Category Archives: Software

KODI on FireStick

It is always good to get some positive feedback in the morning.

Hi Don Ray,

Just FYI..

I have all the services I want up and running on my 3 sticks, in fact I just ordered 2 more.

Your recommendation for using the Amazon Fire Sticks was well founded, I will certainly recommend the same to anyone who asks.

Keep up the great work.

Thanks

Dave

I will say up front that Dave is not technology challenged. He wrote me asking about installing KODI on the Amazon Fire Stick.

I am going to write the instructions I gave him, that he used to install KODI on his Amazon Fire Sticks. I have cleaned the instructions up a little from what I gave Dave, but admit, they are not totally complete. However, they should give a good idea of what is involved to do the install. Continue reading KODI on FireStick

WAZE Is My Navigation App

If you have a smart phone one app I find very beneficial is WAZE. When I travel to the US, I use it and I use it here in Panama.

It has just gone through a major upgrade and the display is even better than it was in the past. If you are in David and can’t see any street signs, WAZE will know where you are and give you the exact location.

When I was trying to learn a new way to drive from my house to Robert at Hogar Santa Catalina I used WAZE. It plotted my course. I was returning from the airport one day and needed to go see Robert and WAZE took me a way I would never have known.

I have found it better in Panama than Google Maps and much better than Apple Maps.

There was an article in USA Today on WAZE. That is what reminded me I haven’t written about WAZE in some time.

 

IPTV and Streaming Hardware in Panama From My Perspective

A lot of this topic has been covered before and can be found by searching for KODI or IPTV or XBMC on this blog.

Today, I want to cover some new hardware that has been announced and the direction I am going.

I have seen a lot of people signing up for a new service provided by Carlos and I wrote him to find out more about what he was providing. I wanted to know the model of the box he was using and pricing.

This what I received.

The name and brand is Avov TvOnline  http://avov.tv/tvonline/  I am selling the Box for $130. Install/setup fee is $75 ( if I have 3 or more scheduled installs) and the programming subscription is $150 per year or $100 for 6 months or $75 for 3 months.

Installation/Setup consists of: Determining the Internet connection (Wifi or Ethernet) and which will be used followed by a speed test. Configuring the Stalker Middleware with the server information and the unit’s Mac ID. Opening the account and activating the subscription. Once all is good and I start the Tutorial on whats included in the subscription which consists of 3 categories, Live Tv channels, Video on Demand Movies (1230 English and Spanish movies from 2012-present) Radio on demand that all run off the private server.

Lastly I set up a few 3rd party apps for additional additional movies, Tv series etc. I show you how to use the Android Mickey hop Market (20 apps and growing) to get these extra goodies like 1Channel, Movie25, Dream, Kodi 15.2. These apps run off the internet and are not associated with our server.

Average Installation/setup/tutorial is 2 hours

All this is necessary to provide my clients a thorough understanding how everything works. Followed by support via e-mail or phone throughout the duration of the subscription.

Continue reading IPTV and Streaming Hardware in Panama From My Perspective

Exploring KODI

As the result of my previous IPTV post, I received some questions and it may help of I spend a little time walking you through the installation of KODI and give a brief description of the features that the TVMC installation provides.

Note before you start, that you will need a high-speed Internet connection to enjoy Internet streaming.

First, lets install KODI. I have installed it on multiple Android devices and PCs. I am currently using a $39 Amazon Fire Stick and think it is hard to beat for the price to have KODI on a TV.

Lets assume you want to check out KODI and see if it provides value for you before investing in a stand along Android box.

The easiest installation I have found is to use the TVMC installation provided by tvaddons.

There is a short YouTube video that will tell you something about tvaddons, which is one of the primary providers of add-ons for KODI.

Below the YouTube video, are the sources of the downloads for what ever system you are going to install on (Mac, Windows, Android, Fire Stick, Linux and others.)

For the purpose of this post, I will focus on just Mac and Windows. Click on the appropriate “install” and it will take you to the page for that device type. There is also a good description telling you how to do the install after the download is completed.

If you have installed an application on a PC before, I don’t think you will find this difficult. Continue reading Exploring KODI

My IPTV Experience in Chiriquí

I am writing this post to give my experiences with IPTV in Chiriqui. I see so many people writing about their magic IPTV box and it being the solution to everyone’s English TV needs. Many are listing prices that seem a little extreme, unless there is something I don’t understand. I am always willing to learn something new.

IPTV stands for Internet Protocal TV and is the distribution of programming over the Internet.

This requires a provider on one end of the connection with the media and a receiver on the user’s end to receive the programing and deliver it to the PC or TV.

The boxes I am familiar with, to receive programming over the Internet, come down to a basic few.

There are Apple TV products that starts at $149 and the previous model that is $69. There is the Roku family of products that run from $35 to $99. There are, what I will call, the generic Android boxes running Google’s Android OS costing generally $40 to $100. And there are branded Android boxes with the best known being Amazon’s Fire family.

All of these provide the capability of receiving programing over the Internet. Many offer services such as NetFlix, Hulu, etc., which require a monthly fee. Since all programming is delivered over the Internet, it requires a high speed Internet connection.

Now let me spend a little time talking about a software product which will receive programing over the internet called KODI (Previously known as XBMC,  X-box Media Center). This is public domain software that is absolutely FREE. KODI can be added to the either the generic android boxes, Amazon devices, PCs of all types and is absolutely FREE. Continue reading My IPTV Experience in Chiriquí

New Amazon Fire Devices

On September 9th I wrote that I expected Amazon to release a new Fire TV because the current model was out of stock on Amazon.

Amazon did update all its Amazon Fire devices, following Apple’s announcement. The Fire TV got the biggest upgrade supporting 4K TVs, a faster processor, and adding support for AC WiFi.

The 4K feature won’t be worth much in Panama since the bandwidth to stream 4K movies will be much higher and streaming standard definition is a challenge in Panama.

The announcement said that the Fire Stick and Fire TV would support Alexis, which is Amazon’s counterpart to Apple’s Siri. The Fire TV will ship on October 5 and the Fire Stick on October 22. To support Alexis, I assume will mean an OS upgrade. There was no OS announcement, so I will have to wait and see.

I don’t see any change to the Amazon Fire Stick other than they are charging $49 to include the remote with voice control or $39 for the standard remote.. The processor and memory appear to remain the same.

While it looks like the Amazon Fire TV is lagging behind the new Apple TV, it is also $49 cheaper. For my needs in Panama, it still appears that Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV are the better buys since the systems are open to installing KODI.

I would probably buy a Amazon Fire TV, if I could get it here cheaply. I would just move the living room Fire Stick to another TV.

AntiVirus Software is Needed By Everyone

AvastMany years ago Apple promoted its products as being immune to viruses and malware.

Of course this was never true. It was only because Apple had such a small share of the market that it wasn’t a target.

Any operating system is vulnerable to malware and viruses.

On my Mac gear I run AVAST. It does a good job and every morning I get notices when it detects a problem.

I still have people tell me they are going to switch to Mac because they want to move away from computer viruses.

Mac does still have fewer viruses and malware specifically written for it, but it is not immune.

Apple’s September Announcement

I watched the Apple announcement today. I actually watched it on my flat screen. I thought I couldn’t since I couldn’t AirPlay from my laptop, then I remembered, I have a MacMini connected to my flatscreen. Duh.

I will give you my perspective of today’s announcement. The announcement covered new watch models and bands, a new larger iPad, a newer improved iPhone and a new Apple TV.

I still haven’t found a reason to own an Apple watch. I wouldn’t mind having a new watch, but it doesn’t have to be an Apple.

The new iPad has some nice features, but i think it is too big for the average user. It will probable have some new business applications in medicine, research, creative artists, etc., but I see no reason that the average user will chose it over the current models.

The Apple TV has some nice features, but for me in Panama, I didn’t see anything to make me buy one. It did add a lot of new features which will help sales against the current Roku and Amazon Fire streaming devices. It does come with a higher price. It did add a gaming capability that it sadly needed, but nothing I need.

One thing that I couldn’t find in the Apple TV specs is the amount of RAM it comes with. It has a lot of available storage, but the amount of RAM is more important for video streaming. My bet is it is 2 GB, which is what the current Amazon Fire TV has. The storage is important for gamers.

UPDATE: I found that it is 2GB. The same as the Amazon Fire TV.

Like I said in today’s first post, I expect to see a new Amazon Fire TV before Christmas and it might be of more interest to me since it is a more open system for 3rd party applications like KODI.

Now the iPhone is a different story. There were several significant upgrades. I like all that I saw and Lilliam may need to upgrade to my iPhone 6+. 🙂

IOS 9.0 will be a good upgrade.

While I may not sound all that enthused about the current announcements, there is one thing that continues to be missed by many Android and Microsoft advocates. That is total product integration. The smartest thing that Steve Jobs did was to maintain control of hardware and software.

The current upgrades to Windows 10 are good examples. It can be easily upgraded on some hardware and not on other. Same with the Android system. Some manufactures get upgrades and some are stuck with the android system it came with.

I am looking forward to both the IOS upgrade that is close to release as well as the new desktop release.

Yes, I Am Still Among The Living

Last week I had my favorite cousin from New Your visit. We had a great time and I will have a future post related to that.

My cousin brought her Amazon Fire Stick with her and I installed KODI on it for her. I hope she has good experience with it. Actually, I installed the TVMC (Tvaddons version), which is the 14.2 version of KODI.  While, it isn’t the latest, I have found it to be one of the most stable.

Today, Apple will make it its latest announcement, which many assume will contain a new Apple TV. If I were in the U.S., I might consider the new Apple TV, but I doubt that it will offer anything for those of us living outside of the U.S.

One of the things I used on Apple TV was AirPlay. That allowed me to display information from other Apple devices on my flatscreen. KODI has support for AirPlay and I can do the same thing.

Some of the Apple TV rumors suggest a price of $299. At $39, the Amazon Fire Stick is quite a bargain.

I also notice that the Amazon Fire TV is not available on the Amazon Site. I suspect that there will be a competing announcement from Amazon following Apple’s event today. I would not be surprised to see Amazon replace their Fire TV and upgrade their streaming options.

I signed up for Amazon Prime for a year and am using it to complement KODI. I am still using UNLOCATOR to access Amazon Prime content.

Related to Internet performance and Cable Onda and streaming, the last couple of weeks have been strange. My speedtest.net has been all over the map. I have measured it from 1+ to 10 mpbs during the day. Nothing consistent. Even stranger, sometimes I have had the fire sick tell me that the internet speed was too slow to stream, and found the speedtest.net saying I had 10 mpbs.

This has been annoying, but still good enough performance that I rarely watch anything other than KODI, Amazon Prime or Pandora for my entertainment.

If you are an Apple user, you may want to watch the Apple announcement today. It will stream live at noon in Panama (9:00 AM PDT).

UPDATE: I just tried AirPlay on KODI and my MacBook Pro OS X is telling me that the KODI AirPLay is not compatible and needs to be updated. It was the last time I tried it.

Guess I will have to watch the Apple Event on my Laptop. 🙁

New USTVNOW Observations

On a previous post, a commenter said he was having trouble with USTVNOW hanging on KODI. I had not tried it, so I could not comment. In fact my past trials of USTVNOW had not been very favorable do to the quality of my picture on my PCs.

Well yesterday, I activated USTVNOW on KODI on the Amazon Fire Sticks. I only have the free version installed. On the Fire Stick, it is actually pretty good. I don’t know why it is so much better than when I last tried it, but it is worth watching.

I don’t know if the quality would change if it were a more heavily watched program such as the Superbowl, but it has been decent last night and this morning.

I did have a couple time when USTVnow froze and I had to restart the Fire Stick to get out off it. In each time, it was because I hit the return button, on the Fire Stick remote,  instead of stopping the channel to change to another channel.

It was not perfect, but enough better than my previous experiences, that I felt it was with mentioning.