It can also play media from an internal built-in hard disk drive and SMB/SAMBA/CIFS shares (Windows File-Sharing), NFS, Web DAV or UPn P (Universal Plug and Play) shares.
XBMC/Kodi can also take advantage of a broadband Internet connection if available to stream Internet-video-streams like You Tube, Hulu, Netflix, and Veoh, and play Internet-radio-stations (such as Pandora Radio).
Add-ons are packages that add features and functions not normally included with Kodi.
The Library view allows users to browse their video content by categories; Genre, Title, Year, Actors and Directors.
Skins allow users to drastically change the appearance and fundamental user interface of XBMC/Kodi.
"Confluence" and "Project Mayhem" are the two official skins; "Confluence" is the default since version 9.11, and "Project Mayhem" was the previous default which is now in its third version, commonly known as "PM3. Users can also create their own skin (or simply modify an existing skin) and share it with others via public websites that are used for XBMC/Kodi skins trading and development.
Kodi has a growing list of community driven add-ons for online content like You Tube, Hulu, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio, as well as skins (themes) and more available from a common official repository, while still enabling third-party developers to also host their own unofficial repositories for add-ons that any user can choose to add themselves if they like.
XBMC/Kodi has the built-in optional function to automatically download metadata information, cover art and other related media artwork online through its web scrapers that looks for media in the user's audio / video folders and their sub-directories.