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What is DRM and how will it affect Kodi?

Apr 28, 2017 4 months ago No Comments
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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…

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

Apr 28, 2017 4 months 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. 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…

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

Apr 14, 2017 4 months 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.   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.   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,…

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

Apr 6, 2017 4 months 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.   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.   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.   Once Kodi is done installing you will be brought back to the screen. Click on Continue.   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.   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 4 months 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. Picture snippet taken from www.koditips.com 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. 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. 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…

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