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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Kodi version 17.5 has been released

The XBMC Foundation has just released a new version of Kodi. They haven’t posted a blog article about the new update yet, so I’m not sure what significant changes are included, but the APK download file is already live. Since this latest update carries version number 17.5, and not v18.0 yet, it likely includes only bug fixes and no new features. Read more ›

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Plex’s add-on for Kodi is now free for everyone — Plex Pass no longer required

One of the best things about Plex, the popular media center app, is that it has always supported a huge range of devices and platforms. That support even includes a Kodi add-on, which you can install directly from within Kodi by navigating to the Video Add-ons section. To use Plex’s Kodi add-on, however, you historically had to be a Plex Pass subscriber, which costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year. That changes today because Plex has announced that their Kodi add-on is now available for anyone to use for free. So if you’re running a Plex server, you can now get the full Plex experience right from within Kodi, without having to switch apps or pay anything.

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Final version of Kodi 17.4 released with several bug fixes

The Kodi team has released the finished version of Kodi 17.4. They’re still hard at work on Kodi v18, which will bring some new features, but in the meantime, they’ve released this new incremental update to address some bugs in the latest public version. The easiest way to install or update to the new version on a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television is to use myDownloader app and enter bit.ly/kodi174app in the URL field.

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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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