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

Mar 28, 2017 2 days ago No Comments
Kodi Addon Update

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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Specto Fork Kodi Addon – How to speed up search results

Mar 13, 2017 2 weeks ago No Comments
Specto Kodi Addon

Specto Fork Kodi Addon – How to speed up search results

To see how to do this in the Exodus Addon click here – Exodus Kodi Addon – How to speed up search results

 

When you click on something in Specto, Specto starts scraping many different websites from all over the world looking to see if they have that stream available. Once it has gotten all of the results back from all of the different websites, it displays all of the stream links that it found. But sometimes a website may be down or take a very long time to deliver results. When this happens the Specto search can take longer. We will show you two different methods to deal with this and shorten the search time.

Method #1

Specto Kodi Addon

After Specto has started searching for streams, you may see a few stragglers that it is waiting on results from. At this time the majority of websites have delivered results. So all you need to do is click on cancel. This will cancel the search and display all of the results Specto has received. This is the easiest method to shorten the search time.

However if you click on cancel too soon or before the majority of sites have delivered results, you may have very few stream choices to choose from. If you are going to use this method, we highly recommend waiting at least 10 seconds before pressing the cancel button.

Method #2

This method is for the more advanced user and needs to be done with caution!!!

Another way to speed up the search results in the Specto addon is to stop Specto from scraping certain sites. For whatever reason, certain sites either go down, block Specto from scraping them or just don’t work anymore. The developers will normally identify these sites, remove these sources and push an update to the addon. But you can do this yourself, and we will show you how.

Once again, we stress to be cautious with this method!!!

If you notice that one or more of the sites that Specto is scraping is always the last one, you can manually block Specto from scraping it.

From Specto’s home screen, click on tools.

Specto Kodi Addon

Click on SETTINGS : Playback.

Specto Kodi Addon

Specto uses different providers for Movie and TV Shows. So if a source was hanging in Movies, you need to click on Movies and then scroll down to the site that has been hanging up the search and click on it to disable it. If it was a TV Show search, then click on TV and then scroll down to the site that has been hanging up the search and click on it to disable it.

Specto Kodi Addon

Click on OK and then use Specto as you normally would.

Specto Kodi Addon

The reason that we say to be cautious with this method is that if you block every site that hangs up the search every time you search you will soon be left without many sources to search from. The simple fact is that sometimes a site may be running slow, doesn’t have the specific stream you are looking for. It varies from search to search. So we recommend that if you are going to use this method, that you use it only for sites that are hanging up on multiple searches. Basically if you see a consistent pattern of that site being the last one to load, you can use this method to keep Specto from scraping it.

With these two methods can now speed up your streaming searches in Specto. We hope this was helpful and as always, Stream On!!!

 

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Exodus Kodi Addon – How to speed up search results

Mar 13, 2017 2 weeks ago No Comments
Exodus Kodi Addon

Exodus Kodi Addon – How to speed up search results

To learn how to do this in the Specto Fork Kodi Addon click here – Specto Fork Kodi Addon – How to speed up search results

We wrote an article on how to shorten the search time in Exodus to 10 seconds a few months ago. But a lot has changed since that article. For starters, the developer of the Exodus addon Lambda officially retired from developing the Exodus addon. Lambda was one of the best addon developers ever and we sincerely appreciate all of the things he has done for everyone. But he decided to stop development and go a different direction. We wish him all of the best in all of his future endeavors! Thanks Lambda!

Now before you start to panic, other developers have taken over the future development of Exodus. So don’t worry, Exodus is alive and well and will continue to be a great addon. But the new developers have pretty much disabled the ability to limit the search to 10 seconds. You may have noticed that some of your searches have been taking longer lately. So we wanted to show you a few ways that you can speed up the searches within the Exodus addon.

When you click on something in Exodus, Exodus starts scraping many different websites from all over the world looking to see if they have that stream available. Once it has gotten all of the results back from all of the different websites, it displays all of the stream links that it found. But sometimes a website may be down or take a very long time to deliver results. When this happens the Exodus search can take longer. We will show you two different methods to deal with this and shorten the search time.

Method #1

Exodus Kodi Addon

After Exodus has started searching for streams, you may see a few stragglers that it is waiting on results from. At this time the majority of websites have delivered results. So all you need to do is click on cancel. This will cancel the search and display all of the results Exodus has received. This is the easiest method to shorten the search time.

However if you click on cancel too soon or before the majority of sites have delivered results, you may have very few stream choices to choose from. If you are going to use this method, we highly recommend waiting at least 10 seconds before pressing the cancel button.

Method #2

This method is for the more advanced user and needs to be done with caution!!!

Another way to speed up the search results in the Exodus addon is to stop Exodus from scraping certain sites. For whatever reason, certain sites either go down, block exodus from scraping them or just don’t work anymore. The developers will normally identify these sites, remove these sources and push an update to the addon. But you can do this yourself, and we will show you how.

Once again, we stress to be cautious with this method!!!

If you notice that one or more of the sites that Exodus is scraping is always the last one, you can manually block Exodus from scraping it.

From Exodus’s home screen, click on tools.

Exodus Kodi Addon

Click on Providers.

Exodus Kodi Addon

Scroll down to the site that has been hanging up the search and click on it to disable it.

Exodus Kodi Addon

Click on OK and then use Exodus as you normally would.

Exodus Kodi Addon

The reason that we say to be cautious with this method is that if you block every site that hangs up the search every time you search you will soon be left without many sources to search from. The simple fact is that sometimes a site may be running slow, doesn’t have the specific stream you are looking for. It varies from search to search. So we recommend that if you are going to use this method, that you use it only for sites that are hanging up on multiple searches. Basically if you see a consistent pattern of that site being the last one to load, you can use this method to keep Exodus from scraping it.

With these two methods can now speed up your streaming searches in Exodus. We hope this was helpful and as always, Stream On!!!

 

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Moving your Router for Maximum Streaming Speed

Feb 13, 2017 1 month ago No Comments
Coax Connection Router

We get lots of phone calls each and every day. Sometimes we get calls that are more about home networks, Routers and Modems, then our Skystream units. Many of these customers are experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds on not only their Skystream units, but most of the devices in their house. Our first question is where is your router / modem located and how far is it from your Skystream Android TV box? The answers that we get range from, “Wherever the cable guy installed it, it’s in the basement, it’s upstairs, or it’s on the other side of the house.”

What most people do not realize is that in most cases you can move your router anywhere in your house that has a coax connection (Screw on Connection.) In the majority of houses the internet or cable signal that is provided to your house from the cable company comes in one main spot and it then is split to all of the other rooms via coax cables.

What this means is that you can simply unplug your router, Unscrew the coax connection, move the router to a more centralized part of the house and connect it to that rooms coax connection. In most cases once the coax connection is connected and the router has been plugged in, the router will cycle and then connect to the internet. Voila, you now have your Wi-Fi signal in a more centralized location and will have a more solid connection on your devices.

As all houses are different in design and layout we cannot tell anyone exactly where the best place to keep your router. But in general terms the ideal spot for a router is in a centralized part of the house. For many houses this will be in a living room or family room. Another way you can help figure out where the best spot would be, is to ask where you use your Wi-Fi connected devices the most. In most cases this will be the living room where your TV is, which is very convenient if you are using one of our Skystream Android TV Boxes.

Another great perk to placing your router in the room where you watch TV is that you can now hopefully run an Ethernet cable directly from your router to your Skystream Streaming Media Player and get the most stable and fast internet connection possible.

When the cable guy came to your house to install your Router / Modem, you were probably one of 25 work orders he had for the day. So when he was installing your equipment, he most likely installed it near the first Coax connection outlet he saw. He was most likely not thinking to himself, “Hmmm, where would be the best place to put this router in order to give Bob and Jane the best signal in the whole house.”

So if you have a router / modem in a basement, closet, upstairs or at one corner of your house. Unplug it, reconnect it in a centralized part of the house or family room and see if it connects to the internet. If it does you are in business. If not, try the next closest coax outlet and see if that one is giving an internet signal.

If you would like to learn how to save money each month by buying your own router instead of renting it from the cable company please click on our article on Buying your own router.

If you would like to learn about how Network Power Line Adapters can transmit a hardwired internet connection without moving your router please click on the article about Network Power Line Adapters.

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How to Stream Super Bowl 51 2017 using the Fox Sports Go App

Feb 3, 2017 2 months ago No Comments
Super Bowl 51

If you are like most people, you will be wanting to watch Super Bowl 51 this Sunday. There are a few ways that you can do this without a cable subscription and we wanted to show you some ways to stream the Super Bowl this year.

HD Antenna

If you have one of our Amplified HD Antennas installed you can simply turn the channel to your local Fox station. This is by far the easiest way that you can watch Super Bowl 51 for free in HD. If you do not have one of our Local HD Antennas you can click the link below to order one.

Amplified Local HD Antenna

Fox Sports Go App

Last year Super Bowl 50 was shown by CBS. They opened up their app so that everyone could stream the Super Bowl for free. CBS did encounter some server errors in the beginning of the game that led to most people not being able to view it and experience buffering. This was quickly fixed and was one of the largest streamed events of all time. This year Fox will be airing Super Bowl 51 and have chosen to do the same thing with their Fox Sports Go app (Please note that the Fox Sports Go app normally requires that you use your cable provider login to view any streams on the app and that they are only opening up the app to everyone for the Super Bowl). We hope that FOX has learned from the few small hiccups that CBS had and have prepared their servers to get slammed with traffic during the SuperBowl.

So here is a quick tutorial on how to install the Fox Sports Go app.

This will ONLY work using Wi-Fi, Please switch to Wi-Fi if you are on Ethernet or this will not work!!!

Click on the Google Play Store App. If you have not already signed into Google Play you will need to login using your Gmail account information. If you do not have a Gmail account or Google Account you will be brought to a screen where you can create one.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Type “Fox Sports Go” into the search bar at the top of the Google Play Store. Click on the Fox Sports Go icon or click search and then click on the app.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Click on Install and then click on Accept when you see a pop up appear.

Stream Super Bowl 51

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Once the App is done installing, click on Open.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

You will now see a pop up telling you that location services need to be turned on. Click on Location Settings.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Make sure that Location is selected (Not Settings) and click on Just Once.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Use your Airmouse to click on the On / Off slider at the top right of the screen. Or use the standard remote and click down and up to highlight the On / Off slider and click the OK button.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Once Location is turned on, click on Mode.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Select Battery Saving.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

Press the back button on your remote until you get back to the Fox Sports Go app. It may say warming up for a minute or two while it loads. Please be patient as the app loads. If it does not open in 5 minutes, back out of the app, unplug your unit, plug it back in and then open up the Fox Sports App (It will be located in the My Apps section of the home screen.) If this still does not work follow these steps. From the units home screen click on settings, click on apps, scroll over to the Fox Sports Go app and click on it. Click on Clear Data. Then click on force stop. Press the home button on your remote and then open the app again.

This is a very finicky app, as the 3.3 rating on the Google Play store suggests. But once you get it to fully load it seems to stream well. Please keep in mind that this app has probably never seen as much traffic as it will on Sunday. So some buffering may occur.

Stream Super Bowl 51

 

We highly suggest doing this well in advance of Super Bowl 51. Lots of other people will be doing the same thing right as the game is starting and Google’s and Fox’s server may get bogged down.

Where else can I stream Super Bowl 51?

Just like all other sporting events, the Super Bowl will be streamed in all of the normal sports addons and in Mobdro. But as you can guess there are going to be lots of people all trying to watch a stream from the same server. So we do expect there to be buffering on many of these addons and programs. This is why we wanted to let you know about the Fox Sports Go app and the best option an HD Antenna.

We hope this is helpful and as always, Stream On!!!

 

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