Android TV boxes installed with Kodi media center have become very popular since they are low cost and can stream videos nicely.
As good as android TV and Kodi can be it is a bit technical which can be a challenge for any non-technical person.
In this post I will explain the basics of using an android TV box along with Kodi which hopefully will help anyone having problems.
This is meant to be a basic guide for those who have no idea what android TV and Kodi is.
What is a Android TV Box?
Android TV is a operating system created by Google for hardware to give a smart TV experience.
Like android smartphones, the operating system is open source and free to use and modify. This makes it nice as a low cost interface for a user to play media on their TV.
Apps can be installed to an Android TV Box from the Google Play Store.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is a free media player that can stream and play videos from online sources or from a home network.
It has improved greatly over the years and is available on most any hardware platform, from Windows to Android devices.
One of the things that makes Kodi so popular is 3rd party add-ons that can be installed in to Kodi.
The most popular 3rd party add-ons, such as Exodus or Phoenix, stream movies and TV shows.
3rd party add-ons have nothing to do with Kodi itself but simply use it as a platform. Much the way most program are not created by Microsoft for a Windows computer, most add-ons are not created by Kodi developers.
Hooking Up an Android TV Box To a TV
Most all android TV boxes use a HDMI video interface to play video and sound to a TV.
Connecting the HDMI cable to a TV, powering up the box, and having the TV set to the correct HDMI input is all that is required.
Connecting to WiFi or Ethernet
The interface can differ between android TV box manufactures, but a internet connection is needed to stream online content.
The best setup is to use a wired Ethernet cable if possible, but not everyone will have a cable close and have to use WiFi.
Most android boxes will have the wireless and Ethernet in Settings–>Network–>WiFi.
Once a internet connection is setup Kodi or other apps are ready to be used.
Using Kodi With an Android TV Box
Kodi is simply another app within an android TV box and will start when the Kodi Icon is clicked.
There are different version of Kodi with the two main ones currently 16.1 Jarvis and 17 Krypton.
Kodi 16.1 Jarvis
Kodi 17 Krypton
Each version has it own skin/interface which changes the menu system to move about.
Some manufactures will install their own skin which is unique to that box.
Kodi menus are divided up into sections including Pictures, Videos, Music, Programs, and System.
To stream videos it would be under Videos–>Addons.
The installed add-ons will then be used to stream movies and TV shows.
Some Kodi boxes will come with add-ons installed while other do not. Installing add-ons is not difficult but does require some technical skill and several steps.
If you have no add-ons installed read here for how to install Exodus Kodi 16.1 Jarvis.
Read here for Exodus Kodi 17 Krypton install.
After an add-on is installed videos will be available to be streamed.
A server list of links is given by most add-ons and a good link will need to be found.
If a link gives an error or buffers simply move on to another link. Often it can take 4-5 links to find a good one and for the video to play.
The above overview of Kodi and a android TV box is the basics with much more available to a user.
Other apps can also be used such as YouTube or a Internet Browser.
Some can become confused when using Kodi since it is technical and may not be for everyone.
Most seem not to understand how the links/servers work which is simply to find a good one that is not full.
While Kodi may be a bit technical it is free and very useful once understood.