Kodi 19 Matrix released: New Features, Download and Tips

Kodi 19 Matrix released: Features, Download and more

Kodi 19 Matrix has been released and comes with a lot of new features and functionalities. Read our guide to find out about all major changes, the impact on Kodi addons and download links for all platforms.

Important information about Kodi addons

Most of the Kodi addons are currently not working with Kodi 19 Matrix! As of now we highly recommend to stay with the latest Kodi 18 Leia version which is 18.9.

With Kodi 19 Matrix the media center moves over to Python 3. Python is the programming language all Kodi addons are written in. Since Python 2.7 – the version used up until Kodi 18.9 Leia – has gone out of support the move was a necessary step.

Python 3 has no backwards compatibility which means all existing Kodi addons need to be rewritten by the developers. While it’s highly likely that some of the popular addons eventually get an update to support Kodi 19 most of the extensions will never work with the new major release.

We suggest you to wait a couple of months and continue using Kodi 18.9 Leia instead which is of course still working flawlessly.

Popular addons working with Kodi 19

Kodi 19 Matrix major changes and new features

Please remember that Kodi is an open source and non-commercial project, free to use by everyone. All developers are working in their free time to improve the media center software and add new features on a regular basis.

Some important key figures regarding Kodi 19 Matrix:

  • Nearly 50 open source developers contributed to the new version
  • 5,000 commits and 1,500 pull requests since Kodi 18 Leia
  • 5,500 changed files
  • 600,000 lines of code added, changed or removed
  • Countless hours of testing, debugging and optimizing

Addons and Scrapers

  • Addons must be written in Python 3
  • From now on Kodi will enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies
    • Third-party repositories are not able anymore to overwrite code of addons installed from a different repository
  • XML metadata scrapers for movies and TV shows replaced by new Python scrapers
  • New Python scrapers for music

Playback

  • Video
    • Support for AV1 video codec
    • HLG HDR and HDR10 support on Windows 10
    • HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android
  • Music
    • Improved metadata handling for music
    • New visualizations for music
  • Gaming
    • Improved quality of “Pixel Art” games
    • Kodi on iOS supports bluetooth controllers (e.g. PlayStation & Xbox gamepads)

Look and Feel

  • Improved default skin (Estuary)
    • Screen redesign
    • New metadata displays
    • Changes to playlist views
    • “Now playing” view
    • Artwork and image files improvements
    • Updates GUI controls

PVR / Live TV

  • Significantly improved live TV experience
    • PVR reminders
    • New home screen widgets
    • Enhanced group/channel manager
    • Improved navigation and dialog controls
    • Tags for new/live/finale/premiere
    • Better performance
    • API improvements

Subtitles

  • Timestamp overlays fixed
  • New dark grey color for subtitles
  • Opacity for subtitles can be set

Kodi 19 Matrix Download links

As usual you can download the newest version of Kodi from the developer’s website (external link). Scroll down a bit to the section “Choose your weapon” and click on the platform you are using.

If you are depending on Kodi addons we highly suggest you to continue using Kodi 18.9 Leia. You can still download older releases of Kodi from it’s mirrors page (external link).

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