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Stream Netflix in UHD on Your SkyStream Box

Jan 11, 2017 2 weeks ago No Comments
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We have placed a new version of the Netflix App in the Skystream TV Updater. This new version is able to play videos in Ultra HD if you have the Ultra HD Subscription. It will also be able to play in HD if you have the normal Netflix subscription.

You MUST have a subscription to Netflix for this to work. This is not a hacked version of Netflix. Just a slightly modified version that improves the video playback quality.

Important!!! You must uninstall the version of Netflix that is installed on your Skystream unit prior to installing the new version from the Skystream Updater App.

X4 & X5 Uninstall Instructions – From the Home Screen of the device click on Settings, Other, More Settings, Apps, Click on Netflix, Uninstall. Press the home button on your remote. Open the Skystream Updater App, Install Netflix and Sign in.

ONE Uninstall Instructions – From the Home Screen of the device click on Settings, Apps, Scroll to the right until you see Netflix, Click on Netflix, Uninstall. Press the home button on your remote. Open the Skystream Updater App, Install Netflix and Sign in.

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Kodi Krypton 17 – What you need to know

Jan 5, 2017 3 weeks ago No Comments

Kodi Krypton 17  

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As some of you know Kodi has released a Release candidate of version 17, which is called Krypton. Before you start thinking to yourself “Oh my Gosh, New Kodi, Must Have!” let’s go over a few things.

What is a Kodi Release Candidate?

First off, this version of Kodi Krypton 17 is what is call a Release Candidate. A Release Candidate is a version that developers put out for people to test. It is one step above a Beta version and two steps above an Alpha version. This is by no means the final version. There are still bugs and still things that need to be worked out.

What is different in Kodi Krypton 17?

The developers at Kodi have taken great measure to make using third party addons that they do not approve of extremely difficult for the average user to install. This was in our opinion an attempt to get rid of people who sell devices with Kodi on them. This new version of Kodi will make it much more difficult for amateur sellers.

What’s up with that Skin?

kodi 17 krypton skin

Kodi has decided to develop and use a completely new skin called Estuary. We have played around with this skin and find it to be one of the worst skins that we have ever tested. Not only is it confusing, extremely limited in customization, but you cannot add addon shortcuts to the home screen.

Will Kodi Krypton 17 work on my box?

The developers at Kodi in an effort to further fragment Kodi and make it more difficult for users have made this version only work with Android 5.0 or higher. So if you have an X2, X4 or X5 Kodi 17 will not work on your unit. If you have a Skystream ONE, Kodi 17 Krypton will work on your Android TV Box.

Why doesn’t Skystream update the X2, X4 & X5 to Android 5.0?

The chip manufacturer (AMLogic) that we have used from the start did not make a firmware for Android 5.0 for the S802 (X4) or S812 (X5.) Without the chip manufacture creating a stable base firmware for us to modify, we have no way to provide our users with a stable functional firmware. As much as we would like to be able to update our older units to a newer version, we are simply unable to do it without the source code and a base firmware designed specifically for the chipsets. The good news is that Kodi 16.1 is the most stable version that Kodi has ever created and will continue to work wonderfully for years to come.

So can I download Kodi Krypton 17 and use it?

Yes, but mainly no. You will be able to download it and install it on your Skystream ONE Android TV Box. However the Skystream Updater is not yet compatible and will not work. Please do not do this as you will have to delete Kodi 17, reinstall Kodi 16.1 and then run the updater. There is no reason to waste your time doing this.

When will Skystream release Kodi Krypton 17?

We are currently testing Kodi 17 and working through some of the Roadblocks that Kodi threw at us. This latest version is only a release candidate, so we will not release this version of Kodi to our awesome customers. We have always waited for the final version before releasing any new version of Kodi to our customers. We do not feel that rushing out something in order to try and gain new customers is a good business model. We feel that providing our customers with the most stable and user friendly version of Kodi is the best business model.

What new features are there in Kodi Krypton 17?

To be honest most of the 99% of the new features in Kodi are designed for people who watch videos and listen to music from a network drive. As Kodi feels this is why the program exists, that is what they focus on when developing new versions of Kodi. As it has been since Frodo (Kodi 12) Pepperidge Farm remembers :) Kodi will function almost exactly the same. The addons work the same, they pull video streams from the same sources. Kodi 17 will not make your box a superbox, it will not help with dead links, it will not make overloaded servers magically able to give you more data. Overall what we are saying is that Kodi 17 is a newer version of Kodi. That’s about it. But we know that our customers want it so we are going to spend a lot of man hours getting it ready for release and will release it only when we feel it is as stable as 16.1. Our customer’s user experience is our number one priority and we will not sacrifice that stability just to say we are running the latest version of Kodi.

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SkystreamTV Updater New Features

Dec 23, 2016 1 month ago No Comments

As most of you already know, we released the SkystreamTV Updater application earlier this year. The SkystreamTV Updater has been a huge success and has helped keep all of our customers up to date with Kodi. Recently we added a changelog to the updater so that our users would know what was actually going to be updated in the latest version. This step was a huge help in that users could make a decision as to whether or not they wanted to run a fresh install or skip the update.

Over the last few months we received lots of feedback about the SkystreamTV updater app. Most of it was positive, but one thing we kept on hearing was “Everytime I run the updater I have to reinstall Real Debrid, Trakt, Addons I installed on my own.”

So we hunkered down in the lab to see if we could make the updater update Kodi while leaving the users personalization in Kodi. While it seems like something that would be simple, it actually turned out to be quite a project. We won’t bore you with the boring coding that needed to be done or how the file structure of Kodi and the addon folders made it difficult. Long story short, we got it done and have released it an an automatic update when you open the updater.

If you do not have the SkystreamTV Updater or if it does not auto update when you open it, we have provided instructions at the bottom of this article.

Here is a screen shot of the change log that we recently added to the updater.

Skystream Kodi change log

This is the screen that you will see after you have selected either the Family Friendly or Adult Version.

SkystreamTV Kodi Updater

 

Fresh Install – Clicking on Fresh Install WILL completely wipe any personalization you have added to Kodi. This includes Real Debrid accounts, Trakt accounts, favorites within Kodi, favorites within addons, additional addons that you have installed, and background images you have added. ONLY click on Fresh Install if you wish to completely wipe Kodi and end up with a clean installation. All personalization will need to be reinstalled by the end user.

Save User Settings – Save User Settings – Clicking on Save User Settings will update everything in Kodi the same way Fresh Install does, but will save most personalization that the end user has installed. Save User Settings will keep Real Debrid accounts, Trakt accounts, favorites within Kodi, favorites within addons, additional addons that you have installed, and background images you have added. This is the best option for users who have added personalization to their Kodi.

We are very excited that our users will no longer have to reinstall most personalization within Kodi after running the SkystreamTV Updater. We are always looking at ways to improve our customers experience and we feel that this is going to make Kodi much easier and effortless for many users.

SkystreamTV Updater instructions

1. Open your Web Browser App. That is the one with the Icon of a Globe of the Earth or a WWW Icon. On the address bar at the top, erase the address that is there and type in www.tinyurl.com/sstvv16

2. Press the select button on your remote or click on the Go button on the on screen keyboard. If you typed the address correctly you will see a small pop up that says “Starting Download.” If you get a Pop-Up Window, just click Browser Always.

3. Press the Home button on your remote to get to the home screen of the unit.

4. Click on “My Apps” or “All Apps”

5. Click on App installer

6. Click on Local Disk

7. Let it search for the program

8. Click on SkystreamTV Update
(If you have downloaded previous versions of the Updater please make sure you are clicking on the newest one. It will say “/storage/emulated/0/download/file.apk” under SkystreamTV Update) This is the only version that you should install. If you have downloaded any other versions of the SkystreamTV Updater please ignore them.

SkystreamTV Kodi Updater Version

9. A pop up will appear. Click on install and let it install

10. Once it is done installing click on Open

11. Once the program opens click on Continue

12. Click on the build you want to install and let it install

13. Once it is done installing the build it will automatically open Kodi. IMPORTANT – Let Kodi sit for 10 minutes and allow all of the addons to update!!!!

14. Congratulations, you have just installed the new SkystreamTV Updater.

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Make Exodus a One Click Add-on – Real Debrid Recommended

Nov 30, 2016 2 months ago No Comments
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Exodus is one of the best and most reliable streaming add-ons in Kodi. We know many people with SkyStream boxes use this add-on quite a bit. With that in mind, we created a video on how to make Exodus even easier to use. We will say that we recommend Real Debrid for this because of the consistency of the links.

THIS IS NOT MANDATORY!

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How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to an Android TV Box

Oct 26, 2016 3 months ago No Comments

Here is a quick video on how to Pair Bluetooth Devices to an Android TV Box

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