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for anybody who ever wondered what Kodi/XBMC was like or all about, they've just made it easier than ever to try/use, virtually no technical skills or hours of figuring out and setting up http://www.tvaddons.ag/tvmc-cordcutters/,
all your favorite TV shows and movies with just a few clicks, no more downloading, saving time, bandwidth, and HD space, plus, since its streaming, you're not uploading or downloading anything so your IP isn't in a swarm so "nobody" *cough* can see what you are doing. Android media players are great, cheap little devices for this, but if you want to kick the tires, put it on your laptop, then just plug your laptop into your HDTV. i've been using it on both my TV's now for about a year  :)

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Thanks townie, I don't have Kodi myself and I doubt it's available as an app through WDTV  :-\ My HTPC is disabled so I'll have to give it a whirl on my PC.

this looks quite promising!

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Hi tbonky :039:

What's Kodi?

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there is a half-assed version via Plex Al that will work on your WDTV, but its not streamed directly to your WDTV, its via Plex server on your computer and it has no official support (Kodi does) so its buggier, and many streaming (very limited number) sites work sporadically.
basically Annee, Kodi is a data base of streaming torrent sites, without the downloading, instantaneous shows and movies on demand, as soon as it hits a torrent site its also available on Kodi, like Netflix on steroids  ;D
you can get pretty well anything on Kodi, movies, tv, music.... the three i use (an recommend) the most are Primewire, Icefilms, and Genesis, they pretty well have everything you'd want to watch. Kodi was originally called XBMC 'cause it was originally developed for the Xbox, they recently changed the name to reflect it is now for pretty well any OS.

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When I add a USB drive to my WDTV, or even if I leave it plugged in I obviously have to change the location of the videos from "Network Drive" (my FreeNAS server) to "Local Storage", but there are a few other options, one being "Media Server". If I install XBMC/Kodi on my Mac or Windows machine will it suffice as a Media Server?

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no, i don't think so. basically Kodi is a program, not a server, streaming via the program to the device it's installed on, hence the need for a 3rd party server for some devices (i haven't tried it on my WDTV but have on my Roku), Plex was the easiest, and free, but it is not actually Kodi on Plex, just a few of the streaming sites Kodi uses, and they are considered unofficial programs, if that makes sense, i believe one file is called Plex SS, which contains a few of the streams. i'll get back to you with more, i'll check my WDTV, i don't really use it anymore, i stopped downloading when i got Kodi, but even those cheap Android TV sticks can run Kodi, it may run the program and load slow due to small processor, but the streams are fine. i got the Roku on sale just as a backup, set up Plex on it, then stored it away.

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no, sorry Al, can't be done on WD TV Live. fired up the WD and tried various ways to get it working, including streaming from Windows pc, Kodi shows up under Media Servers, but the files are empty, and i tried various settings on both the WD and pc. after searching various forums, the WD is physically unable to, the only way is basically the Plex version from the Unsupported App store, so i played around with that again, VERY frustrating, most repositories didn't work, i wouldn't bother, its the same problem with the Roku, you have to use Plex. i'd go with a cheap Android device like a Pivos, or Chinese box, apparently the Amazon Fire TV Stick works well,i think they're in the $30-40 range.

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Okay, fair enough. On the downloads page there are two different buttons, XBMC and TVMC. Which one, or both?

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Re: Kodi/XBMC
Reply #9: June 03, 2015, 05:56:12 PM Last Edit: June 03, 2015, 05:59:32 PM by townie2
TVMC is pre-configured with the best sites from what i see, just pick the version for Windows, Linux, or Android. if you just download Kodi, its time consuming to find and install the repositories (folders with streaming site links) you want, pre-configured would be much easier, and easier to uninstall ones you don't want.

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So where will I find tonights hockey game? (I'm at work, gonna take a stab at installing on their network).

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i'm not sure, i'm not much into sports, so don't have any of the sports repo's, except, coincidentally, two that came in a repo i wanted, National Hockey League, which requires a log in, so forget it, and NHL On-demand, which i can get, may be on there at game time.

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okay Al, Sports Devil is one f, if not the, most popular add on for sports, covers pretty well all of them, and i found an easy way to install it instead of going through all the repo stuff, pretty sure it has hockey too https://seo-michael.co.uk/how-to-manually-install-sportsdevil-on-xbmc/

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you may also be able to get it through the Phoenix add on, which i think is already installed with the Kodi version you downloaded, it has a section Hockey (NHL), and says it will stream the game live when it starts, whether we can get it in Canada i don't know.

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LOL!!! their streaming it live on CBC Sports on the CBC website. me wracking my brains out here trying to find a working sports add on (couldn't)  ;D

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cool! got it going on Sports Devil (streaming via NBC Sports).

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Managed to get the Sports Devil ad-on working but it wouldn't stream, just kept buffering, but I kinda liked the look and layout.

Townie, do you use a device with your TV or just a notebook? Wondering if it might work well with my HTPC :/ I did know how to add apps to the WMC desktop, I'd have to brush up again.

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i've used it on four different devices Al, Android TV stick was slow but streamed fine when you got it going, used a wireless mouse with it (gave it to my nephew for his bedroom TV), a Pivos XIOS DS flashed to the Linux version of Kodi, which was better than Android at the time, but they're equal now, came with a crappy, very weak remote which i just used my Harmony remote with, there is also an Android app for your cell for it that works well (gave that to sis for Sammie to watch movies), an Ouya game system which works really well for Kodi (which is why i bought it) connected to my bedroom TV (instead of cable TV) works fine with the game, controller, and a HTPC connected to my living room TV, which i use a Logitech K400 wireless touch keyboard with. wow. talk about a run on sentence, my old HS english teacher would have shot me  ;D
if you get a stream that's buffering too much, go back and try a different stream, the hockey game last night on Video Devil was buffering for me on the first stream i picked, but didn't on the second one. i mainly use it for HD movies and a few HD TV shows (currently watching the Game of Thrones series).
be gla to help with any questions or problems  :)

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Thanks townie, I'll be setting something up here at home, not sure what yet but you can bet I'll be asking for your help.  :)

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no prob, you won't regret it  :)