I use google chrome. I made several images on sd without problems. I did it now and it is working if I do it in English (doesn’t work when I connect on German). Very strange. Your workaround is working.
For kodi I did not do specific things. Built a fresh new image, activated my account, and tried to start kodi. I have another problem. The webpage is not working properly. I have only header but addons have disappears. Seems web page is not complete. There is a post in German not sure it is related but seems to have same problem than me.