Kodi accuses Sony of blocking its media app on recent Android TVs


Sony says it’ll repair Kodi downside in its subsequent software program replace

Kodi is one of the most well-liked home-streaming companies that’s authorized to purchase and watch free content material. However, when customers began putting in particular third-party add-ons to stream copyrighted motion pictures and TV reveals, it earned itself a nasty piracy-associated popularity.

Despite the unhealthy identify, Kodi nonetheless stays standard with the general public. Looking at its elevated recognition, even Sony Electronics actively promoted Kodi on its web site and beneficial customers of its Android TVs to obtain Kodi to entry add-ons.

However, the official Kodi mission Twitter account has now straight accused Sony of “actively preventing” house owners of Sony-made TVs, powered by Android TV, from putting in the Kodi app.

For these unaware, Kodi is an open supply, cross-platform streaming and media participant resolution that means that you can entry all of your digital audio, motion pictures, TV reveals, music assortment, and picture library from a single, handy place. The content material could be accessed at any time when and wherever you might be. It could be run on televisions and set-top bins and streaming units.

Apparently, house owners of some Sony Android TVs particularly the newer fashions are dealing with points associated to putting in and working the Kodi app from the Google Play Store. It appears that Sony is blocking the bundle ID for the app from being put in/run. Even those that may handle to put in the app had been unable to open it when prompted from the interface. However, these should not present points as they date again to last year.

“I’m trying to install Kodi on my SONY AF9 w/ Oreo via Play Store, but the installation fails with error -506. Interestingly enough, if I then restart the TV, Kodi appears under ‘Apps’, but can’t be started,” a post on the official Kodi boards reads.

“I’ve tried a complete Factory Reset and then install[ed] Kodi 17.6 immediately after OOBE, but fails with the same error code. I also tried installing the current nightlies, but these failed as well.”

Following studies that Sony has ‘banned’ Kodi from its newer TVs, the corporate is blaming a technical downside behind the problem. Sony says it’ll repair the problem in its subsequent software program replace, reports TorrentFreak.

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention,” Sony Electronics informed TorrentFreak.

“After trying into the problem additional, we’ve found a software program situation on our finish that’s incorrectly classifying Kodi as a kernel object (‘ko’). We are working on a repair for this situation to incorporate in our subsequent software program replace,” the corporate added.

When TorrentFreak shared Sony’s feedback with the Kodi growth group, they remained unconvinced over Sony’s clarification. They, in flip, have requested for extra data on the corporate’s “classification” algorithm.

“The real fun thing is: Just changing the PACKAGE_ID is proven to be enough [to solve the issue], so that this ‘classification’ won’t happen anymore,” says Peter Frühberger.

“Furthermore, the Fun-Fact: As we’ve proven, creating a unique APK, not Kodi-related, however with the exact same PACKAGE_ID Kodi had, causes the identical situation.

“To be sincere – as somebody that did PHD research with sample classifications and information mining, this sounds actually, actually odd. I doubt this clarification, but when it’s true – their classificator almost definitely sucks,” Frühberger added.

Going by Sony’s clarification, it appears that evidently the present ban on the corporate’s good TVs is only a short-term downside and needs to be mounted quickly.



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