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Retired Brit with too much time on his hands.
Living in Turgutreis, Turkey.
Background: ~Pirate bay~ by Christian Wig



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FireStarter is a Non-Root Launcher Replacement / App-Drawer for Amazon FireTV

FireStarter Homepage:

How to Install and Set-up Fire Starter App for Amazon FireTV Stick and Box

YouTube -

Download latest FireStarter APK and sideload/install with adbfire




SYBU Remote Control App for XBMC/Kodi for iPhone & iPad

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For anyone with an iPhone or iPad, not tested it myself but has some good reviews.


Shut Down

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Always shut down your device using the shut down menu.

Frozen android TV box, bricked android TV box, android TV box freeze, android TV box stuck in standby in most cases starts because some genius told you "Just take the power lead out".
Think about it, if you bought a mobile phone and downloaded an app that required you to remove the battery every time it needed to run something what would you think of this app? AVOID!

You find these ill informed geniuses when you try and install Kodi community builds or when some wannabe android TV box seller copies someone else's work changes a few file locations and says "Run my amazing wizard to get my amazing build". Just don't. These people may know a small amount of copy and paste in Kodi language but when it comes to Android they know very little or nothing at all. There is a shut down menu for a reason, use it or if you want a nice collection of paper weights keep doing it.

Below is how you should close a frozen app properly and how to shut down correctly. There are rare occasions when you must remove the power to breakout of app freeze but if you avoid the community builds and the copy and paste programmers you will ensure your android TV box runs well for years.

On your android TV box press the home

button then select..

Setting > More settings > Apps > Kodi > Force close




Amazon Fire TV & Kodi (XBMC) Remote Controls

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Kore is an excellent Android remote control for Kodi (running on any platform). It has all the controls you need in one place - even an onscreen keyboard for any text input and pause/start, fast forward & fast rewind to control audio and video. Details:

Play Store:

Amazon Fire TV Remote App for Android. Easier to use than the remote control that comes with the Amazon Fire TV - mainly for the onscreen keyboard for text input.

Play Store:

Wukong TV Remote Control for Android. This app is impressive, it has 4 modes of using it as a remote, these are: Classic Fire TV, Gestures, Mouse & Keyboard. For some sideloaded apps, Drop Box, ES File Explorer, Chrome Browser, Firefox Browser, Popcorn Time & others, the 'Mouse' mode is essential. The biggest drawback of this app is the Keyboard mode - it only has numbers. I've not tested/used Gestures. The thing that gives this app the edge over others is its 'Quick Launch' - launch any of your Fire TV apps, including sideloaded ones, from your phone/tablet. It also has an 'App Manager' section which I have not tried yet. If it had a full keyboard I would not need anything else.

Play Store:

Kassi - Kodi/XBMC Remote Control for Google Chrome & Firefox click the installed button and you have a fully featured Kodi remote - including text input.



Kodi (on Amazon Fire TV) Web Interface Remote Control Open Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) in Windows 7, go to 'Network' and you should see an entry for Kodi (localhost) in the 'Media Devices' category. Right click on it and select 'view device webpage'. The Kodi webpage will then open in your default web browser. Select the 'Remote' tab for a functional remote control for Kodi.

Amazon Fire TV Remote Stops Working

If your Amazon Fire TV Remote stops working, as it did for me today, firstly, using one of the apps above, go to the Amazon Fire TV Home > Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Amazon Fire TV Remotes > Amazon Fire TV Remote - If it says anything other than 'OK' against battery then follow the instructions to unpair, then select 'Add New Remote' to (re)pair. Of course there may be other reasons its not working - dead batteries or broken remote, following this guide will help you determine the problem.


Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV using ADBFire

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adbFire is a companion program for the Amazon Fire TV and Android Kodi/XBMC and forks.

Download from:-




In order to install Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV Box or Stick it has to be 'sideloaded'.

YouTube Video Instructions:-

For excellent instructions go to the Tweaking4All website:-

Includes many other useful tips, including how to 'Get a Kodi Shortcut on the Home Screen and/or Boot straight into Kodi (using Llama) - the method I used. See newer post re FireStarter , my preferred method for loading Kodi and other sideloaded apps now.

I am running Kodi 14.2 (updated to 15.2 Sep 2015) on the Amazon Fire TV Box and on a PC running Windows 7.

I have also used adbfire to install the following android apps:- Google Chrome, ES File Explorer, Flashplayer and Firefox. These need a mouse to operate effectively, which I will address in my next post.


Kodi Media Center

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Kodi Devices


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.

More information:-


Kodi Wiki Manual:-


Amazon Fire TV Box

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Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment.

Amazon (UK) page for full details:-

TechRadar review:-


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