Kodi is a media player developed by XBMC foundation, which is a non- profit technology consortium. It was earlier known as Xbox Media Center and was only available for Xbox users to watch videos, listen to music. Later it was made available for many other devices like Android, iOS/tvOS, Linux, BSD, Raspbian, masOS and other Microsoft based operating systems. Kodi is a free and open source media player. It has tons of features and the best part is that it can be customised by the user. You can apply your own customs and personalise your Kodi software. Kodi has many plug-ins and AddOns in its own market from where you can download and enhance its features. Kodi allows you to stream media from so many online partners including Amazon Prime, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify and Youtube. One of the best Kodi AddOn is the skin feature that can change the entire look, you can download various skins or create your own and share them with your friends and family as well. You can use Kodi on various devices and simply log in to your account and access it, you need a proper internet connection or Wifi to use Kodi.
We all are well aware of what a Playstation is, recently Sony Interactive Entertainment released its latest Playstation 4 launched on November 15 2014 which is their eighth generation home video game console, successor to Playstation 3 it has significant improvements like the console is now much lighter and has a sleek design and it offers 1TB hard drive and all the best games, with Playstation 4 you can connect with friends and play online multiplayer matches which also has a voice chat feature that amplify the whole experience. You can watch live streams of just stream your game live to your audience. It is very easy to share screenshots or videos of your games.
NVIDIA SHIELD is an Android TV based digital media player produced by Nvidia, this was first released in May 2015 it is a type of micro console which allows you to stream, play and download games. Like all other Android TV’s out there it can also enhance its features with the right apps. It is also known as the Shield Android TV or Shield Console. NVIDIA SHIELD has a 4k resolution video quality at 60fps over and HDMI 2.0 output and also supports HEVC encoded video, it comes in 16 GB flash storage or a 500GB hard drive variant. The latest version was released in 2017 of the 16 GB model with an upgraded controller which has an microphone. The new version runs on Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0 which was released on 16 Jan 2017 and is based on Android ‘Nougat’. It utilizes Nvidia’s Tegra X1 system on chip, based on ARM Cortex-A57 CPU and has Nvidia’s Maxwell microarchitecture GPU and 3 GB of RAM. NVIDIA SHIELD 500GB hard drive Shield Pro model contains two ports for internet connection, gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wifi.
PlayStation 3 is one of the best gaming consoles ever, It is developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and is successor to its previous version Playstation 2. This was first released on November 11, 2006 in japan and later in North America following Europe and Australia. Playstation 3 was the first console ever to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium. The controllers are wireless which is an upgrade from the previous version. Later a new slim and super slim designs were also released with 500GB hard drive and 12 GB flash storage in PAL regions and in Canada. The super slim Playstation 3 model was 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the slim model, after this they started releasing models with specified games.
Roku is a pretty famous streaming media player which lets you watch videos and listen to music, play games and use many other apps on your Internet TV. It basically takes up content from web and displays it on your TV screen. It comes packed with loads of features like it supports Full HD 1080p, quad-core processor, you can search across multiple content providers and there’s also a mobile application from which you can use your mobile device as a remote or cast personal media to your TV. Screen monitoring is also compatible with Android and Windows devices. It also has shortcut buttons where you can skip to the popular channels like Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO and others, these buttons vary by model. There are five models available in the market as of now, The Express and Express+ models are for TV models that dont have HDMI port. The Streaming Stick and Stick Plus are on a much classy side with more wireless specs, then there is The Ultra model which has many additional features like voice searching via remote, an Ethernet connection, micro SD slot if you need extra storage and there are gaming buttons and a remote finder too.
Samsung is a well known company as has been dominating the electronics market for quite some time, it has been launching some great tech in most affordable prices, Samsung brought Gear VR on September 3, 2014, later more improved models of it were released which were better than their predecessor and provided more comfort with its cushioned straps and the snug fit around the head, with its latest release Samsung Gear VR is a virtual reality headset which is a product of Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Oculus but manufactured by Samsung. It is designed to work with most of Samsung’s flagship smartphones which currently support Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note fan Edition, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ and the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and various other devices. Apart from the connectivity and display, Samsung Gear VR acts as a controllers as well containing the field of view and custom inertial measurement unit, or IMU for rotational tracking which allows the smartphone to connect via micro USB. It also includes a touchpad and back button on the side, there’s a proximity sensor which detects whether the headset is on. Samsung Gear VR can be calibrated using the wheel provided on top of the headset and there’s a trackpad on the right side of device, back button is located above it. You can adjust volume using the volume rockers located on the right hand side.
Smart TV is sometimes referred to hybrid TV or a television set with integrated internet capabilities. Smart TV’s have become a very common thing these days and is owned by everyone. Most of the brands like Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Vu, Sony, Onida, Micromax, Weston, Belco and many more have brought forward their own Smart TV’s which have different specs and features, basically these televisions have internet connectivity and are able to download apps just like an Android device, the user can download apps of their choice and use the same features on a bigger screen. Smart TV’s have a very slim and sleek design. Smart TV’s also allows the user to play videos, movies, TV shows, photos and other content directly from the web, cable, satellite TV or from a local storage. They can also play content from your mobile phone and you can use your mobile device as a remote for it.
Sonos is an American company which basically deals in speakers. It was founded by John MacFarlane, Craig Shelburne, Tom Cullen and Trung Mai in 2002 in California. This company had a vision to create wireless service.
After so many years now Sonos provides easy to use wireless home sound systems, this company is quite famous for the smart speakers it provides. Sonos has partnered with several other companies between 2011 and 2014 which adds to their catalog of services. Finally you need a stable internet connection or a Wifi to make this work.
TiVo app allows you to search and browse as well as share programs from your TiVo DVR directly to your mobile device without any interruption whatsoever. TiVo comes packed with loads of features like you can find new content regarding your favourite shows, latest releases, you can schedule it so it automatically records your favourite shows on your mobile device no matter where you may be, with TiVo you can also use your mobile device as a remote control and manage your to do list and onepasses. You can also personalise the sequence of what to watch feed as per your need. TiVo sets you free from boundaries and you can watch your favourite content anytime anywhere. Note that you need to have a stable internet or Wifi connection to use this app.
If you want to organise your photo, music and video into a beautiful collection, you should consider using Plex. The app is available for free, and it allows you to enjoy your media files smoothly. It actually makes your media file look rich!
With this software, you can also sync your media files with different devices. The app is available for both free and premium version. Even the free version of the app offers you with a lot of functionality.