How to Install Kodi v16.1 on any Google Android TV (Sony XBR850C)

I have a Sony 75″ 4K HDTV (and I love it!)

Sony XBR75X850C 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

I wanted the ability to play MKV files (and more) so I decided to figure out a way to get XMBC/Kodi installed.

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Here’s what I did to get the latest version of Kodi (v16.1) installed:

  • On your TV’s touchpad remote, press HOME.
  • Navigate to and click on SETTINGS, it’s all the way at the bottom.
  • Under the TV section, scroll to and click on ABOUT.
  • Scroll down to BUILD, and click on the item 7 times, you should see “You are now a developer” on screen.
    • This will also give you access to the Developer Options menu under System Preferences.
  • Press BACK on your remote.
  • Navigate to PERSONAL>SECURITY & RESTRICTIONS, and turn Unknown Sources ON.
  • Press HOME on your remote and navigate to the Google Play Store.
  • Search for “es” and install ES File Explorer.
  • Download Kodi v16.1
  • Copy the APK to a USB drive, and insert the drive into your TV’s USB port.
  • You should see a “USB Connected” prompt on the TV.
  • Start ES File Explorer by clicking the tile on the home menu.
  • Inside of ES File explorer, on the left panel, scroll down until you see the LOCAL column, there will be a device called USB**** (last numbers vary).
  • Click on USB****, then click OPEN, grant access by saying OK, then click on your downloaded Kodi APK and install it.
  • That’s it! Press HOME on your remote and Kodi should be available and run without any problems!

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