How to get the most out of your Android TV Box
We all love our Android TV Boxes – they are literally sweeping across homes in Canada, USA, Europe, and pretty much anywhere in the world where you can find an internet connection.
But I wonder how many of you are actually getting the most out of your TV Box. I am guessing very few of you have had the time or ambition to sit down and dig through all the data in order to really research what it is an Android TV Box can do. Fewer yet have had the time to experiment with the thousands upon thousands of applications, add-ons, and features which are just sitting there at your fingertips waiting for you to experience them.
The truth is, with just a little knowledge and a few tweaks – you can turn your Android TV Box into an incredible multimedia streaming machine, which is capable of doing almost anything your home computer can do. The best part is – your TV Box is a fraction of the cost and also a fraction of the size as your standard home pc or laptop.
Kodi and SPMC
First, I want to quickly explain exactly what Kodi and SPMC is all about and why they are so popular. After that, I will give you some insight into just how powerful they are when integrated with your Android TV Box, Tablet, or personal computer.
First of all and contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a Kodi Box. Kodi is just software that is installed onto your computer. Don’t cut your TV Box short – it can still do all kinds of marvellous things without Kodi
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. 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. Excerpt from Kodi.tv
What is SPMC – Semper Media Centre or SPMC for short is a Android-minded fork of Kodi, by the former Kodi Android maintainer, Koying. It basically has the exact same look and feel as Kodi – however, because it was developed specifically with Android in mind, it has proven itself to run slightly smoother on Android devices and is a smart choice to install onto your Android TV Box. SPMC by Koying
Now let’s discuss why they are the most popular applications for streaming media available today. First of all, these programs are open source and anyone can create an application which integrates with this software. Therefore there is a massive and continually growing community of extremely smart individuals who collaborate and create new feature rich add-ons each and every day.
These Add-ons, or programs are exactly what make Kodi and SPMC so powerful. They allow users to access basically any type of content they wish from all around the world. Additionally, if you don’t want to sort through all these Add-ons yourself, you can always simply take advantage of a Kodi build. A Kodi build is simply a collection of Add-ons, Skins, and often times a custom user interface which has already been pre-packaged together and is ready for installation – all you have to do is go through a few simple steps and then you are ready to go. Kodi builds, although not always so popular in the circles of individuals who are already very familiar with Kodi, they are extremely useful for a Kodi newbie. A Kodi build will literally allow you to transform your Kodi experience in about the 5 minutes it takes to perform the download and installation.
There are many easy ways to install a build, even doing it manually isn’t that difficult, but I recommend The Complete Kodi Setup Wizard. This is a free Android Add-on which is available from the Google Play store or APKPure.com. The Complete Kodi Setup Wizard effectively takes care of all the heavy lifting and has builds and Add-ons available from a wide variety of top developers in the world – I have absolutely no affiliation with the developers, but I still highly recommend you give it a try.
I also highly recommend the Schism Kodi builds – they are truly outstanding; with rich features, stunning graphics, and smooth user interfaces. Most of the Schism builds are also constantly being updated, which is a huge bonus compared to some of the lesser known builds out there. If you choose a build which is no longer supported by its developer – you will eventually want to pull your hair out because if nobody is updating and fixing errors, after a few months there is a good chance that many components will cease to work smoothly.
If you are interested in checking out details and reviews for many of the Kodi builds and Add-ons out there, I highly recommend you check out Kodiapps.com.
After selling Android TV Boxes and dealing with customers for a while, it has become very clear that people do not realize that they can literally install any compatible app from the Google Play store onto their Android TV Box. This means you have access to over 2.5 million applications! Although some of these apps won’t work, depending on your version of Android, while others won’t work because they require the ability to swipe the screen – there are still hundreds of thousands of apps out there at your disposal.
Here is a quick list of Apps which The TV Box Professionals installs on each one of our Custom Installed Android TV Boxes;
– Video; Netflix, Plex, VLC, YouTube, Miracast, Kodi, SPMC etc.
– Music; Soundcloud, Spotify,Vevo, etc.
– Utilities; APK Pure, CCleaner, Clean Master, Google Drive, Chrome, Weather, etc.
– Social; Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.
– Security; IPVanish
– VPN Service options
– Email & Messenger; Blue Mail, Facebook Messenger
– Kodi complete setup wizard – allows individuals to select their own builds & add-ons.
All the above applications and more are listed and linked to here Essential Applications for your Android TV Box.
I highly recommend that you play around with your Android TV Box. Have fun with it and experiment with different apps, Kodi addons, and builds. There is truly a vast selection of options out there and it’s fun to try things out. Don’t worry – if something doesn’t work, just uninstall the App or do a factory reset your box, it’s really not a big deal.
Thanks for reading and I encourage you to leave any of your personal recommendations or comments below.
As always, if you are planning to stream live sports, movies, and tv shows, it is always a good idea to do it anonymously. Take your internet privacy seriously and download IPVanish.