Apps Infuse vs Kodi/MrMC

Odok

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Still waiting for these 2 apps to arrive, but pretty soon we'll have the luxury of choosing a local network video solution.

Any thoughts as to which is likely to be better? Differences? Seems like kodi will be the most work to port to tvos.
 

ZeRoLiMiT

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Kodi/MrMC is just like Plex! It will only let you use the appletv format since they are removing everything that makes kodi popular (open formats mp4, mkv ect..)

Plex does the exact same thing and format that it doesn't support it converts it for you.
 

Odok

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Kodi/MrMC is just like Plex! It will only let you use the appletv format since they are removing everything that makes kodi popular (open formats mp4, mkv ect..)

Plex does the exact same thing and format that it doesn't support it converts it for you.
Really? Not the impression I got from the kodi forums... pretty sure they'll be supporting most file formats (mkv etc)
 

citivolus

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Still waiting for these 2 apps to arrive, but pretty soon we'll have the luxury of choosing a local network video solution.

Any thoughts as to which is likely to be better? Differences? Seems like kodi will be the most work to port to tvos.
Don't forget VLC is also coming to tvos...can't wait!
 

enzom21

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Kodi/MrMC is just like Plex! It will only let you use the appletv format since they are removing everything that makes kodi popular (open formats mp4, mkv ect..)

Plex does the exact same thing and format that it doesn't support it converts it for you.
This is incorrect, you will still be able to stream without the need to transcode anything. The ability to use addons will be removed from MrMC so it can be in the app store. Kodi on the other hand with still be able to use them and you will only be able to install it through a jailbreak or Xcode.
MrMC is a fork/rebrand/refactor of Kodi. All offending sins have been purged from the codebase. So some features of Kodi might not be present. This lets us get into the App Store, not only for TVOS but iOS and OSX as well. Our timeline is a few weeks, basics are up and stable. Just some minor issues to resolve.

Kodi itself would never get approved. Not for TVOS nor iOS or OSX. Too many sins. So even when Kodi gets ported to TVOS, the only ways to get on the physical device are;

a) self compile, install via xcode
b) ipa resign/repack install via xcode
c) ipwnstore or similar.

Eventually, you will be able to run Kodi on the new AppleTV. But the port is not trivial and MrMC fork has a month head start and I'm an expert at porting the code base (did the original ATV1, ATV2, iOS, and Android ports) and dealing with issues. Others known me as 'davilla'.

As soon as we enter the App Store, then all our private work becomes public and Kodi devs can start cherry-picking. Or they can start on their own version now, their choice.

We don't see Kodi as competition to MrMC fork. We are aiming at the 80 percent users that just want to play their local content without having to do flips and tricks to get there. Kodi can have the other 20 percent geeks and tweakers
Memphiz is correct, python has been stripped. Major no-no for App Store. Unfortunately the existing Kodi python/addons structure has become a haven for pirates and parasites looking to make quick profits with little effort so I am glad to see it get nuked. There is a plan for a replacement addons concept that is acceptable in the App Store. While this will not make the first release, it is defiantly on the list to complete. It will knock your socks off and result in many utterances of OMFG and that's all I will say for now
 

BradWould

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I tried Kodi on my jailbroken ATV2 and never liked it. I found it was a memory hog (forcing a reboot every time I exited the app). The add ons are good and there are way more features but for what I was using it for, Infuse blew Kodi out of the water. Even on the ATV2 with its limited specs Infuse handles my 100+ movie library and my 20+ TV show library with no lag, reboots, or problems. Infuse lets you delete and rename files on your nas (and all I use is an AirPort attached HDD). If it works the same when it releases on ATV4 it will be my #1 app for sure. The only reason I don't use Plex is because I don't want to run a server 24/7. All I have is my Macbook Pro and if I had it plugged in and open 24 hours a day what would be the point having of a portable computer?
 
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noslenam

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I've been using Infuse on my ATV2 and iOS devises and love it. Stream my 3tb movie collection from external drive connected to my airport extreme without the need for a computer to be on at all times. It's fast and has a great look. Can't wait for the tv iOS version to come out. Plex I never cared for the need to have a computer on at all times.
 

jamal66

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I've been using Infuse on my ATV2 and iOS devises and love it. Stream my 3tb movie collection from external drive connected to my airport extreme without the need for a computer to be on at all times. It's fast and has a great look. Can't wait for the tv iOS version to come out. Plex I never cared for the need to have a computer on at all times.
what about stream! any buffering issues while streaming from Airport Extreme? thnx
 

chunker

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what about stream! any buffering issues while streaming from Airport Extreme? thnx
I've been using 'Squire' and it works well streaming from my time capsule. Only caveat is you need to run an app from a Mac, but the developer is working to bypass this and stream directly from the source.
 

surfnode

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Infuse should be out sometime in December. Now that the beta has gone out to 2000 users it shouldn't take too long to iron out any outstanding bugs. Feedback from James at Firecore sounds really good. It should be a really great app to have on the Apple TV4. Since Infuse first started on Apple TV2 it has grown in strength to strength as it went from v2 to v3 on iOS.
 

BradWould

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Infuse should be out sometime in December. Now that the beta has gone out to 2000 users it shouldn't take too long to iron out any outstanding bugs. Feedback from James at Firecore sounds really good. It should be a really great app to have on the Apple TV4. Since Infuse first started on Apple TV2 it has grown in strength to strength as it went from v2 to v3 on iOS.
I agree and as I said in my other post I love Infuse. If I had one complaint it would be the paid upgrades. Every decent update / version has been a separate charge. That's going to aggravate some people and could hurt them in the long run once some other similar apps are released. Infuse had a lot less competition before the ATV4.
 

eneisch

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Personally I am not interested in a solution like Plex which needs you to run a server type program to stream video. Much prefer a solution that streams directly from a NAS without transcoding at a server. Infuse has been a great app with my iPhone and iPad and I look forward to the Apple TV 4 version. If you already have the Pro version of the iOS app the Apple TV 4 version will be free. I have contacted support in the past and they have been quite responsive and have resolved issues for me in app updates.

I received an invitation to beta test the ATV 4 app and am anxiously awaiting my test flight code so I can install it. In the meantime I have been using an app called Video Explorer to stream files directly from my NAs to ATV 4. It works well and has played everything I've thrown at it, but only allows you to browse folders and play files, there is no metadata information shown like on Infuse.
 
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