Kodi has a ton of quality — and legal — content available.
Update June 2017: Added info on the Plex add-on for Kodi.
Installing Kodi is only the first step, though. A media streamer doesn't do much without media to stream. Setting up your own storage space and connecting it to your Kodi install is easy, but there's a whole internet out there filled with media to stream. You just have to know where to start.
- Open the settings and click the icon labeled Add-ons.
- Depending on the version of Kodi you're running, you'll see an icon that says Install from repository or Get add-ons. Click it.
- Choose the Kodi Add-on repository
- Under Video Add-ons you'll see YouTube listed. Click it to install.
I love Twitch. I don't know why, but watching interesting people stream interesting games or other
It's easy to navigate and use, even with a remote if you don't have a keyboard. It also supports your account login and you can chat and spam Kappa just like you can from a PC. Though you might want a keyboard for that. But seriously,
Installing Twitch is done the same way as the YouTube add-on above. Just search "Twitch" instead of "YouTube."
The master list
Instead of writing out hundreds of great add-ons through the official Kodi repository, I'll direct you to the master list. You'll find names you know like Hulu and Netflix as well as networks and programming you have never heard of. Every one of these add-ons is also 100% legal and above the board — nobody from your ISP is going to be sending you a nastygram.
You'll install any of them the same way, right through the settings app on your Kodi box.
Our next three add-ons either aren't listed in the official Kodi repository or are updated so often it's better to get them from another source that's quicker to add the new content. We'll be using SuperRepo to install them.
Not everything at SuperRepo can make our legal list, but these are fine.
SuperRepo has tons of add-ons for Kodi. Some, like these, are completely on the level. Others fall into that gray murky area where ownership and copyright aren't clear. That means you need to be careful and not just install every add-on that catches your eye if you want to comply with rules and laws.
And you really should comply with laws. Following even stupid laws you hate is a great way to stay out of trouble. But if you do dive in where words like legal don't apply, use a VPN. Comcast or Time Warner or whoever you get your internet from is watching you.
To install the SuperRepo repository:
- In the System category, open the File Manager.
- Click the Add source icon.
- Click the list (it might say "none") to open a text box where you can add a new source.
- Type http://srp.nu in the text box, and give it the name SuperRepo. Click Done.
Now you'll see Super Repo in your file manager. The files you see will all install an add-on just by clicking on them.
This is the first one to find in your new SuperRepo source. USTVNow is an online version of the cable channels you'll find through your cable company. CNN, NBC, Cartoon Network and a ton more are available and you'll always be able to find something to watch. You'll also find USTVNow in the official Kodi repository, but for faster updates and all-around better service, we recommend using the SuperRepo source.
USTVNow (the name is a clue) is for people in the U.S. only and requires an account. You can set that up, as well as stream to your computer, at
FilmOn TV is a service that offers both free and premium content. Good, current content. Whether you're looking for UFC matches, catch up on your favorite cable show or watch a-list movies you'll find them at FilmOn TV. You can also watch over 600 live TV channels or set up a recording to watch a show at your leisure. Paired with USTVNow, FilmON TV makes cord-cutting easy.
You will need to set up an account at
Dbmc isn't a full
Dbmc is also available through the official Kodi repository, but we've found the SuperRepo version to be quicker on the updates.
Of course, you need a
Plex for Kodi
Plex is often viewed as a Kodi competitor, offering a great way to organize and watch your favorite content whenever and however you please with
Plex Pass subscribers are able to
What are your favorite Kodi add-ons?
If you're using Kodi and have a favorite of your own that's not on our list, shout out in the comments so everyone can check it out!