Sony is actively blocking Kodi on their Bravia televisions running Android TV

Sony has blacklisted the media center app Kodi on some models of their Bravia televisions that run Google’s Android TV operating system, according to a tweet on Kodi’s official Twitter account which CordCuttersNews has spotted. By blacklisting Kodi’s package name, they’re blocking the perfectly legal app from running on their TVs. Read more ›

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First beta version of Kodi v18.0 “Leia” has been released

An official announcement has not been made yet, but the Kodi team has just released the first Beta version of Kodi v18.0 Leia. For those of you who want to try the latest version of Kodi early, the Android APK is already available from Kodi’s download servers. The easiest way to install it on a Fire TV device is to use my Downloader app and enter into the URL field. If you have download issues, you can try the mirror instead. The beta release of Kodi will usually still have issues, but generally tends to be stable enough for most people to use. Be sure to mention any issues you run into in the comments below, to help others decide if they should wait for a more stable version to be released.

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How to install sideloaded apps like Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV Cube, Box, or Stick

Since many will be looking for a fresh guide on installing 3rd-party apps like Kodi on Amazon Fire TV devices, now that the new Fire TV Cube has been released, here is a new 2018 all-in-one guide for sideloading apps on any Fire TV device, including the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV boxes 1 and 2, 4K Fire TV pendant, Firestick, and both Element or Toshiba Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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SPMC creator ends the app’s development and joins the MrMC team

Chris Browet, the creator of SPMC, a popular forked version of Kodi, has announced that he is joining the team behind MrMC, another popular forked version of Kodi. As a result, development of SPMC is coming to an end so that Browet, also commonly known by the handle koying, can concentrate on his new role of maintaining MrMC’s development for Android and Fire OS devices. Read more ›

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Kodi addon developers quit after coordinated legal threats from Hollywood Studios

Popular piracy-linked Kodi repositories and addons Colossus, Covenant, Ares Wizard, URLResolver, and MetaHandler have been taken down or abandoned by their developers as a result of what appears to be a coordinated effort by an anti-piracy alliance composed of major United States film studios. Developers jsergio123, The_Alpha, and possibly others have called it quits after The_Alpha reportedly received a hand-delivered letter to their UK home threatening legal actions. Read more ›

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Kodi version 17.6 has just been released as the last version of “Krypton”

Kodi version 17.6 has just been released. The team says this will be the final update for v17 “Krypton” that they will release. The Kodi team has been working on the next major version of Kodi, which is v18 “Leia,” for several months and have been backporting important fixes to Kodi v17 as they come up, but now they will concentrate solely on v18 moving forward. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV 3 and Fire OS 6 support sideloading apps like Kodi

For those wanting definitive confirmation, the new Amazon Fire TV 3 does allow sideloading apps like Kodi. Apart from a small issue with my Downloader app that has now been fixed, sideloading on the latest Fire TV running an all new Fire OS 6 is exactly the same as it is on other Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. Read more ›

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Kodi version 17.5.1 released with crash fix for Fire TV and Android devices

The Kodi Team has just released a new 17.5.1 version that fixes the issues that were causing version 17.5 to crash on some Fire TV and Android devices. It turns out the issues were related to changes made to joystick support on Android devices. One reader affected by the issue has confirmed that updating from 17.5 to 17.5.1 on their Fire TV has fixed the issue. Read more ›

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How to downgrade apps like Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

This guide will show you how to downgrade an app on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick (a.k.a. Firestick), and Fire TV Edition television. There are 3 methods to choose from, where one will not preserve your app’s user data and two will. This guide specifically shows you how to downgrade Kodi, but can easily be adapted to downgrade any app, as long as you can locate an APK file of the older version of the app. Read more ›

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Kodi version 17.5 causing issues for some Fire TV and Fire TV Stick users

The latest version of Kodi, version 17.5, was released yesterday. The Kodi team recommends that everyone updates to the new version because it contains several bug fixes, but you might actually want to hold off on updating or even skip this version entirely. Several people (1, 2, 3) are reporting that version 17.5 crashes immediately when launched on Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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