The Kodi team has released the biggest update of their popular free and open source cross-platform media player in nearly two years.

Among other things, Kodi 20.0 “Nexus” brings support for the AV1 video codec, support for HDR visuals on Windows PCs, and a bunch of other improvements. There’s also now support for running multiple instances of a binary add-on at the same time.

If you’re wondering why you’d want to run multiple instances of the same add-on, that’s because it opens the door to doing things like running two or more TVHeadend servers, each with its own set of channel groups, hidden channels, and other customizations.

Kodi provides a full-screen experience for managing and interacting with music, movies, photos, games, and other content. Originally designed to turn game consoles and PCs into media center systems that can be plugged into a big-screen TV, Kodi has also added support for smaller touchscreen displays in recent years.

It’s available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. And Kodi 20 adds support for the Steam Deck’s game controllers, making it easier to navigate the media center on Valve’s handheld gaming PC.

Other changes include a save state manager for games using Kodi’s Retroplayer, and a whole bunch of bug fixes and other improvements that have been under development since the first alpha of Kodi 20 was released in April, 2022.

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  1. Glad to see Kodi already supporting AV1. With h265, Kodi was probably the earliest supporter with complete out-of-the-box support.

    Back when Kodi implemented h265 support, the next best option was using MPC-HC player with several 3rd party plugins installed.

  2. Kodi 20 destroyed queueing. It makes them random, not in episode order. It happened on all of my devices. 😥

  3. I’d really like a Kodi client-server type situation in a future update. I’m currently running Kodi on a bunch of FireTV sticks with one NAS to hold my movies. Every time I set up Kodi on a new device, it misses one or two odd duck movies that I have to manually configure. It would be nice to install Kodi on a new device, then point it at the server instance to pull in all my library information. Tried Plex, could never get it to work properly.

    1. Jellyfin is really fantastic as long as you can set up a static ip on the device serving up media.