Kodi on Nvidia Shield Android TV sucks

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Mr Creosote

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Can I use all plugins from Kodi on SPMC?
yep, anything that works work kodi will work with spmc, plugins, custom build installers etc. eg if you find some instructions for installing an addon, if they're up to date instructions for the current version of kodi, then they'll work for the current version of spmc.

it is literally just kodi for android, except the kodi android developer didn't feel that he was being allowed to develop it how he felt it should be, so he took it and renamed it.
 
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yep, anything that works work kodi will work with spmc, plugins, custom build installers etc. eg if you find some instructions for installing an addon, if they're up to date instructions for the current version of kodi, then they'll work for the current version of spmc.

it is literally just kodi for android, except the kodi android developer didn't feel that he was being allowed to develop it how he felt it should be, so he took it and renamed it.
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Do you recommend to install from Google Play or website?
 

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yep, anything that works work kodi will work with spmc, plugins, custom build installers etc. eg if you find some instructions for installing an addon, if they're up to date instructions for the current version of kodi, then they'll work for the current version of spmc.

it is literally just kodi for android, except the kodi android developer didn't feel that he was being allowed to develop it how he felt it should be, so he took it and renamed it.

Not everything, my USB - CEC Adapter doesn't work with SPMC and apparently there aren't plans to make that work.

I would post links to the device and the github ticket but I'm too new of a user to post links. :crying:
 

Michiel0912

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The only problem I have is Kodi force closing if I leave Google's Android TV remote enabled on my phone.
 

PsychoMcSatan

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I've been disappointed with KODI for the audio sync problems I have with DTS content. End up having to down mix to stereo.

Excited to hear about this SPMC. Any idea if sync issues are addressed? I'm pretty sure it's a known issue with KODI Android.

Either way, I'll be trying out SPMC tonight.
 

Blindfold_NL

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I've been disappointed with KODI for the audio sync problems I have with DTS content. End up having to down mix to stereo.

Excited to hear about this SPMC. Any idea if sync issues are addressed? I'm pretty sure it's a known issue with KODI Android.

Either way, I'll be trying out SPMC tonight.

I don't have any sync issues using passthrough for Dolby, Dolby HD, Atmos, DTS or DTS HD. SPMC is working great on my Shield.

check this link for a lot of useful info on the best settings for your system (https://github.com/koying/SPMC/wiki)
 

CrazieMagoo

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It's been about three weeks since I got my Shield TV. Everything's running as expected except Kodi.
There hasn't been a single day where I used it without crashing for once - more like freezing I had to force stop. But I force stop Kodi once and if it freezes the second time, I have to restart the whole system since force stop is not available...
Bottomline is that Kodi is glitchy af when played around via Nvidia Shiled android TV. Am I the only one with this opinion?

I think that you are, I have little to no problems with Kodi on my Shield. What build are you using?
 

Manipulas

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Does anyone know how to fix the issue of SPMC exiting back to the home screen? I am using the SPMC app downloaded from Google Play
 

mrruin

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Has development on SPMC ceased? Not been a release for 3 months.
no, why? There has not been a stable Kodi release for a while. AFAIK SPMC has not been released with unstable (beta or RC) Kodi releases. The current stable Kodi release is still 16.1.

If you look on SPMC github you will see that Koying is still happily commiting new fixes to his codebase.

Does anyone know how to fix the issue of SPMC exiting back to the home screen? I am using the SPMC app downloaded from Google Play

You need to download SPMC launcher version from the spmc website, put an auto launch spm file in your root directory and finally hide leanback launcher with an adb command. I would, just to be safe, also install nova launcher as a backup launcher.

look here for details: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/929643/shield-android-tv/auto-start-spmc-/1/
 
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Manipulas

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You need to download SPMC launcher version from the spmc website, put an auto launch spm file in your root directory and finally hide leanback launcher with an adb command. I would, just to be safe, also install nova launcher as a backup launcher.

look here for details: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/929643/shield-android-tv/auto-start-spmc-/1/

That's darn complicated for a rookie like myself. Is there a decent video tutorial? Can you access the rest of the shield apps if you use this method? Thanks
 
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Kodi is the best streaming video app and Nvidia being a groundbreaking streaming and gaming platform can be combined together to experience something that others cannot offer?
 

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    It's been about three weeks since I got my Shield TV. Everything's running as expected except Kodi.
    There hasn't been a single day where I used it without crashing for once - more like freezing I had to force stop. But I force stop Kodi once and if it freezes the second time, I have to restart the whole system since force stop is not available...
    Bottomline is that Kodi is glitchy af when played around via Nvidia Shiled android TV. Am I the only one with this opinion?
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    I haven't had any problems running Kodi on my Shield TV.
    My guess would be that it's not Kodi per se that is causing the freezes and the reboots.. It's likely one of the addons you installed that is the culprit.

    Kodi takes a lot of unwarranted crap for 3rd party addons that are not officially supported by them that causes problems for the end user. If all the addons are officially support by the Kodi team then I would goto their site and describe your problem... If not, then start by removing them one at a time to see if the problems persist.

    Also, Are you rooted ? Using custom rom ? Using alpha v17 of Kodi ?.. Hard to offer more advise w/o more info.
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    I agree with burkett375. SPMC is much better. It's actually created by the lead Kodi android developer that has left Kodi. It's more optimized for Android Tv' devices and the latest version 16.2 has integrated voice search for SPMC. http://spmc.semperpax.com/

    In general with KODI / SPMC you need to clear you cache and purge packages. Uninstall any addons or repos that not longer work to keep your system clean. I hear some people have issues with kodi downloaded directly from the playstore so it may be a good idea to download from the website and transfer it to your device.
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    Interesting... I use Kodi pretty much everyday, on many different devices (Windows, Samsung Android tablet, kid's amazon fire tablets, Shield TV, iMac, iPad, MX2 boxes...) and never have any single issue with it. Never force close, never crashes, always plays anything I throw at it. This is I think the most accomplished open source software that exists. I have used it for many years, went through many versions, and absolutely love that piece of software. Just saying "Kodi on Nvidia Shield Android TV sucks" without any detail of what you are trying to do with Kodi when it crashes is an insult to those developers who put so much of their personal time aside for us to freely download and enjoy their work.

    Please take a look at this post from their website concerning non-official Kodi addons:
    https://kodi.tv/the-piracy-box-sellers-and-youtube-promoters-are-killing-kodi/

    For those who have mentioned SPMC, thank you, I never heard of it before!! Being developed by their original Android lead developer seems legit enough for me to test it out!
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    anyone who's having problems with Kodi: step 1) go to settings from the main leanback launcher , and go to apps and delete KODI's data / cache etc... then after that delete the app. Go to Kodi's website, download their latest version of Jarvis , as an APK , transfer it using your prefered method ( I use ES File explorer and go to network > Remote manager, turn it on, and access the FTP server from a computer or whatever, send files that way) ... and open it in ES file explorer or whatever... then you should have a working KODI that is more stable. Add your addons you wish, you'll find it SHOULD be tons more stable. I've had problems with the KODI from the playstore.