Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around.
It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available.
It can decode these audio and video formats in software or hardware, and optionally pass-through AC3/DTS/HD audio, or encode to AC3 in real time from movies directly to S/PDIF digital output to an external audio-amplifier/receiver for decoding.
The Video Library, one of the Kodi metadata databases, is a key feature of XBMC/Kodi.
It also has music/video-playlist features, picture/image-slideshow functions, an MP3 CDG karaoke function and many audio-visualizations and screensavers.
These "scrapers" are this way used as importers to obtain detailed information from various Internet resources about movies and television shows.
It can get synopses, reviews, movie posters, titles, genre classification, and other similar data.
PVR backend can either be networked DVR set-top box appliance hardware or PC-based digital video recorder software which can run on the same computer or other computers on the same network.
PVR backend software and hardware is available which can turn personal computers running Microsoft Windows, Linux, and OS X into PVR/DVR backends.