Kodi 21.0 Omega’s New Beta Arrives: Updates for Video Standards and Much More

Kodi 21.0 Omega’s New Beta Arrives: Updates for Video Standards and Much More

It appears you’ve provided the changelog of Kodi 21.0 Beta 2 Omega update, which includes a variety of enhancements, fixes, and new features. The update addresses several aspects of Kodi, including network connectivity improvements for IPv6, updates to Android’s Dolby Vision support, HDR10 implementation for Xbox platforms, skin development API changes, and more.

To highlight some of the notable changes:

1. Skin Developers:
– An API bump requiring skin changes for compatibility with the Omega branch.
– Information on skinning changes can be found in a specified Kodi forum thread.

2. Build/Dependencies:
– Dependency bumps for `openssl` and `python` as part of the routine update process.

3. Estuary and Estouchy Skins:
– Various improvements such as media flags for music in Estuary.

4. General:
– Removal of `pcrecpp` library usage, switching to C++ standard library features.
– Upgrading the FFmpeg library to version 6.0.1 for platforms not using a system-provided version.
– Improvements and fixes to artwork cache handling, particularly for PVR images.

5. Network:
– Fixes to IPv6 usage.

6. Platform Specifics:
– Android: Dolby Vision playback fixes.
– Linux: VDPAU HQ scaler fixes.
– macOS: Update to Apple’s `notarytool` for macOS signing.
– Windows: HDR10 support added for Xbox, and fixes for VC-1/MPEG-2 video playback and crash issues.

7. PVR:
– Fixes and improvements, addressing race conditions and recording path issues.

8. Python:
– Addition of `songVideoURL` to the `InfoTagMusic` interface.

9. Skinning:
– `xbmc.gui` version bumped up, and new infolabels added.

10. UPnP:
– Enhancements include the ability to serve smartlists via UPnP.

11. Videos:
– Changes to settings for caching and playback, including migration of some advanced settings to the main Settings menu.

For users of Kodi, these improvements aim to enhance user experience and platform stability. The changelog also acknowledges the community and developer contributions that have shaped this update. Users interested in this update can download it from the provided official Kodi download link.

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