We knew it was coming, but that it was pushed out now is certainly a surprise. The Kodi team has released its first alpha client of v18 Leia in UWP form to the Xbox One and it's available to download right now for anyone.
It's a very early look at the app, and while the fit and finish looks pretty great (and on par with the current stable version on Windows 10), the developers have been quick to point out where the current limitations are. And may always be.
Rewriting Kodi in UWP form comes alongside finally updating the desktop app for Windows to 64-bit, and eventually, this same version on the Xbox will be available through the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 as well.
It's going to be rough around the edges for a while, but the developer team has detailed everything about the Xbox launch over on the Kodi blog. The best thing we can do is use it, experience it, and feedback where things aren't quite right through the Kodi forums.
We've come full circle. What was born on the Xbox can once again be found there. Welcome home.
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Can I watch directv now through the Kodi app
No add-on that I can see in the official repository. Usually means there's no legal way to do it.
"...As of this writing there's limited access to only what's part of your Video and Music folders. Network support is limited to only NFS:// shares. No access to the Blu-ray drive to start the disc or even an attached storage drive..." Since these specific items are not UWP limitations, I hope we will see them added in. For example... Selecting folders other than Music/Video libraries only needs a UWP folder selection UI option to give UWP a security token to touch any folder.
I'm sure they will, it's an alpha launch afterall
Can someone briefly state what is important about kodi for Xbox one? What does it do that we can't do with Xbox one as it is?
Control backend HTPC setups, playback content from said PCs, and has (will have) rich plugin support for services where we may never see an official UWP app.
A complete full circle, started off as XBMC, morphed into Kodi and back on Xbox as Kodi. I hope Microsoft starts hammering those API's into UWP sooner than later, Kodi back on xbox is a big win.
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