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Topic # 224105 2-Nov-2017 17:30
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Thought I'd give this another go with a recent TVNZ Apk update. I'd heard a number of apps work better on FireTV if you use the AndroidTV version of the play services.

 

Using ADB I needed to install the following support services

 

  • com.google.android.gms_11.5.18_(846-170253583)-11518846_minAPI19(arm64-v8a,armeabi-v7a)(213,320dpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
  • com.android.vending_8.0.28.R-xhdpi_8_PR_163004339-80802868_minAPI21(320dpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
  • com.google.android.gsf_5.1-1743759-22_minAPI22(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk

You can get these from https://www.apkmirror.com/

 

For the TVNZ APK I still need to use the tweaked version from Matt Huisman's site that disables the HDMI check. He's got the latest 2.9.2 release.

 

adb connect firetv

 

adb install com.google.android.gms_11.5.18_*.apk

 

adb install com.android.vending_8.0.28.R-xhdpi_8_PR_163004339-80802868_minA*

 

adb install com.google.android.gsf_5.1-1743759-22_min*

 

adb install 2.9.2-mattrix.apk

 

With this combination I was able to login, browse and view content providing I had a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. This is somewhat less than optimal and won't meet the WAF level for general family use.

 

My main issue is the errors appearing in the firetv logs due to the Google Play libraries, which appears to be slowing down the FireTV.

 

Has anyone here had more luck with trying to get this working on their FireTV.

 

 

 

 

 

 





Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat New Zealand as a Solution Architect for all things Linux, Virtual and of course Cloud. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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  Reply # 1894423 2-Nov-2017 20:08
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How about side-loading Kodi and using Matt Huisman's add-ons? Both ThreeNow and TVNZ work well but the UI isn't great.

 

 


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  Reply # 1894436 2-Nov-2017 20:39
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+1 for this.  A simple and painless process...




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  Reply # 1894518 3-Nov-2017 08:14
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I do have Kodi installed as well, so I'll try out the Kodi addons.

 

From a family use perspective the native FireTV Apps are simple to use so my aim was to provide a similar experience for the NZ ondemand sevices.





Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat New Zealand as a Solution Architect for all things Linux, Virtual and of course Cloud. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.



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  Reply # 1902744 16-Nov-2017 14:34
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I've updated Kodi on my FireTV to a recent 18 developer build so I can get TVNZ OD and Three OD working

 

 

adb connect firetv

 

adb install -r kodi-20171114-eb3d889-master-armeabi-v7a.apk

 

 

Then I followed Matt Huisman's guides for the two Kodi Plugins.

 

Impressed with the performance and video quality, and very pleased that they all work without needing a Keyboard.

 

Family would still prefer a native FireTV add-on, but for the moment this works well.





Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat New Zealand as a Solution Architect for all things Linux, Virtual and of course Cloud. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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