KODI Project Update


As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a KODI project underway.  I guess now it is practically over except for long term testing.

Yesterday the two purchases I made in the U.S. arrived. Last night I set up the Matricom Box. The first thing I noticed was that the KODI application that was installed was 14.1 (beta) and the stable release is 14.2. I had to delete the KODI application, download the new version and install it on the Matricom Box.

It was harder than it should have been. The version of KODI I installed was the TVMC version that configures itself once it is installed.

The only real difficulty was using the remote to enter characters and as a mouse to select what to download.

However, once installed the box is performing as it should.

Today, I tackled installing KODI (TVMC version) on the Amazon Fire Stick. While it took a different methodology to do the install, it turned out to be much simpler. Also having the apps for Amazon Prime installed made me decide to try a month’s preview of Amazon Prime.

The combination of the apps on the Fire Stick and the addition of KODI make it a very nice cord cutter. I am not sure but what I prefer the Fire Stick operation more than the Matricom. And the price of $39 cannot be beat.

Now that the Fire Stick is configured, it plays like a charm. After my research to find out how to do the KODI install, the actual install probably took 30 minutes.

The Fire Stick went into the master bedroom. Now when i get banished from the living room for making too much noise, I can head to the bedroom.

As a test, I started streaming in both the living room and the bedroom and both played without buffering. not too shabby. The next test will be to try all three units streaming at the same time.

I think I am going to order a few more Amazon Fire Sticks and configure them for Christmas presents. I see that they are selling KODI configured Fire Sticks for $40+ over the price of the Fire Stick. Not a bad markup for 30 minutes work.

As of this moment, I have three KODI boxes running. The Matricom G Q box, The Amazon Fire Stick, and the Premier Smart TV Box. I doubt if anyone were watching a movie, they could tell any difference between them.

The fastest OS operation goes to the Matricom, next is the Amazon Fire Stick and the Premier Box is close to the Fire Stick. The Premier Box has the advantage of being able to run Wi-Fi as well as ethernet connections to the Internet.

A big advantage the Amazon Fire Stick has over both of the other boxes is the remote. It is paired to the Fire Stick and isn’t line of sight like the other remotes. If I had known then what I know now, I would have bought the Amazon Fire TV instead of the Matricom. Live and learn.

6 thoughts on “KODI Project Update

  1. I have the fire stick and can not get prime instant videos but get netflix. I use unblock now. I talked to the amazon help desk and they said it was because I was in Panama. Do you have a solution, I agree about the remote.

  2. If it were me, I would install KODI and not worry about NetFlix. On the Stick I just configured yesterday, I can watch anything.

  3. Thanks for the Fire TV remarks. I’m thinking I need to get an extra Fire TV stick.

    For me, it’s not so much about the streaming. Having tried (and failed) to cut the cord, I’m already up to my eyeballs in chromecasts, converters from HDMI, leaf antennas, castoff “smart” TVs, old laptops and all the accoutrements that, in my case, accompanied the effort to drop cable.

    I think I’m going to get one as a cheap hobby.

    Sometimes I actually miss slinging code and Fire TV looks like a cool little sandbox. In the end, the most I would aspire to would be some sort of “Hello World” app. Just enough to get a feel for what it’s like to program for Android.

    On the other hand, it might just be depressing. It does seem wrong to write code for free. And I’d probably just turn it into a brick.

    Maybe I should just go take a nap.

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