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Just a heads up if you install SPMC (Kodi fork) instead of Kodi the voice search will work inside of Kodi.
Makes searching for movies and tv shows much easier.
You will want to use this version of XMBC/Kodi. It's a fork of the offical Kodi build, but with way more features added. I'm running this currently on my shield and am able to play 4K mkv's without issue.
Plex also support 4K playback on the shield as well.
Cool! Will this update make its way to the Google Play Store too? Wondering if it'll auto-update or if I should install this manually.
A kodi Dev made spmc and it runs great on my fire stick. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16&hl=en_US&referrer=utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dorganic%26utm_term%3Dkodi+android+spmc&pcampaignid=APPU_1_ftBUW8D_I4P7jwTIsaqAAQ
Have you tried SPMC ? It's supposed to be a bit more Android friendly. I've been using it instead of the official Kodi app. It's also developed by a Kodi developer.
Yes, Mi Box runs "true" Android TV OS. All of the other cheaper boxes run a hacked up version of the Aindroid mobile device OS. Mi Box comes with the Google Play Store installed. So, it is easy to install apps for Hulu, Netflix, etc.
I tried one of the cheaper boxes and was not happy...
Oh, you want to install SPMC instead of Kodi :-)
Seems your TV has a low spec to run Kodi smoothly. I had a similar issue with Nexus Player. I found SPMC app (a fork of older Kodi) requires less resource and run better as TVH client. Give it a try. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16&hl=en_US
I tried other TVH clients but the free versions have limited function.
The older version (16) is in the play store. The one based on Kodi 17 is not, I figure simply because he hasn't decided to release it completely yet (though as far as I can tell it's just as stable as the play store version).
If you have a shield, you should run SPMC instead of Kodi. SPMC is a fork of Kodi that is optimized for the shield. Here:
I use SPMC https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16&hl=no
In SPMC you will be able to set the refresh rate on your TV to the refresh rate in the movie.
I think that looks better.
SPMC is a fork from kodi, looks the same, works the same.
Maybe Kodi have this option also now?
I assume you're using the Android Plex app for playback? It's pretty lacking in the compatibility department.
I use SPMC, which can play pretty much everything, together with the Plex for Kodi addon. IMO, it's a pretty much perfect setup.
I've got a sony android tv as well and a similar yamaha receiver and yes no ARC via HDMI although my receiver does support HDMI. Only thing that worked nicely for me is SPMC with the plexkodiconnect addon. Almost all 5.1 sources play fine using it.
Give it a try it's on google play:
Just a note. Only SPMC or Kodi 16 works with the TV. Kodi 17 and later will not play 5.1 on my sony tv. Just use SPMC it's awesome.
> I love it, kodi works flawlessly.
A lot of people prefer SPMC, which is a Kodi fork for Android TV. It might be worth trying out as well:
Also don't use Kodi on Android. Its not great. SPMC runs better on Android devices.
Down voted? You do know SPMC is basically the official build of Kodi for Android? The dev was the original developer that ported Kodi to Android in the first place. SPMC has more features like voice search and is better optimized for Android than Kodi.
I'd recommend SPMC for movies. Wouldn't worry about custom kernels unless you need to charge and use OTG storage at the same time.
You want to avoid transcoding as far as is possible, it will lower quality and take a lot of resources. What you want is something that can directly play the files you have, without the Plex server having to transcode anything.
In particular, 4K transcoding is extremely demanding on the computer, as is HVEC. I believe that Plex can't output HEVC/h.265 yet, so you would end up with a transcoded h.264 stream, that would be not 10bit, so you lose both image quality and HDR.
What you want to do is have the media 'direct play' - this is where the Plex server just streams the file over, but doesn't alter/transcode it in any way. I don't think that the Plex app for Samsung will work for this (though it is worth a try I guess).
However, I do know that running the SMPC app (based on Kodi) on a Nvidia Shield TV, with the official Plex Kodi plugin, will allow 10bit h.265 to play (you apparently have to disable refresh rate switching in SMPC to get HDR). This will get you 4k/60p/10bit output to your TV. I would heavily recommend a hardwired ethernet network between your Plex server and the Shield TV to ensure that WiFi does not give you any issues, as these will be high bitrate files requiring a lot of bandwidth.
SPMC instead of Kodi, it is the Android, and practically Shield specific version of Kodi.
Instead of using the Plex app for Android TV, try SPMC. It's a fork of Kodi, created by Kodi's former Android maintainer, and is now specifically tailored for the Shield. Follow the instructions in the "Nvidia Shield Specific" section of the Wiki for optimal setup with your TV/AVR.
I've been running this since I got my Shield (with the Plex for Kodi plugin) and it has yet to fail direct playing anything I've thrown at it – e.g. HEVC/x265, 60 Mbps+ 4K encodes, DTS (HD MA), Dolby TrueHD/Atmos, a bunch of different subtitle formats... you name it. It handles passthrough audio and refresh rate switching perfectly.
The Play Store version is based on Kodi v16/Jarvis, but there is an alpha version based on Kodi v17/Krypton. I've been running it for a few weeks now and it's working great for me as well. You can download the latest alpha here.
You should try SPMC. It's a fork of Kodi which nowadays is developed pretty much exclusively for the Nvidia Shield and it plays almost everything perfectly. See this guide with proper settings for HD audio pass-through. To access your Plex library from SPMC, you can use Plex for Kodi or PlexBMC.
I've been running this since I got my Shield (with the Plex for Kodi plugin) and it has yet to fail direct playing anything I've thrown at it – e.g. HEVC/x265, 60 Mbps+ 4K encodes, FLAC, AAC, DTS (HD MA), Dolby TrueHD/Atmos, a bunch of different subtitle formats... you name it. It handles passthrough audio and refresh rate switching perfectly.
I switched to SPMC without really trying the new interface too much. I wasn't interested in the redesign at all
If you are on a Mi box I would recommend using SPMC over Kodi. It's a fork of Kodi geared specifically towards Android and more so Android TV. You can install from Playstore and check the non-shield settings guides here.
You can run it alongside Kodi as it has a different app ID so easy to test. I've found Kodi Krypton fairly sluggish on both Mi Box and Shield TV but still usable. I'd recommend a light weight skin with these devices too. Arctic Zepher: From Ashes or fTV have been my picks so far. And with Krypton the Estuary Mod - I've had trouble with widgets being unclickable on the home screen with a few skins in Krypton.
Works in SPMC. Unsure for Amazon but on the Shield it does.
That's a new phrase... "video cataloging"
What you're looking for is "media center software". That will turn up better search results than video cataloging.
Not sure if this ticks all your boxes but Plex is what I use. It's been around for a decade now and comes pre-installed on smart TVs, so it's pretty popular. They have a client for almost every device you can hook up to a television.
The best competitor to it is Kodi, which might be more up your alley. (no server needed, multiple themes/skins to choose from) Kodi originally started out as XBMC about 15 years ago. If you've got a Shield TV, then go with the SPMC version of it.
Also instead of kodi use this one in the link its a version of kodi modded for low end cpus etc might work 50/50 chancespmc
probaj optimiziranu verziju kodija za android SPMC
Isn't the version on Play Store 16.6 or something (from March)? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16&hl=en
This is the version I downloaded from the play store
I don't have any videos to test, but try SPMC.
SPMC has voice search.
SPMC is more so optimized for Android, have you tried that? If not, you should give it a go.
It's actually in the Play Store. You can install it alongside Kodi no problem: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16&hl=en
A Xaiomi MI Box with SPMC would do exactly what you want & is well within your price range. Hell, even without SPMC, VLC would play every file type you mentioned with ease. I'd recommend getting a 4 port powered USB hub with it as well, makes it easier to insert multiple USB devices & than you end up with more than the 1 it has built in & if you connect several types of devices at once, it wont draw too much current off the box itself.
Why have you chosen Kodi over SPMC?
On Google Play get SPMC (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16) NOT the one named SPMC (old)
It's in the Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semperpax.spmc16