The Amazon Fire TV has been doing its job for me for a few days. As in test As mentioned above, I'm quite happy with the mini box overall. On the one hand, this is because, as a Prime Instant Video user, I can finally get the films and series comfortably on the TV, but on the other hand, and above all, because the Fire TV works very well with Kodi (formerly and better known as XBMC). interacts. This makes the box a really good streaming player, which has completely replaced the Raspberry Pi I used for Kodi thanks to the top remote control and above all good performance. We will show you how to install Kodi / XBMC on the Amazon Fire TV.
Update: Kodi is now Kodi
Basically, the information in this tutorial is still up to date, but of course a lot has happened in the meantime. Among other things Kodi now finally Kodi, but what is more important is that there are now a number of alternatives for installing and starting the media center on the Fire TV or the Fire TV Stick. The best and easiest solution (in my opinion) for this is to install FireStarter.
This is an alternative interface for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that not only makes launching apps easier, but also makes installing Kodi a breeze. We will show you how to install and use FireStarter in our detailed instructions!
Even easier and (hopefully ;) ) permanently up to date: Install Kodi on Fire TV directly via PC and Mac. You can find out how in this guide.
With Kodi / XBMC (sorry for the duplication of names, but since the renaming of the media center has not yet been completed by the creators themselves, we still use both names from time to time ;) your Fire TV becomes a real streaming all-rounder. The box then also plays Full HD videos smoothly, gets all kinds of Internet content on your TV via the countless plug-ins and is also suitable as an MP3 and photo center; You can also make your Fire TV AirPlay-compatible via Kodi / XBMC in no time at all - a nice side effect. The limitation: by connecting the USB port of the Fire TV, the data (at least without root) cannot come from a connected USB medium, but only from the network. In times when NAS systems but becoming more and more affordable and moreover more and more routers If you have your own USB ports for setting up network storage, this shouldn't be a problem in most cases.
A little foreword: We use this in the article Amazon Fire TV Utility, which makes setting up and managing the Fire TV on Windows extremely convenient. Download the latest version in the corresponding thread of the XDA forum and extract it to the "C:\FTV" directory on your hard drive. This is important because some scripts rely on the folder structure and will not work otherwise.
Under Linux or Mac OSX you have to do the steps as of now using the ADB command on the command line – you can find instructions on how to do this, for example in this video. Alternatively you can
You Windows as well, of course download free virtual machine and complete the steps in a Virtual Box or Parallels environment, which will then also run the Fire TV utility.
UPDATED: André pointed out to us in the comments that the trick with the virtual Windows machine does not work with the ready-made VMs from Microsoft, since these are based on 32-bit architecture and the Fire TV utility requires 64-bit Windows . But you can do this with the Preview of Windows 10 reach, which is also available as a 64-bit version. Alternatively, you can also use the trial version of 8.1 Windows Enterprise download from Microsoft and set up a virtual machine with it; we will explain how it works in our guide.
UPDATE 2: The alternative tool adbFire offers an even more convenient method of installing Kodi and XBMC on the Fire TV under Linux and Mac OS X. We'll show you how it works here.
1. Find out the IP address of the Amazon Fire TV
Since the installation of Kodi / XBMC on the Fire TV runs over the network, you first need the IP address of the box. You can find this in the settings under "System -> Info -> Network". Make a note of the IP address or stay seated in front of the television. Alternatively, you can of course find out the IP address of the Fire TV via your router.
2. Allow ADB debugging and installing apps from third-party sources
Now you have to allow USB debugging and the installation of Android apps from third-party sources on the Amazon Fire TV. To do this, activate the two options under "Settings -> System -> Developer options". A tip: To prevent strangers from navigating things onto your Fire TV, you should switch off the options again after Kodi has been successfully installed.
3. Establish a network connection to the Fire TV
With the IP address you can now connect to the Amazon Fire TV. To do this, start the Fire TV Utility and click on “File -> Settings” in the menu at the top left. Here you enter the address you just determined under “FTV IP Address”. Also click on "Normal Debug Mode" under "CMD Winodws Status". This way you ensure that the command line windows remain open in the next few steps, which makes it easier to search for possible errors.
4. Download the appropriate Kodi APK
Now you have to get the right Kodi version for Android as an APK file. The latest version can be found on your Kodi / XBMC wiki in the section "Official builds". Download the APK file and preferably save it directly to folders using the Fire TV tool.
5. Install the Kodi app on the Fire TV
Now the preparations are complete and you can start the actual installation of Kodi / XBMC. To do this, click on “Select” next to “APK File to Sideload” in the Amazon Fire TV Utility and look for the APK file that you just downloaded. Then you click on "Sideload" to send the app to the Fire TV - that's it. By the way, this way you can install almost all Android apps on the Fire TV for which you have the necessary APKs. You can get this, for example, with the tool that we offer you present here.
6. Start Kodi / XBMC on the Amazon Fire TV
After installation, your Kodi / XBMC will start on the Fire TV by navigating to "Applications" in the device's settings and here clicking on "Manage all installed apps". Look for the entry "XBMC" and then click on "Start App". This cumbersome process is due to the fact that Amazon does not allow third-party apps on the Fire TV home screen. But there are workarounds that we can offer you presented in a separate article.
The actual setup of Kodi / XBMC on the Amazon Fire TV now works in the same way as you know it from a PC or an Android smartphone or tablet. Detailed information and assistance can be found in Mircos excellent Kodi Tips Series. Have fun :)
By the way: Even more cool applications for the Amazon Fire TV we show you here - from the Android game console to the TV replacement, there is sure to be something for everyone!
Update: Install Kodi on Fire TV Stick
Since March 24, 2015, Amazon has been offering the "big" Fire TV as well as the Fire TV Stick as an alternative. At 39 euros, it normally costs significantly less than the Fire TV, but offers similar functions. Although the stick "only" has a dual-core processor and 1 instead of 2 gigabytes of RAM, it is significantly smaller and cheaper. We secured an Amazon Fire TV Stick and equipped it with Kodi right away. We'll show you how to install your Kodi on the Fire TV Stick in this manual.
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