Why do I watch Netflix, HBO, and Disney + on Kodi instead of their official Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, or Nvidia Shield TV apps

In recent months, in Genbeta we have told how to watch Disney +, HBO and Netflix on Kodi. In certain cases, it is almost mandatory to see it like this, since devices such as Amazon's Fire TV Stick do not have HBO support, and beyond installing the APK manually, it is the easiest way to do it.

However, even when there is a supported application, watching Netflix on Kodi and others on this media player can have other advantages that we have not reviewed so far. And for that reason, I am doing it with these platforms on Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K despite having their official applications installed.

My motive beyond being able to have HBO, otherwise I couldn't? That adjusts the refresh rate of the screen according to the frames of the video, in addition to the resolution. Let's look at theory and practice.

Playback with Kodi is smoother because it avoids skipping and loss of fluidity. judder

Unlike what the internal applications of televisions or Apple TV do, the Nvidia Shield TV, the Amazon Fire TV (outside Prime Video) and the Xiaomi Mi Box do not adjust the frame rate to the native frames of the video Therefore, TVs and other devices such as projectors do not adjust the refresh rate with which they reproduce these contents.

Thus, that a content recorded at 24 fps is not reproduced at that rate but at 60 Hz produces a annoying effect called judder, which are little jumps that can be seen in the video as an effect of this dissonance between Hz and frames, and are especially visible in scrolling scenes.

The Nvidia Shield TV has in beta the possibility for the user to choose the refresh rate once the videos have started, and the Fire TV Stick implements at the system level the option to match the frame rate, but the penalty is that the only compatible application within which I have used is precisely one of the house, Amazon Prime Video.


This Fire TV Stick option is great, but it doesn't work beyond Amazon Prime Video.

Even the new Chromecast with Google TV does not yet present this function despite being recent, not even in Google applications, forcing the user to manually select the Hz for each content from the settings, something that few people know how to do and that although they know, it is not comfortable at all.


This is how the option is adjusted in Kodi 19 Matrix

And we return to Kodi. The media player offers the option to adjust the screen refresh rate. I have activated it "On start / stop" so that it changes according to the content it plays. And so, for example, I have seen '[Mare of Easttown](Mare of Easttown) ' at 50 Hz on HBO and some movies at 24 Hz, compared to the fixed 60 Hz that the system would have forced me to on Netflix.

Also, compared to the automatic resolution configured in settings (usually 4K if the target device has that resolution) of the Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Nvidia Shield and Apple TV applications, with Kodi, the resolution that is sent to the television or wherever we go to see it is the native of the content, being the television who is in charge of doing the scaling. This, as a general rule, and especially on modern televisions, will produce superior image quality in standard definition content and when viewing 720p or 1080p content on 4K panels.

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