Discover the new Terrarium TV Android app, what it can do, and how to download and install the APK.
Movement Away From Kodi?
Ever since the TVAddons went down and took all the good add-ons with them, people in the Kodi world have been scrambling. Sure, you can still install alternative repos to Fusion and get all your favorite add-ons back and working again, but it still made people pause and look for other options.
Not only have Kodi users started looking into other options besides Kodi, but I’ve also been hearing of Kodi developers exploring other development platforms like Android. Android was the obvious next choice because of the wild popularity of the Amazon Fire TV Stick and a plethora of Android boxes made for Kodi.
Whether or not this sense of a movement away from Kodi is actually anything sizable, I’m not sure. There are still plenty of people sticking with Kodi and are perfectly happy with it. I see it as a nice introduction of another option that we have available alongside Kodi, and not necessarily a replacement for it.
If you think differently, share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear your take on it.
And now, without further ado, let me introduce you to Terrarium TV…
Terrarium TV: The Best Android App Equivalent to Kodi Exodus
If you take your favorite unofficial video add-on from Kodi that streams all your favorite shows and movies, and move it into a really nice looking Android app, you get Terrarium TV.
Terrarium TV does almost everything you would see it Exodus, SALTS, Specto, Elysium, Bubbles, etc. I say almost, because at the moment, it still seems to be missing some key feature (I’ll get to that later). But, it has Real-Debrid integration, *some* Trakt.tv integration, and overall, it does the same thing those Kodi add-ons do… they search all the providers to get a list of sources available for a video.
One extra feature that I think is awesome about Terrarium TV is it’s Cast feature. This makes it so you don’t even have to use an Android set top box. Instead, you could just install the app on your phone, and cast the shows you want to watch to your Google Chromecast!
Anyway, about the looks of the app, it’s exactly how I pictured this kind of app should look. Nice dark gray theme, modern Android material design, prominent show artwork, and easy to browse and search for what you’re looking for.
How to Install Terrarium TV
I’m going to give you some installation instructions according to some common devices. If you have any trouble with your specific device, let me know in the comments, and I can try to help.
Installing Terrarium TV on Android with a Web Browser
If your Android device has a web browser (unlike Fire TV devices), then simply browse to TerrariumTV.com, and click the Download link at the top. At the moment, it looks like this…
Click on it, and it will begin downloading an APK file.
Before you install, you will need to make sure that your Android security settings have the “Unknown Sources” checkbox checked. This will allow you to install the APK manually.
If that setting is checked, then go ahead and launch the APK file that you downloaded. It will ask you if you are sure you want to install it. Say yes.
When done, click Open and it will launch the Terrarium TV app.
When you browse to a show and try to play an episode, it will prompt you to install the MX Player app, which it can get from the Google Play Store, if you have it. If you don’t, see below.
Installing Terrarium TV on Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick
If you are using an Amazon Fire TV / Stick, you won’t have a web browser, but you can get one. There’s a simple workaround.
Go to the apps area and search for “Downloader”. Download and install that “Downloader” app (with the orange icon).
Once you launch the “Downloader” app, you can enter a website address to browse to. Enter https://terrariumtv.com
You can then use your remote arrow keys to navigate the mouse on the website and click the download link. From there, the instructions are the same as above.
Now, when you play an episode, it will need a player. You won’t be able to download MX Player via Google Play Store, because Fire TV doesn’t have it.
So, go back to the “Downloader” app, and browse to https://sites.google.com/site/mxvpen/ Click on the Download page and download and install both the MX Player AND the MX Player Codec. Make sure to get the appropriate ones for your device and Android version.
Terrarium TV Review: What is it Missing?
Ok, now for a bad part. What are some features that are missing in Terrarium TV? Here’s what I found.
While Terrarium TV has Trakt.tv integration, it seems to be only half of it. It is able to scrobble your watched episodes to your Trakt account. However, it apparently can’t give you your lists. That’s one of my favorite things about Trakt, the ability to set lists of my favorite shows and see them all in every add-on or app that has full Trakt integration. Hopefully this feature is coming soon?!
Another nuisance, but not actually a missing feature, is the ads. The developer of Terrarium TV put an ad bar at the bottom, and also set video ads to play after each episode finishes. Now, I can’t really blame the guy. He built an amazing app that seems to be the only one close to it in the Android space. He deserves the ad revenue for sure, but it’s still a little annoying, especially after being spoiled by Kodi for so long having no ads at all.
What do you think about Terrarium TV?
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