[SUGGESTION] Official Kodi support on LG smartTVs


Hi everyone, we're a noprofit EU foundation devoted to promote the open source philosophy and spread its softwares.

The open sourcing of WebOS is certainly a good approach, but - in our opinion - if LG wanna seriously push its userbase/community the best move is to officially join open source softwares that are already widely adopted.

We're talking about Kodi, THE award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media !

So our suggestion for LG devs is to initially port a Kodi-specific distro - such as LibreElec - to "undertand" how implement the integration and, of course, to attract more indipendent devs.

Last but not least, check out this interesting article:

OSMC Vs. OpenELEC Vs. LibreELEC โ€“ Kodi Operating System Comparison


It's very interesting to me personally :).


I also agree with you. In my humble opinion, the KODI is important part of platform to enjoy media things. i hope can use KODI in webOS OSE.


Let's be honest. One of Kodi's primary real world uses is watching content that people aren't legally entitled to. Facilitating or assisting that kind of content in their TVs likely isn't high on LG's list of priorities. They already have lots of apps that link to legitimate content sources or act as media players. It doesn't hurt to ask, but I wouldn't get your hopes up that this will get many cycles from anyone other than the dev community.


Your statement is analogous to saying that since cars are also used to make rapies and / or causes many deaths on the roads, then are barelly-legal: totally nonsense.

Not only, to us this sounds rather offensive for developers (that often acts as noprofit/volunteers), XBMC foundation as well as for all official Kodi sponsors (such as Nvidia, WeTek, Minix, etc): although it's true that SOMEONE uses the potentials of Kodi for "not always legal" purposes, it's also clear that it's the only other de facto "standard" for Digital Home Entertainment devices.

However, if LG isn't - wrongly according to us - interested, we strongly recommend them to release all the necessary code (including sources of all hardware drivers, of course) to allow third parties indipendent devs create ports.


Sorry if I ruffled your feathers. I understand your view, but I'm just saying that LG isn't likely to put any time or resources toward Kodi (my opinion, not confirmed or denied by LG). Despite offending you and potentially other volunteer developers, the truth still stands. Kodi is a prime platform for digital piracy. The ability to easily add plug-ins that access illegal content makes it an enticing platform for that type of activity. The whole platform shouldn't be punished because the developers of illegal content plug-ins have hijacked it, but it does add a negative connotation to the platform. Sadly, a lot of consumers think because a plug-in is available, it's legal to use it regardless of what it's doing.


The "truth" is enshrined in the official Kodi About page:
It is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customisable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community.

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS and Android, 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.

Again: if YOU use it for piracy - as some people uses PS3 to rip SACDs - this not means that is an "hack tool" itself.

Last but not least, as any manufacturer shoud know, customers are ALWAYS right: