Kodi releases version 17.4 release candidate with several bug fixes

The Kodi team has just released version 17.4 RC1 of their great app. They have already been underway on v18, their next big release, but are also working on 17.4 to address bugs that can’t wait for v18 to be completed. This is a release candidate, so it’s not fully vetted for issues just yet, but if you’ve had any crashing issues, you might want to give v17.4 RC1 a try. The easiest way to install it on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition televisions is by using my Downloader app and entering bit.ly/kodi174rc into the URL field on the home screen. Minor updates like this new one never add any new features and are only released to improve the stability of the last major release, which was v17.

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Element’s Fire TV Edition television allows sideloading 3rd-party apps like Kodi

With any new Fire TV device, the first question I’m always asked is whether or not you can sideload 3rd-party apps, like Kodi, onto it. Element’s new Fire TV Edition televisions were no exception when I asked what you guys wanted me to check out. I’m happy to say that sideloading on these TVs is fully supported in the exact same way as it is on Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The option to enable “ADB Debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources” are present in the TV’s settings exactly where you expect them to be. I was able to install my Downloader app and install both Kodi and SPMC without any issues. Sideloaded apps also appear on the home just fine, both in the recent row and in the app row.

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SPMC version 16.7 released with patch for subtitle security vulnerability

SPMC, the popular Kodi fork, has just released version 16.7.0 of the media player app. This update contains a patch for the subtitle security vulnerability that Kodi fixed last week. It’s recommended that all SPMC users update to this latest version. The easiest way to do so is to use my Downloader app from the Amazon appstore and enter bit.ly/spmc167 into the URL field on the home screen of the app.

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MrMC updates add native Emby support, custom OSD timeout setting, and more

The guys behind MrMC, the media player app from the developers who originally brought Kodi to Android devices, have been quite busy since the last time I wrote about the app. They have released 4 recent updates to MrMC and are now at version 3.0.4 of the app. Those updates have brought support for the Emby media server, improved playback, new setting options, numerous bug fixes, and more. Read more ›

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Kodi releases version 17.2 update with important security fix [UPDATE: 17.3 has now been released]

The Kodi team has just released version 17.2 of their great media player app. They’re still working on the next big release, “Leia” v18, but have release this new intermediate version because it contains an important patch to a security vulnerability that could allow malicious subtitle zip files to access your device. Read more ›

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New Amazon Fire TV app launches Kodi automatically on boot


A new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been released called OnBootKodi. As the name suggests, the app does just one thing, which is to automatically launch Kodi as soon as the Fire TV finishes booting. The app can also be configured to launch Kodi once a certain amount of time has passed after the device boots, however I was unable to get that feature to work. Read more ›

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Fire TV update 5.2.4.1 causing poor 24p video playback in MrMC, Kodi, and SPMC

If your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick has received the 5.2.4.1 software update, you may be experiencing poor video playback within MrMC, Kodi, and SPMC. The developer of MrMC has emailed me letting me know that the updated version of Fire OS does not handle switching the video output to a 24Hz refresh rate correctly. This is a feature videophiles use to achieve perfect 1-to-1 synchronization between the frames in a video and the rate at which the display updates, but with software version 5.2.4.1, it results in jerky stuttering video. Read more ›

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Leaked log file indicates sideloading and Kodi work on Fire TV Edition televisions


The most common question I get asked for any new Fire TV hardware is: can you sideload 3rd-party apps like Kodi? The upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions, which run the Fire TV’s operating system without the need of a set-top box or Stick, are no exception. All indication so far is that these televisions will function very much like a Fire TV set-top box, but the question of whether you can sideload apps like Kodi remains. While we won’t know for certain until the televisions ship later this year, I have found evidence that indicates both sideloading and Kodi will work with Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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New Kodi website causing issues with ES File Explorer sideloading — Easy Fix

Kodi just launched a completely redesigned website last night that is making things difficult for those trying to sideload Kodi onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using ES File Explorer. The new modern Kodi site is making it difficult to download the Kodi APK using ES File Explorer’s rudimentary web browsing capabilities. Nate from the Kodi team asked me to look into the issue and post a solution if I find one, so here’s an explanation of what’s happening, as well as a very simple workaround.

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Kodi version 17.1 has been released

Kodi version 17.1 has just been released. An official announcement has not been made yet, so it’s not entirely clear what has changed since version 17, but the final v17.1 APK was just added to the official download page. This new version likely doesn’t add too many new features, but instead fixes bugs that have surfaced since v17 was released last month.

The easiest way to install or update to Kodi 17.1, on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, is to use my Downloader app and enter bit.ly/kodi171 in the URL field of the app. If you need more detailed instructions, you can find them here in my guide.

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