These "scrapers" are 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.
Powerful 3D GPU chips are common today in most modern computer platforms, including many set-top boxes, and XBMC, now Kodi, was from the start designed to be otherwise very resource efficient for being as powerful and versatile framework as it is.
Kodi developers encourage users to make and submit their own addons to expand media content and value-added services accessible from within Kodi.
Kodi/XBMC features, since version 10.0 (codename: "Dharma"), an Addons Framework architecture and an Addons Manager GUI client that connects to a decentralized digital distribution service platform that serves add-on apps and plug-ins which among other things provide online content to Kodi, the "Addons Manager" (or "Addons Browser") inside Kodi allows users to browse and download new addons directly from Kodi's GUI.
Unlike other media center applications such as Windows Media Center, Media Portal and Myth TV, Kodi does not include its own internal digital TV-tuner code for Live TV or DVR/PVR recording functionality, as instead it acts as a unified DVR/PVR front-end with an EPG TV-Guide GUI interface which, via a common API interface, abstracts and supports multiple back-ends via PVR client add-ons from third parties, with those running either locally on the same machine or over the network.
Plug-ins, using either C/C programming languages to create binary add-ons or the Python scripting language to create Script Addons, expand Kodi to include features such as television program guides, You Tube, Hulu, Netflix, Veoh, online movie trailer support, and Pandora Radio and podcast streaming.
Kodi also functions as a game launcher on any operating system.