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

Apr 28, 2017 3 hours ago No Comments
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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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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 weeks ago No Comments
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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

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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.

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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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How to install the updated Kodi 16.1 (Exodus and HTTPS Fixed)

Apr 6, 2017 3 weeks ago No Comments
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In this article we are going to show you how to use the SkystreamTV Updater app to update your Skystream Android TV Box from Kodi 16.1 Jarvis to the newly fixed Kodi 16.1

MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY!!!

From your units home screen, click on the SkystreamTV Updater App.

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The Updater will tell you that there is an update available. Click on Install Update. Please remember that there may be a delay in the app telling you that there is an update. A huge amount of people will be doing this update and the server may be slammed when you are doing this.

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Once it has updated it will tell you that there is a new version of Kodi available. Click on Update Media Player.

 

Allow Kodi to Download. Once it is done downloading click on Install. Allow Kodi to install.

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Once Kodi is done installing you will be brought back to the screen. Click on Continue.

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Choose the Family Friendly or Adult version and click on Install.

 

Click on Fresh Install. DO NOT click on Save User Settings.

 

Allow the version that you chose to download and install. The amount of time this takes can vary depending on how many people are doing this and how fast your internet connection is.

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Once the version you chose has been installed the Updater app will open Kodi automatically.

 

Let Kodi sit for a few minutes to allow any addons or repositories to update.

 

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the updated Kodi 16.1 on your Skystream Android TV Box. Now sit back and Stream ON!

 

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The Current State of Kodi 16.1, 17.1 and Exodus

Apr 4, 2017 3 weeks ago No Comments
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The Current State of Kodi 16.1, 17.1 and Exodus

As some of you have noticed, the Exodus addon has been having some issues lately. The main problem people are having is that it is not returning HD links and far fewer SD links lately. We are going to tell you why this is happening and be completely truthful about the current state of Kodi.

Why is Exodus returning less links?

Exodus is basically a search engine like Google that searches different websites that offer links to many different types of video content. Once Exodus scrapes these websites it displays direct links to the content hosted on the various websites.

The problem is that many of the sites that Exodus scrapes for content links have changed the level of security from HTTP to HTTPS. HTTPS security is the same level that most banking websites and ecommerce checkouts use. It adds an extra level of security between the two connecting devices.

The developers of Exodus no control of these websites that the addon scrapes and have no control over Kodi 16 and its ability to connect to HTTPS links. Please do not give them a hard time over this or post any negative comments directed towards them. They develop this addon for free in their spare time.

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The current issue is that Kodi 16.1 Jarvis does not have the capability to use HTTPS or SSL based links. Kodi 16.1 uses a slightly older version of Python (Computer Coding Language) which cannot connect to these higher level security links. Kodi 17 Krypton runs on a newer version of Python which is able to connect to HTTPS links. This is why many of you saw the below shown pop up from TVAddons last night.

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So why doesn’t Skystream simply upgrade everyone to Kodi 17 Krypton?

The developers of Kodi which we have no affiliation to, decided that they did not want to support Android 4.4 anymore. Why they chose to do this we do not know and do not want to speculate. But the fact still remains that any devices running 4.4 or older versions on Android cannot install Kodi 17. We are not happy about this, but it is what it is. We do not develop or run Kodi and do not have any way to change this fact.

Kodi 17 Android 5.0

This next portion of the article is going to draw lots of negative comments. We are very aware that we are going to get slammed on social media. But we are always honest with our customers, even when it means we are going to receive negative attention.

So here goes nothing. We do not have the ability to upgrade any X4 and X5 to Android 5.0 or higher. The processors that we use (AMLogic) did not build a base Android 5 firmware for the S802 or S812 chips. Without a base firmware from the chip manufacturer we have nothing to work with and have no way to send out an update that will change the version of Android for the X4 and X5 units. If AMLogic had made a working base firmware for the S802 and S812 we would have already updated both of these units.

We have always prided ourselves in keeping all of our customers up to date. Unfortunately in this situation we are unable to do this due to outside forces. There are unfortunately 2 different situations that are out of our control that place us in this situation. Kodi not supporting Android 4.4 in version 17 and AMLogic moving onto the S905 chipset without making an Android 5 firmware.

Will the Skystream ONE be updated to Kodi 17 Krypton?

Yes, We are currently working on upgrading the SkystreamTV Updater app with Kodi 17. Once we push this update out the updater will look to see what box you have and display the correct options for your device. If you have an X4 or X5 you will be directed to the Kodi 16.1 files. If you have a Skystream ONE you will be prompted to update to Kodi 17. We will still be supporting and updating both versions of Kodi. So if you have an X4 or X5 Kodi will still work very well. But there may be some addons like Exodus that will not work properly.

Conclusion

While we wish these outside forces had not happened in the way that they did and we were able to keep everyone as updated as possible, technology changes fast these days. We wish that we had more control of the situation, but that is not the case this time.

We are currently working on a program that will help users who want to upgrade their devices jump to a Skystream ONE. We will release further details on this program once all of the details are worked out.

While this article was definitely the worst one that we have ever had to write, we hope that you appreciate our honest and transparency in this situation. We greatly appreciate your business and support. Each and everyone one of you reading this is part of Team Skystream and we greatly value you being part of our family.

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3/28/17 Skystream TV Update and Status of Exodus

Mar 28, 2017 1 month ago No Comments
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WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT EVERYONE CHOOSES FRESH INSTALL FOR THIS UPDATE. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A CLEAN VERSION OF THIS UPDATE. IT IS NOT MANDATORY TO CHOOSE FRESH INSTALL, BUT WE RECOMMEND IT.

For instructions on how to use the SkystreamTV Updater please click here – SkystreamTV Kodi Updater Instructions (If you do have the Skystream Updater start at step 1. If you have the updater start at step 14.)

Status of the Exodus Kodi Addon

If you have not already noticed, over the past few days the Exodus Addon has not been working very well. If you are newer to Kodi or have ONLY used Exodus this may seem like the end of the world. But we have been doing this for many years and have been through times like this before. Addons do have issues from time to time.

We do know that there are people that are working on Exodus. However we have no connection with these developers and cannot give any kind of time frame as to when it will be fixed. Please remember that these developers do this in their spare time and do not get paid for this. So please be patient and never post any negative comments on their forums or personal pages.

With all of that being said we made a decision to move Exodus from the shortcuts menu within Kodi and replace it with an addon called Zen. We will move it back to the shortcuts menu in a later update when it is back to being stable. (Exodus will still be installed with this update. You can find it by hovering or highlighting “Video” and then click on Add-ons below Video.)

Is there an upside to Exodus not working very well?

We are very glad that you asked J if we can quote Manny from Elite Mods (Our Kodi Programmer) “Never be married to one addon!”

Manny’s statement comes from years of seeing addons come and go. Hence why he uses many different addons to find streams. If one addon dies or is not performing well, he simply switches to one of the 40+ addons on his Skystream ONE and uses it to find his streaming content.

So what other addons are good?

When we push out an update, we go through and test all of the addons. If one is not working we remove it from the updater. When new addons have proven themselves to be reliable and stable, we add them to the updater. So pretty much any addon you click on will be a good one.

Here is a breakdown of our favorite addons that are in the video shortcuts menu in Kodi after this update.

Primewire / 1Channel – This addon finds Movie and TV Show streams from all over the world. It is one of the oldest Kodi addons ever developed.

Specto Fork – This addon is based off of the old Genesis Addon that was developed by the developer of Exodus (Lamba.) This addon is good for TV Shows and Movies. It functions almost identically to Exodus.

Evolve – Evolve is a compilation addon. It has many contributors with their own sections within the addon. This addon is great to browse around and find content you would normally find.

Phoenix – Phoenix is another compilation addon. It has just about every type of streaming video content you could ask for. This is a great addon to explore if you have never used it before.

Sportsdevil – Sportdevil’s main purpose is to find streams for live sporting events around the globe. So if you are a sports fan we would suggest exploring this addon.

Silent Hunter – Silent Hunter is a great addon to find Movies. Silent hunter also has a 4K movie section. But please note that 4K content requires lots of bandwidth to stream. So you may encounter buffering, even if you have fast internet.

ZEN – Zen is a great addon for TV Shows and Movies. It operates very much the same as Exodus. This is why we put in in Exodus’s spot for the time being.

Other Addons to Try

To access these addons you will need to hover over or highlight “Videos” and then click on Add-ons below. These addons are in no order.

Bob – Compilation Addon

Sanctuary – Compilation Addon

UK Turks Playlists – Compilation Addon

Vendetta – Search Engine for Live Streams

Vortex – Compilation Addon

ZEM – Good Movie Section

As always we will keep you up to date with the status of the Exodus Kodi Addon. Stream On!

 

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