A friend recently told you about a movie that you absolutely must see. You throw yourself on your couch and turn on your TV and your Amazon Fire TV. After browsing Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and numerous media libraries, you’re annoyed that the movie is not on any service. It’s high time you set up the free open source media center software “Kodi” on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. With this simple Amazon Fire TV hack you get free access to significantly more movies and series and expand the streaming offer with the right sources almost infinitely. What you need and how it works, we explain to you in this article.
Shortly after the launch of Amazon Fire TV, Amazon has announced that the in-house “Amazon Fire TV Stick * “or” Amazon Firestick “is the best-selling product on Amazon. By the end of 2018, the Stick had even been the most popular streaming client in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. No wonder that Amazon has also attacked the market with the ” Fire TV *” by the company has launched an optimized, more powerful streaming set-top box on the market. Especially for people who do not have a Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV (the stick and the set-top box) is a useful alternative.
The problem: With Amazon Video Prime *, Netflix (here are some useful Netflix tricks ) and Co. Is the streaming offer limited. Especially special interest films such as B-movies or indie movies are often not found in the streaming libraries. The remedy is a simple Amazon Fire TV hack – the open source media center software Kodi. With it, your streaming library can be extended for free and with corresponding sources almost infinitely. This gives you access to significantly more movies, documentaries and series – even from illegal streaming portals such as Kinox.to.
What is Kodi and what can I do with it on the Amazon Fire TV?
You’re probably already asking yourself “What is Kodi anyway?” The media center software Kodi (formerly “XBMC”) is a free, multiple award-winning open source software for streaming media. With Kodi, you can play almost any media format on your TV. Kodi can also be individually expanded and adapted to your needs with the likewise free skins, plug-ins and add-ons.
The main task of Kodi is that almost any format of media files categorize, organize, make appealing and of course play. By installing the software, you’ll receive an Amazon Fire TV Hack that will allow you to easily stream movies and TV shows from your PC to your Amazon Fire TV, as well as access them from untrustworthy sources such as Kinox.to. Even IPTV stations can be seen with Kodi. Additional content from the Internet supplement the Kodi media with movie posters, subtitles, cast lists, reviews (eg from IMDB) and more. Another advantage: The installation on your Amazon Fire TV is very easy and done in a few minutes. Plus, this Amazon Fire TV hack is completely free.
The advantages of Kodi at a glance:
- Kodi is free and platform independent
- Movies, TV series and more can be streamed with Kodi from the Internet or your network
- Almost all file formats are supported, whether image, video or audio data
- You can almost completely customize Kodi, the skin used, the menus, and the plugins
- Instead of using one app for each streaming portal, as is usual with Amazon Fire TV, Kodi bundles all providers in a single app
Required software and hardware to set up Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV
For an Amazon Fire TV with Kodi you need the following things *:
- First, of course, you need an Amazon Fire TV . Whether you prefer the Amazon Fire TV Stick , or the set-top box , does not matter. However, Kodi is much more powerful and smoother on the set-top box of the Amazon Fire TV. If you want to enjoy content in 4K, you need the box.
- A TV and an older cable from Amazon Fire TV may have an HDMI cable .
- Optional: A Bluetooth keyboard . It makes the setup and browsing in the movies and series a lot easier. Alternatively, you can also use the smartphone app ( Android / iOS ).
- Optional: An Ethernet adapter to connect the Amazon Fire TV for a more stable connection via LAN cable
- Optional: A power cable for your Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Last but not least, you need the open source media center software Kodi for the Amazon Fire TV Hack (more on that).
Step 1: Allow apps to be installed from unknown sources on the Amazon Fire TV
Before Kodi downloads to your Amazon Fire TV, you’ll need to drill up the stick or set-top box. You must allow the installation of apps from unknown and unofficial sources – the jailbreak of your Amazon Fire TV, so to speak. Just press the home button of your Amazon Fire TV and open the settings. Now you open the tab “device” and then the “developer options”.
In Developer Options, you enable the entries “ADB Debugging” and “Apps of unknown origin” by setting them to “on”.
Step 2: Download and install the “Downloader” app
Now download and install the free “Downloader” app on your Amazon Fire TV via the search of your Amazon Fire TV (in the home screen). Open the Downloader app once the installation is complete.
Step 3: Download and install Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV
Once you have opened the Downloader app, you will visit the official Kodi website , where you can also find the Kodi download (https://kodi.tv/download). Scroll down the Kodi download page until you see the overview for the different operating systems. For your Amazon Fire TV, you need the Android version of Kodi. Depending on which Amazon Fire TV you use, you will need either the 64-bit or the 32-bit version of Kodi. If you’re using a Fire TV from 2016 and 2017, you’ll need the 64-bit version. For the Fire TV Stick and older Fire TV devices, however, the 32-bit version. However, the 32-bit version should basically also run on all Amazon Fire TVs. However, it is not as powerful as the 64-bit version. Download Kodi and then click “Install” to install the Open Source Media Center software on your Amazon Fire TV.
Step 4: Change the language
Once you have Kodi installed on your Amazon Fire TV, you open the app. First, we translate the language of Kodi. To do this, click on the small gear on the top left. In the window that opens, click on “Interface Settings”.
In the interface settings, click on “Regional” and on “Language”. There you can select and install your preferred language by clicking on it. You can also change the keyboard layout here.
Step 5: Add streaming sources to Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV
You need sources if you want to use eg Kinox.to, Twitch, Spotify or German IPTV channels for free on your Amazon Fire TV. You can find many sources via Google, for example by searching for “Kodi sources”, possibly in combination with the service you are looking for, eg “Kodi sources Kinox.to” or similar (illegal). To add such streaming sources, you go back to the gear. Now click on “File Manager” and on “Add Source”.
In the opening dialog you go to “None” and enter the URL from your research or streaming source. Now you give the source a name and click on “OK”. We called our source “James Bean”. Call the file manager again. There you should now find your added source under the name of your choice.
Step 6: Install package from source – Done is the Amazon Fire TV hack
Go back to the main menu and now to the tab “Addons”. Then click on the package icon in the top left corner and open the add-on browser.
Now you choose “install from zip file”. Select the “Unknown sources” option. A message appears stating that the installation of packages from unknown sources is disabled. Call up the settings of Kodi via the button “Settings” in the dialog box. There you put the switch at “unknown sources” and confirm the dialog box that opens with “Yes”.
Then you go back via the Amazon Fire TV remote control, so you again in the add-on browser land. Click again on “install from zip-file”. Now you can select and install your previously added source. If the package from your source can not be installed, either the URL of the source is not correct, or it is no longer available. As far as the installation from the source works, your add-on will now be listed in Kodi under “Add-ons”. You can now start and use the installed add-on.
Bonus: Customize the Kodi interface with skins
With additional skins, add-ons and plug-ins, you can now customize Kodi as needed. For example, skins can be installed by reopening the settings by clicking on the gear. Now go to the “User Interface” tab and navigate to “Skin” followed by “More” for a list of available skins. Click on a skin to install it. For this tutorial, we left it at the default skin “Estuary”. Our favorite, however, is the skin “fuse (new)”.