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

If your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick has received the 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, it results in jerky stuttering video. Read more ›

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MrMC v3.0 adds support for Kodi 17 databases, full DVD playback, Plex transcoding, and more

MrMC has just released their version 3.0 update with several nice new features. For starters, now that Kodi 17 has finally been released, MrMC’s developers made sure to make this new version compatible with Kodi’s recent database changes. This means you can have both apps use the same database, if you need to switch from one app to the other, without having to maintain two databases. While MrMC does still uses a skin based on Kodi’s old interface, don’t let that detract you, because under the hood, it has long been incorporating Kodi 17 into its code base, even before Kodi 17 was officially released. Read more ›

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MrMC permanently lowers price to $2.99

Due to the success of their holiday sale and great community response, MrMC has decided to permanently lower the price of their app from $5.99 to $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. MrMC is the forked version of Kodi that is available in the official Fire TV appstore. It is created and maintained by the two original Kodi developers that first ported Kodi to Android.

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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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MrMC v2.7 update released with Plex Cloud & Music support, and passthrough audio fix


The only Kodi fork in the official Amazon appstore, MrMC, has just pushed a new v2.7 update to their media center app. The biggest addition brought by this new version is support for Plex Cloud and Plex Music to the app’s built-in Plex integration. Also present is a fix for AC3 audio passthrough for older 1st-generation Fire TV devices and a new option to sort content by when it was last played. See the full list of additions and bug fixes on the app’s Amazon page.

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TruMC is a new Kodi/MrMC clone added to the Fire TV appstore that you should avoid


A new app called TruMC was just added into the official Amazon Fire TV appstore. It is a clone of Kodi / MrMC that I recommend everyone avoids. TruMC appears to be nothing more than a copy of an outdated version of MrMC. The app’s developer, and I use that term very loosely, went as far as to copy and paste MrMC’s app description, and even forgot to replace one instance of “MrMC” with “TruMC.” The app didn’t even do a good job of ripping off MrMC because some features, like resolution and refresh rate switching, don’t work and cause the app to crash. TruMC’s app description lists a link to the app’s supposed source code on GitHub, but the source is just a dump of a very outdated version of Kodi, which doesn’t match the app in the appstore. Read more ›

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How to get MrMC, the Kodi fork in the official Fire TV appstore, for Free

With the future of Kodi in jeopardy, and MrMC’s impressive new features, the app is looking more attractive than ever. However, I understand it’s difficult to justify the $5.99 price when Kodi is free and doing a great job. So here’s a way to get MrMC for free, if for nothing else, to have as a backup incase Kodi’s development stops, or worse. Read more ›

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MrMC update adds 4K support, Refresh Rate Switching, 24p/25p/30p support, Plex Client, and more


MrMC, the only forked version of Kodi in the official Fire TV appstore, has just been updated to version 2.4 with a bunch of great new features. For starters, MrMC can now run at a resolution of 2160p, making it the first Fire TV app capable of playing local 4K content at full resolution. The update also brings true support for refresh rate switching to the Fire TV for the first time. This is a feature that home theater enthusiasts have been begging for ever since the Fire TV first launched, and even Amazon’s own video player doesn’t support it. With refresh rate switching enabled, MrMC will automatically change the Fire TV’s refresh rate to match the frame rate of the video being played. This greatly reduces or entirely eliminates visual artifacts caused by 3:2 pulldown and screen tearing. As if 4K support and refresh rate switching weren’t enough, the new update also adds a built in Plex client, as well as a LightEffects client to support Ambilight-style LED lighting. Read more ›

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Kodi fork MrMC lowers price and adds Fire tablet support


MrMC, the only forked version of Kodi that is in the official Fire TV appstore, has reduced the app’s price from $6.99 to $5.99, and it now also runs on Fire tablets. I’m told by the developers that the price was lowered to $5.99 because it was simpler to use a single binary for both tablets and the Fire TV, so the Fire TV price was lowered to match their usual tablet app prices, instead of raising the tablet price to match their usual TV app prices. For comparison, MrMC remains $6.99 on the Apple TV and $5.99 on iPhone/iPad because iOS devices use separate MrMC binaries for the two platforms. While the new price is certainly still too high for most Kodi users, since Kodi is available to sideload for free, having an official app is worth it for some. Read more ›

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Kodi’s future on Android and the Amazon Fire TV is in jeopardy


A shortage of Android developers among the Kodi team is putting the future of Kodi on Android and the Fire TV in jeopardy. In a blog post, Nathan Betzen, president of the XBMC Foundation and a project manager on Kodi, put a call out for Android developers, stating “we can’t stress this enough, if we don’t get an Android dev soon, Kodi for Android could very well die out. This is a significant future problem.” Other than code being contributed back into Kodi by the developers of SPMC and MrMC, there is currently no one working on the Android version of Kodi. If new Android developers join the team, their first task would be “to simply port the work done on SPMC and MrMC into Kodi.” Both forked apps are thankfully open source projects. In the developer of SPMC’s own words, “Kodi on Android is on life support.” Read more ›

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