Category: Kodi

Welcome Back!!…

Im assuming you’ve followed out first tutorial that guides you through the process of installing kodi on an Amazon Firestick?….If not, click here to go watch it and return here after you’ve finished. If you have, then lets move on…

Kodi is now setup on your Firestick, but thats only half the process really. Yes your setup, but you don’t have a ‘build’ just yet. Builds are collection of different repo’s and add-ons, if your not sure what these are, don’t worry about it, just think of them as buckets with loads of channels in.

There are countless builds available to choose from, some are large, small, device specific and others can be tailored to certain add-ons and some focus on a combination of them all, so which one to choose?

For this tutorial, we focus on the Wookie Build, which has many setups available within it, but we chose the ‘Wullies Build’, due to it being tailored towards Firestick use, but also because it has a good choice of reliable providers. You can always add your preferred builds later, but for now lets get one installed and start enjoying Kodi!

 

You can either watch the tutorial video, or follow the steps below, whichever is your preference…enough talking already!!.

 

Step1: Open your newly installed version of Kodi. When the home screen loads, select System from the Menu, and then select File Manager from the drop down. When it opens, click on the Add Source Option. In the box labeled none, type the following web address http://wookiespmc.com/wiz      then click Done. When asked to name the file, type in Wiz.

Step 2: Go back to the Home Menu, select System, then Settings. Now choose Add ons, then Install from zip file. Choose the WIZ option, then Click Me, Succumb to the Wookie option. You will now have to wait for the add on enabled notification. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient. You can return to the home screen whilst you wait.

Step3: Once enabled, from the menu choose Programs, then choose the Wookie option.

Step 4: Once Wookie opens, choose Community Builds. All of these builds are available, but for the tutorial, I used Wullies Build. So navigate down the options until you see ‘Wullies Build’, select it, then select Install. The build will now begin downloading and installing. Kodi may restart after completion.

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Welcome to the The Tech Soldier’s Tutorial, on How To Install Kodi on Amazon Firestick.

So you’ve succumbed to the latest craze, and gone and bought yourself an Amazon Firestick, but don’t want to pay anyone to load Kodi on to it.

Good!, because after this tutorial you’ll know exactly how to do it and wont need to pay anyone!. Please note, this video shows you how to install Kodi on the Firestick, but afterwards you will still have to set Kodi up in order to watch the latest Movies, TV Shows and Sports. Fear not, we have a tutorial for that too, just remember to watch it after this video…

A quick point to note before we begin; You must have an Amazon account registered before you begin the process. If you haven’t already, go to Amazon and sign up for an account (its free), and remember you’ll need a credit/debit card on file. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost anything and when I explain this to people they immediately ask why they need an account with a card registered..

The Amazon Firestick is exactly that, its an Amazon product which is designed to be used in conjunction with your Amazon account. The normal way to use it, is to sign up for Amazon’s prime time, which is around $100/£80 per year, and allows you to watch Movies etc from Amazon Prime’s library. Obviously we don’t want to use it for that, but now you know why an account with a card is required!

We offer to show you the process in 2 ways, the 1st is the tutorial video (below) which you can watch on your computer/laptop/phone whilst going through each of the steps. This is a good way as you can do the installation in real time, and can pause the video through each step if you wish.

The 2nd method is to follow the steps which are below the video, either way your still going to have Kodi installed on your Amazon Firestick come the end of the tutorial. So without wasting anymore time, lets jump straight in and get it done…

 

 

Step 1: Unbox your Firestick, put your batteries in the remote, connect all the cables and plug that firestick into the TV. After a few moments you’ll be asked to enter in your Amazon email address and password, enter this in and then move to Step 2.

Step 2: Once you are at the home screen, scroll down to the Settings option. Select it, and then scroll along to the System option. Select the System Option.

Step 3: Firstly, scroll down to the Network option, and enter in your Wifi Password. After this, scroll down again until you see the Developer Options menu. Enter Developer Option, and activate the option titled ‘Allow Apps From Unknown Sources‘. You want to switch this option to the ON position, a pop-up will appear asking you to validate your choice, select ok. The ON option should now be blue. Don’t worry about ADB Debugging, in the video mine is on, but you don’t have to activate this.

Step 4: Return to the home page. Scroll down to the Apps option, select it, and then look for the App titled ‘ES File Explorer‘. You may have to download this, simply choose the ‘Get’ option, and wait for the download to complete. It should only take a few seconds. Once downloaded, open ES File Explorer, and scroll down to the Downloader option and select it. In the box titled path, type the following URL: http://thetechsoldier.com/kodi16.apk      and then click next. In the name box, type the work Kodi, and then press next.

Step 5: Kodi will now begin downloading to your firestick, this can take a few minutes but once completed, choose the install option. Another pop-up will appear, choose the Install option again.

Done!. Kodi is now installed on your Firestick…HOWEVER, you won’t be able to watch anything just yet, the next step is to Setup Kodi, which we have created a tutorial for. (We’re so kind ha!).

Click here for the next tutorial!!

 

 

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Customising Kodi: Adding Favourites

So we’ve downloaded, installed and setup our Kodi but what next?

Our next tutorial focuses on adding Favourites to Kodi. For some, clicking all the way through the various menu’s is too much work (for us too!) and so why not have a quick and easy way to access our favourites Add-Ons, Channels, Shows, Movies, Sports and everything else!.

You can either follow the steps below, or you can watch the tutorial video, it’s up to you.

To add favourites, we would simply choose the Addon, Shows or whatever that we want to be able to access quickly. I’m a big sports fan, so having quick access to Sky Sports News would be beneficial to me, but once you’ve decided you can carry on from here…

 

  1. So, our first step is to locate our chosen channel, Sky Sports News.
  2. In the video I am navigating through the various menu’s until I find my selection.
  3. Once I have located my choice, I simply right click on it, then choose the ‘Add to Favourites’ option by clicking on it.
  4. You would then click on the home icon at the bottom of the screen to return to the home menu.
  5. When you are back at the home menu, if you look at the bottom left hand side of the screen, you will see a star icon. Click on the star icon, and you will notice that your favourites menu appears on the right hand side…that’s all there is to it!.
  6. In the video, I also quickly show how to name your favourite whatever you want. I didn’t want the ‘Link 1’ text in, so in the video you see me delete this text and save the Favourite simply as Sky Sports News.

 

That’s it for the Customising Kodi: Adding Favourites tutorial. Don’t forget to visit our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages and remember to like and subscribe!

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So you want to change the background image on your Kodi Media Centre?

Easy!. You can either watch the video above, or simply follow the steps below.

1 First thing we want to do, is to select an image that we wish to use as the background. It could be a family image, a personal picture, whatever you want. Once you have selected it, copy to the Desktop of your computer for easy use, or simply remember where the image is stored.

2 The next step, is to locate the media folder within Kodi. This is the default folder where the images for your Kodi background will be stored. Rather than search through your entire computer trying to find it, simply use the Windows search function to locate the folder. Press your Windows key, and in the magnifying glass image which is the search function, type the following: %APPDATA%\kodi\

When the search results appear, we want to select the file named media. We would now simply copy the desire image we wish to use as our background into the Kodi Media Folder.

3 Once you have copied over the image, open up Kodi Media Centre. When Kodi is open, select System from the Menu, and then choose Settings. Choose the Appearance Option, Then choose the Skin Settings Option. Choose the Background Option from the Menu.

Ensure that the Enable Custom Background option is enabled. A blue dot beside it means we have enabled it. You would now simply click on the Background Path option, and choose the image we selected earlier, and copy it over to the Kodi Media folder.

Thats it!. You now have your own personal image as your background within Kodi.

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Welcome Back!.

If you’ve arrived back here after the first tutorial, you’ll be glad to know that after these short steps, you’ll have all the latest Movies, TV Shows, BoxSets and Sports Events all FREE! from the comfort of your own home!.

This step is about providing you with the appropriate add-ons to allow you to view the content within them. We’ll cover Repositories and Add-Ons later, but for now think of Add-Ons as apps, and we need to install some apps so we can begin enjoying the content….Fair Enough? Well lets get started, and don’t forget the video above gives a step by step guide on this whole process.

 

  1. Open your newly installed version of Kodi. Once opened, Select System>File Manager.
  2. When File Manager opens, select the Add Source option from the Menu, and then click on the box labelled ‘None‘. When prompted, enter the following web address: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and then click on done.
  3. When asked to enter a name for the media source, type ‘Fusion‘ (without the quotes) and then click OK
  4. Click on the Home icon to return to the home screen. Now choose system from the menu, and then choose settings
  5. Select Addon from the Menu, click on Install from Zip File, then click on the ‘Fusion’ option, then click on the Start Here option, and finally the Video Hub Wizard option. You must now wait for the ‘Add On Enabled‘ notification which will appear at the bottom of the screen. Once this appears, click on the Home option to return to the home menu.
  6. Now, click on the Programs option. Select the Config Wizard Option, since this is a Windows Installation, choose the Windows option. Click Yes. The download and installation process will take a few minutes. For the purposes of the tutorial, I have skipped this part on the video.
  7. Once you receive the Installation Complete Notification. click on OK…..And thats it!

 

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The download link for kodi is https://kodi.tv/download/

 

Welcome to the tech soldier’s tutorial on How to Download and Install Kodi In Microsoft Windows.

If you’ve never used the Kodi Media Centre before, the download, installation and setup process can be a little daunting, especially when we just want to switch it on and start watching that long awaited new series of the Game Of Thrones!. The video above gives the full walkthrough, but if you prefer, we’ve listed the steps below also.

  1. Firstly, we need to download the Windows installer of Kodi. This is done by visiting https://kodi.tv/download and choosing the Windows Installer Option. Choose the save option once prompted.
  2. Once Downloaded, open up the installer and follow the instructions within it. Its pretty much click ok and next throughout the process.
  3. Once the installation process is complete (it can take several minutes), click on finish and move on to the next tutorial here

 

Now I told you it was easy didn’t I?.

You mastered the complete download and installation process in 3 simple steps!.

Watch the next video titled Setting Up Kodi In Windows and learn how to set up your Kodi Media Centre to begin enjoying the latest Movies, TV Shows, Boxsets and Sporting Events…..FREE!

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When I first heard about Kodi, I actually didn’t understand the concept at first. I’d dabbled with what I’d call ‘Sky Alternatives’ such as the Skybox FS5, (this still required you have a Sky Dish),  but was left without TV after my box stopped working halfway through a 1 year paid in advance subscription!!; and the ‘provider’ advised me to buy another box!!, yeah right!, and that’s when I heard about Kodi…

So what exactly is Kodi?

Kodi® Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls.

It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages.

 Source https://kodi.tv/about/

 

To me and you, it means Free TV!.

I like to think of it like this…

Most of us will have used Microsoft Windows at some point. You remember the Media Player? You could add your own libraries of Video’s and Music and watch/listen to them at your convenience?. Well imagine something similar, but some very nice people have already filled it up like a vending machine, row upon row of bright juicy Movies, TV Shows, Boxsets, Sports and much more!

But what’s the catch I hear you ask? How much does it cost?

Well…It’s ABSOLUTELY FREE! That’s right, it costs nothing! It’s so versatile it can be installed on Windows, Linux, OS X, Android…

So yeah you get the idea..

Music.

Yes it works as a Music Player too and you can support a wide variety of file types!.

Movies.

Yes you get Movies, lots of Movies!. It’s like Netflix but FREE!. New Movies, Old Movies, Classic Movies and all in a variety of video formats too!

You can easily navigate through the Movies. You can search for a particular Movie, Newly Released; Search by Actor, by Genre the list goes on and on! You can even add your favourite Movies to your Favourites folder and access in just a couple of clicks! (Yes we have a tutorial for that too here).

Pictures.

If (like me) you’ve loads of pictures in your Phone/Computer/USB, using Kodi, you can import all your images and view them on whatever you have Kodi installed on. You can even use them as your background image once you have Kodi Installed (We have a tutorial on how to do that here).

Add ons.

Something about Kodi you will need to learn to understand (it’s really easy, like anything else we walk you through it) is that it runs on behind the scenes magic called Add Ons.

I’ve thought of many analogy’s to explain add ons, and even after I’d dug a little deeper research wise, the explanation that make sense to me is that they are like Apps. Each ‘add-on’ may have a couple of channels, some may have a plethora!. Some are better than others, some aren’t even worth mentioning!.

I could reinvent the wheel and begin listing all the add-ons available for Kodi of which, some are recommended by Kodi, some aren’t. But the truth is, there already exists a fantastic website that guides through the process of installing these add-ons…

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this website. https://seo-michael.co.uk/

This guy has put A LOT of effort into his website, keeps it up to date and guides you step  by step throughout the entire process!.

 

 

 

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