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18 minutes ago, SooKee said:

What's so good about BOB?  Does it do anything more / better than SALTS etc.? 

Im not having a good time with SALTS….the sync with trakt doesn't always work well….so my tv episodes don't get updated.

 

1Channel, Exodus and Specto Fork are ok.

 

Just installed Terrarium TV….its a standalone app that works great…..gets around all the authentication BS thats been coming with openload

and video.me lately.

 

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31 minutes ago, JHolmesJr said:

Im not having a good time with SALTS….the sync with trakt doesn't always work well….so my tv episodes don't get updated.

 

1Channel, Exodus and Specto Fork are ok.

 

Just installed Terrarium TV….its a standalone app that works great…..gets around all the authentication BS thats been coming with openload

and video.me lately.

 

Had a couple of glitches with SALTS myself, can't really recall what I was tired out at the time and half asleep.  have a feeling it was around hitting dead ends.  I'm fairly ruthless with pruning providers too, one strike and you're out! Torba got binned from Exodus PDQ!!!  Reading though this has given some incentive to try some extra add-ons to see what they bring to the party, 1Channel and Specto etc.  I just need to grab a decent screensaver set for it.

 

Really like the Kodi remote app I must admit. Wasn't that keen at first as I thought it only picked up local media until I found that the add-ons were under the '...' tab. Almost instant and picks it all up from the add-ons too.  Mostly don't even use the Airmouse once I'm ready for media consumption and not doing maintenance stuff.

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1 hour ago, Xaos said:

Try DAX 17.1

 

This guy is author of BOB and he do best builds.

 

For 16.1 try Dapulse its amazing

I just installed it... beautiful!

 

DAX 17.1.jpg

 

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Nice.  Would you say it's better than that other one you posted (was is Wookie or Mammoth - can't remember)?

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DAX 17.1 is a very visually appealing build on Krypton... but it does use a lot of resources.

 

Do you really need animated backgrounds to your menu selections?  Probably not... but it sure looks pretty!

 

The build that I referred to earlier was Biagio Builds Lite Firestick Edition Version 3.2 

 

It is a quick and easy build with some nice features including a maintenance program.

 

Give it a try SooKee... you might be converted yet. :tongue:

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5 minutes ago, Jai Dee said:

DAX 17.1 is a very visually appealing build on Krypton... but it does use a lot of resources.

 

Do you really need animated backgrounds to your menu selections?  Probably not... but it sure looks pretty!

 

The build that I referred to earlier was Biagio Builds Lite Firestick Edition Version 3.2 

 

It is a quick and easy build with some nice features including a maintenance program.

 

Give it a try SooKee... you might be converted yet. :tongue:

I will. Not today though.  Bit of a rush now.  Especially as recently installed file explorers I'm trying in readiness to bin ES somehow managed to take down my SD card Kodi back up as part of their Kodi clean up after I deleted it (forgot I'd installed the new apps so forgot there would be rogue clean up behaviour going on).  Luckily I keep back ups of back ups!  Guess I could have just done a reset to clear Kodi completely.  I'll try this out when I'm not rushing.

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is es file explorer same in function as file explorers….any idea where to find this?

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10 minutes ago, JHolmesJr said:

is es file explorer same in function as file explorers….any idea where to find this?

Google Play Store has it - here.

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is es file explorer same in function as file explorers….any idea where to find this?

 

It is. But it's getting a LOT of bad press, bordering on hate, with all the crap, bloat and intrusive pop up ads on it these days. I've almost entirely switched over to Solid Explorer now. Also on the Play Store. I find it much more modern in feel and a lot lighter than ES. I kept ES around while getting the hang of Solid just in case there were things I needed to do quickly without wasting time to fathom out how. I tried one called XPlore too but just didn't get on with it.

 

 

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1 hour ago, SooKee said:

 

It is. But it's getting a LOT of bad press, bordering on hate, with all the crap, bloat and intrusive pop up ads on it these days.

 

I don't get any of that….maybe its because I haven't updated to the latest version….thanks for the warning.

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20 hours ago, JHolmesJr said:

..............

 

Just installed Terrarium TV….its a standalone app that works great…..gets around all the authentication BS thats been coming with openload

and video.me lately.

 

Yeah the video.me authentication is a PITA, AFAIK you only get a 4 hour 'permission' too, unless you sign up for a membership and it's not cheap?  At least for what it is.

 

I quite like Terrarium, I keep a few others around too.  Modbro, iLike HD (but this only for the free to view Thai Live TV - we have an AIS Playbox as well if we want the whole gamut but rarely do as it involves switching on another box since you can only have their service in their box.  This saves us switching boxes),  UKTV Now (mainly for the news channels), FilmOn Live TV, Showbox (quite like this as I've found it to be fairly fast and often has a stream at least in 720 - I like the layout of it too with posters and metadata - some of these apps are just beyond basic but this one looks OK) and MegaBox HD (but with that I have a modified Lite APK that I found that still allows you to play from it without first having to download some nuisance player that's full of ads).  I had Cinema Box too but it seems to have packed up, only shows links to photo galleries, never anything to play.  I tried a few different versions to (once an app or Kodi add-on plays up I just bin it.  I'll have a quick look but I don't waste time reading all day to get to the bottom of the issue - life's too short.  It works or it's out!).  I use an app called APK Updater to monitor for updates to all the side-loaded APKs and just put all the PlayStore installed apps on its 'Ignore' list.

 

I use YouTube for the news channels too (Sky, BBC and France 24) and will often use that as it flashes up when I've got subscriptions and I'll just hop to them too.  I often like to have the news playing in the background when I'm busy doing other things.  The problem there with YouTube is that it's just a continual loop.  UKTV Now for Sky is live and I find the ads help break it up, also advertises their up and coming drama shows that I stick on my list to watch. There's just so much out there on Kodi I found myself getting overwhelmed at first.  Spent more time channel hopping than watching.  Now I use TrakTV to manage it all.  I keep 5 lists on that, for movies and series.  Queued, Current, Parked, Watched and Binned.  Anything I'm vaguely interested in goes in Queued.  When I'm actively watching the series it goes to Current, if it's a long running show like Homeland or The Walking Dead it goes to Parked after a Season is finished but will start up again, Watched is for completed and now dead shows and Binned is for stuff I checked or tried but decided against it. Now when I use Kodi I just go straight to Exodus, Shows, My Lists and Current, it shows any shows with new episodes.  Saves so much time!  All a bit too OCD I guess.  When I started I thought I could keep it all in my head, but I must have a 100 plus shows in my lists now.  Just can't keep all the plates spinning 555.  Few times I've found myself watching some obscure movie that sounded good only to remember "I started watching this before and it was crap then too!".  Not a problem now. I find Trak good for deciding what to watch too, rather than scouring add-ons.  Add them to the list then go watch.  Only trouble with the apps is they don't link to Trak but I only tend to watch movies on apps so it's easy to keep Trak up to date via their phone app or browser interface.

 

The apps help keep Kodi lighter for me but as with Kodi I find you have to really watch the quality. Much of the claimed 'HD' is nothing close and is barely 480 and of dire quality.  Maybe they use the term because they think it looks OK on a 4" phone screen!  UKTV Now is a good example.  If I watch the Sky News on it I find the PQ very good, at least around the 720 as far as my eyes can tell, try the BBC News though and it really sucks, like SD Minus.  

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Impressive system of management you have. I only have 3 lists on trakt: watchlist, current and ended…..did not know you could create your own and name them.

 

Any idea where i can get the MegaBox Lite APK…those pop ups do my head in.

 

Also, I only sync tract with SALTS….is there any harm in sync-ing it with exodus, alluc, royal we etc simultaneously?

 

I just thought it might get confusing.

 

 

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Mega Box HD Lite: 

 

I have v 1.02.  Haven't tried this yet as mine works fine with the A2 Lite.

 

I link Trak to everything I can.  I have it linked to SALTS, Exodus, Plex, Infuse (on an iPad I use that syncs media down for watching on flights or trips).  Works really well.  If you try it, say on SALTS, start watching an episode.  Come out, load the same episode on Exodus, it'll sync to where you 'Last Watched'.  I just make sure to tick all (IIRC) the sync options and exclude the live TV sync.

 

I've switched over pretty much to even watching local media via Kodi, not the Plex app that I used to like (but mainly for remote access to my stuff while travelling).  Plex has TrakT capability too but it's unofficial and in my experience frequently breaks.  I think Plex is a bit like Apple at the moment.  Too interested in the next fad or gimmick rather than fixing things that aren't working.  Too many clients on too many platforms.  Their Shield app was getting some real flak, probably their worst client app, may be better now, I've not checked in a while.

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Thanks, that's very helpful.

I might pull the trigger on the Shield today….so this all great info.

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Welcome.  Forgot to add, in the interests of speed and automation, under Exodus.....My Lists (which will contain all your Trak TV lists) I have 'TV: Current' and 'Movies: Queued' (along with 'New Movies' and 'Popular Movies') added as favourites in Kodi.  I just go straight to one of those each time I open Kodi and voila, there they are, with any of the stuff I'm watching that has new episodes showing the 'box' vs the check mark (e.g. all watched and nothing new yet). Saves going through the 'Exodus / My TV Shows / TV Shows Lists / TV: Current click-fest EVERY time.  Could so the same with SALTS but I use that rarely, pretty much as a last resort if the item is not available elsewhere, so I prefer to keep Kodi 'Favourites' uncluttered.  GF and friends then operate about 99% of the time from Favourites.  Easier and no need for explanation (well not much) re how to get to, say, new Movies etc.

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