Best Skins/Themes for Kodi
Best Kodi Skins
Perception is reality and great XBMC Kodi skins give you and your friends the perception that your media center is awesome. Apart from the looks, skins let you customize your media center to your liking. For example, adding shortcuts, rearranging menu items, etc. that can help you navigate through your media center faster. Without further ado, let us look at
5 6 best Kodi skins that can enhance the looks as well as your experience. [Read: 15 XBMC keyboard shortcuts you should know]
Confluence, the default Kodi skin is still the king of the hill. In our survey, more than 40% of the Kodi users still preferred the Confluence skin. This is not surprising considering this is one of the highly optimized skins that runs well on almost any hardware, including the first generation Raspberry Pi. [Read: Raspberry Pi vs Amazon Fire TV for Kodi media center]
Confluence skin has the right amount of features and looks that make it amazing in an uncomplicated way. Therefore, it is still the best Kodi skin and preferred by 43% of the surveyed readers.
2. Aeon Nox
The next best skin preferred by Kodi users is Aeon Nox. Aeon Nox looks amazing yet it is quite lightweight. The biggest strengths of Aeon Nox skin are menu customization, library views, and stunning looks. While quite lightweight, it still requires a decent hardware and would run much better on the new Raspberry Pi 2.0 than 1.0.
Aeon Nox is available through the Kodi default repository and is easy to install through
Get More. About 18% of our readers prefer this skin, making it second to Confluence skin.
Amber is my favorite XBMC Kodi skins for low power hardware such as Raspberry Pi 1.0. It hits an amazing balance of aesthetics and performance. It is very lightweight yet featureful. One of the best features of Amber skin is the Home Shelf that offers several customization options. My favorite feature is the ability to create shortcut to my frequently accessed Kodi addons. [Read: 20 Best Kodi addons in 2015 to help you cut the cord]
Amber is not as customizable as Aeon Nox or Aeon MQ but it also does not work the hardware to the level of those 2 skins. Nearly 15% of the readers preferred this skin, making it third on the list ofbest Kodi skins.
Originally this list had only 5 Skins. But commenter Scott Wallace suggested Mimic Skin. I tried it and was blown away. Both my Fire TVs and my HTPC are now running Mimic Skin. Mimic combines the features of Aeon Nox and reFocus skins. In my tests, I found it to be very responsive and fluid. I did not hesitate to move it up to fourth on my list. Definitely worth a try even on low power devicessuch as Raspberry Pi.
Mimic skin is available to install through the Official Kodi skin downloads repository and can be installed easily from within Kodi settings.
Eminence is a Kodi skin that seeks simplicity, functionality, and elegance with a modern look. In my opinion, it hits that sweet spot very well. Like Amber, Aeon Nox, and Aeon MQ, Eminence also allows playlists and favorites to be added to the homescreen. On overclocked Raspberry Pi 1.0 I did not notice any major performance issues. [Read: 10 Tweaks to improve XBMC performance on Raspberry Pi]
Eminence has been receiving a lot of attention recently as one of the best Kodi skins. It is available to install through the Official XBMC skin downloads repository and can be installed easily from within Kodi settings. If you have skinning abilities, headover to its Git repository and help make it better.
6. Aeon MQ
Aeon MQ skins are among the best Kodi skins and are known for their looks and customizability. The level of customization can be set based on hardware capabilities. While initial releases were quite hardware intensive, recent releases have been lightened a little bit without feature loss to fit compact and low power Kodi boxes. I would still not recommend running Aeon MQ on an Android TV Box or Raspberry Pi 1. But it can be a great skin for Kodi on a HTPC (especially in a living room / entertainment room).
Aeon MQ 5 is available in the official Kodi repository which is included by default in Kodi. If you have a decently powerful HTPC then install and try Aeon MQ5. Its advanced customization options are probably unmatched
M3U Playlists & IPTV Links
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Amazon bans Kodi! Crazy or What?
Kodi, an open-source program formerly known as XMBC, disappeared from the Amazon Appstore last week. When the Kodi team asked for an explanation, Amazon emailed several days later to explain that the app “can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content.
Hi [Kodi Team],
Thanks for your e-mail. This e-mail is regarding the Kodi app that you submitted for sale through the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Program.
In reviewing your app, we determined that it can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content. Any facilitation of piracy or illegal downloads is not allowed in our program.
Please do not resubmit this app or similar apps in the future.
Let me know if you have any questions.
The Kodi software itself is an entirely legal media center that doesn’t come with any infringing features or content. However, there are many third-party addons that allow users to stream pirated movies and TV-shows.
For Amazon to ban the app is “absurd” according to the Kodi team, because the company is still allowing vendors to sell boxes that are giving the software this bad reputation.
Several people have pointed out that many Kodi/XBMC related apps that have “pre-loaded” piracy addons (including the popular TVMC) are still available on Amazon.
Yes, most pirated media is distributed in DRM-free formats, but Kodi is a player, and there are plenty of legitimate reasons to use it to play back your legally-obtained audio and video files. Kodi “facilitates” piracy in the same way that a Ziploc bag facilitates street corner drug sales –IT DOESN’T.
To add insult to injury, the Kodi developers have been incredibly careful to avoid any association with piracy or illegal downloads
What do you say?
B. Or What!