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Watching Kodi Live TV

Apr 26, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Watching Kodi Live TV

Watching Kodi Live TV Here at SkystreamX we barely watch Live TV anymore. With the exception of live sporting events that we usually use an Local HD Antenna to watch, we have found less and less need to watch any Live TV. But for many Kodi users that have recently cut cable, Live TV is what they are used to and gravitate to it when they first start streaming. People all over the world have watched live TV since the television was invented. So it is perfectly natural for live TV to be the first streams they search for. So let’s discuss how Live TV works on Kodi, Why it is a constant search for live streams, and how people are watching Live TV on Kodi. How live TV works in Kodi We get emails almost daily asking if this or that specific channel is available on Kodi. People who are not already familiar with Kodi usually think it works like a cable box and has a set line up of channels that they can just click up and down to watch. This is not the case in Kodi and we will now explain how live TV works in Kodi. Kodi is really just a shell program that allows other programs called addons to be added into the Kodi environment and used to stream video and music. Kodi by itself does not provide any video or music streaming content. As we said it is more of an operating system where other programs can be used. So to watch live TV in Kodi you first need to add addons. Here at Skystream we do all of that for you right out of the box and keep you up to date with all of the latest addons with our Kodi Updater App. But we will dive into the updater app and why it is so crucial to Kodi and saves our users countless hours of time. But back to addons. Each individual addon provides different content that is put into the addon by the developer who created it. Some addons actually host the live TV streams themselves on a server, but this is rare and most addons that do this usually charge a monthly subscription. Most Live TV addons however find streams for each channel that is hosted on another website somewhere in the world. The developer of the addon will find a stream for a certain channel and then code that link into the addon. When you click on this link Kodi will connect to that link (If it is still up) and the live stream will begin to play. The problem with this method of linking to multiple host servers that the developer does not control is that the host server can go down, change the link, or block the addon from directing users to the link. This is why links with Live TV addons go down all of the time. One day it will be up, the next day…

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How to speed up your Android TV Box

Apr 25, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Android TV Box Task Killer

How to speed up your Android TV Box We wanted to introduce you to a little known feature on the Skystream Android TV Boxes. This is a small feature that can help speed up your X4 or X5 if you open a lot of apps. This feature is very similar to a task killer or app closer that you see on many Android phones and tablets. What this “Task Killer” does is close any apps that are running in the background and hogging the devices RAM. Both the X4 & X5 are very fast Android Boxes and do not need this feature to run fast all of the time. But we thought that we would include it for people who open lots of different apps on a daily basis. Most users will not notice a speed increase due to the fact that both the X4 and X5 Android TV Boxes have very fast quad core processors and have 2 GB of RAM which is more than enough. But if you want to run this task killer we will list out the instructions below. To run the Task Killer you simply need to press and hold the menu button on your Skystream Remote Control. The menu button is the button with 3 horizontal lines on it. When you press and hold the menu button you will see a neat little space ship blasting off. Then you will see a small pop up at the bottom of the screen telling you how much RAM was freed by killing some of the background applications. This is definitely not a mandatory thing that you have to do. But if you use many different applications on a daily basis you may find it useful. IMPORTANT – This should not be done while Kodi is running. This is not a substitute for Closing Kodi Properly. If you do not close Kodi properly you will eventually run into problems. So please do not use this as a substitute for closing Kodi properly.

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Kodi Cache Explained

Apr 22, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Kodi Cache

Kodi Cache Explained If you have done any research on the Kodi Cache you will find all kinds of articles and videos making the Kodi Cache seem like this mystical force that can do all kinds of things and will completely change how Kodi performs. The most common titles for these articles and videos are listed below. Kodi Cache and how it will eliminate Kodi Buffering How to eliminate buffering by modifying the Kodi Cache Increase your Kodi Cache size to enable Super Kodi Ok, the last one I made up. But some of these articles make you think that the Kodi Cache is this hidden setting that eliminates buffering, fixes broken links and makes all video streams play in 1080P. Most of these articles are just click bait to increase ad revenue on a blog or to get more YouTube views. So let’s get into what the Kodi Cache really is, how it works, and what it does. What is the Kodi Cache? The Kodi Cache is a setting in Kodi that tells Kodi how much data to store on the RAM of your device while playing a stream The cache is measured in megabytes. The stock Kodi Cache size is 20 megabytes. So if you download Kodi from their website and start playing a stream, Kodi will store up to 20 megabytes of data. So when you are watching a stream, if you paused it and let the data build up it would cap out at 20 megabytes. So in a nut shell the Kodi Cache is simply a setting that tells Kodi how much data to store on your device while watching a stream. This can help if a stream is struggling to give you enough data as it will give you a small buffer before the video stops playing and has to wait for more data to play again. You can see how much data is being stored in the Kodi Cache by pressing the letter O on your keyboard. Will a bigger Cache make Kodi run better? The answer is yes and no. Having a larger cache size in Kodi will allow it to store more data from a stream and will give you a bigger buffer if a server stops giving you data for a small period of time. Having a bigger cache size will allow you to pause a stream that is buffering and allow more data to be saved up. This can come in handy if the server you are connected to is not giving you enough data to play a stream smoothly. But the problem is that the Kodi Cache stores this data on the RAM of your device. It also takes up three times the amount of space on your RAM. So if you have a 20 MB Cache and it is full, there is 60 MB of data stored on your RAM. Now if you believe these blogs and YouTubers who tell you to make the cache size huge you will…

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Kodi Android Settings

Apr 22, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Kodi Android Settings

Kodi Android Settings This is the second part of a set of articles related to settings and what not to mess with. Please read our first article that is called Android TV Box Settings if you have any questions about other settings that should be left alone. But this article is going to focus exclusively on Kodi Android settings and what setting not to mess with. So let’s jump right in. Let’s start this off by saying that here at Skystream, we have already done all of the set up for you in Kodi. We have modified all of the settings that need to be changed. So there is really no reason to mess with any of the settings in Kodi Kodi for Android has tons of settings that can be changed. But almost none of these settings pertain to streaming video or audio content from third party addons. Kodi was originally developed as a media center program for people that had large libraries on a computer or other storage device and want to access them from a device that is connected to their TV. So 90% of the settings in Kodi for Android are for home networking purposes Here are some pictures of the Kodi Android settings pages. As you can see they are many settings that can be modified. We will cover some of the more common settings that people like to tinker with that affect Kodi and cause a reset of the Kodi app. As a general rule you really do not ever need to even go into the settings sections unless you are trying to add or delete and Addon. Kodi Android Live TV Settings One of the most common settings that people tinker with is the Live TV settings. While one would expect that there is some setting within the Live TV settings that will magically turn on Live TV channels galore, this is not the case. The Live TV setting in Kodi Android is used by users with live TV feeds that are received from devices called HD Homeruns. These units get Live TV feeds from Over the Air antennas and some subscription services. The Live TV setting in Kodi is used to connect this HD Homerun to Kodi so that Kodi can receive the feed and the user can access the Live TV channel onto their TV through the Kodi application. But without an HD Homerun device or another Live TV device connected to your home network the Live TV setting does nothing. Well not nothing, when you turn this setting on Kodi Android begins looking for a PVR program that is feeding it live TV channels. Without a PVR program enabled, Kodi will constantly give you an error message saying that you do not have a PVR program enabled. This can get annoying very quickly. You can get rid of this annoying pop up by disabling the Live TV setting in the Kodi Android Settings. Kodi Android Video Settings Another section of Kodi…

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Android TV Box Settings

Apr 21, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Android TV Box Resolution

Android TV Box Settings Here at SkyStream we gets lots of phone calls and emails every day. While these calls all vary, there is usually one common theme to all of them. A setting was changed by the user not knowing what it does and they now do not know how to change it back or fix the issue it caused. This is known here at SkyStream headquarters as “tinkering”. We have noticed that it usually happens 1-3 months after someone gets their SkyStream Android TV Box. We have found that once users get comfortable using their box and are more familiar with the settings, the urge to start messing with settings becomes stronger and stronger. Unfortunately, this is causes most of our customer service calls. In this article we are going to cover some of the settings that you should leave alone. This will hopefully save you time and hassle. Android TV Box Display Settings This is a common issue. I changed the resolution on my SkyStream Box because I thought it would make all the videos play in 1080P. Some people like to tinker with it for whatever reason and end up messing up their box. All SkyStream Android TV Boxes are set to a default setting that recognizes the resolution of the TV to which it’s connected. This was done very specifically so that you can move it from TV to TV and it will work. What people do not realize is that if you change the resolution to a setting that the TV cannot read, you will see nothing on the screen except for an error message from your TV saying that it cannot display that format or resolution. A simple change from 1080P 50 Hz to 1080P 60 Hz can make the SkyStream unit not show up on your TV. This setting only effects the resolution of the unit’s home screen and other pages within the launcher. It has no effect on the resolution of any videos played in Kodi or any other video streaming application. The only display setting you should change is the Display Position which is used to adjust the screen size to fit your TV. Android TV Box Audio & Advanced Settings This is another section where people love to tinker and start changing settings believing that if they change them somehow every video stream will play in Dolby Digital 7.1 (The audio will only play what audio format the stream was created with. So if it says 2.0, It will play in 2.0.) All SkyStream Android TV Boxes are set by default to PCM Audio. This means it sends audio through the HDMI to a TV. The only reason you would need to change this setting is if you have the HDMI coming from the SkyStream unit plugged directly into a sound system and the sound system then feeds the video signal back to the TV with a different HDMI. In that case you would change the setting to HDMI Pass…

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