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How to install the 9/6/17 Media Center update if you are not up to date or run into any issues

Sep 7, 2017 9 months ago No Comments

If you ran into any issues while trying to install the 9/6/17 Media Center update it is most likely due to a couple things. The number one reason is that you have an old version of Kodi, a new version of Kodi 17+, an old version of FTMC or another version of Kodi. In the follow process we will guide you on how to delete you outdated version and install the newest version. If you had issues with our previous instructions and are unsure if you are up to date, please follow the instructions below. We are running this on a Skystream ONE, but will provide text instructions for the X4 and X5 units. Skystream X4 & X5 From the Home Screen of the unit, click on settings. Click on Other Click on More Settings Scroll down and click on Apps Scroll over and find the old media center (Kodi, FTMC, SPMC, Kodi 17+, Any other version or fork of Kodi you may have installed.) and click on it. Click on Uninstall Click yes if prompted Click Back Scroll over to the Skystream TV Updater and click on it Click on Clear Data Click on OK if prompted Press the home button on your remote control. Skip down to step 10. The screen and icons will look slightly different, but the process will be the same. Skystream ONE Step 1 – From the units home screen, click on Settings.   Step 2 – Click on Apps   Step 3 – Scroll over and find the old media center (Kodi, FTMC, SPMC, Kodi 17+, Any other version or fork of Kodi you may have installed.) and click on it.   Step 4 – Click on Uninstall   Step 5 – Click on OK   Step 6 – Click OK again if prompted   Step 7 – The box will revert back to the Apps screen. Scroll over to the SkystreamTV Media Center Updater and click on it.   Step 8 – Click on Clear Data   Step 9 – Click on OK when prompted   Step 10 – Press the Home button on your remote. Open your Skystream Media Center Updater App. Step 11 – The updater will tell you there is an update available. Click on Update. Click on install if prompted. If you do not click on update the entire process will not work. This step is Vital. IMPORTANT – IF YOU OPEN THE UPDATER AND IT SAYS “CHECKING FOR UPDATES, PLEASE WAIT…” PLEASE BE PATIENT, OUR SERVERS ARE OVERLOADED. PLEASE LEAVE IT SPINNING AND IT WILL LOAD UP SHORTLY. IT WILL WORK TRUST US. WE JUST HAVE A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF USERS DOING THIS UPDATE RIGHT NOW. Step 12 – The Media Center Updater will show that there is a new version of the Media Center available. Click on Update Media Center. Step 13 – Allow the Media Center to Download. Step 14 – Once the Media Center has finished downloading, Click on Install. Step 15 – Allow the…

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How to install the 9/6/17 Media Center Update

Sep 6, 2017 9 months ago No Comments
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Prior to starting the update process please follow the below listed steps. This will ensure a clean update. DO NOT SKIP THESE STEPS! Skystream ONE From the home screen click on settings. Then click on Apps. Scroll over to Kodi / FTMC and click on it. Click on Clear Cache. Then click on Clear Data. Click back and scroll over to the Skystream Updater app and click on it. Click on Clear Cache. Then click on Clear Data. Press the home button and proceed exactly with the steps below. Skystream X4 and X5 From the home screen click on settings. Click on Other, Click on More Settings. Then click on Apps. Scroll over to Kodi / FTMC and click on it. Click on Clear Cache. Then click on Clear Data. Click back and scroll over to the Skystream Updater app and click on it. Click on Clear Cache. Then click on Clear Data. Press the home button and proceed exactly with the steps below. Step 1 – Open your Skystream Media Center Updater App.   Step 2 – The updater will tell you there is an update available. Click on Update. Click on install if prompted. If you do not click on update the entire process will not work. This step is Vital. Step 3 – The Media Center Updater will show that there is a new version of the Media Center available. Click on Update Media Center.   Step 4 – Allow the Media Center to Download.   Step 5 – Once the Media Center has finished downloading, Click on Install.   Step 6 – Allow the Media Center time to Install.   Step 7 – The Updater app will bring you to the Updater app home screen once the Media Center has installed. Click on the version you want to install. Important – The Family Friendly and the Adult Version contain all of the same addons. The  only difference is that the Adult version has addons installed that offer adult content. There is no reason to install both.   Step 8 – Allow the updater to install the version that you chose. Please note that this may take a while. This depends on the server load and your internet speed. Many people will be installing this today, so please be patient and leave it alone while it installs everything.   Step 9 – Once the Updater has downloaded and installed the version you chose, the Media Center will do it’s first run and then open to the home screen. IMPORTANT!!! – Once you are on the Media Center home screen, allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes and install any updates. Failing to do this can cause issues with the Media Center. Please do not skip this step. Step 10 – Once you have closed the Media Center properly (Clicking on the Power icon at the bottom of the screen and allow it to close on its own.) you will notice that the icon for the media center…

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Why YOU need to run the updater when we release new updates!

Aug 4, 2017 8 months ago No Comments
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After doing some scientific analysis (Not really) of our customer service calls and emails, we noticed that roughly 75% of our phone calls and emails would have not been necessary if the customer had run the updater. What does the updater actually do? In streaming, things moves fast. Addons pop up and go down all the time. If you are thinking to yourself, Yeah but why isn’t Exodus working, then keep reading. One of the more known features of the updater app is that it adds new addons and repositories. While adding new addons and repos is obviously very important, it is not the most important feature of the updater. One of the most important features of the updater is that it removes old addons and repos. Yup, we just said that. Removing old addons and repos is quite possibly the most important feature of the updater. Why is that you ask? Dead addons and repos can do a number of things that can cause issues in the media center app. Addons and repositories call out to different websites and various other places looking for instructions or updates. Once there developer is no longer updating everything, they are calling out to blank websites or old instructions. Long story short it can cause conflicts within the media center program. It can also make the program take longer to close. Why is it so important to run the updater when we push out updates? Imagine you turn on a computer that you haven’t used in a year (1 or 2 months in streaming time.) Now you try to use some of the programs that haven’t been updated in a year. Then you open some programs that just simply do not work because the developer no longer works on them. Your experience is going to be subpar. Now imagine if your computer maker had a little running message at the bottom of your screen that said “Update on 7/19, close this program, open another one and with 2 clicks everything will be updated for you.” That is in essence what the updater app does. You could spend your valuable time calling your computer maker, you could email the developer and ask them why the program isn’t working, or you could click the update button and get everything updated in minutes. Think about it this way. Imagine a very experienced programmer created a fully up to date version with all of the latest programs, fixes, custom settings, came to your house and installed it for you in under 5 minutes. That is what the updater does. Why are people not updating when we post new updates? We have no idea and we may never know. But we are going to add some new features to the updater in the future to help people know that they have to run the updater for the best experience. We understand that not everyone is going to follow all of our posts or read the email newsletter that…

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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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