Goodbye XBMC Hello Kodi Entertainment Center

It may seem like we are losing an old friend, but XBMC is now gone the way of the dinosaur to be replaced by Kodi Entertainment Center. Essentially the same beast, the name change comes as the Xbox Media Center name that it is based on is now outdated. The product doesnt even run on the Xbox console anymore (apart from the original Xbox), hence the rebranding.

Kodi, the new name for XBMC

Kodi, the new name for XBMC

The developers of Kodi also had no control over the trademark to the XBMC name which caused confusion. Speaking about the change in a post, Kodi project manager Nathan Betzen said, “In the past few years, we have seen the mass confusion that resulted from this lack of control first hand. Users have been fooled into wasting money buying boxes running hacked and typically broken versions of XBMC. News sites and blogs have gotten caught in confusing language numerous times. Unrelated fan communities, often founded under the best of intentions, have found themselves under attack, simply because no guidelines existed to simplify the process of clearly distinguishing themselves from the XBMC Foundation”.

He also said of the name evolution, “While the software still acts as a media center, it also hosts addons, loads games, streams content to and from numerous devices, and can ultimately act as a complete replacement for whatever platform it is hosted on. Indeed, XBMC today is far more an Entertainment Center than a simple Media Center”.

Although this is just a rebranding exercise For the end user though, and the changes are just in name only. Users will need to update the software to the new v.14 to stay up-to-date. It is recommended that existing users erase the old XBMC configuration and then installing the new Kodi.