First of all, apologies to those of you who find an article with loads of pics a pain. I have done this as most of us are reasonably computer literate, but not all, and when you can see the picture, you know you are doing the right thing. I also think that some of you will actually do this now you can see clear instructions.
My Amazon Fire Box, now called my Kodi box developed an issue in that I could not change the screen size. I resorted to the last but one option, which was to restore to factory settings. This wipes out all your applications. You log back into Amazon and select the free apps you want such as the SCBBC, ITV, Ketchup TV etc, and this re-loads them back the way it was.
So now I have to re-load Kodi and an application to watch all the films and TV shows for free. Thought I would go through it step by step with you, especially as there have been some changes to the Amazon software and Kodi. Our starting point is that you have an Amazon Fire box or a stick, have decent Wi-Fi connection and have registered with Amazon. You do not have to pay. So, you now have an Amazon Fire Box working. It is now time to load Kodi and an Application to allow you to watch pretty much any Movie or TV show.
If you can plug an ethernet cable in from your Router to the FireBox then it all goes a bit quicker. Also you tend not to get any lag when watching a film or TV show, especially if your Wi-Fi is having a bad day. Another top tip, if you are using a remote control for this, you can plug a keyboard into the FireBox via USB port, much easier than using the remote during installations.
Turn on your FireStick or FireBox (Tip, if you intend to download a lot of Apps, by the box, £79.99, not a stick, same if you do not have that good Wi-Fi)
- Select Settings
- Select Device (or Settings if you still have the old interface)
- Select Developer Options
- Select Apps from Unknown Sources
- Turn ON
- You will now see a warning message regarding unknown sources. Select OK you can turn off unknown sources later, but we need it on for now
- Go back to your home screen (press home button on remote)
- Highlight Apps – located at the top of the screen – and then push down on your Amazon remote to bring up a sub-menu containing Featured, Games & Categories
- Select Categories in the sub menu
- Select Utility located at the bottom as it is alphabetically sorted
Note: If downloader is not an option, press home select from Categories FEATURED, then select “Downloader”, this will down load in a few seconds, once done you can carry on:
- Scroll down and select Downloader
- Select Get to install Downloader
- After the installation has completed select Open
- Select the URL section
- Type ONE of the following – if you are on a first-generation Firestick/Fire TV type bit.ly/kodi176 but if you are on a newer Fire Stick/Fire TV type bit.ly/mjdnew the first link is for the 32 Bit version the second is the 64 Bit version. This is for Kodi Krypton 17.6 the latest, most stable, and secure release. If you have just purchased your Firestick or FireBox you have the new one. Press Go after entering the URL
It’s around 90 MB, should not take long if you have decent Wi-Fi.
You will see a screen saying “Do you want to install this application? Click INSTALL, bottom right.
Message will now say “Installing”, then you will see a tick and “App Installed.
Click OPEN, bottom right
As I said, Kodi, does not have any content (Therefore it is perfectly legal). We need to download a 3rd party software that will enable this.
Now, to try and future proof this, use this site: https://www.wirelesshack.org/top-best-working-kodi-video-add-ons.html
You always get instructions on installing anything, so go for whatever you want.
It lists all the best add-ons for the current year. Many add-ons do not get updated and after a while you cannot get your movie or TV shows you want. At the moment the best add-on for movies and TV shows is “Neptune Rising”, so we are going to install this:
It has movies and TV shows in a nice layout.
Using a good VPN with Kodi is always suggested for privacy and security. If you need a good low cost VPN to use with Kodi Try IPVanish it has multiple high speed servers with no throttling or logs. I am sure the GP fraternity can recommend others. You do not have to use a VPN.
Let’s begin, but first, Top Tip: Select SETTINGS and DEVICE, then select RESTART. Trust me on this.
Select YOUR APPS AND GAMES
Find KODI, which will probably be at the very end of the list, It’s just the icon
This will put up the Kodi menu, version 17.6 at the time of writing.
1… At the top left click the System Settings Icon
2… Click File Manager
3… On the left click Add Source
4… Click where it says NONE
5… Enter the URL: http://repo.mrblamo.xyz/ and click OK
6… In the next box down name it Blamo and click OK
7… Double check everything is correct and click OK
8… Go back to Main Menu and click Add-ons
9… Click the Package Installer Icon from the top left
10… Click Install from zip file
Note: If you get a message about installing from unknown sources, select setting and select the option to allow, then go back to where you are.
11… A box will pop open select Blamo
12… Click repository.blamo-0.1.6.zip (Or a higher number)
13… Wait for the top right to popup to say Blamo Repo Installed
14… Click Install from Repository
15… Click Blamo Repo
16… Click Video Add-ons
17… Click Neptune Rising
18… Click Install
This will a few minutes, it downloads a lot of things.
After a few minutes you will see a Tick against “Neptune Rising. Click this box and at the bottom ensure the “Auto-Update” is on, (Button is on the right).
At the bottom on the left, click OPEN
Do not bother looking for anything yet. This stuff can be temperamental. Click HOME, then SETTING and DEVICE and Restart your Kodi box again.
Your Kodi Icon will now be near the top, so select this.
Scroll down and select “Add-Ons”
You will see “Neptune Rising”, select this.
I am pretty sure you can work out how to search for a movie or TV show, I am just going to watch a GP recommended TV series called “Extinct”. Select TV shows, you can search by genre Sci-Fi or click “Search” at the bottom, type in EXTINCT, and it’s the top option.
Please remember that it searches for those places that hold it, sometimes the link does not work, just try another.
Armed with your Kodi box and the stuff on Amazon, once your TV package and home phone supplier contract is done, you could bin them, and just buy a Broadband only option.
Final top tip: When (not if) you lose your FireBox remote control, you can use your iPhone to download a free App, just search for “Fire TV”, then you can pair it (follow the instructions), and use you phone as the remote.
© Phil the test manager 2018
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