Kodi 19.x “Matrix” – Alpha 1 released

The Kodi team have announced the next major version of Kodi (the system formally known as XBMC). Version 19 of the media system will be coded named Matrix and have improved music system, updated skins and improved PVR.

Development is at the Alpha stage with the Alpha 1 now available for download.

Details from Kodi:


Improved handling of multi-disc CD sets and box sets

Additional metadata tags

Improved handling of album release dates

New setting to open music fullscreen/visualisation window automatically when playback is started

A new, Matrix-inspired music visualisation is now available to install – great care has been put into making this perform well on lower-end systems


Software decoding of the AV1 CODEC


Subtitle opacity can now be changed

New dark grey colour for subtitles

Estuary Skin

Redesign of the music fullscreen/visualisation window to match other fullscreen windows – allows fanart and visualisations to be shown without coloured overlays

Additional media info flags added to music fullscreen/visualisation window info display

The default Playlist view now uses the Widelist view format with options on the sideblade menu as in other areas of the skin

A new “Now Playing” view added for music playback, showing media details for both any selected song in the playlist and those for any currently playing song


iOS now supports game controllers (Xbox/PlayStation/other supported Bluetooth controllers)

Platform Specifics

Darwin (Apple) platforms:

Objective-C code migrated from manual memory management to ARC


Added showing total/free space

Kodi log can now be shared using native sharing sheet

Kodi GUI is no longer obscured on devices with notch


Blank Other Displays setting no longer requires app restart

“Toggle fullscreen” now uses default macOS shortcut


Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the device)

Dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support for streaming services (if supported by the device)


Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the GPU)

Information Providers (scrapers)

New python scrapers for music – available in repo as Generic Album Scraper and Generic Artist Scraper

New python scrapers for TV & movies – available in repo as The Movie Database Python and The TVDB (new)


PVR reminders

TV and radio channel groups and Estuary home screen widgets

Group manager usability enhancements

Channel manager usability enhancements

Guide window navigation controls

Estuary PVR information dialog enhancements

Setting ‘Switch to full screen’ now supports channel types

Playlist context menu items for recordings

Dynamic PVR categories for Estuary home screen

Ability to sort channels and EPG by the backend order of channels

Support group specific channel numbering and option to start group number locally from 1

Support for starting EPG entries as live

Support displaying recording sizes and being able to sort by them

New, Live, Finale and Premiere for EPG, recordings and timers

Guide window performance improvements

Search window performance improvements

EPG performance and memory usage optimisations

C++ API for PVR Addon development


Improved information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces

Added default-on switch to require a password for the web interface


Probably the biggest change: with this release, we move to Python 3 for addons (see note below).

Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies. This has been implemented to prevent third party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous error reports in the past.

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