Answering the question: Can and will Amazon block sideloading or Kodi on the Fire TV?

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The question of whether Amazon can or will block sideloading apps, specifically Kodi, on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick comes up often. The recent removal of Kodi from the Amazon appstore has stirred up this concern more than ever. The short answer is yes, Amazon can technically block sideloading with a software update, but in my opinion, it is so extremely unlikely to happen, that you shouldn’t worry about it one bit. Read on for a more detailed explanation of why that’s the case.

Will Amazon block sideloading on the Fire TV or Fire TV STick?

Simply put, Amazon will not block sideloading on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick because sideloading is the only way for developers to test their apps on Fire TV devices. Sideloading is currently the only way to test apps on ANY Android device for that matter. Remember, Amazon provides their own official instructions on how to sideload apps onto Fire TV devices. Sideloading isn’t a hack or exploit. It’s a standard feature of Android. There is absolutely zero indication that Amazon is even considering the option to block sideloading. It’s actually the opposite because they recently made sideloading easier with the 51.1.5.0 update by adding the ability to sideload over USB, in addition to the existing method of sideloading over a network connection.

Okay, but CAN Amazon block sideloading on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick?

Yes, with software updates, Amazon can completely change any aspect of the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, including the removal of sideloading. If Amazon removed sideloading, they would have to adopt Apple’s iOS approach for app development, which requires developers to register their devices for development with a proprietary system that controls which apps can and can’t be installed on the device. There are zero Android devices which use this approach. If Amazon implemented such a system, it would instantly make their devices the hardest Android devices to develop for, which in turn, would surely kill their third-party app ecosystem. Stopping a small portion of their customers from installing a few rogue apps is not worth crippling their app library.

What about Kodi? Can just Kodi be blocked?

Yes, Amazon can push software updates that block specific apps or specific app functionality, but they never have. Back when the Fire TV launched in the UK, there was a Fire TV software update that broke Kodi, but this was due to a bug and not Amazon deliberatly blocking the app. Amazon quickly pushed out an update the same day which fixed the issue and restored compatibility with Kodi. It’s not easy to permanently block a single app without inadvertently breaking other apps. If Amazon were to block Kodi, the Fire TV community would likely find a workaround which would then spawn a cat and mouse game of Amazon blocking the workaround and the community responding, and so on and so forth.

Does Amazon have a reason to block Kodi?

This is the most difficult question to answer because one could argue that the existence of Kodi on the Fire TV makes Amazon lose money. When the Fire TV was released, Amazon was selling it at cost, which really translates into selling it at a loss when you factor in the money spent to bring it to market. This means that if you buy the Fire TV, are not an Amazon Prime member, and never ever spend a penny on apps or content, then Amazon has lost money by selling you the device. They are not in the business to profit from hardware sales. If they were, the Fire TV would have been $179-$199 at launch, similar to the comparable Nvidia Shield box that was just released. They want you to be a part of their ecosystem of products, and the cheap hardware is just a perk to keep you happy and help you better be part of their ecosystem (i.e., buy stuff from Amazon). Kodi is the top offender of apps that strip away Amazon’s ecosystem and just use the device as a blind platform.

I want to make it clear that I’m not saying Kodi users are bad in any way. It’s quite the opposite. I think they’re the smartest Fire TV users because they’ve found a loophole in the system. An analogy is someone accepting a free shoebox full of stuff because they just want to use the shoebox to store their own stuff in. Like it or not, the Fire TV is essentially a subsidized product which, some would say, Kodi users slightly take advantage of. You could absolutely argue that happy Fire TV Kodi users have contributed greatly to the Fire TV’s overall popularity, which in turn resulted in more “normal user” sales. But that just adds to why this question is hard to answer, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Will Amazon block Kodi?

I think it’s very unlikely that Amazon will block Kodi. A recent report estimates that Amazon has sold 4.5 million Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. I can’t imagine that a significant portion of those customers are Kodi users, so it just doesn’t seem worth the effort for Amazon to go after a rogue group of users. In my opinion, the Kodi community embracing the Fire TV has been a positive outcome for Amazon. Kodi users are more advanced than your average consumer and tend to be early adopters. Without early adopters like Kodi users, the Fire TV may not have reached the tipping point which shot it into the successful product it has become. We can only hope Amazon sees things the same way.

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111 comments
  1. Irishladmanc says:

    Likelihood is that if Amazon block kodi is that someone will find a way to jailbreak it then they will lose all the kodi customers forever plus a significant amount of people will turn against the brand completely so Amazon as a whole would suffer.

  2. Rick says:

    Myself alone have configured countless of Fire TV’s. The day Amazon decides to block Kodi, it’s the day I become an Nvidia Shield advocate.

    I can guarantee you that the Kodi community will eventually put the nail in the their coffin after that.

    • John S says:

      Hi Matey
      Do you need to make an acount with amazon to work kodi on the fire stick Please

      • RobertG says:

        Yes you have to make an account but you don’t have to have a cc linked to it

        • ray says:

          how do i get around not using a cc

          • Iris b says:

            I have the same problem, how do you get around not entering your cc when you register?

        • TheNewOrleansArtist says:

          hi RobertG,

          e What is cc? acct? Bought Fire TV/Kodi, worked for maybe a week, hadn’t signed into amazon acct at all. Then one day just amazon login/create acct screen & network. Only options available, cannot access Kodi, settings, nothing coming up on home or menu buttons at all.
          What could be wrong RobertG?
          Please let me know soon.
          May need to send it back, exchange it, whatever.
          Thanks RobertG

          • Enhanced User says:

            You want to have an Amazon account bcus Amazon offers a variety of free content. Kodi is jus running in the background

          • Enhanced User says:

            Amazon released an update a few days ago. U cant bypass the Fire TV Home screen. Jus get an Amazon account for free and u can access Kodi in the recent/app list in the home screen

      • Lanez says:

        no account is needed you can bypass account, but its recommended for games

        • Michelle says:

          exactly how do you bypass because it wouldn’t let me leave the required fields blank…..couldn’t move forward with anything without adding

    • Lisa says:

      just got one from a friend, it had Jodi on it, when I try to log in to Netflix it tells me to register, it’s already register to an email I don’t know, if I click deregister and register with my own account will I lose the Kodi app?

      • Martin says:

        Register on netflix for your noraml netflix stuff no need to deregister the amazon firestick account to get on netflix

        • Ryan says:

          Hi
          Same issue! It won’t let me download any normal apps and no billing address. If I deregister and register my details will I lose kodi

          • Lanez says:

            no you can ad your own email address and kodi will still remian. you welcome to add me on facebook for any questions Itz Lanez

          • LAWRENCE STUCKEY III says:

            I’ve deregistered an amazon stick before by accident. When I regist red again.Everything was still on it.

      • Lanez says:

        Kodi is sideloaded if done properly you will automatically be sent to kodi. If not then follow….
        Settings, Applications, Manage all installed applications, Look for kodi and lunch.

        • Wayne says:

          I side loaded kodi from my phone to firestick using apps to fire.When kodi installed and I went to open it,it said error odb.I then had to use es file explorer to add path for firestarter and installed kodi that way.

      • beans1984 says:

        Its not letting me download kodi anymore from my firestick wtf

        • Donna says:

          I to have the same problem it wont let me download kodi been at it all night

          • Wayne says:

            Sideload / Install Kodi On Amazon Fire TV Stick The Easy Way [How-To Tutorial]
            Paul Morris
            If you happen to be the proud owner of an Amazon Fire TV Stick, or are expecting to get one soon, then it’s always handy to know exactly what can and can’t be done with it in terms of extensibility. As is usually the case with streaming devices, users will always look for a way to get up and running with the popular media center software like Kodi. While not all streaming dongles will let you install apps on them, Amazon’s $39 Fire TV Stick certainly does. And while Kodi isn’t available on Amazon’s Appstore, there is a way to sideload and install it on your Fire TV Stick. After all Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is running forked version of Android which means you can sideload just about any APK file on it. Here we show you how in a step-by-step guide.

            It is important to note that there are a number of methods of installing Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick. The method described here is by far the easiest one and it doesn’t require any computer or Android device to do the installation on Fire TV Stick.

            Fire tv Stick kodi main

            Requirements:

            Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you don’t have one, you can get Amazon Fire TV Stick for $39 from Amazon. It’s a must have!
            Approximately 5-10 minutes of your time.
            Note: This guide is also applicable to Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box.

            How to sideload / install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick:

            Step 1: From the main interface on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, navigate to Settings, and then select the System option.

            Step 2: From within the root of the System option select Developer Options. Make sure that ADB debugging and, Apps from Unknown Sources option is turned On.

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            Step 3: Now head over to Search, and then look for ES File Explorer app in the Appstore. Once you see the app, download it as you would any other app. It’s free.

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            Step 4: Now head over to Apps section and then launch ES File Explorer.

            Step 5: On the left-hand side of the ES File Explorer interface under Favorite, select the Add feature.

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            Step 6: A new prompt window will appear. In the Path field type, http:\\kodi.tv\download, and in the Name field, type Kodi.

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            Step 7: Now from ES File Explorer, scroll down the left panel, and select the recently added Kodi bookmark. This will invoke the Kodi download webpage within the ES File Explorer.

            Step 8: From this page, select the Android ARM version and click to download.

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            Step 9: Give the Android ARM version of Kodi time to download to the device. Download times will obviously vary depending on the speed and reliability of the device’s internet connection. When the file has been downloaded, select Open file > Install, and then Install again to finalize the process. Once the installation completes, select OK.

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            Step 10: To launch the app straight away, select the Open button.

            The next time you wish to launch Kodi, you will need to go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications, and scroll down until you find the Kodi app. Select it and click on Launch application.

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            There you go, you have successfully installed Kodi on your Fire TV Stick. You can now go about installing any Add-ons you like right from Kodi app itself.

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        • Wayne says:

          Sideload / Install Kodi On Amazon Fire TV Stick The Easy Way [How-To Tutorial]
          Paul Morris
          If you happen to be the proud owner of an Amazon Fire TV Stick, or are expecting to get one soon, then it’s always handy to know exactly what can and can’t be done with it in terms of extensibility. As is usually the case with streaming devices, users will always look for a way to get up and running with the popular media center software like Kodi. While not all streaming dongles will let you install apps on them, Amazon’s $39 Fire TV Stick certainly does. And while Kodi isn’t available on Amazon’s Appstore, there is a way to sideload and install it on your Fire TV Stick. After all Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is running forked version of Android which means you can sideload just about any APK file on it. Here we show you how in a step-by-step guide.

          It is important to note that there are a number of methods of installing Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick. The method described here is by far the easiest one and it doesn’t require any computer or Android device to do the installation on Fire TV Stick.

          Fire tv Stick kodi main

          Requirements:

          Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you don’t have one, you can get Amazon Fire TV Stick for $39 from Amazon. It’s a must have!
          Approximately 5-10 minutes of your time.
          Note: This guide is also applicable to Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box.

          How to sideload / install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick:

          Step 1: From the main interface on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, navigate to Settings, and then select the System option.

          Step 2: From within the root of the System option select Developer Options. Make sure that ADB debugging and, Apps from Unknown Sources option is turned On.

          IMG_0565

          Step 3: Now head over to Search, and then look for ES File Explorer app in the Appstore. Once you see the app, download it as you would any other app. It’s free.

          IMG_0564

          Step 4: Now head over to Apps section and then launch ES File Explorer.

          Step 5: On the left-hand side of the ES File Explorer interface under Favorite, select the Add feature.

          IMG_0569

          Step 6: A new prompt window will appear. In the Path field type, http:\\kodi.tv\download, and in the Name field, type Kodi.

          IMG_0568

          Step 7: Now from ES File Explorer, scroll down the left panel, and select the recently added Kodi bookmark. This will invoke the Kodi download webpage within the ES File Explorer.

          Step 8: From this page, select the Android ARM version and click to download.

          IMG_0570

          Step 9: Give the Android ARM version of Kodi time to download to the device. Download times will obviously vary depending on the speed and reliability of the device’s internet connection. When the file has been downloaded, select Open file > Install, and then Install again to finalize the process. Once the installation completes, select OK.

          IMG_0571

          Step 10: To launch the app straight away, select the Open button.

          The next time you wish to launch Kodi, you will need to go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications, and scroll down until you find the Kodi app. Select it and click on Launch application.

          IMG_0573

          There you go, you have successfully installed Kodi on your Fire TV Stick. You can now go about installing any Add-ons you like right from Kodi app itself.

          IMG_0572

      • Enhanced User says:

        No you will not lose kodi.

    • DG says:

      The Kodi community will put a nail in Amazons coffin? A wee bit unlikely.

  3. urgan says:

    Also, if Amazon were to block Kodi, countless users would report the devices as ‘broken’ and Amazon would have to content with all the devices being returned.

  4. Scott Howell says:

    Cool article. I know this might not be entirely the right place to post but I’ve never read articles on this. Just curious if anyone has used Kod’s on FTV as a front end to Media Portal (on a PC) to use the FTV to watch Live OTA TV and DVR? Is that possible? I currently have a HCTPC box next to my Fire TV that runs Windows Media Center. If I want to upgrade to Windows 10, I need to find another solution. It would be awesome if there was a way to do this through Kodi on my FireTV.

    • Scott Howell says:

      Wow, sorry for all the spelling mistakes. I need to slow down.

    • Joe says:

      I use Kodi and compy for live OTA and DVR. NextPVR on PC (using schedules direct for schedule). NextPVR addon on Kodi. Works great. When I’m on my PC I use media center for live TV, could use NextPVR but I find media center works better when on the PC.

    • Bill says:

      I watch and record Live TV using Myth TV and Homerun Prime. Works like a champ and I will never go back to Windows Mediacenter.

  5. Jeremy Roberts says:

    Amazon could go the Apple route where they require developers to provision their devices to debug apps (Pre iOS 9/Xcode 7). It doesn’t seem likely though.

  6. Jimmy says:

    I think people are making too big a deal over nothing. I couldn’t be the only one that noticed that the same day that Amazon added TVMC to there store was the same day that they removed Kodi. I think its either a glitch or they decided TVMC was suficiant enough that they did not need Kodi anymore. If they wanted to get rid of Kodi because they didn’t want us using it, it does not make a bit of sense that they would add TVMC and keep SPMC in their app store. People are way too paranoid over a non issue. If you want the official Kodi, simply download it from somewhere else.

    • Vincent Carnovale says:

      Wow, a very keen observation and you could be correct as I personally side-loaded TVMC since using it on my FTV in the past. Afterall, “cut the chord” as they say.

    • shwru980r says:

      TVMC is just a customized version of KODI with many extensions preinstalled.

  7. Kodi Configurator is now available for fire sticks users.

  8. aleaddict says:

    If sideloading is no longer possible, there go both my fire TVs, the prime account, the chase amazon rewards card, all amazon loyalty on this end. That’s just plain wrong, I don’t see that happening. Without sideload capability, it’s just an inferior streaming device compared to my rokus.

    • Jimmy says:

      How do you make the jump from Kodi being removed to Amazon not allowing third party apps. Thats what article like this one does, its causes panic and makes people jump to conclusions. No android will ever ever ever ever not allow third party apps. Stop trying to make something outta nothing. Anyone that thinks Amazon or any other company would take away the ability to use third party apps is insane, cause it will never happen. Android is not Apple, so let it go.

      • CK says:

        +1 and with or without kodi its still a good device. If amazon did block kodi then I would simply just get one of the many Android TV devices available. Doesn’t mean I’ll throw my fire TV away.

  9. Enough already says:

    This article should have never been written. Amazon keeps an eye on this website and others. Stop the what if’s and drawing attention to modding the box. Your showing and telling the obvious gives a greater chance they will block the loop holes. Delete the story. :P

  10. dave says:

    Think maybe we overstate our importance? This is Amazon. They realize dazzling profits yearly on a scale most of us just couldnt comprehend. And to think there’s a couple of reps looking at these articles is realistic, but to fear the info they gather will effect what we do is a little pretentious.
    However, if you believe in a “big brother” entity (and to some extent you should) then you might see comments like the ones above this to be demoralizing. We are essentially agreeing to halt our discussion and thus letting them dictate what we can and cant talk about!
    Personally, i think this topic is overblown and not totally, but mostly unfounded. Yet if i had an opinion i shouldnt be afraid to give it.

  11. Bob says:

    I bought a fire tv because I could run kodi on it and have prime content, along with netflix and other apps. I only use kodi to stream local content. I can’t imagine I’m the only one with this use case. I’m sure there are plenty of kodi users that Amazon isn’t losing money on when selling them the device.

  12. pmcd says:

    I doubt that the vast majority of Fire TV users have ever heard of Kodi or XBMC. The only way Amazon would block it is if some major streaming service were to make a fuss. In the larger scheme of things Kodi is just irrelevant.

  13. stuss says:

    Sky and dear Rupert Murdoch, know all about cardshare 4 years on and I am still receiving uk sky on 28.2
    so in theory of course amazon could end the use of kodi.. But for now I would suggest not

  14. Bob Jobbie says:

    The latest Kodi Beta is already on the Google Play Store.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.xbmc.kodi

    C’mon Amazon, get your shite together.

  15. shwru980r says:

    Amazon disabled ALT+TAB functionality for some reason.

  16. paul says:

    New to this whole firestick / kodi thing. Can I sign into my prime acct or is that not a wise idea?

  17. don bent says:

    just another example of the hardware manufacturer / owner trying to
    tell you how and what you should be allowed to use the product for.

    hey amazon, if you told people from the beginning that in the future you might
    block certain functions, or letting any android apps not run,
    no one would waste their money !

    YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BLOCK ANYTHING !

    I DONT even like the idea i have to link my box and activate,

    but I CAN HOWEVER turn off your updates !

    at least give people what they spent over 100 bucks for,

    dont think you have rights to change anyones hardware , after purchase by blocking
    softwares.

    • Congress reform says:

      You don’t have the right to make changes to someone’s hardware. It’s called copyright.
      You are also breaking the law by stealing movies and screwing hard working people and companies out of royalties.

      • tayze says:

        You got to be kidding me… Screwing the multi-national conglomerates that reap in billions of dollars of pure profit is all of a sudden an immoral thing? Yea… those poor poor production corporations that are struggling to keep all their top staff in the 7 figure range because a very small minority are side-loading programs that provide proxy to a few things the majority of the population have been for years and will always get bent over without any lube to enjoy.
        Screw your royalties to any major motion picture company. Screw any corporation that continues to pull in unreal profits especially while putting out mostly garbage Michael Bay films. And screw you for taking up for them.

        The only empathy I have is for the struggling musician that is talented and just can’t get a break. And even then studies have shown it’s not the masses downloading their IP keeping them from making it. It’s the fact that being talented in the entertainment industry hasn’t mattered since the 60s and thousands of bands with a shitload of talent have just got passed up by the likes of boy bands, Disney brats and American Idol finalists.
        As much as I love movies and music I resent what the US has done to the industry just as much.

  18. Jon says:

    New to the amazon fire stick.

    Have amazon now blocked you from finding out the ip address to prevent you from loading kodi?

  19. I don’t think they will block Kodi or similar because the Amazon Fire TV Stick is gaining more popularity BECAUSE it can be installed with Kodi or similar. People like to save money and if they can do that by cutting back on the excessive monthly subscriptions paid too Sky and BT then they will and the Amazon FireTV stick allows them to do that.

    Block Kodi and Amazon will lose out.

  20. My2Cents says:

    I love my Amazon Fire TV stick and actually purchased one for my mom and another for my son as well as a second one (an Amazon Fire TV box) for my other TV, and I also use Kodi on my both of my Amazon devices and so does my son. Additionally, because of Kodi and the possibility of building a beautiful home media library, I’ve been purchasing entire TV series and lots of movies through my Amazon account. I also have Amazon Prime. For my purposes, Amazon Fire TV and Kodi have a symbiotic relationship, and certainly, because of Kodi, Amazon has increased sales from Kodi users like me who are avidly purchasing new content for our home libraries. It’s an awesome and fun hobby! I sometimes will see a program or movie highlighted on Fire TV’s home page that I’d like to add to my library (maybe had forgotten about), so I purchase it using my Amazon Prime account (no shipping cost and often excellent prices, sometimes entire sets, etc.). Kodi, in a sense, has generated sales for Amazon that I know I wouldn’t have made before buying a Fire TV stick and box and then adding Kodi. The thought of building a media library truly wasn’t anywhere in my mind, but I’ve now added numerous programs and movies with plans for more down the road. I’m thoroughly enjoying my new-found hobby and love how Kodi displays my library with the beautiful art, etc. It’s awesome! I think it’s actually a win-win for Amazon and for Kodi, too, but I just wish Amazon would make a few things easier, such as a downloadable Kodi app for easier access to Kodi. It’s too bad, in a way, that Amazon doesn’t team up with Kodi in some fashion because Kodi’s media center is absolutely awesome, and I think if more people knew about it and it was easily accessible on the Fire TV, Amazon’s sales would skyrocket. I know everyone who has seen my Kodi media center wants one, and they all think it’s amazing. Additionally, if Amazon is concerned about piracy, Kodi’s developers provide a fairly significant list of freely available apps (in the public domain, etc.) that are provided with Kodi, which only enhances Kodi and would ultimately enhance Amazon if they would see what an awesome product Kodi is and how it benefits them, even now, but would do more if they chose to work with the Kodi team.

  21. Jon says:

    Just want to say that this is a great post. Neatly summed up and allayed my concerns about my new Fire Stick after around 30 seconds of reading it. Cheers whoever wrote it!

  22. Kelly McDaniel says:

    Not sure that this is the proper place but I own 2 Amazon Fire Sticks with Kodi and a recent update seems to have changed things enough that we cannot use it. We are unable to watch anything thru Kodi. Any suggestions?

  23. Glen E says:

    I’m not sure if I have done something wrong or not, but, after I have been using Kodi, I can no longer watch Amazon Prime content.

    I am usually able to “force stop” Kodi and it begins working again, but, recently, I had to reboot the device before I could watch again.

    I am a Prime member, and I did pay for my Fire TV too. So, revenue at least in my case would not be a factor.

  24. Martyn Holmes says:

    Mines the same while using kodi it was pausing every 5 seconds Amazon must have jammed it some how then while turning it off I forgot to decline the auto update and now I have lost every thing nothing works on kodi at all it’s blank

  25. Ste -R says:

    Kodi working here my fire stick shows last update 17/11/15 ..auto update is turned off

  26. misha milloy says:

    Hiyah,my mum has a tv recording box i was wondering if the amazon fire stick would interfear with it as we arent sure. Thanks x

  27. dave says:

    How do i get past the amazon fire stick registration

  28. Sharon says:

    I have three firesticks , my question is: if I don’t pay the 99.00 a year for Amazon Prime , will I lose my ability to access Kodi?

  29. sonic says:

    can you install firestarter on the latest update on the firestick

  30. Rob says:

    Should I register using my email and card number if I’m going to download kodi

  31. MH says:

    Brand new fire stick with Kodi and fire starter. Cranked it up last night and it worked and I exited out went back in and the bottom scroll said Amazon recently sent a block for Kodi fire starter. It will not work now and when I go into Kodi now the screen is at the Registration screen already have an account or create an account. It’s stuck on this screen will not allow me to select I already have account because I am a prime member 99.00 a year. You can cluck on create an account nothing hapoens it’s like the screen has frozen. I have take the stick out twice and still it goes to this screen and freezes. Any help here???

    • Enhanced User says:

      Fire Starter was removed from aftv after the latest update. Kodi is ok…just register your stick by creating a free Amazon account. Kodi will remain in the recent/app section.

      • Wokkawokka2x says:

        Same thing here. Kodi is now on main Amazon home screen. They blocked the rooting for FireStarter which means they can block the same for Kodi. I doubt they will but you never know.

        They blocked firestarter because they want people to pay for video on demand. Hence the reason they forced Kodi to the main Amazon hub.

        • John says:

          I tried to install kodi to aftv, but it didn’t work, still able to go to kodi.tv but when click download on the ARM,nothing happened..any solutions

          • Chopper says:

            Click on the ARM link a couple times then go to the very bottom left click on More then Open in Browser and download should start

  32. Wokkawokka2x says:

    FireStarter is now dead with the new Amazon update. This means Amazon is one step closer to blocking Kodi as well.

  33. John says:

    Called Amazon customer service,and they said the new batches Aftv won’t let u install kodi anymore. Is it true?

  34. Kelsey says:

    Do you need to be an amazon prime accouny in order to download kodi to my fire stick?

  35. laura says:

    why on the fire stick does it say my emil and password dont match any amazon account when there my details i use all the time
    thank you

  36. Charlie says:

    Hi when I turn my kodi on its now asking me to either sighn in to Amazon or regester can I now not go on kodi

  37. Jojo 6283636 says:

    I unplugged the tv and the fire stick was attached and now when I turned it on it was asking for Amazon information and wifi formation
    It was jailbroken any way to fix it ?

  38. Tiara Nixon says:

    So I have an unlocked amazon fire stick with kodi and some of the tabs do not work meaning, if I click like “movies In theaters” nothing will happen aside from that and the potential lag during scenes its a nice feature

  39. Kris says:

    How come when I play a movie, it says, want to continue watching go to http://www.primewire.ag or something?

  40. Stephen says:

    Trying to update to jarvis16.1, got right through it until I click ARM then go to more and click(open in browser) but just takes me back to ESFILE Explorer in apps ? Any suggestions

  41. Iris b says:

    I have the same problem, how do you get around not entering your cc when you register?

  42. Sabo says:

    Amazon is now blocking the install of Kodi through ES File Explorer, can they actually remove it once it is installed on a Fire TV?

  43. ct says:

    I feel once the fire stick sells drop they will block kodi cause their in business to make money, but I hope this is not going to happen. who would still shop with them if they tricking the customers.

  44. Rog says:

    Have been tryimg to download Jarvis v16.1 on to my firestick, clicking on the ARM tab but will not download. Have amazon rigged the newest sticks, only just got my latest one last week.

    • Laquisha Harris says:

      Ok my fire stick is saying that exodus is not an official part of the media player running and therefore not to be mentioned with official support channels this add on has nothing to do with the media player itself its simply a third party plugin which has been added to your system what do I do

  45. Fire stick saying exodus is not official part of the media player your running its simply a third party plugging has been added to your system what do I do

  46. Congress reform says:

    Yeah their not losing money.
    I know someone that has bought over 400 Amazon Firesticks and hacked everyone of them. He then turned around and sold them for 150.00 a pop.
    That there is 60,000 just in hardware loss, now think about all the money Amazons losing, the movie industry and professionals all being screwed out of royalties and you think it doesn’t hurt anyone…

  47. Jake Fraumstaytpharm says:

    Not sure but whether they are just watching traffic, or making lists of users, or wtf else they may be doing, but anyone with Kodi should get tcpview app. Using the Firestick for several months and did not have any odd connections. Day after I load Kodi, I picked up several connections that were registered to Amazon Legal, here is the phone# the connections are lunked to 1 206-266-4064. It is Amazon Legal, it took several calls and some button mashing before I was able to get a hold of an actual person, and she just told me she was unable to provide any details. So I started checking several friends connections that had fire tv or fire sticks, and only the ones with Kodi or similar apps had the Amazon Legal connections while the people using them legitimately did not. Have fun with that info. I factory reset my stick and now run kodi off an old rooted phone on a neighbors wifi using anon software. Lol

  48. Brian says:

    “I want to make it clear that I’m not saying Kodi users are bad in any way. It’s quite the opposite. I think they’re the smartest Fire TV users because they’ve found a loophole in the system. An analogy is someone accepting a free shoebox full of stuff because they just want to use the shoebox to store their own stuff in. Like it or not, the Fire TV is essentially a subsidized product which, some would say, Kodi users slightly take advantage of….”

    So if someone gave you a shoebox full of money that was stolen money, gained illegitimately, it’s ok for you to keep that money because YOU are not the one that stole it right? Wrong. If you’re getting something for free that you would otherwise have to pay for you are stealing it. Using a third party app to watch movies that are currently in theaters is stealing. There’s no argument here.

  49. Dan says:

    I went to go buy a fire stick, the one best buy sells for $35. This was just yesterday October 20th 2016. I was told by the guy at best buy that Amazon had pulled their fire stick from the shelves in every store, because rumor has it that Amazon is releasing a new fire stick completely, due to the volume of customers jailbreaking them. Has anyone heard anything about this? I’m trying to find out what’s going on with the fire tv. A guy I know still has a bunch of the fire sticks that were taken out of the stores, and he offered to sell me one for $80 jailbroken and ready to go. Now if I buy one from him I’ll be part of the kodi community but I’m concerned that once the new fire stick is released, Amazon will do something to block kodi and jailbreaking on the ‘old’fire stick. Does anyone have any feedback for me? I don’t want to pay 80 dollars and then amazon blocks all further updates on the fire stick decive everyone is currently using. Any thoughts or inside info on if I should invest in the old fire stick that they pulled. With them developing a whole new device to defeat jailbreaking, I have to assume they will do something to kill the one everyone is enjoying for the time being, or what would be the point of making a new one to defeat jailbreaking??

  50. Eric Strausser says:

    The fact that Amazon’s Fire TV Stick can be hacked to let you watch movies that are just released into theaters without paying for them is mind blowing. But aren’t you afraid that every instance of you stealing movies and other programming is being recorded somehow? Or, think about this, this device is on your wireless network right? So the person, or persons, that do not fear the very powerful people that own the networks and film studios, and created code to steal from them, has a direct link to your home network and anything and any information connected to it? That doesn’t cross your mind? What else is that stick doing? Who is it connecting you to? Do you do banking online at home? Do you log into credit card sites? Do you have any cameras on your wireless network? Why did the people that made these hacks available to the public do it? To me it just seems a little to easy. If you bought something you knew was stolen out of the back of truck, would you also invite the guy that sold it to you home for dinner? Would you want them to know where you live? Would you give them a key and ask them to deliver it for you when you were not home and just leave on the coffee table? Do any of us really have a grasp on just how insidious hacked code can be? Just curious what concerns people have regarding the hacked Amazon Fire TV Stick? Let me know. Thanks.

  51. Mcmann says:

    Just keep the tin foil on your windows and everything will be ok. Unless you run your microwave and firestick at the same time…. because we all know how bad that is.

    Those poor ducks…. all those feathers… quackers are bad.

  52. This info is worth everyone’s attention. How can I find out more?

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