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SPMC is a Custom XBMC or Kodi Alternative for Android

written by Anand March 19, 2015

Users of Kodi app which was formerly known XBMC has been raving about this media player application that acts as an entertainment hub. If you have not gotten a chance to download it from the official website, it is basically a software application that can work on Linux, OSX, Android and iOS platforms. Kodi is not available on Google Play yet and may be downloaded from kodi.tv. However, there is some good news for interested users. Kodi has been forked and released on Play store under GPL open source license as SPMC or Semper Media Center and this is one of the best best known Kodi Alternative for Android, at this point. [Read: Plex vs Kodi – The Ultimate Comparison Guide for Beginners]

Update (May 6th, 2016): Interested on SPMC? We have put together a guide on how to install SPMC, that will surely help you start with this software.
Update (Mar 19th, 2016): For some time now, XBMC/Kodi has been available on the Google Play store. If you are interested on it, you can visit the Google Play store and install Kodi for Android.

So what is SPMC?

Semper Media Center is an improved version of the famous XBMC. It ships with all of the Kodi features including the 10-foot user interface that can be used in TV’s and remote controls. The improved version allows you to play music and watch videos including other digital media like podcasts. The application can access local storage or the internet. However, this software does not come with its own media, you have to connect it to third party website or resources to watch and listen to your favorite clips and music. [Read: 20 Best Kodi addons in 2015 to help you cut the cord]

SPMC XBMC Interface

SPMC on Fire TV

Why another Kodi Fork?

Releasing the open source Kodi app on Google play would have violated some copyrights. However, under GPL as open source there was no problem on releasing it on Google Market if the name was changed. With this in mind, an innovative developer known as Chris Browet (Koying) decided to take the app further. He simply patched the original XBMC and made a stable Kodi Alternative that can be downloaded in Google Play and App store for free under the name SemperPax Media center. Of course, this software is available for free download.

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Kodi is available on Amazon App store. Fire TV and Fire TV Stick users are still out of luck though. While both Kodi and SPMC are available on Amazon App Store they are incompatible with Amazon Fire TV or the Stick. But on can easily sideload Kodi or SPMC on Fire TV.

What’s special about SPMC?

SPMC is a very good application that can support hardware video decoding on many Android based devices. The unofficial spin-off of the official XBMC app can work on your android powered phone without modifying security settings. In addition, it allows automatic updates because Koying keeps upgrading the fork regularly. By the time of writing this article, SPMC was based on Version 13.2 of XBMC but Kodi builds are available from SPMC’s website. SPMC also adds suspend feature on rooted devices. In addition, recurrent startup crashes have been fixed and context menu has been added. Semper Media Center app can also switch TV to 3D automatically. [Read: 5 Kodi advanced settings I always use on media centers]

The Semper Media Center software can also access common android settings quickly. Furthermore, it can be installed on any device that can run Android 4.0 or higher and it occupies a relatively small space of 53MB (equivalent to a dozen MP3 Songs). With this app in place, you can play anything from your device from the music library. You can even read media from external storage. SPMC can open network sockets and write to external storage and has a power manager that can lock or wake the processor to avoid unnecessary screen sleeping and dimming. So until Kodi releases their official version via Play store, SPMC is currently the best Kodi Alternative!

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13 comments

declan cole June 1, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Great article question i have though is what would be best to run on fire tv Kodi or SPMC we all know by now kodi wprks best on fire compared to RPI but which way works best

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Anand June 2, 2015 - 11:45 am

I run Kodi. I haven’t really noticed anything annoying that has prompted me to try others (like SPMC).

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Bill March 19, 2016 - 6:33 pm

I noticed kodi is down by Amazon and my addons won’t load. I have a firestick and watch movies from the beast build. Is there an alternative to kodi that works on the firestick

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Alejandro March 24, 2016 - 1:28 am

Hello. We do not support builds, sorry.

Have you tried installing Kodi on the FireStick? Read this guide, it might help you. How to install Kodi on Fire TV without adb and computer?

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carla March 31, 2016 - 11:04 am

i have a fire stick and my kodi works great. the build i use is spinz and its amazing. if your getting kicked out of kodi then take a look at your url if your on beta 1 or 2 then its causing lots of problems and you need to update asap. also israeltv is causing lots of problems uninstal it aswell. all the best buddy.

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Chris McGoldrick April 5, 2016 - 5:03 pm

I have an Amazon FireTV box, which i have installed kodi with spinztv build. If I wanted to give it a try would it be possible to install spmc also and have both?

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Alejandro April 6, 2016 - 10:19 pm

Hello, thanks for commenting. Unfortunately, we do not support builds at this time.

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jbecker April 12, 2016 - 1:26 am

I have both KODI (16.0) and SPMC (16.2) installed on an inexpensive Beelink X2 box that has the same 1GB / 8GB as your Amazon Fire TV stick, and as with your stick, the total available storage left for the user is ~ 5.5GB. So as long as you are mindful of how many native apps you have installed and cache requirements, etc., the two should be able to easily coexist on your Fire TV stick — at least they do so very nicely on that Beelink X2.

I have no comment about the build that you’ve chosen for KODI other than to say that the bigger that build is, the less storage you’ll have left for your SPMC installation.

Without bothering to check, as I recall a base install of SMPC requires 129MB of app program storage, and a cache of typically 65MB will be created the first time you run SMPC, so you have to account for that too. And lastly, the app data storage used varies greatly depending upon which add-ons you install in order to make SMPC fit your needs, and so that usage figure is the one that you may need to keep an eye on as you install more add-ons, etc.

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Geneo April 11, 2016 - 11:32 am

How do I install the latest Kodi on a USB. Do i install Kodi on USB then addons later..
I am very new to procedures so I need to be spoon fed in steps to install the latest Kodi. on a USB.

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Alejandro April 12, 2016 - 11:58 am

Hello, if you already know how to install Kodi on an USB stick, all you need to do after you install Kodi is go into Kodi and install addons as you would normally.

We have a tutorial on how to install OpenELEC on a USB stick, for use on Raspberry Pi. Please have a look at this guide: How to install OpenELEC on USB stick for Raspberry Pi?

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Lorenzo Batista April 26, 2016 - 1:01 pm

Hello, I just want to know all the builds that are compartible on kodi, are they compartible on spmc too? becacuse i have one on kodi and i was trying to install a different one on spmc but i got a messege saying they were not compartible.

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Alejandro April 27, 2016 - 10:35 pm

Hello! Thanks for commenting; unfortunately we do not support builds at this time.

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Ting N Ting April 7, 2017 - 7:27 am

hi anand how are you ? looking for some advice

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