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Android box and IPTV - Kodi problems

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Hi All,

 

I just ditched TrueVisions satellite TV (2 boxes on platinum subscription) after they dumped the HBO channels and Cinemax at the start of this month.

I figured that I'd get an Android box and get IPTV like so many others here on the forum.

So I bought a box from Lazada... good price (reduced from 8800 baht to 1850 baht) and it was delivered within 2 days.

Connected it to my home receiver and waited for it to start.

Connected it to my home wifi no problem, and then flicked through the 4 pages of apps that were pre-loaded on the box.

After locating and starting Kodi (which I've been told is probably the best for my purposes - movies mainly) I noted that Kodi already had a number of add-ons/programs installed.

Under Video, there was 1 Channel, cCloud TV, Exodus, Phoenix, and ProSport.

Under Music, there was Apple iTunes Podcasts, Sound Cloud, Radio, Broadcastify, and Vevo.

Under Programs, there was Ares Wizard, Community Portal, Addon Installer, Navi-X, and USTVNow Guide.

I'm sure that all of these were pre-installed on the box by the Thai distributor that Lazada source the box from.

 

My problem however is with Kodi (V16.1).

No matter what I select under the second top level menus (Video, Music etc.), the screen just goes blank.

Even when I select System, then Settings, the screen goes blank.

It stays blank too. I have left it and returned after 30 minutes and the screen is still blank.

 

I suspect that my Kodi has somehow become corrupted and needs to be re-installed.

 

Under Settings on the box I can go to Apps, select Kodi, and uninstall it... but how do I re-install it (and all its add-ons)?

 

I am a complete novice when it comes to Android and Kodi, so please be gentle with your replies.

 

Hope there is someone out there who can help. I'm at my wits end in frustration at the moment.

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You'll need to go to the 'Play Store', which is the Google app store on Android.

 

Search for Kodi and install. There's a version 17 out i believe but only for the newest Android versions... version 16.1 is fine.

 

Note though... Kodi is very powerful indeed, but with that power comes great confusion and frustration - even for a hardened computer savvy person, using Kodi for the first time can require much googling, swearing etc.

 

Have some beers handy and persevere though!

 

Also note that not all Android boxs are equal... far from it. Support varies greatly.

 

I've a Minix box, the x8-h, and they did bring out good firmware updates etc -  i'd recommend them, the newest currently is the U1 for their Android boxes but an even newer U9(?)? is due out soon with latest Android. The U1 already supports 4k and hevc compression i think...

 

I'll be getting the u9 once it's out, or possibly the Nvidia Shield - the Minix can be found in Bangkok easily enough though.

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Rather than uninstalling completely, you could go to the same screen and then clear the cache AND data. This will effectively give you a fresh install.

 

After that you can go to youtube and there are many, many good tutorials on there for setting up kodi.  Just make sure you filter out all but the most recent ones. You can the have a play around and decide what you like,

 

The add-ons you need will depend on what you want to use kodi for. Will you be looking for on-demand movies and series?  Exodus would be a good start for that. Or, if you're looking for live TV then "Maverick" seems to work well just now.

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I love Kodi and have several builds on several devices.

 

All work well.

 

As mentioned many very helpful videos on Youtube on how to set it up.

 

Am alternative for you is to download the many movie and live tv apps to your box.

 

Terrarium tv. Show box. Megabox. Movie HD to name a few.

 

Solid streamz. Live net tv etc. for live tv. Mobdro is another good app.

 

These apps will give you thousands of movies and tv shows as well as documentaries too.

 

Pm me if you want some help.

 

 

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Not meaning to hijack your thread, but I have  similar question.

 

I have a Shield box running Kodi 16. Can I just update to 17? Or will I lose all my apps and settings if I do so?

 

Do I need to do some sort of back up first, update then re-install?

 

I bought the box already set up.

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Read up on Ares Wizard its a decent utility. The add-ons you have are reasonable. I use Exodus for TV shows and films. Sportsdevil for the footie. These add-ons are realy just wrappers to give you easy access. For every Kodi box seller you will get different packages, They are all pretty much similar. BTW I use 16.1 and have no problems.

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5 hours ago, coops said:

Search for Kodi and install. There's a version 17 out i believe but only for the newest Android versions... version 16.1 is fine.

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I've a Minix box, the x8-h, and they did bring out good firmware updates etc

 

Kodi 17 is not final yet, so stick with 16.1 Any versions higher than 16.1 need Android 5 or newer to run. The Minix x8-h box firmware update never went past Android Kitkat 4.4 did it? 

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5 hours ago, Encid said:

the screen just goes blank.

 

The free Kodi addons probably all obsolete and/or need updating already? If you want to watch the movie channels you mentioned you might want to consider a subscription IPTV streaming service that runs on Kodi and/or just a Smart TV streaming app without Kodi at all. Flawless seems pretty popular and a lot cheaper than True Visions with plenty of channels. For movies and TV series only plenty of free play on demand with Exodus, 123movies and Specto Kodi addons.

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6 hours ago, Encid said:

So I bought a box from Lazada...

here's the beef! a kodi expert explained to me recently that these cheap android boxes are ideal to be used as door stoppers or adjustment for wobbly dining tables.

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Guys,

Please can you help for those of you who are reasonably tech savvy.

I recently got a Kodi box which was supposed to come fully loaded and I am having a few problems which I will mention. I can go easily get movies and TV shows and these also update regularly with no issues.

I can get music etc etc. My problem occurs when I try to get Sky sports channels. It initially opens then quickly asks me for a passcode saying my contract expired in October 2016. I never had any contract so this must be the person who originally set it up.

Is there no way round to watch this for free? Or is this subscription only? The guy who got it for me told me there were plenty of other ways to get into Sky sports but I am obviously not clever enough to do this.

Also, I am wanting to get rid completely of True but my problem has always been my other half likes to watch Thai channels sometimes. I am in the dark regards this iptv system, as I am not that up to date. I can work my way reasonably well on a computer, but I mainly use it for e mails, FB, downloading from torrents etc.


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Some great answers and knowledgeable advice from you guys... thanks very much.

 

I tried clearing the cache and data, but the system just hung completely so I uninstalled it completely then reinstalled a fresh version from the Google Play store.

 

The menu system now works fine so I'll check out Exodus (and where to get it and install it) on YouTube tomorrow (too late now).

 

BTW, the box delivered by Lazada is the same as that advertised here

 

Thanks everyone for your help... will advise progress and seek further advice from you good gents tomorrow.

 

Cheers.

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If that's the box you've got then you most likely won't be able to run kodi 17 anyway. Also don't put too many add ons or apps on or you'll overload the resources quite quickly.

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kodi is great, but not so much for live tv,  but its not a play out the box system like true.

getting a good build that is updated is a good idea. it takes some reading up/ research (you tube is good) being able to install addons is something that is soon picked up

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3 hours ago, Naam said:

here's the beef! a kodi expert explained to me recently that these cheap android boxes are ideal to be used as door stoppers or adjustment for wobbly dining tables.

 

Got my box from Lazada for 1990B 3 years ago. Recently had to update Kodi after Exodus started playing up, but now its as good as ever.

 

Exodus on Kodi, the app Mobdro (installed from their website, no longer on Play Store) for live TV, the TuneIn app for radio and Youtube, all together makes a fantastic, simple to use, set up.

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3 hours ago, Scouse123 said:

Guys,

Please can you help for those of you who are reasonably tech savvy.

I recently got a Kodi box which was supposed to come fully loaded and I am having a few problems which I will mention. I can go easily get movies and TV shows and these also update regularly with no issues.

I can get music etc etc. My problem occurs when I try to get Sky sports channels. It initially opens then quickly asks me for a passcode saying my contract expired in October 2016. I never had any contract so this must be the person who originally set it up.

Is there no way round to watch this for free? Or is this subscription only? The guy who got it for me told me there were plenty of other ways to get into Sky sports but I am obviously not clever enough to do this.

Also, I am wanting to get rid completely of True but my problem has always been my other half likes to watch Thai channels sometimes. I am in the dark regards this iptv system, as I am not that up to date. I can work my way reasonably well on a computer, but I mainly use it for e mails, FB, downloading from torrents etc.


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Have you tried the Mobdro addon for android (search Mobdro on the web and download and install the apk) It has some sky sports channels and also other sports channels.

 

You could give that a try, but I don't know about the reliability or buffering though.

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