Windows 10: Kodi launches UWP app for Windows 10


  1. Posts : 16,132
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       21 Sep 2016 #1

    Kodi launches UWP app for Windows 10


    Clicking the link will bring you to Windows Store(and open it at the same time) ONLY if you have Edge set as default browser: Kodi


    The media player, Kodi, has just been upgraded to the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app format and can now be found in the Windows Store for installation on Windows 10 PCs. The app is designed for large screens, such as a television set, and can be used for consuming a variety of media from movies and music to podcasts and images.
    Here’s the official app description for Kodi in the Windows Store: Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons.
    Kodi launches UWP app for Windows 10, reveals involvement in Desktop Bridge WinBeta


    How to get it

    Well obviously in the Windows Store and search for Kodi! Or you can click this link and go straight to the store page itself. Yes it’s still free as we’ll never ask for money.

    For now we have added our Kodi v17 beta 2 to the store and will continue updating it till the final release comes. Afterwards we’ll just stick to final releases so you don’t need to worry about getting potential unstable builds afterwards. For those who don’t use the store you can still download the Windows version of Kodi from our official download page.
    Don’t forget we also have some official tablet/phone remote controls for both Android and iOS which you can use to control every Kodi version in your home. You can find the links to them on the download page.
    Kodi goes Windows Store | Kodi
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  2.    21 Sep 2016 #2

    Thanks for the info

    Never tried Kodi, but have used Media Portal in the past and now use Plex

    Will need to give this a try
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  3. Posts : 16,132
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    Thread Starter
       21 Sep 2016 #3

    paulsalter said: View Post
    Thanks for the info

    Never tried Kodi, but have used Media Portal in the past and now use Plex

    Will need to give this a try
    I have used Kodi(the desktop version) since it's rebranding from XMBC, and it's really good.
    It's the perfect, if you have an old desktop or laptop and set it up, just to use as a Media Center too.
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  4.    21 Sep 2016 #4

    How about for Xbox....is it out for Xbox?
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    Thread Starter
       21 Sep 2016 #5

    Plankton said: View Post
    How about for Xbox....is it out for Xbox?
    @Plankton, from the Kodi link(second article)
    Sadly Desktop Bridge doesn’t make it possible to run Kodi on anything else but a Windows 10 desktop computer or Surface. Getting Kodi running as a true UWP app which would allow to install on other devices is still a long way to go and requires quite a few changes before that becomes a possibility.
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  6.    21 Sep 2016 #6

    I've run KODI/OPENELECT stand alone on my Raspberry Pi. I love it, once I get it setup the way I like it. Will be nice to be able to run it on my PC from Windows. Would have been even better to be able to run it from my XBOX. The XBOX Media Player sucks big time. And I'm not that impressed with running Groove just to play some of my personal MP3's.
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  7.    21 Sep 2016 #7

    Hmm, opens on my main display by default and I can't just drag it to my other display. Had to go to Settings > System > Display > Display mode (drop down menu).
    No X to close it either, you have to click the power Icon on the main screen to get out.
    These aren't necessarily complaints mind you, just observations and a heads up to anybody else that got lost trying to do things.
    The GUI isn't even remotely close to what I see on my Raspberry Pi. Totally different.
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  8.    21 Sep 2016 #8

    Anybody know how to stop it from blanking my display on playback? After a couple of seconds of playback the display goes blank? Until the next track is played, then it shows for a few seconds and goes blank again? I turned off the screen saver.
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  9.    21 Sep 2016 #9

    I'm not sure what it's doing? The background color is there, and the mouse cursor? Just no graphics to show what's playing? This is the now playing screen I guess? I had keep clicking the mouse back button to get to it?
    It has a headphones ICON in the top right hand corner and says Visualisation. Yes that's the way it's spelled? Settings (on that screen) Visualisation shows None?
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       06 Nov 2016 #10

    I just got the latest kodi Krypton beta(desktop not store app) installed.
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    Nice addition, they have finally added a switch in settings/system, to set it to "windowed mode" default so you have access to the rest of your system.
    It used to be, it always defaulted to full screen and you had to exit the program, to do anything else on your PC, unless you installed a certain skin that had a "reduce to taskbar" option(I forget which one it was now).

    The new default skin & user interface looks really nice too:
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    Still as usual, it is still clumsy to use, and this version doesn't seem to have any visualizations, and trying to install the add-on for it fails(it is still beta, but the 5th beta, so please!).

    And I did notice the new UI is similar to the store app
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