New Smash repo is the new home for Exodus and more! How to install this new Kodi repo.

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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KODI FIRE IPTV AND KF1 BUILD SET UP 2017 UPDATE

Check out our how to install our KFTIPV service which is available at http://kodifiretv.bigcartel.com. We offer different packages which can be used in Kodi, a smart tv via the Smart IPTV app, MAG device or the STB app. Check out our video below for full instructions on how to purchase and install the service.

 

HOW TO INSTALL KF1 BUILD

  • PURCHASE A SERVICE PLAN AT HTTP://KODIFIRETV.BIGCARTEL.COM
  • INSTALL A FRESH COPY OF KODI 17
  • GO TO SYSTEM SETTINGS IN KODI/ADDONS/ CHECK UNKNOWNS SOURCES AND CLICK OK TO ENABLE
  • GO TO THE FILE MANAGER/ADD SOURCE/ HTTP://KODIFIREBUILDS.COM/REPO
  • GO TO ADD ONS/ADD ON BROWSER/INSTALL FROM ZIP AND THE REPO AND INSTALL KODI FIRE WIZARD
  • IT WILL APPEAR IN THE PROGRAM ADD ONS CLICK IT AND INSTALL KF1 BUILD
  • ONCE IT IS FINISHED DOWNLOADING, UNPLUG YOUR DEVICE AND REBOOT AND THE BUILD WILL LOAD

 

SEE VIDEO ABOVE  FOR INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Comcast ditching cable boxes for Roku boxes.

 

Comcast just announced it’s plan to start bringing subscribers an alternative to cable boxes. The cable box manufacturer Arris International PLC down as much as 9.3 percent to $26.05. They plan to sign up customers with a Roku instead of the X1 system to save $2.50 towards their monthly bill. With all the boxes on the market right now and Kodi/Plex spreading like wildfires, it is a smart move for all major companies to push their product this way. Amazon recently announced teaming up with tv manufacturers to have their OS pre-installed.  Could be one way to cut the cord, but we will have to wait and see what kind of plans roll out with the Roku.

Fire TV Stick 2 Unboxing

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
GPU VideoCore4
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)
Bluetooth Yes
Buttons 5-way directional, select, back, home, menu, rewind, play/pause, fast forward

Mi Box Android 6.0 4K Unboxing

Xiaomi released their new Android TV box recently and we got our hands on one of the units. They want to be part of the set top box market and see if their new device is capable of being part of the cord cutting conversation. There are tons of devices out the such as the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and of course the Nvidia Shield, a favorite amongst everyone in the community. So why make another box and try to compete with what’s out there? For starters, the Mi Box is coming in at a very competitive price, $69.99 USD. It is capable of doing 4K video and has some decent hardware specs.

Xiaomi Mi Box
Output resolution Up to 4K 60fps
Processor Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
GPU Mali 450 750MHz
RAM 2GB DDR3

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It also features HDR (high dynamic range) to make your videos more vibrant and better overall picture quality. On top of that, it is loaded with Android 6.0 which looks really nice. Very similar to the Nvidia Shield and the Google Nexus player. This makes the Mi Box a definite contender in the set-top box world. Check out our video below on our unboxing. Be sure to like our video and subscribe to our channel for more Kodi related news and content.

Kodi going paid?

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.

Is YouTube hurting Kodi?

Here is a great read for all in regards to add-ons and Kodi. Kodi is and has always been a free Media Center app. Since the beginning of time, it allowed you to add your own legal media and stream to your TV, computer, etc.  Now Kodi is even bigger than ever and it can be utilized on any platform pretty much. While the third party add-ons are great, other things are hurting the community. If we were to break it down and do a poll on how people utilize Kodi, I am sure the results would show a majority of users are using unofficial third-party add-ons to stream tons of content. A lot of the media people have on their computers has in some way shape or form been downloaded illegally.

After reading the article below from TVaddons.ag, they are specifically saying YouTubers are hurting the third party add-ons. One by drawing unwanted attention to the Kodi community and also certain add-ons. That being said, Kodi Fire TV is a site/blog to review everything Kodi related. We do have a YouTube channel ourselves. The material we review or do tutorials on is to show the hard work the developers have put in to give us an alternative to the main culprit and that is the cable companies. If prices and options were better for legal services I am sure we would all be up for it. Sometimes cable plans are extremely overpriced and they include unwanted hidden fees for limited channel lineups etc or the availability of speeds in our cities.

We are passionate about Kodi and have been since XBMC on the original Xbox. To say that Youtube is hurting Kodi or add-ons is 50/50. Some people actually love it and just want to share their knowledge. While others are in it for a quick buck to sell set-top boxes with crappy builds etc. At the end of the day, we live in a very social media filled world now where no matter what happens all you have to do is Google something and it will be there. If it’s not YouTube it will be another video site or social media app. The sad reality is that Kodi is being utilized for good and bad. There are many other social media apps including Plex which now people are doing the same. There will always be something new coming up and there will always be illegal/legal media. Maybe it’s time we just all need to join forces in the Kodi community and figure out solutions so everyone is happy. You’ll never please everyone but at least, we can have a solution to keep Kodi and other great apps running well. Check out the article from TV Addons below and let us know what you think.

 

YouTubers Killed TV Time (and Are Slowly Killing Kodi Too)