Kodi continues to be a hugely popular way to access content online and users are set for a swathe of new features.
The TV Player has just announced the Beta version of Kodi v18 is now available for download with extras including improvements to the music and live TV sections.
Other updates bring Windows users a dedicated 64-bit build and Android Smartplaylists mean you can now populate the Android TV screen with content you want.
Speaking about the update in post on its blog, Kodi’s Martijn Kaijser said: “We hereby present you the first Beta build of Kodi v18 as we are heading towards the final release.
“Since we are now in Beta stage our focus will be on solving bugs and possible usability problems.
“So far it has been proven to be quite solid to use as a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out.”
However, like all beta versions of software, this latest update comes with a warning.
“Of course you should still keep in mind it’s not a final release yet and that on any upgrade a small glitch could happen as we are still doing rework,” added Kaijser.
“Once you decide to give it a try it is highly recommended that you create a backup first.”
Kodi may be giving fans some big new features to play with but it is also continuing to try and distance itself from illegal activity.
One of the reasons Kodi is so popular is that it allows third-party add-ons to be installed which can bring access to premium content without paying for a subscription.
A report last year suggested that over 70 percent of Kodi users access illegal content via the player.
But Kodi is now warning users before they download the software that this is not something they endorse.
In the alert, which features prominently on their download page, Kodi states: “The official Kodi version does not contain any content whatsoever.
“This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own. “Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website.
“The watching or listening of illegal or pirated content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi.
Streaming content illegally has become much harder in recent months with football especially hit by new blocks and bans.
The Premier League have been given a boost in their ongoing battle against those who illegally stream games from England’s top flight of football.
And this victory will mean that Kodi add-on fans will find it difficult to access streams of matches without paying a penny for the 2018/19 season.
The order will affect BT, EE, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
So customers of these ISPs that are trying to watch illegal live streams of Premier League matches could be subjected to a sudden block.
The extension order was signed by Mr Justice Arnold.