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Old 25-12-2016, 13:31   #1
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Kodi box recommendations?

Hi,

I'm after a Kodi box for streaming. Has anyone got any recommendations?

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Old 25-12-2016, 14:02   #2
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Lots of people use Fire Sticks. They do the job well.
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Old 25-12-2016, 14:12   #3
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I've got a Beelink Mini MX III with LibreELEC installed and it plays absolutely anything. Plays back 4k HEVC no problem. I don't think they still make the box I have but any Amlogic S905/S905x box should do the job and you can pick them up for around £30-40.

https://forum.libreelec.tv/forum-38.html
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Old 25-12-2016, 14:46   #4
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Firesticks work but I'd opt for an android box as you can stick a wired connection in to it if you want and you will pick up one with more memory so less likely to hit buffer problems.

I picked up a Mini M8S II and mini bluetooth keyboard from gearbest and it runs great was about £30/35 delivered. When you get one, it will probably come pre-loaded with a kodi build with a whole load of crap - have a quick read up and either delete the stuff you don't need or clear everything off and only add on what you need.
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Fire HD box works well. Has wired connection.
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Old 25-12-2016, 16:46   #6
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Do you have any specific requirements?

4K
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Netflix/Amazon/Other streaming service.
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Old 25-12-2016, 17:36   #7
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For a long time I'd have said a pi and used one, of one revision or another, for ages
However with the advent of the newer codecs and the like the pi started to feel sluggish (although still great value for money)

I have tried various other boxes and platforms but the best for me has to be the nvidia shield. Have 2 now, its a great box with plenty of options. Running spmc on it and no problems at all
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Fire TV 4K box is only £65 at the moment from argos,amazon etc i just got one.
Sold my Shield TV as i never used the gaming side.
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Old 26-12-2016, 08:29   #9
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We got one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revolution-...+loaded+tv+box

One of the more expensive ones but you get a wireless keyboard with it. Although any of the cheaper ones with 2G ram and 16 Gb storage would be good enough. Install the Ares Wizard installer then the Pulse build and away you go! Had to untick one of the video options otherwise Kodi kept crashing but found the solution in one of the Questions and Answers in the Amazon link above.
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We got one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revolution-...+loaded+tv+box

One of the more expensive ones but you get a wireless keyboard with it. Although any of the cheaper ones with 2G ram and 16 Gb storage would be good enough. Install the Ares Wizard installer then the Pulse build and away you go! Had to untick one of the video options otherwise Kodi kept crashing but found the solution in one of the Questions and Answers in the Amazon link above.
Bear in mind the "Fully loaded" boxes are full of illegal addons unsupported by the Kodi team, so don't go on their forums asking for help. Kodi is built to primarily stream your own local content (though the iplayer addon also works really well).
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For a long time I'd have said a pi and used one, of one revision or another, for ages
However with the advent of the newer codecs and the like the pi started to feel sluggish (although still great value for money)

I have tried various other boxes and platforms but the best for me has to be the nvidia shield. Have 2 now, its a great box with plenty of options. Running spmc on it and no problems at all
Haven't found anything my Pi2 couldn't cope with yet; all manner of local content ( from a NAS over homeplugs ), 720p footy streams, etc. Mind you, locally, I stick to x264 (or lower)
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Haven't found anything my Pi2 couldn't cope with yet; all manner of local content ( from a NAS over homeplugs ), 720p footy streams, etc. Mind you, locally, I stick to x264 (or lower)
It's a testament to just how good the pi2 is and just how much value for money it represents

But for those wanting heavy duty skins and widgets (mind even with shield I still use xonfluence or hybrid) it will feel sluggish compared to newer devices. The shield eats aonmq and nox up and runs as smooth as basic confluence.

Pi2 will easily cope with x264 streams in 1080p but more tend to crop up as x265 which it will struggle with especially when you start adding 5.1

The shield just gives peace of mind and it's just nice to have the fluidity it others with the extra speed and power
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Just in case anyone is using this, be aware of what you're potentially letting yourself in for:

https://torrentfreak.com/popular-kod...botnet-170203/
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The lines of code were removed quite quickly once it all came out. The developer is no longer doing anything with Exodus and it is being updated by others now.
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It's easy to avoid these type of, admittedly rare, issues by not installing piracy apps on your streamer.
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It's easy to avoid these type of, admittedly rare, issues by not installing piracy apps on your streamer.
My point exactly.
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Does it have to be Kodi box and kodi box alone? Cause it looks like I'm not the only one who is suggesting Fire HD box or Fire TV Stict. Why don't you give it a second thought.
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