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TVMC: an out-of-the-box Kodi solution

written by Alejandro June 14, 2015

Ah, what a great amount of time we invest in building the perfect media center. We have to select the right device for the things we want to do, then we want to select the right application, whether it is Emby, SPMC, Kodi or Plex; or perhaps any other. We strive to find that perfect setup which will make us most comfortable and will allow us greater peace of mind when enjoying our content. Yet, as advantageous as centralizing all our media in a media center might be, the setup is sometimes comparable to a nightmare. [Read: Install SPMC on Amazon Fire TV using only AFTV device]

Tons of options to configure. Then there’s our concern about getting appropriate top content addons for ourselves, appropriate addons for kids, devices that allow us to control our HTPC, like remotes or keyboards, and even HTPC web interfaces to access all of our applications anywhere. It really would be awesome if we could speed some of the process up, so we could install a preconfigured application and, in a hassle-free and straightforward way, start enjoying our content.

Kodi with addons

Perhaps there is a way to configure Kodi with addons without hassle?

It makes you wonder, is there any way to install a media center application with all the bells and whistles necessary for you to stream content without having to think of tons of addons and configuring options? Is there a way to just click on some window an “install” button and start watching my favorite movie right away? Luckily, the answer to these questions seems to be a loud and sound “yes”.

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Enter TVMC, a preconfigured Kodi install

Well turns out that, if you don’t want to mess with any (or most) of those details, there is a very attractive option for you. TVMC, an open source alternative maintained by the guys at TV Addons, offers exactly what you would need if you wanted to just install an application and watch content right away. With this app, you can automatically configure Kodi upon installation with several addons to enhance your experience, all of this with minimal intervention from the user. TVMC is available for the major platforms Windows, Mac and Android, so there is certainly an alternative for you to use this application if you want to.

configure Kodi

Kodi with addons, tons of addons, with just a few clicks

How can I install TVMC Kodi?

The installation on Windows is pretty simple and straightforward; you basically download the installer and run it. At the end of the process, you are left with a completely functional install of Kodi with addons pre-configured and added to the application, to make your life easier. This installation is useful if you’re using an Intel NUC with Windows, another mini PC with that operating system, or even a laptop or desktop computer. If you are using Android, such as if you’re running your HTPC from an Android HTPC box, you can install this application by sideloading. If you are using a Mac, the simplicity is even more astonishing, since you just have to download the application and drag it into your Applications folder. [Read: SPMC is a Custom XBMC or Kodi Alternative for Android]

TVMC main menu

The appearance of Kodi is also enhanced with TVMC

As you can see, the developing team behind TVMC has gone great lengths to make the installation as simple and painless as possible, and you can see it just by looking at the short install guides on their website, for each operating system. TVMC also includes graphical tweaks that are pleasant to look at, and overall enhance the appearance of your XBMC/Kodi install. If you are new to HTPCs, or if you are an experienced user looking for a rest from all the options and addons available, TVMC might be a very good application to get you started.

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lef September 10, 2015 - 4:23 am

can i install additional addons apart the ones already installed ?

Alejandro September 10, 2015 - 9:27 am

Hey lef! As far as I know TVMC doesn’t prevent you from installing any other addons. What it does is merely install Kodi and a pre-configured set of addons, but you can of course modify it later. Hope that answers your question!

patrick connolly October 12, 2015 - 1:52 am

We have a horrible time with buffering.. we have 10 Mbps.. I clean out cache./data.. run an Ethernet chord to tronsmart.. still buffers..

Victor J. Valverde February 25, 2016 - 8:29 pm

How do I configure the BOX so it will be faster.
I try to Reset the Setting on the SOUND. and could not figure it out to get the Best Sound.

#3 how can I add the Spanish Channels, like dish has them program ?

Alejandro February 26, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Hello, what is the OS of your box? If it’s an Android media player, you can use Kodi Configurator for Android to have it automatically set up for you. TVMC is also a good way to do it.

As for channels in Spanish, sadly we do not have any content on them; however, this is a question you might want to take to our HTPCBeginner Support Forum so our community of HTPC enthusiasts can share their knowledge with you. Thanks for commenting!

MP March 9, 2016 - 7:25 pm

I installed TVMC on a FireTV about a year or so ago. It’s XBMC 13.2 or thereabouts. I want to update it to the latest version of Kodi. I was wondering how to do this without losing any of my configurations and settings.

Alejandro March 13, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Hello, thanks for commenting. As this question is a bit technical, would you mind to please post it on our HTPCBeginner Support Forums? We could give you a better assistance over there. Thanks!

xvl260 December 23, 2017 - 7:06 am

Now that TVMC is dead, any good alternative?


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