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Skystream ONE Android TV Box Tips and Tricks

Jun 22, 2017 2 days ago No Comments
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Below you will find links to many of the articles we have written that you may find helpful. We also have listed many common questions with answers below the links.

Moving your Router for Maximum Streaming Speed

How to set up a Trakt account in Kodi & the Exodus Addon

Power Controls on the Skystream ONE Android TV Box

Kodi Tips and Tricks

Why do Kodi addons go down?

How to Navigate Kodi – VIDEO

What is HDMI CEC

Kodi Error Messages – What They Mean

What is Real Debrid?

How to Uninstall an Add-on in Kodi

How to add or change shortcuts in Kodi

Top things not to do in Kodi on an Android TV Box

All Kodi streams are not created equal

How to Fix Kodi Buffering

Setting your date and Time (IMPORTANT)

If you are having internet connection issues, Errors while using the browser, Getting limited results in addon searches or any other type of issue. One of the first things you should check is if your date and time is correct. This is very important for how your boxe handles anything that uses the internet.

From the units home screen click on settings, press down once and then click on Date & Time. If automatic date & time is off, click on it and then click on the On button to turn it on. If this corrects your date and time then you are done and can press home and begin streaming. If it did not fix your date and time you will need to manually set them.

How do I get out of Safe Mode

If you or someone in your house manages to somehow put the unit into safe mode simply unplug the power from the unit. Wait 5 seconds and then plug it back in.

How to put the box to sleep or Power Off

Airmouse

Sleep – Press the cursor button to make sure the cursor is off. Tap the red power button once. The unit will go into sleep mode.

Power Off – Press and hold the red power button. A pop up will appear asking if you want to Power Off. Press the OK button. The unit will power down completely.

Stock Remote

Sleep – Tap the power button once. The unit will go into sleep mode.

Power Off – – Press and hold the power button. A pop up will appear asking if you want to Power Off. Press the OK button. The unit will power down completely.

Kodi / FTMC / Media Center Tips

How to stop a link that is working for a long time

The X button can be used to stop a link if it is stuck “working.” Please note that while this normally works, there are times when it will not work and you will have to wait until the link connects or fails to connect.

How to get the status bar to disappear faster

Airmouse – To get rid of the status bar that appears when you first start a stream, simply press the cursor lock button and then the back button. This will make the status bar go away.

Stock Remote – Simply press the back button once.

I get a black screen when I open Kodi / FTMC / Media Center

This can happen if you do not close Kodi properly by clicking on the power icon at the bottom left of the screen and letting the program close on its own. To fix the black screen, press the home button on your remote, click on settings, click on apps, scroll over to Kodi / FTMC / Media Center and click on it. DO NOT CLICK ON CLEAR DATA!!! Doing this will delete all of your addons, favorites, accounts and anything else you have set up in the program. Click on clear cache. Then click on force stop. Now press the home button your remote and open up the program again. It will do a first run and then will open to the home screen.

My Kodi / FTMC / Media Center screen is small and on the left of my TV

You accidentally hit the \ key on your remote or keyboard. You are in what is called Windowed Mode. To get back to the full screen mode, simply press the \ back button once and you will be in full screen mode.

I have no sound in Kodi / FTMC / Media Center

  1. Make sure your volume is turned up on your TV or sound system.
  2. Press the volume up button your Skystream remote, Airmouse or Keyboard.
  3. If neither of those work, try pressing the mute button on your remote.
  4. If none of those worked press the F8 on your keyboard. This is the mute button in Kodi.

The audio is ahead or behind of the video

This can happen on certain links. Honestly the best way to remedy this is to exit that stream and choose a different one.

But you can adjust the Audio Offset and try to make the audio and video sync up better.

Airmouse or Keyboard – Press the A button. You will see an audio offset pop up at the top of the screen. Press the left or right buttons to move the audio forward or backwards. Give the stream a second to adjust before adjusting again.

Stock Remote – Press the Select button on the remote to bring up the status bar. Press the right button to move the selected button to the speaker / sound icon and click on it. A large pop up will appear. Click down to Audio Offset and click on it. Now a smaller pop will appear. Press the left or right buttons to move the audio forward or backwards. Give the stream a second to adjust before adjusting again.

How to exit Kodi / FTMC / Media Center without having to back out of an addon

Once you have stopped the stream that you were watching (Always Do This!) simply press the S button. This will bring up a small pop up. Click on Exit and let the program close on its own. This can sometimes take a few moments as the program is finishing up any back ground operations. Not closing the program properly can cause future issues.

Links that ask you to Pair

Certain link sources will ask you to pair in order to be able to view their stream. The easiest way to not have to pair to watch a link source is to simply choose another link.

However if you want to pair and watch that particular stream it is actually pretty easy. Use another device such as a phone, tablet or computer. Type in the website address that is listed on your TV screen and click enter. The website will have a button somewhere that says pair device. Click that button and your stream should begin playing on your TV. Please note that the pairing on most websites is normally only good for 4 hours.

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International Thank a Developer Week!!! (5/15-5/22) #ThankADev

May 12, 2017 1 month ago No Comments
#ThankADev

Did you know that May 15th through the 22nd was International Thank a Developer Week? Probably not, because we just made it a thing! Why you ask? Because we can and that’s how we roll and these awesome developers need to be shown some love!

IMPORTANT!!! NEVER contact a developer of an addon or program and give them a hard time because it may be having some issues or may be down! If you do, we will find you! Not really, but please do not ever do this. If you wish to contact a developer about an issue with an addon, be polite and friendly. Explain in great detail exactly what is happening and offer to provide any additional information.

Addon and program developers are the backbone of streaming. Without them there would be no streaming. So we feel it is important to explain exactly who these people are, why they create and maintain addons and how much they get paid.

Who are Addon Developers?

Addon developers are normal people just like you and me from all over the world. They usually have a background in computer programming or computer coding. Addon developers usually have normal jobs in the technology field. Addon developers have families and things that happen in life just like everyone else. Addon developers are of high intelligence and have a charitable and giving nature.

Why do developers create and maintain Addons? How much do they get paid?

Because they make millions of dollars from all of the donations they get from fans around the world. We are totally joking and the truth could not be farther from that.

Addon developers do what they do because they are giving people who selflessly use their talents to provide enjoyment for others free of charge. Yes, These awesome developers do this for no personal gain at all. They are not paid by anyone to create and maintain these awesome addons.

The truth is that these great people spend their FREE time working on and maintaining these addons for you to enjoy. They take time out of their busy lives to provide you, a random person to them with a great program for you to use. They have no idea who you are, but still spend their time maintaining and updating something that you use.

What do Addon developers ask for in return?

RESPECT! These developers do not put pop ups in their addons begging for money. They don’t send you emails asking you to donate to them. All developers want is respect! They want to be respected as a human beings, acknowledged for the hard work that they do and want people to respect the code they create by not copying it and branding it as your own work.

And please don’t think these great humans are out begging for praise and admiration. They simply do not want to be berated by users of their FREE addon, because something isn’t working to the (Free) users satisfaction. That is what Thank a Developer Week is all about.

Why was Thank a Developer Week created?

Thank a Developer Week was created to show these developers some love and appreciation for their hard work. Everyday these developers get tweets and forum messages saying things like “Fix your addon man” “Your addon is OK, but I demand that you add what I want” “Why hasn’t (Insert Developer Name) fixed this section of their addon, What are they doing?”

These kind of messages from keyboard cowboys slowly wear on a developers giving and kind nature. Imagine spending your nights and weekends working hard to provide something to people for free and then having those people spit in your face on Twitter and forums. Think about how many of those types of messages it would take you to say, “You know what, I’m tired of these rude and ungrateful people who provide me with nothing giving me a hard time. I’m gonna shut down my addon and spend more time with my family, learning a new hobby or whatever else.” Now you can see why International Thank a Developer was created. We need to drown out the negative comments from internet trolls and replace them with messages of thanks and gratitude!

How can I help thank a developer? <—– And you will help :)

Thanking a developer is very easy. If you don’t have a twitter account, get one. It takes about 2 minutes, you have the time. Do it!

If you have a Twitter account then you are ready to thank a developer. Simply log into your Twitter account, tag one, Tag many or create multiple tweets tagging all of the developer’s Twitter handles below. Include a nice message in the tweet. Something along the lines of “Love your addons, Thanks for your hard work!” “Thank you for what you do!” “Keep up the awesome work, You Rock!”

Next add the hashtag #ThankADev and smash that Tweet button.

You may not realize it, but the 30 seconds of time you spent posting that tweet will make a developer feel appreciated. You may even make their day. Who knows, you may get a tweet back from one of them saying thank you for your support.

Spreading love and appreciation is always a good thing. Spreading love and appreciation to people who provide something great to you for free is just downright Awesomesauce!

So please take a minute or two out of your day and show these awesome and dedicated developers some major love!

Below is a list of as many of the developer’s Twitter handles as we could find. If you see a developer that is not on here, please email pete at skystreamx dot com and he will add it to the article. We know we definitely missed some of these awesome people, but please know that we appreciate you and all of your hard work.

As always, Stream On and let’s ALL #ThankADev

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@adriansports88 ‏

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@Whitecream_UWC ‏

@Slim_Evolve ‏

@ChrisChromex ‏

@AbeEvolve ‏

@Goliath2017 ‏

@TheBlazetamer ‏

@uk_turk ‏

@morepowerllc ‏

@MrEntertainRepo ‏

@bluesplacerocks ‏

@rockcrusher01 ‏

@evolve_jack ‏

@koying

@Griffin_Evolve ‏

@Javaman_sv ‏

@natko1412 ‏

@podgodrepo ‏

@Bbts83 ‏

@k1m05 ‏

@real_1channel ‏

@Woody_AT_PUB ‏

@Kraken_Evolve ‏

@mobdrocom

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What is DRM and how will it affect Kodi?

Apr 28, 2017 2 months ago No Comments
Kodi DRM

Lately Team Kodi has mentioned that they are considering inserting DRM into future version of the Kodi Media Center program. Many click bait Youtubers and bloggers (Read more about Kodi Click Baiters Here) have taken this as a chance to spread false information with crazy headlines such as “DRM will Kill Kodi, Kodi coming to an end, etc…” In this article we will tell you exactly what DRM is and what it is not.

What is DRM?

DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. DRM was created by companies that sell content. Whether that content is movies, TV Shows, music or games.

DRM was created so that customers who bought content could not copy it and distribute it. Companies did not want customers to be able to go out and buy the latest Blu Ray DVD, throw it into their computer, rip it and then start sharing it with other people. DRM has been used on CD’s, DVD, Blu Ray’s, Video games and other digital media. Long story short, it is a system to make it so you can’t copy content and distribute it.

What will happen to Kodi if there is DRM installed?

If you believe Click Baiters, Third party addons will not work anymore, Kodi is getting shut down, and so on. In reality Kodi will still function exactly the same. That’s right, Kodi will function exactly the same. This comes out of the mouth of Team Kodi. Of course posting a video saying Kodi will be the same will not get many people to click on it. So the click baiters made videos saying that the end of Kodi was near and scared a bunch of people.

Why is Kodi considering adding DRM into Kodi?

Team Kodi if you are not aware, has nothing to do with the third party addons that many people use each day. They do not provide any content. They simply provide the media center foundation program.

Kodi has recently expressed an interest in getting some official content distributors like Netflix, Hulu, Sling and Amazon into the Kodi platform. Essentially Kodi would like it if they could get those companies on board and have them create official addons for Kodi. This would mean that you could open Kodi, click on the Netflix or Sling addon, enter you login information and start watching content. This would help users be able to view all of their content within Kodi instead of relying on multiple apps.

But Kodi by reputation (Not by the actual Kodi program) is known around the world and in corporate boardrooms as a program used to help people watch things for free. So Kodi has had a hard time convincing these content distributors to make official addons for Kodi. These content distributors are wary about putting all of their content into a program where they feel people could figure out how to steal it and distribute it on the internet. This is where DRM comes into play.

By adding DRM code into future versions of Kodi, It will make stealing or downloading content (From addons SPECIFICALLY designed with DRM) much harder. This makes the content distributors feel more at ease and more likely to be open to creating an official Netflix addon or Sling addon. We feel this can be a good thing in that it will give Kodi users more options to view content from the subscription services they subscribe to all in one place.

Will Kodi actually put DRM into future versions of Kodi?

That is a question that we do not have the answer to. That is completely up to Team Kodi. Do we really care about DRM? Not really. As it is now, we could simply close Kodi and then open the Netflix app. But it would be slightly more convenient and give more legitimacy to the Kodi program. Will we ever see an official Netflix, Sling, Hulu or Amazon Instant Video addon within Kodi? We doubt that these companies would take the time to create these addons. It would be a of very minimal benefit to them. But hey, who knows, Only time will tell.

But don’t let these Click Baiters scare you into thinking that DRM is going to make all of your addons stop working and that the sky is falling. It is a very minor thing that has been blown out of proportion by people trying to make money by scaring people into clicking on bogus information.

As always, Stream On!

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Kodi is Officially Dead! <======== Click Bait!

Apr 28, 2017 2 months ago No Comments
Kodi click bait

A few times a week we get emails and calls saying, “I saw this video on Youtube about Kodi being Shutdown, Banned, Dying, Dead, Etc.” We normally have the person send us the link to whatever they saw online that told them that Kodi was being shutdown, banned, etc. We have a general idea of what kind of video or article we are going to see when they send us the link.

Here are a few examples of the types of videos out there spreading false sensationalistic information. We will explain why people do this and what exactly click bait is below.

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Kodi shutdown

Kodi dead

Kodi forced to close

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So why do people put out videos like this? It’s the main reason people do anything, Money!

What is Click Bait and how are you involved? 

Click Bait is a term used when people on Blogs, Youtube and Social Media use sensational titles on content to lure people to click on the link. Hence they are baiting you to click on the link by using a crazy title to attract your attention.

Ever notice ads on a website with titles like the below listed examples.

Doctors hate him, How John Doe is putting the plastic surgery industry out of business.

The Government wants him silenced, What are they hiding from you?

This guy turned $100 into 5 Million, see how he did it!

Kodi shut down for good, Click for the full story!

These are all examples of Click bait.

Why would they even care if I click on their links? 

People who put out stuff like this make money every time you click on their links. So it is in their financial interest to get as many people to click on their links as possible. So they create crazy titles filled with doom and gloom to get you to click.

How do these characters make money from your clicks?

Youtube

Youtubers make money from you in a few ways. On Youtube these people make money each time someone clicks on their video and is shown an advertisement. If you skip the ad after 5 seconds they get a certain amount of money. If you watch the whole video they get paid a little more. Click on the video link to get more information and they get paid even more.

Blog Articles

If you have noticed, lately almost every blog has about 50 ads on each page. Bloggers make money each time an ad is shown to a visitor of their blog. If you click on an ad while on their blog they get paid a little more. That is why they want as many people hitting their blog as possible.

Offered Services

Many of these bloggers and Youtubers have links to different services on their blog or in the description of their Youtube video. If you click on the link and purchase whatever they are trying to sell, they make money. And don’t think that the click bait ends at the title. Many of these people use the same click bait tactics in the products or services they are trying to sell you. So be careful if you choose to click on a link from someone trying to click bait you into purchasing a service or product.

Why didn’t we call out any of these Kodi Click Baiters?

Because we are cool like that :) It’s not our place to call people out for putting out click bait videos. We are not the type of people who like to get involved in drama. This article was just to inform you what these videos are and why they are put out there.

So don’t believe everything you read or watch on the internet. If you do you may soon be wearing an aluminum foil helmet so the voices can’t get you :)

As always, Stream On!

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Youtube – The Most Underrated Streaming App for an Android TV Box

Apr 14, 2017 2 months ago No Comments
youtube android tv box

We are sure you have heard of Youtube. Youtube is a video streaming platform where anyone can upload videos to and allow the world to view them. In this article  we will show you why Youtube is the most underrated streaming app around and why it is a great to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box. But first a few crazy Youtube statistics.

  • 1.3 Billion use Youtube all over the world. That is almost 19% of the entire world’s population!
  • over 300 hours of video is uploaded to Youtube every minute. That is 18,000 hours of video uploaded every hour and over 432,000 hours uploaded each day!
  • Over 3.25 Billion hours of video are watched on Youtube each month. That is over 78 Billion hours viewed each year!

So let’s get down to why Youtube is so underrated and why it is so awesome to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box.

Hands down Youtube has the largest amount of streaming content in the world. With so much content there is something for everyone. While Youtube does not stream TV Shows and Movies, it has content on just about any subject. We will touch on just a few things you can find on Youtube.

4K Content on Youtube

Youtube has a huge selection of 4K content. Maybe the largest in the world. Now this content is not the newest blockbuster as Youtube does not allow any copywritten content to be uploaded onto its site. But they have a ridiculous amount of beautiful 4K content from all over the world. From the beaches of Hawaii, to the skyscrapers in Dubai, Youtube has it in 4K. They also have lots of cook 4K drone footage. If you want to show of your brand new 4K TV to your friends, just type 4K into the search bar in Youtube and stream away.

Youtube 4K Streaming

4K Android TV Box

 

Live News on Youtube

Youtube recently rolled out a feature that allows users to live stream content onto Youtube. These streams are live when the user is live streaming them and then get turned into an on demand video after the live stream has ended. This has led many major news outlets to live stream large news events on Youtube as it reaches millions of people in real time. Simply type news,  live news or live into the search bar and start looking for news stories or live streams that interest you.

Android TV Box Live News

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Hobby and Interest videos on Youtube

This is one of our favorite types of streaming content on Youtube. Everyone has a hobby or something that they are interested in. Chances are if you are interested in it, other people are as well and there is a 99.9% chance that Youtube has tons of videos on whatever you are interested in. Don’t be scared, give it a try. We are pretty sure you will be blown away by how much cool content there is on whatever you are searching for. Cooking, Cars, Electronics, Golf, Interior Design, Photography, Etc… The list could go on forever.

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How to Videos, Self Help Videos and Learning Videos on YouTube

As you are starting to see, there is almost nothing you cannot find on Youtube to stream. Want to learn how to speed up your internet? Want to learn how to maintain your Air Conditioner? Want to start learning a new language? Want some relaxation music to meditate to? Youtube has you covered. Just use the search bar to find whatever you want. You will truly be surprised at what you can learn, fix and do just by using this one streaming app.

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Beware of the Youtube Vortex!

With unlimited content comes great responsibility! Youtube does a very good job of showing you related videos to the one you are watching. So good in fact that you may spend unintended hours watching videos. You may start out watching a car video and end up 5 hours later watching cute kittens. Don’t say we didn’t warn you:)

My Youtube app is giving me an error

This can happen for a few reasons. You may need to log into your account in the Google Play store for Youtube to work. Sometimes the homescreen of Youtube will not show any videos. If this happens simply click on the search bar and type in something and click on search.

Sometimes Youtube may need to be updated from the directly from the Google Play store. Below are instructions on how to do this.

  1. Click on the Google Play Store Icon on your units homescreen. If you have moved this from your home screen, simply click on All Apps or My Apps and scroll down until you see the Google Play store icon.
  2. Once the Play store is open, click in the search bar at the top and type in Youtube.

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3. Click on the official Youtube app. It will most likely be the first app shown in the search results.

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4. Click on Update on the right side of the screen.

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5. Click on Accept if you are asked.

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6. Once it is finished installing, click on open and start enjoying an endless amount of video streaming.

 

 

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