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A measure of the display resolution. For consumer grade TV's this means a grid of 3840x2160 pixels on the screen. For Digital Cinema, it is a grid of 4096x2160 pixels. See: 4K TV


A program/application that allows you to add a new feature, or to extend an existing feature, of Kodi. It is the same principle as used by Apple's AppStore and Google's PlayStore.
Aspect Ratio
The correlation between the Width and the Height of an image. A standard flat screen TV has an Aspect Ratio of 16:9. See: Aspect Ratio
Audio-Video Receiver.


A program that automatically or semi-automatically adds or edits Wikipedia-pages.
Blu-ray format preserved
When ripping a movie from a Blu-ray disc, the original file and folder structure of the disc is kept intact, rather than re-encoding into a single file format such as mkv. See: Blu-ray Format
Build (Official Use)
A generic name that a computer application gets after it has been created via compilation of the application's source code based on a certain computer platform. A build can be based on Windows, Linux, Android and other operating systems. A build can also have a version number as identification.
Build (unofficial or piracy)
A term not recognized by Team Kodi that some sites and people use to mean a version of Kodi with various addons pre-installed and sometimes skin modifications. Given that these modifications are not compiled into Kodi, "build" is an inaccurate term, but some piracy communities persist in using it.


Consumer Electronics Control. A feature of HDMI connected devices that allow the control of connected devices with a single remote control. Each device manufacturer uses their own Trade Name in place of the term CEC. See: CEC
Is a portmanteau of coder-decoder. A codec encodes a data stream or a signal for transmission and storage, possibly in encrypted form, and the decoder function reverses the encoding for playback or editing. Codecs are used in videoconferencing, streaming media, and video editing applications. See: Codec
A file format that is used to combine, store and play Codecs. See: Containers
When a CD is ripped as one large file, a cuesheet is simultaneously created that provides information on the tracks, duration, titles, performers and other metadata for all the songs within the single ripped file. See: Cuesheet
CRU Lyrics
Are the text strings that can be displaying in Kodi whenever a song is played. The song's lyrics will scroll along the screen as the song progresses. People can use the lyrics for Karaoke performances.


Debug Log
An automatically generated log that captures the commands, processes and results of the program which aids in the fault finding of problems or unexpected behaviour.
Techie-speak for "tolerated in or supported by a system but not recommended" (i.e., beware: may well be on the way out). It can also mean that certain functionality is (already) no longer available.
DVD format preserved
When ripping a movie from a DVD, the original file and folder structure of the disk is kept intact, rather than re-encoding into a single file format such as mkv



The act of copying the source code of a program so that development may continue in a different direction to that of the original program. See: Fork


Graphical User Interface. The component of a computer system that a user is able to directly interact with. Usually presents the menu and option systems via icons.


High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. It is a copy protection system implemented between authorised devices. It prevents protected media, such as Blu-ray movies, from being easily copied. If a device does not have a valid licence, then any streams sent or received will be reduced in quality. See: HDCP
High-Definition Multimedia Interface is a proprietary audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device, such as a display controller, to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.[4] HDMI is a digital replacement for analog video standards. See: HDMI


Internet Relay Chat. A text-based way of communication via channels on dedicated chat servers. See: IRC
Abbreviation for "If I Recall Correctly"
A comprehensive online repository of Movies, TV Shows, Cast, Crew, Trivia and more. See: IMDB
Internet Protocol TeleVision. The delivery of television content over the internet instead of over the air. See: IPTV
Abbreviation for "In Real Life"



Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC/Kodi Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.


A collection of data captured in a database, that contains all main information as well as metadata on its entries. Kodi has two main libraries, one for videos and one for music.
Live TV
Live television is the reception of television video feeds as it happens.


Media Manager
Software that implements and regulates multimedia files, and also can process metadata on the multimedia.
Additional information for Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos and Music, that will be added to the library and displayed with the media. It can include Taglines, Plots, Actors/Artists, Release/Premiered dates, Alternate Titles, Song Lyrics, Labels/Studio Ratings and much more. It can also include Artwork.
Moderator, Mod
A trusted member of the Forum that has been granted additional privileges for the purpose of housekeeping, arbitration and editing of other users posts. Usually granted for a particular area of the forum or a sub-forum. See also: Super Moderator
MusicBrainz is an open source music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public. Like Wikipedia, MusicBrainz is maintained by a global community of users. See: MusicBrainz
MusicBrainz Picard
Picard is a cross-platform music tagger written in Python and uses MusicBrainz as the source for all tagging metadata. See: MusicBrainz Picard


Also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of "info", or "information") is a commonly used three-letter filename extension for text files that accompany various digital scene releases with information about them. See: NFO
Nodes are defined views that are used to organize and display your media from the menu. There are pre-defined nodes (title, director, actor, year) and there are user-defined nodes that allow a user to separate, for example, Home Movies from standard Hollywood type movies.


Original Poster. Used to refer to the person who started the thread.


Where undecoded sound is 'passed through' to an audio receiver, which then decodes the sound. This is usually for Surround Sound setups using either Dolby Digital and DTS. This then has little to no impact on the sound quality.
Personal Video Recorder. This is a device that has a tuner, a hard drive and software that is able to play, record and rewind OTA television broadcasts. More powerful versions can 'series link' so an entire series can be set to record at a particular time of the week until it has ended.
PVR Frontend
Software, usually on a client PC or device that is able to show an EPG (Electronic Program Guide) with all the available OTA channels, where you can view a TV shows information and record it at a push of a button.
PVR Backend
Software, usually on a Server, or device solely for PVR purposes, that is able to record and stream OTA broadcasts to PVR Frontends as well as setup timed recordings. With the addition of the Hard drive, you are able to pause and rewind live OTA broadcasts.



Refactor (code)
When code, for a particular function, is rewritten in a manner that improves on the original code
The measure of the number of Pixels along the width and the height of a display screen. Multiplying the two numbers will give the total number of pixels on the screen. The current standard resolution for consumer grade TV's is 3840x2160. See: Resolution
Repository, Repo
A centralised collection of Add-ons. The user then installs the repository which makes it more convenient to install multiple add-ons from a single location. It also provides the benefit of auto-updates. See: Kodi Add-ons
Rip, ripping
The process of copying a CD, DVD, Blu-Ray or UHD Blu-ray to a hard drive. Normally requires easily obtainable software. See: Ripping


The process of collecting general information as well as metadata of videos or music songs. The results will be entered in Kodi's video and/or music database(s). See: Content and Scanning
Customised GUI's that are easily interchangeable with the default GUI or Skin. See: Skin
Can be used to refer to the person creating the skin, or the act of creating the skin.
Super Moderator
Similar to Moderator, but with additional privileges to access and perform their duties anywhere in the forum.


Tag / Tagging
Adding information or metadata to a video or music song, in order to identify and link that object in several ways to genres, artists, etcetera. Music files (f.e. MP3), can be tagged with various info like artist name, album name, audio bitrate, producer name. The list is practically endless. See: ID3
Talk page
A page reserved for discussion of the page with which it is associated, such as the article page. Very confusingly, the link to a talk page is labelled "discussion". All pages within Wikipedia (except pages in the Special namespace, and talk pages themselves!) have talk pages attached to them.
Team-Kodi Member
A person that has been recruited by the Kodi team to enhance the team's capabilities. This can be done in various ways, for example in programming, forum moderatorships, legal assistance, social media.
A way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for boilerplate text, navigational aids, etc.
See: Skin
TMDB, TheMovieDB
The Movie DataBase. An online community built movie, TV and artwork database. Used by Kodi to scrape information into your library related to your Movies and TV Shows. See: TMDB
Third Party Addons
Addons that has been supplied freely by someone else, who isn't a Team Kodi member or the end user of the Kodi application (as in a third person). These addons also don't appear in the official repository of Kodi. It is noted that not all third party add-ons are of a piracy nature, as there are are few legitimate third party add-on developers that reside on the official Kodi Forum. However, all piracy add-ons are third party. As both piracy and non-piracy third party addons are not part of the main code structure of Kodi, XBMC Foundation reserve the right not to support these add-ons as the developers of third party add-ons are outside of the Kodi team.
A user who incites or engages in disruptive behavior (trolling). There are some people who enjoy causing conflict, and there are those who make a hobby of it. However, these are few in number and one should always assume good faith in other users. Calling someone a troll in a dispute is a bad idea. No further meaningful debate is likely to occur.
The TV DataBase. An online community built TV Show and Artwork database. Used by Kodi to scrape TV Show information into your library.


UHD, UHD4K, UHD Blu-ray


VPN or Virtual Private Network
A method of connecting to the network that is advertised as secure and private. This may not be true in all cases.


Wall of text
An unusually long paragraph, presenting a solid block of text of a dozen or more lines. Walls of text are visually unappealing and difficult to read. A wall of text in an article may simply be a sign of an inexperienced editor unfamiliar with Wikipedia markup, or may be a sign of a more serious issue such as copy-and-paste copyright violation. A wall of text in a talk page may be taken to be a sign of soapboxing or shotgun argumentation.


The original name of KODI. A free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC/Kodi Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.



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