A guide to Amazon Fire TV, Kodi, MythTV, and Mythbuntu

It looks like Kodi (formerly XBMC) is the best possible media center platform available today. The big question is what hardward to run the application on. After trying out a Matricom (insert link)  and not being happy with the overall user interface and apps from the Google Play store that were made for a touch screen device, I decided to try running Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV (2015).

Out of the box the UI is great. There are many popular apps available directly from the Amazon Fire TV app store and easy access to Amazon Prime videos. All the supported apps and UI work perfectly with the included and simple to use remote.

One of the easiest and best ways to install Kodi and control your Fire TV is by using the Fire Starter app (link). Once you have Fire Starter installed it is easy to install and keep Kodi updated with one click.

After installing Kodi, you will want to take advantage of the many available add-ons. One of the easiest ways is by installing many add-ons with a single click from a zip file, like the method from tvaddons.ag (link).

MythTV and Mythbuntu

If you really want the best experience of live tv, it is highly recommended setting up a PVR backend like MythTV. Doing this will give you access to over the air live live TV from your antenna with multi-room DVR capabilities. This setup guide will be extremely helpful in setting up a MythTV Backend with tv guide listing data via Schedules Direct (Link to setup guide).

I chose to install Mythbuntu which is a version of Ubuntu Linux that has MythTV already installed and ready to go. I had first installed Mythbuntu 14.04.2 32 bit but later decided I should have gone 64 bit. I decided to do a fresh install but repeatedly received mysql database errors while trying to configure a clean install of Mythbuntu 16.04 64 bit. I then tried Mythbuntu 14.04.2 64 bit and everything worked on the first try. Even doing the upgrade to v16 through the automated software updater after installing v14 caused major issues for me (mysql and permission errors).

When installing the OS from the ISO files, I found that Rufus was a fantastic tool for easily creating bootable USB drives instead of burning installation DVDs.

 

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