will be adding to this as I try out more music addons.
TuneIn Radio – Like the TuneIn app that you will prbably have used on your iOS/Android device. This lets you access radio stations from all over the world.
MP3 Streams – This addon allows you to quickly find and browse songs and albums. It is arranged into various categories allowing you to easily find something you’ll like.
Jango Music – A music add-on based on the Jango Free Internet Radio website
Music Box – A great add-on for streaming your favourite music
GDrive – If you store your music files on Google Drive you can easily play them using this addon.
Bin@ural – With this addon you can easily browse and stream your favourite songs, albums, and videos.
Concert Archive – With this addon you can watch a wide selection of concerts.
Last.FM – This addon allows you to scrobble tracks you listen to on Kodi / XBMC to your Last.FM account.
YouTube Music – This addon pulls charts loists from various sources and when you select tracks you want to play it takes them from YouTube allowing you to listen to all the music you want.
Vevo Music – This addon plays HD videos from the Vevo site (GEO restricted)
Google Music – This addon allows you to listen to music from your Google Play Music account.
SoundCloud – Play music from SoundCloud. Sign in with your SoundCloud account to view your playlists and stream.
Kodi Buffering Problems FIXED!!
The lights are down low. You’ve made some fresh popcorn. You’ve just sat down for your movie “date night” when….
Be honest: How many movie nights have ended because of that one little word?
What about this one?
“Cache Full: Cache filled before reaching required amount for continuous playback”
Kodi has a lot of options available in the settings screen, but there’s no way currently to change the cache size. So, are we just going to have to live with stuttering videos and buffering issues?
Nope. That would make for a pretty short article.
So, stick around and I’ll tell you about the advancedsettings.xml file and how to modify the Kodi cache.
What is cache?
Even if you’ve never heard the term “cache” before, that’s OK. You’re probably using it every day without even knowing it. Cache is any temporary data that is stored on a device so that it can get the data faster than you, the end user, can consume it. That way any interruptions in transmission quality or network speed won’t bring your video to a screeching halt.
Think of it like this. Have you ever been at a sports bar watching the same game on two TV’s, but one of the TV’s is slightly ahead of the other? Imagine one TV is “storing” a few extra seconds of the game, just in case there’s a problem with the signal.
Just for the record, that’s not why the TV’s are out of sync, but it makes it for a good analogy.
Types of Kodi Cache
There are several different types of cache memory that KodiXBMC uses during playback:
Video cache is exactly what it sounds like: cache used for playing back videos streaming from the Internet or somewhere else on your local network. Kodi will use system RAM in order to store a few seconds of the file. Since system RAM is the fastest type of storage available on just about any computer system, this is going to be your best performance option.
Since Kodi is designed for systems with as little RAM as 1GB, it doesn’t use much RAM for video cache by default – usually about 60MB. This cache is used, as needed, and then cleared after each use.
This is the type of cache that I’ll be showing you how to configure later in this article. If you have network speed issues, or a troublesome Wi-Fi connection, this will be your best bet for improving Kodi video playback problems.
Unlike video cache, which is a part of the base video playback code, some Kodi add-ons will have their own cache. Some may use this to supplement the video cache while other add-ons may ignore the video cache completely and use their own.
The trouble with this form of cache is that the add-on has to do a good job of keeping track of it and cleaning it up. If it doesn’t, then those temporary files will sit on your device, taking up valuable space. To delete add-on cache, you’ll need to navigate to each individual add-on folder and delete files manually.
The addon data folder will be in a subfolder in your userdata directory. Where these folders are located will depend on your system’s operating system:
|OPERATING SYSTEM||FILE PATH|
|Windows||Start – type %APPDATA%kodiuserdata – press <Enter>|
Remember that older versions of Kodi (before version 14) were called XBMC. If you’re still running one of the older versions and can’t upgrade, replace Kodi with XBMC where you see it in the chart above.
Android Application Cache
This will usually be the easiest to clear, because it’s the one that we’re most familiar with.
To clear the Kodi Android application cache, or any other Android app cache, go to your Settings menu and select “Apps”. Scroll down to find the app you’re looking for and click on it. There will almost always be a button that says “Clear Cache” in it’s settings screen.
Unlike a lot of other Android apps, you won’t need to use this method very often. In reality, you should only ever have to manually clear the Kodi cache through the Android Settings screen when Kodi crashes unexpectedly. If it’s not able to remove cache files automatically or a file gets corrupted, this should be one of your first steps to troubleshoot.
This won’t lose any settings that you’ve entered, but it will give you another chance to see those “Kodi is running for the first time” screens that we all know and love.
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Have you ever looked at how much space is taken up by your image thumbnails? When you think about how small an image is, it doesn’t seem like much. Most images are anywhere from 500Kb to 5MB in size, depending on the resolution. Occasionally you’ll come across uncompressed images which are larger than 5MB, but they’re rare. So what’s the big deal?
Well, when you’ve got a collection of music and movies that you’ve been accumulating for years, those little files can add up. For example, I’ve ripped every single CD I’ve ever owned to my NAS (Network Attached Storage) – over 1100 CD’s! If each one has a 1MB image attached to it, that’s over 1GB! Imagine finding space for another 2 movies on your device, simply by managing your Kodi image cache better.
Temp files – the bane of my existence. Well, at least as far as my PC goes.
I’ll bet that you’ve got at least one or two ‘Temp’ directories on your PC just overflowing with useless files that some program should have uninstalled, but didn’t. Kodi has the same problem sometimes. Whether its the leftovers from a Zip file installation or remnants of some add-on that wouldn’t leave – you can recover some space by cleaning them out.
It’s simple, really. The more space you have, the more you can set aside for buffering videos, and isn’t that why you’re reading this article?
Now that you know what cache is, let’s fix those pesky “Kodi cache full” messages. To do this, we’ll create an advancedsettings.xml file.
What is advancedsettings.xml?
Advancedsettings.xml is a file that stores all of the user-created settings for your Kodi installation.
Remember, Kodi is an open-source project that started out as a media center that would only work on a modified Xbox. Tweaking has been part of KodiXBMC’s DNA since the very beginning.
Does that mean that this is going to be hard? Not at all.
I’ve created a sample advancedsettings.xml file that you can drop in your Kodi folder. You can either download it from the link below, or, if you’re more “hands on”, I’ll show you how you can create your own.
Framework (and a brief description of XMLHTML tags)
The basic framework of the advancedsettings.xml file looks like this:
If this looks complicated, don’t worry. It’s not that bad. Besides, if you don’t want to stress about it, skip ahead to the download section and use my pre-made file.
Any XML (or HTML) file will always have an opening and closing tag for everything. Think of those tags as “framing” the important stuff – just like a picture frame. If you leave off one side of a picture frame, then the important stuff (the picture) winds up on the floor next to your cat. Its the same with XMLHTML tags, only without the cat. They usually don’t like programming.
If you look at the file from the top and bottom at the same time, you’ll see what I mean. The opening tag is the first <advancedsettings>. The closing tag will look almost identical, except for the forward slash in front: </advancedsettings>
On the inside, each setting will have its own opening and closing tags: <setting> and </setting>. The actual value is there in between the two.
You’ll replace the word “setting” with the actual name of the setting you want to change.
I’ll show you what I mean.
Settings you can change
Let me be clear up front, this is a brief look at the settings you can change in the advancedsettings.xml file. There are dozens of settings you can change to tweak your Kodi experience. We’re only looking at a few which are directly related to Kodi buffering problems. If you want the complete list, please check out theKodi Wiki page devoted to the advancedsettings.xml file.
Once you get started tweaking settings, you may find a number of other things that you could improve to really make your setup the best it can be. It can be fun!
Not really a setting, but a “family” of settings. All three of the settings listed below will fall under the Network grouping. So we’ll have to include an opening <network> tag and a closing </network> tag.
Buffermode – The “what”
The first Kodi cache setting we’re going to look at is the Buffermode. Buffermode controls how Kodi uses the cache during playback. More specifically, it controls which files get buffered. This is the “what files” will get buffered.
It can have four settings:
|0||This is the default value. This buffers all internet filesystems (http, ftp, webdav, etc.)|
|1||This buffers all filesystems, both Internet and Local|
|2||Only buffers true Internet file systems (http, etc.)|
On most devices that you’re going to find on this site, I recommend using Setting 1. This means you’ll be buffering streaming files and local files, including those on your network. If you’ve got your media store on an external hard drive or NAS, then this will buffer those files during playback.
Our first settings line will look like this:
<buffermode> 1 </buffermode>
Readbufferfactor – The “speed”
Readbufferfactor is the setting that controls how quickly Kodi will fill the cache. By default, it is set to “1”, which means that Kodi will only look ahead slightly to store what’s coming next. Think of this setting as the “speed” in which Kodi fills the buffer.
If your network is unreliable, slow or you have a fair amount of interference in your home, you’ll want to increase this value.
The setting value is a multiplier of the default limit. Kodi looks at the average speed that the video will play at. Higher resolutionbitrate videos will stream at a higher speed.
The default setting is usually pretty good. I recommend only a slight increase to 1.5.
If you make the other changes and still have issues, you can change this value to as high as 4. If you have a high amount of RAM in your device, you could go even higher than that.
Basically, you can increase this value as much as you want. Kodi won’t crash, but it may end up using all of the bandwidth you have in the device. At that point, you won’t see any improvement in increasing the number. You’ll also not be able to do anything else on your device while you’re watching a video.
This settings line will look like this:
<readbufferfactor> 1.5 </readbufferfactor>
Cachemembuffersize – The “How much”
Here is the important one. Cachemembuffersize is the “how much cache should Kodi use” setting.
This value is stored in bytes – not MB or even KB. Plain, old minuscule bytes of memory. That means the number in this setting is going to be very large.
Also, the way the cache works, Kodi will actually use three times the amount of RAM that you enter in the setting. So if you only have 1 or 2 GB of RAM on your device, you’ll want to be careful with this setting.
Since there are a lot of options with this setting, I’ll illustrate some of the more common ones here:
If you have a low power device, like a Raspberry pi, set this number to 50MB (which uses 150MB of RAM):
<cachemembuffersize> 52428800 </cachemembuffersize>
If you have a device with a lot of memory, you’ll be at the other end of the spectrum. You can set this number to 150MB (which uses 400MB of RAM):
<cachemembuffersize> 157286400 </cachemembuffersize>
For most users, the folllowing setting should work just fine. Here, we’ll set this number to 100MB (which uses 300MB of RAM):
<cachemembuffersize> 104857600 </cachemembuffersize>
A word of warning: Kodi Zero Cache
Alternately, you could use “0” as your setting in cachemembuffersize. You’ll see a lot of articles about “Kodi zero cache” add-ons and tweaks. I don’t recommend 0 cache for most users – especially those of us that use Android boxes or HTPC’s with flash storage.
What zero cache does is write the entire file to disk for speedy viewing. What’s wrong with that, you ask? As I’ve detailed in this article, the flash storage, including Solid State Drives (SSD), has a finite amount of read-writes that it can perform before the drive just plain dies. No clicking like normal hard drives….just dead.
If you write the entire file of every song and movie you play to your internal storage you’ll burn through the life of that storage fairly quickly.
Putting it all together…
Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of the advancedsettings.xml file and an idea of what settings would work for you, it’s time to put them all together into one file.
Using the settings I recommended above, we come up with this:
<buffermode> 1 </buffermode>
<readbufferfactor> 1.5 </readbufferfactor>
<cachemembuffersize> 104857600 </cachemembuffersize>
These settings should work for the majority of HTPCAndroid TV box users out there, but feel free to modify them if you feel you need to.
Creating (or downloading) the advancedsettings.xml file
Now that you have the settings you want, you have to get them into a file.
Create a new text file using notepad, Jota or any other text editor you choose. Then copy the settings above into that file and save the file at “advancedsettings.xml”.
Be sure that the file is saved exactly as above. A common error is that the file is saved as “advancedsettings.xml.txt” – that won’t do you, or Kodi, any good. Pick the right file extension!
Alternately, you can choose to download my pre-made advancedsettings.xml file here. Just remember to manually change the file extension from “.txt” to “.xml”: advancedsettings
How to install the advancedsettings.xml file
Now that you’ve got the file (with the correct extension), you’ll need to place it in your Kodi userdata folderon your device.
If you remember from the Add-on cache section at the top of this article, that will vary depending on your operating system. You can use that chart to navigate to your userdata folder with ES File Explorer, Windows Explorer or whatever file management application you prefer.
Wrapping it up
Hopefully this give you a better idea of what the advancedsettings.xml file is and how it can help you with Kodi cache problems.
10 MOST POPUPLAR Kodi movies addons?
Found within the Lambda repository, this addon is one of the best Kodi movie addons. Tons of links to content, curated and categorized, organized by year, genre, most popular movies, and even the movies that have won Oscar prizes, Genesis makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, offering a search function as well. Every streaming option includes lots of links for you to get to the content, and most of them work on a regular basis. You can read our guide to install Genesis addon if you want to get it on your Kodi HTPC.
2. Entertainment Hub
A colorful interface greets you when opening this addon, which is always nice and inviting thing. Lots of links to content, organized and categorized by websites, genres and so on. Entertainment Hub seems to have a wide selection of movies, as well as a helpful search function. As with most movie addons for Kodi, you will be able to browse content in a graphical menu, which shows the name of the movies for Kodi, but also their cover artwork. You can install this addon through the SuperRepo repository.
Phoenix is one of those addons that are good for many things. Not only does it offer TV shows, user-maintained channels and even sports, but also a decent and sizeable selection of movies for Kodi as well. You can install this very useful addon and stream movies for Kodi if you are a user of theSuperRepo addon repository; though, if you like more details about the process, you can take a look at our guide to install Phoenix Kodi addon, to bring all the content from this addon to your HTPC.
4. Movies HD
Movies HD is one of the addons you need to get if you plan on watching movies on Kodi. You can find this addon on the MetalKettle repository. Basically, it brings you content categorized by genres, views, rating, and even has a couple of special categories, such as “Bollywood”. You can also use its search function to get to the content. At the moment of writing this note, the addon seems to be down; however, it is estimated that an update might come soon for it, so its users may continue to access its impressive content library.
If you have read our guide to install Icefilms addon on Kodi, you already know that this addon can be found within the SuperRepo addon repository. This addon is, in my opinion, very useful, not only because it provides a wealth of content and links, but also because these links display ratings for each movie, and groups movies with similar ratings. There are also other categories of content, like music, or even stand up comedy. Be sure to take a look at this addon to improve the selection of content you can access from your living room screen.
6. Yify Movies HD
The Lambda repository also brings us this addon, called Yify Movies HD. This addon brings movies for Kodi to your HTPC, and uses a very graphical and attractive interface to do so. Sorting the content by years of release or rating, and offering a search function as most Kodi movies addons, Yify Movies HD brings a decent number of movies to your HTPC. Something this addon does differently is that there’s really no option to choose your stream link or location; the addon seems to choose it on your behalf, which might be an advantage or not, depending on your needs.
Using the SuperRepo addon repository for XBMC/Kodi, you can grab hold of this addon for your HTPC. 1Channel has an alphabetical list of movies for you to browse, as well as some other categories and a search feature. As many of the Kodi movies addons we have mentioned, this one also features a graphical interface, and seems to have a very wide selection of content; there are movies in its alphabetical list that I had never seen in my life, as well as some other very well known ones. Take a look at this addon and see for yourself the movies for Kodi it brings to your HTPC.
A very well known addon with a long time of being online, Navi-X offers a huge, yet somewhat unorganized selection of content, thanks to its multiple contributors. The best way to use Navi-X is to refer to the most viewed content from the past 24 hours; in this way, you ensure that the links you’re trying to click will work for you. Navi-X is difficult to navigate otherwise; however, you might find content in this addon that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. This addon can be added if you install SuperRepo addon repository.
9. Movie Night
From the MetalKettle addon repository, this addon was quite a surprise when checking it out. Its interface as soon as you click on it is very simplistic; just a list with some categories like drama, romance, comedy, as it’s usual in all these Kodi movies addons. However, once you click a category, you get your screen divided. On the left you will see a list with the movies and years when they were released, and on the right and background you will see beautiful artwork related to the movie. It’s a nice experience worth checking out if you plan on streaming movies on Kodi.
10. Much Movies HD
The Lambda repository also brings us this addon called Much Movies HD. This is an addon that brings you many movies for Kodi, to be watched on your HTPC. Like most of the addons on this list, Much Movies HD is one of the Kodi movies addons that offer a graphical interface you can appreciate from your couch, showing you artwork for the movies as you browse through them. This addon can be installed to your HTPC as well if you use the Fusion Installer, to make it easier for you to stream movies on Kodi.
Kodi 16.0 – Jarvis Development
Only two weeks ago we announced 15.2 which is the last release of the Kodi version 15 range and now we’re announcing the last alpha of version 16. What does this means for users? That after four months of alpha versions we are gearing up for changing to the beta stage and working towards a final Kodi 16 release. The past four months the developers worked hard behind the scenes on further improving what is already a great piece of software. Lot’s of code clean-up and improving stability, with a dash of features added here and there. To not bore every one with all the technical changes we’ll dive into some of the most noticeable newly added features.
Android Surface Rendering
The Android platform has always been a bit special as it’s still maturing and this change shows that. Some newer devices that can do UHD or 4K playback really well lack the power to also create the Kodi interface at that resolution, and this creates kind of a problem. The end result was that the we either had to downscale the video to a lower resolution to make sure the interface was snappy, or show full size video but the device might not be able handle the high resolution interface. This change allows us to create the Kodi user-interface in a different resolution than the resolution we do video playback, so what happens now is that the interface is displayed at 1080p, and the video will actually be output at the 4K resolution if the device supports it as we let the chip-set do the work instead of the processor.
Important to mention is that this doesn’t apply to AMLogic devices with proper permissions as these will still use amcodec. Any other Android device that is not able to do “android surface rendering” has not implemented the standard Android MediaCodec API in the proper way. Sadly we have to take this route because the Android eco-system has become too big of a maze to support and we will only implement what we feel is the way forward, this means that we will only follow the official Android platform methods, and we will no longer implement any hacks or workarounds. If the device you have is not compatible, then we strongly advise that you ask your device manufacturer to properly implement these functions in the device’s firmware, it may be harsh but we as Team Kodi are not responsible for incomplete firmware created by these device manufacturers.
Removal of libstagefright
With the Android platform becoming more mature regarding audio/video with the MediaCodec implementation it was time to say goodbye to libstagefright. The old implementation for audio and video is called libstagefright and has been in the media several times this year, this method has become very outdated and the implementation wasn’t the best, as such we have removed the support for this and will fully focus on MediaCodec. This means that for certain devices this will be a step back for Kodi usage, or perhaps Kodi might even become unusable if they have firmware which doesn’t make proper use MediaCodec. We’re sorry that this is happening but keeping support for libstagefright is hurting further progress, stability and puts a too large support burden on the our Android developer, so we hope you will all understand this decision.
Add-on manager changes
In the ongoing quest to improve our our add-on manager several changes where done in the overall handling of each add-on. These changes include the following:
- • Roll-back button on add-on info panel has been replaced by Update
- • The Update button now opens a list of available versions of the add-on. Should you have several repositories installed that offer different version of this add-on you can now choose which to install.
- • You can now disable auto-update per add-on through the info panel individual from others.
The add-on info panel can either be reached through the add-on manger or selecting the add-on in any section by either right click, use context menu (“C” key) and choose info or use the “I” key to directly open the panel.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to the karaoke feature that was hidden in Kodi. None of the team did really know how it worked, if it still worked and how it was integrated into Kodi. Because it was still part of Kodi every skin also had to support this feature which takes quite some work. As such we decided to remove it as whole. It may reappear back in the future because there are now better ways of integrating it back as an add-on. It would only take a developer some interest in getting this done.
Here’s a quick look at a few other notable fixes and features.
- • Properly handle wired or bluetooth headsets on Android and only use PCM output
- • Fix playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android
- • Use best possible icons from other Android apps while browsing these in Kodi
- • Enable true 1920×1080 output on AMLogic device without up-scaling
- • Add Korean, Chinese and Chech keyboards
- • Add multi-touch support for Linux platform
- • Improve touch-screen keymapping
- • Add stereoscopic depth for Confluence skin
- • The item that you had previously chosen will now be selected in the selection list instead of just starting at the top of the list
- • Decouple Kodi and system volume on Android which removes the double audio volume slider
- • Karaoke support has been completely removed as it wasn’t functional
- • Further improve DX11 implementation in Windows
- • iOS9 support
- • Various PVR fixes and improvements
- • Various improvements to the music section
Needless to say, this is not the entire list of fixes and features for Alpha 4, but that list is quite long and tends to focus on under-the-hood items that are mostly of interest to other devs, skinners, and add-on writers. As these under-the-hood changes begin to work their way up to the user experience, we’ll do our best to detail them here.
Improvements so far in version 15
More in depth information can be found through the following links about the 15 release.
General: So far in version 16 there are no add-on changes that would impact any add-ons except for PVR. Since our 12.x Frodo release there have been some gradual changes but in general all add-ons, even from that time should still work, of course there are some exceptions. If the add-ons worked in Gotham, Helix and Isengard then we are happy to say that all these add-ons should still work.
Skins: Sadly due to the amount of changes we’ll have to announce that skins will have certain parts non working. This alpha will still mark any version 15 skin as compatible and you can still use Kodi as you normally do. However starting from first Beta release which will be released soon all these will be marked “incompatible” unless they are updated. This means that for you to continue using Kodi 16.0 you will have to switch back to Confluence or wait till the skin you use has been updated in our repository.
The following skins are already updated for version 16 and will auto-update when you upgrade. We’re sure more will follow soon.
- • Black Glass Nova
- • Chroma
- • Confluence
- • Mimic
- • Nebula
- • Rapier
- • re-Touched
- • Transparency!
Should you want to download and install this alpha (monthly) build please visit our download page.
- * Official Kodi 16.0 alpha and development downloads
- * Raspberry Pi versions can be found on the forum
Please report any problems on our fourm http://forum.kodi.tv and not on the release announcement.
Donations or getting involved
Getting involved is quite easy. Simply take the plunge and start using these 16.0 Jarvis builds. If you use these builds, we encourage you to report problems with these builds on our forum first and after that, if asked, submit bugs on Trac (following this guide: How to submit a bug report). Do note that we need detailed information so we can investigate the issue. We also appreciate providing support in our Forums where you can. You can of course also follow or help promote Kodi on all available social networks. Read more on the get involved page.
We are always happy to receive a donation by which you show your support and appreciation. All donations go towards the XBMC foundation and are typically used for travel to attend conferences, any necessary paperwork and legal fees, purchase necessary hardware and licenses for developers and hopefully the yearly XBMC Foundation Developers Conference.
Best Official Kodi Add-ons
I have included “Where:” description under each app, so that you know from which category you can find it in the Add-on Manager.
So, let’s dive in…
If you just want to sit back and let your TV suggest what to watch next, I would recommend installing LazyTV.
LazyTV allows you to start watching your favorite TV show playlist and once you have finished watching a TV program, it will automatically suggest the next unwatched episode or show.
You can configure LazyTV to either produce a list of next episodes for each TV series automatically or launch a randomized playlist.
9. Dbmc (Dropbox add-on)
If you are not already using Dropbox to backup your photos from your mobile phone and other sources, maybe now it is a good time to reconsider your backup strategy.
Dropbox is a great way to backup photos from all of the phones in your household into one place.
In order to watch all your photos on the big screen in your living room, Dbmc is a useful Dropbox add-on that allows you to easily view photos from your account.
Trakt remembers everything that you have watched in the past. You can get statistics about your viewing habits and get recommendations on movies and TV shows you might like.
After installing Trakt, it will ask you to authorize your trakt.tv account by entering a provided PIN code from trakt.tv/pin/999 page.
Now, you can launch Trakt and it will synchronize your movie and TV show library with their database.
You can also use Trakt together with Plex and Emby media server applications if you prefer managing your media with a centralized media server app.
7. Multi Slideshow Screensaver
Would you like to have a photo screensaver similar to Apple TV on your Kodi device? With this Multi Slideshow Screensaver, you can showcase and watch your photos on the big screen.
I have set up a Multi Slideshow Screen saver so that it will randomly show photos from my library after 3 minutes of idle time.
My kids especially love this screensaver. This is also a good way to relax and take a stroll down memory lane with your old photos.
In my opinion, HDHomeRun network-attached TV tuner is the easiest way to watch live TV streams with Kodi.
If you don’t have HDHomeRun yet, you can read this DVR guide to learn how to get started.
I would recommend getting familiar with this HDHomeRun app while waiting for the upcoming SiliconDust HDHomeRun DVR, which may be the missing piece in your Digital Video Recording system.
5. TV Guide
TV Guide gives you an overview of the selected channels and tells you what’s on TV right now with a great looking EPG interface.
This TV Guide plugin is especially useful if you want to combine both streams (in.strm file format) from your TV tuner such as HDHomeRun and from online video streaming source.
You can either use your own XMLTV file that includes EPG data as a source or YouSee.tv service.
You can build an XMLTV file for free with MC2XML or if you want more detailed TV listings, you should try Schedules Direct.
4. PlayOn Browser
Would you like to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant or HBO directly from the same user interface?
PlayOn Media Server (learn more) is the only way to stream over 60 premium online channels to your Raspberry Pi 2 or any other Kodi device.
You can add PlayOn as a UPnP source, but the PlayOn Browser makes it much easier for you.
The PlayOn Browser categorizes all the media in the PlayOn web interface so that you can browse the content directly with your remote control.
I have recently started using Tidal music streaming service and I really enjoy using it.
Tidal has superior sound quality (Flac 1411 kbps – lossless) compared to services like Spotify (96 – 320 kbps).
Tidal HiFi music streaming service costs $25.99 per month, but if you really enjoy listening to music with lossless high fidelity sound quality, it is certainly worth it.
You can also watch HD music videos (some of them are available exclusively only on Tidal).
YouTube needs no introduction as it is the biggest video-sharing website in the world.
This plugin has some nice features in addition to the search functionality such as quickly viewing what’s popular right now or watching live streams.
Remember to add YouTube to your home screen as well if you are frequently using it.
1. Arctic: Zephyr
Arctic: Zephyr by jurialmunkey will make your Kodi user interface clean and minimalistic to improve user experience.
This is my new favorite skin.
As you may have noticed, most of the screenshots I have used in this post are using Arctic: Zephyr skin.
If you prefer a darker theme, there is also another Arctic: Zephyr modification for Emby available with a darker color scheme.