The Library Mode view allows users to browse their video content by categories; Genre, Title, Year, Actors and Directors.
Kodi uses one multimedia video player "core" for video-playback.
From version 12.0 (Frodo), Kodi has a native Live TV with EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and DVR (Digital Video Recorder) features with a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) frontend GUI, which enables video capture and playback to and from a hard disk drive with PVR Client Addons for most popular PVR backends (TV tuner card server).
These addons can be installed separately as plugins in Kodi.
Derivative applications such as Media Portal and Plex have been spun off from XBMC or Kodi, as well as Just enough operating systems like Open ELEC and Libre ELEC.
Kodi has attracted negative attention due to the availability of third-party plug-ins for the software that facilitate unauthorized access to copyrighted media content, as well as "fully loaded" digital media players that are pre-loaded with such add-ons; the XBMC Foundation has not endorsed any of these uses, and has taken steps to disassociate the Kodi project from these illegal products, including threatening legal action against those using its trademarks to promote them.
The later versions also have a personal video-recorder (PVR) graphical front end for receiving live television with electronic program guide (EPG) and high-definition digital video recorder (DVR) support.
Because of its open source and cross-platform nature, with its core code written in C , modified versions of Kodi-XBMC together with a Je OS have been used as a software appliance suite or software framework in a variety of devices including smart TVs, set-top boxes, digital signage, hotel television systems, network connected media players and embedded systems based on armhf platform like Raspberry Pi.It is a multi-platform home-theater PC (HTPC) application.Kodi is highly customizable: a variety of skins can change its appearance, and various plug-ins allow users to access streaming media content via online services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora Internet Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, and You Tube.Kodi includes full internationalization and localization support with full translations into 12 languages; there are projects to translate into a total of 75 ongoing as of 2017 Kodi's structure is such that if the language is not available, or not up-to-date, it can be made by editing simple strings in an XML-file, which can then be submitted to XBMC's project management and bug tracking system tool for use by others, and after version 11.0 XBMC switched to using Get Text PO (Portable Object) formatted files for more easily handled translator translations using Transifex web-based translation platform with online crowd-sourced translation services.The TV feature allows users to watch some TV broadcasts that may be transmitted by a DTT, ADSL, cable, or Internet streaming, depending on the chosen add-on.Kodi also functions as a game launcher on any operating system.