KODI Vs IPTV. outside UK

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rdjohn

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3,772 posts

142 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Please can anyone provide general advice on boxes using KODI and IPTV.

I have rented an apartment in Spain for Jan, Feb and March next year, it has good Internet speed. I already have a VPN account. Is it possible to use this with a KODI enabled gizmo and, if so, which is the most practical to use?

I have seen IPTV down there and it works well, do KODI boxes work just as well?

Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

Thanks

AJB88

4,500 posts

118 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Get a Firestick or FireTV box (if you only have ethernet), I've had a few of these £50-100 boxes and the Fire ones work best.

Build the Kodi install yourself. Don't pay over the odds for a prebuilt one.

Dr Doofenshmirtz

11,981 posts

147 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Kodi runs on pretty much anything...my choice would be an Android TV box or an Amazon Firestick (sideloaded with Kodi). Both are around £30. The Android TV box is probably more flexible though...play games, YouTube, Netflix, internet etc etc.
If you have a surround sound system, you'll need an Android box which supports audio (5.1/DTS) passthrough. These cost around £50 but also typically benefit from H264 compression, HDMI 2 and a newer OS.


AJB88

4,500 posts

118 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Dr Doofenshmirtz said:
Kodi runs on pretty much anything...my choice would be an Android TV box or an Amazon Firestick (sideloaded with Kodi). Both are around £30. The Android TV box is probably more flexible though...play games, YouTube, Netflix, internet etc etc.
The ones I've had weren't hence why I said stick with the FireOS devices (I'm a big Andorid user as well)

Eversleigh

570 posts

132 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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I've got a few Amazon fire sticks and an Amazon fire TV. Both run KODI very well. However I did just buy this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01GPFEU8Q/ref... specifically for use abroad. Have stuck a USB stick with movies and TV shows and seems to play them well through KODI. Need to explore IPTV option on this but have seen plenty of youtube videos.

rdjohn

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3,772 posts

142 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Is it reasonable to assume that a VPN can be incorporated into all these devices? Perhaps it does not need a VPN?

Is there a KODI for Dummies tutorial somewhere?

Thanks for your advice so far.

Edited by rdjohn on Thursday 15th December 17:21

CTO

2,055 posts

157 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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I used this guys tutorials to install Kodi and then the add-ons.

Found him quite concise and not too annoying.

https://m.youtube.com/?#/playlist?list=PLfKcTS4DGi...

HTH

smile

Motorrad

6,728 posts

134 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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If you want a box that will just work without sideloading and other jiggery pokery then I'd recommend a Wetek hub. I picked one up for 90 euros.

http://wetek.com/product/wetek-hub

https://www.avforums.com/review/wetek-hub-android-...

You can dual boot it into openelec by inserting a micro SD card with the image on it (cut down OS for kodi) or run full on android. Switching between the two at startup. Openelec is booted and ready to go in seconds.

Unlike many of the cheapo S905 boxes this has proper support, forums and just works. It isn't loaded with dodgy addons but I daresay you could put them on it yourself if you were that way inclined in about 5 mins. It offers OTA updates so no buggering about as seems to be the usual way with this sort of kit

It's also officially supported by google which means you can install stuff direct from the play store and it's also certified for full 1080p Netflix and other services unlike the generic boxes that cost 1/3 of the price.

You'll need a vpn to stream stuff like Iplayer. Personally I don't bother as there are stacks of channels available through kodi addons.

Edited by Motorrad on Thursday 15th December 21:53


Edited by Motorrad on Thursday 15th December 21:53

NordicCrankShaft

1,349 posts

62 months

Thursday 15th December 2016
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Last Christmas I bought a fire TV stick when they were on offer for £25. Put kodi on it myself using a youtube video and it has worked flawlessly in Norway since. No need for vpn's and all that garbage.

There's more chance it won't work properly because of a poor Internet connection than the software itself.

rdjohn

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142 months

Sunday 8th January 2017
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HELP PLEASE

OK. So, I am now in Spain with a KODI programmed FIRE TV box. The person I bought it from is no longer contactable. It is connected and I can follow the instructions to a TV guide that has the stuff that I want to watch.

If I select a program, say BBC1, it pauses and then goes back to the guide. If I use the backup Chanel for BBC1, then I get another screen to Browse for as streaming source, but no further.

Please can some one say what I am doing wrong? Do I need to install a VPN? Presumably, if I do that I can just watch stuff on the iPlayer on the front end of the homepage?

Thanks

Muska

1,123 posts

129 months

Sunday 8th January 2017
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display....

You can take your Amazon Fire TV device with you if you are moving or travelling to certain countries outside of the UK. Your Amazon Fire TV device will work in the following countries:

United States
United Kingdom (UK)
Germany
Austria (Fire TV Stick only)
Japan
In order to use your device outside of the UK, you need to change the Country Settings for your Amazon account.
Important:
At this time, Fire TV devices are only compatible with Amazon Video in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan.
When you change the country for your Amazon account, you will no longer be able to access any of your purchased or rented videos from Amazon Video. Your purchased videos will still be available in the original country if you change back to that country, but any rented videos will be unavailable.
Some apps and games may not work in your new country. If you have any questions about app compatibility, contact the app developer for more information.

From the link above.

It would have been better (& possibly cheaper) to buy a Raspberry Pi 3 kit for £50 and put Kodi on it yourself.

scovette

427 posts

155 months

Sunday 8th January 2017
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Amazon's restrictions are not related to rdjohn's problem. The same addon on a Pi would have the same problem.

rdjohn said:
So, I am now in Spain with a KODI programmed FIRE TV box. The person I bought it from is no longer contactable.
Start by googling whatever addon you're using. (Just saying it's a Kodi box isn't enough info as Kodi doesn't supply the addon you're using. If you're using a free service then you will have issues.)

rdjohn

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142 months

Sunday 8th January 2017
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Unfortunately I already use Amazon Music to ensure I have access to my music via Sonos, in UK, France and Spain, so switching is not an option. This was why I posed my question at the start of this thread.

Presumably, you are saying that the location of the account is important, so perhaps a VPN will work? Which was another issue, I was desperate to get to the bottom of before coming here.

Thanks for your input.

scovette

427 posts

155 months

Sunday 8th January 2017
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A VPN will only help if your service is geo-locked. What is the name of the addon? Are you subscribed to a service?

147GTA

279 posts

150 months

Sunday 8th January 2017
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Sounds like you are using renegades TV guide or something similar which just uses other addons to load the streams. BBC will be geolocked if it's just linking to iPlayer or ukturks and a VPN or DNS server will fix your issues.

You can give unotelly a try for free, I personally have used them for a few years and as it is DNS based it doesn't affect download speeds and is really simple to setup on a device too. There are lots of providers though and some even have kodi addons now too to make it extremely easy for a user to use.

rdjohn

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3,772 posts

142 months

Monday 9th January 2017
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Thanks for everyone's input.

I eventually found something called Mobdro and after that everything works normally - at least for me. So got to see Sherlock.

The reality is I am not sure what KODI is, it's just something I have read about. Then like the Internet in general, I do not understand why someone has a server making all this stuff possible.

Dr Doofenshmirtz

11,981 posts

147 months

Monday 9th January 2017
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Kodi is a free and very good media player that has been around for ages (formerly called XBMC) - it'll let you watch movie files that you have purchased, play music files that you have purchased, view pictures from your camera etc etc. All above board so far...

However, what most people use it for it to watch streaming media via addons such as Exodus, Phoenix etc. If I say any more than this the mods will delete the post as it's mostly piracy.

You problem I found with the Firestick and VPN's is that VPN apps usually get disabled/put to sleep when switching from the VPN client to Kodi or BBC iPlayer.
I'll try the thing you found though - sounds interesting.

ZachGold

3 posts

32 months

Monday 20th March 2017
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rdjohn said:
Please can anyone provide general advice on boxes using KODI and IPTV.

I have rented an apartment in Spain for Jan, Feb and March next year, it has good Internet speed. I already have a VPN account. Is it possible to use this with a KODI enabled gizmo and, if so, which is the most practical to use?

I have seen IPTV down there and it works well, do KODI boxes work just as well?

Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

Thanks
I was wondering about the same. In fact i did see a Brit expat in Canada asking the same question. Yeah, Kodi boxes will work, but the issue with preloaded ones is that they usually contain an old build and get obsolete, fast. another thing with kodi boxes is that some addons may be region-specific and you may have to use vpn to work your way around.

In case of a decent IPTV, if you're sure you're getting a decent stream, then go for it.

One more solution is that you can use a Uuk vpn or proxy like ivacy or hide me to watch some of the English programs over the website of the said channel. For instance, BBC's iPlayer lets you watch some of the top-rated shows and programs over BBC's website.

Edited by ZachGold on Monday 20th March 12:01