Jellyfin AndroidTV Client Thread

Discussion in 'Jellyfin for Zidoo' started by andy22, Jun 18, 2022.

  1. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    **Mod Edit Aug '23**

    The original project has been abandoned for quite some time now, and while we all thank Andy for his superb work on this project, I think it's now time to move on.

    The official AndroidTV app now works well with the Zidoo player with only a couple of caveats, and seems perfectly workable.

    Current binaries are here:

    You're looking for the AndroidTV apk.

    eg: jellyfin-androidtv-xx.xx.xx-release.apk

    See this post from @Hippoponderous for an example:

    **End of Mod Edit, original post below**

    Client for Jellyfin, based off the official AndroidTV client.

    Check the support thread in the Development section!

    latest version download:
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 6, 2023
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  2. Purple

    Purple New Member

    Thank you for your effort! Will download and try it out.
  3. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    Beta2 up with fixed http stream handling

    Beta3 up with fixed nfs handling
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2022
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  4. boxerfan

    boxerfan Active Member


    Am taking it for a spin... so far so good...

    Thank you!!
  5. This is excellent! I dont use Jellyfin (or Emby) but im definitely going to fire up a Docker to check out this app on the Zidoo.

    I wish Kodi had working resume, seek, and playback position reporting as well as watched state reporting. This is incredible!
  6. trafficlightslave

    trafficlightslave New Member

    As someone with a library nearing 1PB, with countless video files that made HT 4.0 unusably laggy and buggy, this is incredible thank you.
  7. boxerfan

    boxerfan Active Member

    Have been using this beta3, and I like it very much.

    Just one small feature request...
    When navigating the posters, it will be good to have a border (white/grey/yellow) at the current poster tile. It'll really help in navigation.
    At the moment, the current tile where the cursor is, the tile is made slightly bigger, yet I do get lost sometimes and don't know which tile where the cursor is.
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  8. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    Yeah already on my list, since on small posters i have the same issue. Thats also the way the Plex TV client handles the focus selection.
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  9. paresh

    paresh Member

    How can one configure Jellyfin with Z9x? It asks for the IP address/Machine Name, I tried both but it did not work. Please some learned person advise. Thanks.
  10. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

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  12. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    Guess there is a misunderstanding here, this JellyfinTv app needs a Jellyfin server running on a PC/Mac somewhere on your local network.
    The server needs access to your media library and will index, manage the media. The clients just access the data relayed from this server.

    Jellyfin like Plex has a Client + Server architecture, so it works fundamentally different than HT4 or Kodi.
    The main advantage is, that this way you can use multiple client apps/devices (Zidoo, TV, PC, Phone, Web) simultaneously to access one central library.
    You can also have multiple users, all accessing this central media server.
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  13. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Well-Known Member Beta test group

    Some Client/Server APP's like Emby also support Internet based remote access which may work nicely for above all Music. Tried that myself running the Server on an Android media player too. The only problem I got with it was that the Client could not access the Zidoo Internal Players. I hope support for that will be added soon. Has been generically added to the improvement/wish list for Music Player.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2022
  14. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

  15. dwalme

    dwalme New Member

    This is working really well. I setup a Jellyfin server just to test this out.

    Works a lot better than expected and I will probably use this exclusively instead of HT 4.0.

    Feature request: Add movie trailer support to the client app.

    Thank you!
  16. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Well-Known Member Beta test group

    How is Jellyfin different from Emby? Can I run the Server on an (old) Android media player too as with Emby?
  17. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    You can read the wiki on the history here:
    Essentially in December 30, 2018 Jellyfin was forked from Emby and than diverged from Emby over time.

    While the Jellyfin server has similar or sometimes better features than Emby, the clients lack full-time developers, so features and polish is missing.
    The server/webclient is what works best, since it gets the most dev-time and focus.

    The Jellyfin Android and our AndroidTV client are based on early Emby code and while there are major rewrites planed, this takes time and it seems there are not many developers on the Android clients.
    In the meantime Emby did hire fulltime dev's for there clients, since they need to stay competitive with Plex, otherwise they would need to lower subscription prices.

    The biggest strength of Jellyfin is its plugins, since anyone can write one, while Plex has fully discontinued plugins and Emby only has what they think is needed.
    Thats also the main reason i switched to Jellyfin, since watching/managing Anime via Emby/Plex is a pain.

    So check the plugins lists here:

    The other big "selling" point is hardware transcoding support, which Plex/Emby take literally and want a subscription for this, while with Jellyfin thats ofc free.
    The crazy part is that all tree media-centers rely on the free ffmpeg libs to transcode, so talk about greedy.

    So as example my low cost i3-12100 iGPU can transcode at 300-600 FPS, thats enough to supply 5-10 simultaneous streams to any device that cant DirectPlay the media from the server.

    In the Plex forum there is also a growing mass that is disappointed with the direction Plex takes, which seems to put streaming first and local content second. So since Emby basically just copys everything Plex does, you can guess whats next for Emby.

    There is no Android server for Jellyfin, only whats in this list

    PS: Here is a comparison on Plex, Jellyfin, Emby and Kodi.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2022
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  18. boxerfan

    boxerfan Active Member

    Reporting a problem with beta5; when I use the "Play Next Up" button, it throws error "No playable item". On beta5, if I scroll down, navigate to the season, and then to the episode, and then click "Play", it plays okay. Not sure if it's a configuration issue or some setting issue or a bug...

    I reverted back to beta3; no such problem.

    If you need a log or trace, let me know how to capture and where to upload it...
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2022
  19. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    Thanks could reproduce this error, trying to fix it.
  20. andy22

    andy22 Active Member

    Beta6 is up:
    • add ability to play directly from grid/poster wall, via play-button on remote
    • add per library-view audio settings (override global settings)
    • improve "ORIGINAL" audio selection smart-logic by utilizing Tmdb metadata
    • fix "Play Next Up" issue, resulting in "nothing to play" messages
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