A new home for Exodus and Salts came out. Smash has a gaming channel https://www.youtube.com/user/xsmashx88x and has been involved with Kodi news etc for quite a while now. He decided to help out the community by having the new Smash repo for kodi add ons such as Salts and Exodus to name a few. Watch the video for his new repo link. Good to see people come together in the community.
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The new Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 has recently came out and we got our hands on one. It is the latest from the Amazon Fire TV family and here are the specs.
3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom, Dual-core 2xARM A9 up to 1 GHz
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, SPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire, Android OS, and iOS)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and most games are compatible with other Bluetooth controllers
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports HDMI output, Micro USB for power only
Audio Support Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264,
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis,
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
5′ USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide
Amazon Fire TV Remote
Size 4.7 x 1.6 in x 0.5 in (119.0 x 40.4 x 13.8mm)
Weight 2 oz. with batteries inserted (56.9 grams)
Batteries 2 AAA (included)
Buttons 5-way directional, select, back, home, menu, rewind, play/pause, fast forward
Amazon announced today their new Fire TV Stick set to debut late October 2016. The current versions of the Fire TV Stick have a dual core processor and if you want the voice option you have to get the most expensive one with the voice remote. The new Fire TV Stick will have a quad-core processor, Wi-Fi (802.11ac MIMO); and will now come bundled with an “Alexa” remote. It still will not support 4K but hopefully, the upgraded quad-core processor will show some improvement while watching your favorite tv shows or movies. This has been an issue in Kodi community with people loading big builds on the Amazon Fire TV Stick and it runs like shit! No mention of a new Amazon Fire TV Box, but they are offering a $65 media buying credit to customers who activate their new sticks before the end of October. Let the Ebay Listings begin!
A few videos have circulated over the weekend regarding this topic. Kodi going paid! After watching the video, these guys pretty much started a big scare in the community. If you are not familiar with Solomon and Husham they released a few videos discussing this topic. Basically saying the add-on developers are getting tired of not receiving donations etc. They refer to the “paid service” as in using Real Debrid. Real Debrid is a great service. I’ve been using for a while now and it works very well. You pay for private links and it enables better quality content. That is an option. This is what they refer to as Kodi going “paid”! People need to stop spreading rumors about Kodi and until we hear it directly from the developer then it is true. Would a paid option be a bad thing? Let us know what you think. But for now, KODI IS NOT BECOMING A PAID SERVICE!.
The video that started this all:
Check out Hushams rant on this topic
Here is a video on how Real Debrid works as a paid option.
Recently the Beast Kodi build has received a copyright notice and tweeted out he would be stepping down. If you are not familiar with the Beast build or you are living under a rock, it is one of the most known builds in the Kodi community. Since the notice, they have closed the domain http://www.thebeastkodi.com. So what does this all mean? It pretty much is a wake-up call for all the Kodi builds. The companies came after the Beast’s personnel and pretty much said he “take your shit down or else”.
We all have our personal taste when it comes to the way we want to set up our Kodi app. It is good to have options. Not everyone has the knowledge on how to make a build. The thing that is an issue here is that The Beast didn’t host any files, tv channels, etc. He just became a target and they want to make an example of him in the Kodi community. Every country has its own laws regarding copyright material. We’ve heard of box sellers getting busted in the UK for selling devices loaded with builds.
It’s a gray area in the Kodi world. Add-ons provide the content but the end user doesn’t host the files. Its is not illegal to stream but the way things are going, anything can change in an instant. But good news for you Beast supporters they are back. Do your research and look up the new URL. With all the recent events amongst sellers, Youtubers, we just need to all know that we don’t own Kodi. We all should contribute and do what we can to enjoy it while it lasts. Trying to take down others is definitely not the answer.