App Deal: Kodi fork MrMC down from $5.99 to $2.99

To celebrate the app’s 1-year anniversary, MrMC has gone on sale for $2.99. This is the first time this app has ever been discounted below its regular price of $5.99. This sale price will last the entire month and will then return to its regular price next year. The app is available on all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

MrMC is a media center app created by the two developers who originally ported Kodi over to Android. This app sparks some controversy because many see it as just a paid version of Kodi, which is a free app that can be sideloaded. However, MrMC’s developers are continuously adding new features to their app, outside of Kodi’s development team, with a focus on the Fire TV specifically. As long as they continue doing that, they have my full support. The fact that MrMC is also open source, and therefore contributes back to Kodi’s development, is icing on the cake.

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24 comments
  1. Some One says:

    Bought! Half off for 1st time sale is perfect. Perfect price point bait for me to bite!

  2. Lori says:

    Do I need a media server on my computer to use it, like Plex does?

  3. Jeck says:

    Does this fork support the standard Kodi addons like Exodus?

  4. Drumst1x says:

    You mention that MrMC is also open source, so they contribute back to the Kodi project. My question: if this project is entirely open source, then shouldn’t it be possible to grab the source, compile into an APK, and install, without paying anything whatsoever? (pardon my naivety on this)

    • Jeck says:

      One of the major draws is that you can get it through the Amazon App Store and don’t have to sideload it.

    • Joe D says:

      Yes it’s true but if you were going to do that you might as well install SPMC. The entire point of this app is for people without the technical knowhow (or time) to sideload an app onto their device.

    • MrMC says:

      Yes, users are free to do this. Distribution of said APK would require our permission as we own the MrMC branding. However, you can re-brand and then be free to do whatever with it.

  5. clocks says:

    Do they plan on changing the default skin at some point, as Kodi 17 did?

  6. Ichijoe says:

    Who would pay for this with all of its restrictions, when other options exist, such as SPMC, and Kodi?

    • xnamkcor says:

      Because some people don’t know how to move a file to a USB stick and install a file manager via ADB so you can access and run other installers.

      It’s that costs them 6 dollars. For this app.

    • pawdog says:

      Because some people don’t need all the addons but want a fast,supported,and not distorted Kodi for Fire TV. The built in Plex support is better and faster the the actual Plex client. Still wish I had a couple more skins to play with.

    • Joe says:

      If for no other reason but to support the developers of MrMc for their contribution in the development of the Android version of Kodi. Kodi team is having a hard time finding active developers for the Android version, so it is in everyone’s best interest to support the MrMC developers who passing on their efforts back up to the Kodi team to add to the Android version. So please keep that in mind and support them.

    • pmcd says:

      Are spmc and Kodi supported on the FireTV and/ Apple TV? MrMC is very stable, many built in extensions, simple support for iptv and developers who actually support the product.

    • agraba says:

      Why do you hate freedom? When were options a bad thing?

      This app has some clear pros and cons vs kodi and spmc.

      The consumer can make up their own minds to see if they find value in this app. I bought it a while ago, haven’t used it since, but can see instances where I may use it in the future.

      • pmcd says:

        Unfortunately those options are actually having a really bad effect n Kodi. In this case freedom is contributing to Kodi’s possible demise.

        • Adam says:

          Kodi itself will be fine.

          Kodi on Android might wither and die, but that’s only because the developers are so hostile to Android that they compelled their only main Android developer, Koying, to quit and fork SPMC, which is doing quite fine right now. Meanwhile, the Kodi team, for some reason (cough) hasn’t been able to attract another Android developer to replace Koying. Hence, the Android side of Kodi is starting to get creaky and breaky.

          Meanwhile SPMC just had a nice release adding 4k playback and refresh rate switching, something that MrMC first offered in their fork.

          So, yeah, Kodi for Android might die from its team’s neglect/incompetance, but it appears that the developers that were keeping it afloat in the first place are remaining just as productive as before with SPMC and MrMC.

  7. Grinder says:

    Dumb name. How does he expect anyone to know what it is?

    But that’s the Kodi logic.

    Also, great thinking having the AFTV menu button bring up the Video stats. That’s just what everyone wants it to do.

  8. izike says:

    Performance seems to a bit quirky vs. Kodi (or I’ve just hit a bug). If you try and modify the audio settings during playback, it seems to “kill” that video file. Any subsequent time you try and play the file, the video will stop after a few seconds leaving only the audio. Eventually it will go into a buffer loop and stop working all together. If you just play a video and not touch anything, seems to work fine. This is on the FireTV2, I’ll give it a shot on other devices like the Fire HD tablets and FireTV 1.

    Was able to set up the HD HomeRun fine. File share setup ran into a hitch but fixed itself on a reboot of the app (suddenly couldn’t access NFS shares through Zeroconf).

    It looks like a good start but it’s a bit of a paradox- If you didn’t know how to configure Kodi, you’d be lost setting this up. It would be neat if they took a UI/UX leap and made something more accessible to everyone, since it feels like thats what they are trying to accomplish by putting in the various stores and charging for it. If they could overhaul the UI for both playback and configuration, huge value add over Kodi.

  9. Gareth Price says:

    In the UK it’s currently £2.09, with a promotional discount of £1, so £1.09 and I got a credit of £1 to any movie /tv rental through Amazon Video, so effectively £0.09

    I have been looking for a player that would cope with streaming native (Panasonic/Sony) AVCHD files from Mac to Fire TV via ethernet. Kodi just gives up. SPMC will play them but very jerkily. VLC copes but I hate the interface. MrMC just takes them all in its stride, so it’s a big thumbs up from me.

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