Best Kodi Sports addons. Premium IPTV and Free

PRICE – £14.99/M
RECCOMMENDED – Without a doubt, one of the very best PVR sports add-ons on KODI right now and a must have for any sports fan. A big thumbs up from the guys here at KODINOW.


If you are a Prometheus owner then you will more than likely have heard of and used the highly popular streaming service from Spots Access SE. They offer top quality streams for all Premier League matches, as well as European games, Champions League, Uefa Cup and a whole host of other live sporting events. The stream quality ranges from 480p to full 1080p and are running on their own servers. It’s a highly impressive service that they have and are always on Twitter answering any questions and attending to any links which may be either down or lagging (buffering).
Sports Access has been tested on a wired internet connection with 4.2mbps and worked perfectly, streaming 720 and 1080 streams with no problem what so ever.
It is a paid subscription service however with the purchase of a Prometheus box you will get 6 months free elite membership with a discounted yearly rate after that. (valid at time of writing)

PRICE – Free 6 month membership with the purchase of a Prometheus box, discounted yearly membership for Prometheus owners only.
RECCOMMENDED – Yes, we highly recommend recommend add-on for streaming your sports. With the free membership for Prometheus owners it would be an immediate ‘go to’ add-on if you’re looking for football streams.


NBC Live Sports Extra is still a relatively unknown add-on which we’re extremely surprised about. They offer all the Premier League games including the 3pm kickoffs with quality which rivals Sports Access. Difference being, NBCLE is free. Well. it’s free to use the add-on and access their servers with the streams on. However, if you’re outside of the USA then you will need to have purchased a VPN service and connect to a N. American network in order for the add-on to work. Their are loads of free VPN services available out there, you just need to look around and so some research. If you’re looking for a quick fix, then you can install the VPN on Prometheus called PIA.
The stream quality in this add-on is remarkable, and we’re baffled as to why it’s not getting a as big of a shoutout as it is most certainly deserved. Quality ranges from 480 to 1080 and just like Sports Access it’s been tested on the same 4.2mbps wired connection and passed with flying colours, no buffering. Highly recommend. The only downside is there is no official support that we know of.

PRICE – Free, but VPN is required if you are outside the USA
RECCOMMENDED – Yes, we highly recommend recommend add-on for streaming your sports. Please remember to use a VPN wisely, if you are not sure what they are or what they do please make sure to do your research before setting one up.


DigiteleSports, formally known as the popular Sports Devil add-on is now available to install via URL, the add-on has been updated and contains several new sources for live streams. If you are an XBMC veteran then you will more than familiar with how Sports Devil worked, well DigiteleSports is exactly the same. Stream quality is a little hit and miss, some streams a very poor and close to un watchable however they tend to offer various links with different picture qualities which is great if you have a poor connection. In many cases since the boom of the paid subscription services which are now being offered DigiteleSports has become more of a fall back on add-on for those if in doubt moments when other add-ons may be down.
The add-on does not come installed on the latest Prozone configuration so you will need to add it, please take a look at the guide below for install instructions.
Here’s how to add the DigiteleSports (SportsDevil) add-on via URL.

PRICE – Free
RECCOMMENDED – We would recommend that you try other sources first, as mentioned DigiteleSports is a great add-on and a legend in the XBMC world as one of the first sport streaming add-ons. However there are better alternatives now available and we would recommend that you try others out before falling back on digitelesports.


Real Sports Streams is an add-on which we’re really excited about, as a sister add-on to the popular Offside Streams it has the potential to be a big player in the game. Offering over 100 sporting channels with great stream quality. It’s another premium add-on, so there is a subscription cose associated with accessing their streams. They have a huge choice of 24/7 streams from a good selection of sports channels from all over the globe. Channels such as BEin Sports, CBS, ESPN, BT Sport, NBC Sports, FOX Sports and many more. The stream quality is very good as you would expect from a paid service, with resolutions from 480 to 1080 there is certainly plenty of options. When it comes to the live football streams there is no shortage. From what we can see they tend to show as many of the games that are being aired as possible, all within just a few clicks you can be watching your favourite team. It’s also worth noting that they are active on Twitter and there to help should there be any down time. Certainly worth checking out and possibly testing for a month. Personally, I think this is a fantastic add-on and worth every penny of the subscription.

PRICE – $17.00 AUD ($13.00) for a month
RECCOMMENDED – Yes, we would certainly recommend this as an option. The monthly cost is a little more than what other sub based add-ons may be charging but this is down to the amount of live streams and 24 hour channels that are available via this add-on. You’re essentially getting a monthly sports pack from various channels across the globe. Certainly worth testing it for a month in my opinion.


Sports Mania is another subscription based add-on which we’re liking the look of. As with the others mentioned in this post you get what you pay for, better stream quality tend to be in paid sub based add-ons. Sports Mania has a great selection of live sports streams including links to Premier League football, Champions League, Uefa Cup and more. If there is a game on, the chances are that it will be on the list. As far as stream quality goes, it’s up there with the likes of Sports Access, Real Sport Streams and NBC. Quality again ranging from 480 to full 1080 so depending on your internet download speeds and your bandwidth you shouldn’t have any issues. Again this add-on was tested using a 4.2mbps BT connection with no problem. Even streaming football at full 1080 on those speeds was not a problem.

PRICE – $17.99 / Month $25.99 / 3 Months (Different price options are available)


RECCOMENDED – Another option if you’re looking to add to your collection. As mentioned before it’s always good to have options, incase one add-on is down for example. Sports Mania serves as a great go to add-on which is full of live sporting streams to satisfy your needs. As with other Sub based add-ons you get what you pay for, great stream quality which is reliable. As an added benefit they are active on social media channels and offer great support when needed. As far as pricing goes, it works out to be a lot cheaper to buy either the yearly pass at $74.99 rather than the monthly cost of $17.99. However if you’re just wanting to test it and compare it to others before you splash out on a subscription you can sign up for their day pass for just $5.99.


Offside Streams is an add-on which has been around for a while and has continued to provide top quality sporting streams to their subscribers. Again this is a paid subscription premium service and as with others they are offering a full range of HD streams for the Premier League football. It’s certainly an option for people should they prefer to chose something different to other paid add-on such as Sports Mania, HQ Zone, Real Sports etc. Their streams are very good and most importantly, very reliable. With direct support available on Twitter and via email they are always on hand should subscribers have any issues with streams. They are parent add-on to the Real Sports Streams add-on mentioned above, both offering a very reliable service. Once again, all Premier League, Champions League, Uefa Cup and European leagues are streamed here in great resolution. As with all the streams which are mentioned in this post, OSS has been tested running a 4.2mbps wired connection and show little to no buffering on the several games which were tested. Another highly recommend add-on. As you can see from the list below, they have an incredible line up of channels including entertainment, documentary and movies.

PRICE – £10.99
RECOMMENDED – In our opinion it’s up there with the best. So yes, this add-on is highly recommend. It’s also great to see that they are active on social channels offering quick support. They also have a great website with lots of useful information as an added benefit, and probably the most important in a sports streaming service, is the quality of the streams, no need to worry here they are spot on. Certainly worth testing it out for a month to see for yourself.


It’s nice to see some free services out there that are offering decent sports streams. Vdubt25 is one of them, in my opinion their streams are better than those you would find on DigiTeleSports. They do offer a good selection of matches but sometimes do not show the full line up. As far as stream quality goes they tend to show a majority of their streams in 480, below standard definition. Sometimes you will come across a very good link, it’s all down to what is available at the time. So all in all a good free alternative and a good fall back option if you do have a paid account with someone else.

PRICE – Free
RECOMMENDED – Yes, like I said if you have a paid account with a different add-on and that add-on is down then this would be a good fall back on add-on in the downtime. Streams tend to be better than those found on DigiTeleSports but no where near as good as the ones you find on a paid sub based add-on like Sports Access or Real Sports Streams.


Another paid subscription based add-on yes, but as you probably know by now they are where the quality streams are. Sportsbook is no exception, offering all the Premier League matches, Champions League and Uefa Cup. Assuming that there is a match on there will be a link to it here. They have been around for a while now and from what we can see they have improved their range and of course the quality of the streams has improved significantly. With streams ranging from SD to HD, 480 to full 1080 in some cases it’s certainly an add-on that you should at least check out. Again, we tested this running on 4.2mbps and experience little to no buffering. So anything over that you’re going to be perfectly fine.

PRICE – £4.99/30 days or £8.99/60 days (there is also a £10 sign up fee for new accounts)
RECOMMENDED – Yes, we highly recommend this add-on for streaming your sports. It’s certainly worth testing out and seeing how you get on with it, always good to have options and this add-on should be in the mix of them.


Phoenix is a powerhouse add-on and has recently updated their offerings and now have a live streams section which includes sports. The add-on is of course free to use as is their sporting streams, which is great news! The quality of their streams is also something worth mentioning as their streams are actually quite good and as far as free streams go it’s certainly up there with the better ones.

PRICE – Free
RECOMMENDED – Most definitely. If you’re either looking for a fall back add-on or are not thinking about paying a subscription at all and would rather just use the free ones out there then the streams which are available in here are certainly worth bookmarking. It’s nice to see that huge add-ons such as Phoenix are adding live streams and not charging users to view them, all be it the streams are not as good as the paid services however this is expected. In our books, Phoenix sports streams is certainly a worthy contendor in your sports add-on collection.


AAA Streams is an absolute must in our opinion, not just for sports but for movies, TV shows and more. It’s pretty much got everything. As far as the sports streams go, they are bang on, and free! Quality of the streams varies, however you will find that most of the streams are decent to good and most certainly significantly better than other free streams which are on other add-ons offering free sports streams. Again as with all the add-ons mentioned in this post it has been tested running a wired 4.2mbps connection and the matches ran perfectly. The selection of football matches is great too, offering Premier League, Champions League, Uefa Cup and much more. So for a free add-on. the quality, the selection and the reliability you can’t really go wrong. The add-on has just had a nice facelift too which is good.

PRICE – Free
RECOMMENDED – Yes, it’s free. You would be silly not add this add-on, it’s not only great for sport but it has an incredible selection of live tv links from all over the world as well as movies, tv shows and much more.

So, as you can see there is a lot to chose from. What’s great is that more new add-ons are hitting XBMC / KODI all the time offering great services for streaming live sports. It’s certainly worth testing a few out for yourself. If you’re not sure about one, sign up for a day see how you get on and then decide. At the end of the day it’s your box, your choice. There are free add-ons out there that are offering sport streams. However from what we can see, NBC being an exception the paid subscriptions are far better than any of the free streaming add-ons, hence why you pay for the service. Your membership costs goes towards improving their servers and maintenance in order to provide you with the best possible streams.

We would love to know what your favourites are, have you tried any of the ones mentioned above?


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Best Live TV IPTV AddOns for Kodi XBMC 2015

I thought I would make a post to show all the live TV add-ons for people that visit the site. I have a lot of single posts which you can view but rather than making you trawl through my site to find the add-ons I thought it would be better to put them all on one page to make it easier for you.

I know the title says best addons for Kodi and I know that is subjective, but although they may not be the best to you, to some they will be. It is also not a comprehensive list, there are more, many more. This will be an ongoing list; when I find more I will add them so bookmark the page and come back at a later date.

STREAMLIVE – This is a paid add-on. It’s the best paid service you will get and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It has lots of live TV channels in HD as well as all the sports channels you could need.

BBC iPlayer – All the BBC channels live. This does require you to be in the UK or have a UK VPN.

BBTS – You may have used the IPTV list from BBTS in the past. He now has an add-on with various sports and international channels.

cCloudTV – This add-on has a huge list of channels from around the world. Definitely something you will be able to get a lot of favourites from to add to your favourite TV guide add-on

Channel PEAR – A new add-on for Kodi (June 2015) but looks very nice. Has some great streams and is something you should check out.

Chicago List – Lots of Spanish live TV channels

Daffys IPTV & VOD – A relatively new IPTV add-on but looks like a good one, definitely something worth trying.

DexterTV – At the time of writing this is the best IPTV/Live TV add-on available. A must have add-on

DIJ Entertainments – This add-on has definitely improved since I last tried it. It currently has very good SD links to Sky Sports & Sky Movies. It also has links to a variety of other content including: Fitness Videos, WWE Videos, CCTV Cameras, Movie Boxsets, TV Shows, Kids Movies, HD & SD UK TV and more. This really is a great little add-on to have in your collection.

Dutch Cloud TV – Whilst this add-on is geared towards Dutch users with lots of Dutch speaking content there are also links to other live TV channles from U.S., Italy and Spain. You might find a few surprises in there if you take some time to check all the channels.

F.T.V – Loads of channels for your viewing pleasure. Lot’s of UK channels which aren’t geo-targeted so you can watch them without a VPN.

.F.U.B.A.R. – This is a great add-on. Lots of choice in the IPTV section to watch lots of live channels (Svenska TV Kanaler)

FreeTuga – This add-on has a wealth of live channels from Spain and Portugal amongst others. Also offers live sports.

Halow Live – This is a great little add-on and the dev is always on top of things making sure the streams are working and adding new streams as he finds them. It has lots of sport as well as channels from many different countries.

IsraeLIVE – This add-on has lots of UK, US & Israeli TV channels as well as others from around the world.

iStream – A very popular add-on. Launch it and select the Live TV link and you can spend your day surfing through all the channels it has available. Lots of terrestrial & satellite channels available. Sport channels too.

ITV – All the ITV channels live. Requires UK VPN/Proxy

Lihat IPTV – A great add-on with lots of channels to choose from.

Navi-X – One of the oldest and most well known add-ons this has too much stuff to list. But rather than having a link in the add-on that goes directly to live TV you can search for the channel you are wanting to watch.

Operation Robocop – A nice IPTV add-on with a huge selection of channels to choose from

Phoenix – Woody is no longer on here but Staael updates his live channels all the time and always has a good stream if you like watching your football, One242415 has lots of international live streams and Crusader88 has more international channels than you can shake a stick at. Plus there’s loads of other stuff there too.

Renegades TV – This add-on allows you to use an EPG to which you can link preset add-ons. This is regularly updated and well worth looking at.

SportsDevil – Doesn’t need any introduction. It’s sports channels.

Stream Engine – An add-on with links to live Sports channels and other stuff too.

UK Turks Live Streams – An add-on with plenty of live UK Sports and TV channels.

UK TV Sports HD Playlist on Navi-X – This playlist has lots of good quality sports streams as well as other channels. Definitely worth cecking out.

VDubT25 – You must have seen a VDub tutorial on YouTube. If you have used Kodi for any length of time you will have heard the guy, he’s great, he gives out tutorials to help make it easier for you to get great add-ons. He has his own add-on and he updates this regularly. Well worth adding to your collection.

Zem TV – Lots of Pakistan and India live TV.

Check out my other Kodi posts; you’ll find plenty to improve your Kodi experience

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Complete Kodi Setup Guide From Scratch – For Newbies!

There are many ways to setup your new Kodi box or setup. You can easily use Configurator for Kodi by clicking web and video link above. Or here is a complete Kodi setup guide. This is intended for new and inexperienced Kodi users who might not know some of the tricks to get a fully functional Kodi setup with minimal effort!

So you have a brand new Kodi box that you unbox, plug in, and launch for the first time. Where now? How do you get all of the movies, TV shows, and live streams that you were promised? Follow this guide!

Never, EVER spend extra money from these so called Kodi “experts” who promise to get your premium add-ons and skins for a discounted price. Those people are doing exactly what I’m about to show you and cannot provide you any special Kodi setup that you can’t get yourself.

You also don’t need to buy any special Kodi box that advertises itself as “pre-loaded”. These boxes are out to make extra money by doing what I’m about to sure you. Buy a Kodi compatible box from Amazon today to guarantee the quality of what you are buying by clicking here.

Step 1: Meeting Dependencies

There is a python coding module called “common” for Kodi which contains all sorts of add-on routines to help Kodi developers. If you install any add-ons that use these routines, but don’t have the common module installed, you will get a “dependencies not met” error. So, before we begin, lets install the right common module:

  • Download the latest common module by clicking here and save it onto a USB sick or somewhere else your Kodi device can read from.
  • From the Kodi main menu, go to SYSTEM > Add-ons > Install From Zip.
  • Select the common module zip you saved above and wait for the add-on enabled notification. That’s it!

Step 2: The Community Portal or a Kodi Wizard

The second step you should do when you launch Kodi for the first time is install a Kodi wizard add-on that contains community builds inside of it. The most popular Community Build add-on is called The Community Portal. Think of Community Portal like an app store for your Kodi box. This will give you access to download and install any Kodi add-on ever. However, we will use Community Portal to access a special section inside of it called Community Builds.

Community Builds are pre-packaged builds for Kodi with all add-ons, settings, skins, and customization already completed for you by someone else! This means that you don’t have to spend days researching and finding the best add-ons yourself, because someone else has already done the work for you. And while Community Portal is one of the most popular Kodi wizards available, there are tons of others if you Google “Best Kodi Wizard”. Kodi Tips has featured the SilenceROM build, which is in The Community Portal, but we’ve also featured the SpinzTV build, which is in its own repo. We’ve linked to our guide for SilenceROM and SpinzTV so that you can read up on each before you decide which one is right for you.

To install The Community Portal:

  1. From the Kodi main menu, navigate to System > File Manager > Add Source > <None>
  2. Enter the address “”.
  3. Enter in a name for the source like “community portal”.
  4. Press OK to exit out of that screen and head back to the main menu.
  5. Navigate to System > Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip.
  6. For Total Installer, click on your “community portal” host > “”.
  7. And that’s it! The Community Portal can be found by going into your Kodi Program add-ons.

To install the spinzTV Repo:

  • From the Kodi main menu, go to SYSTEM > File Manager > Add Source > <None> and enter “”. Click the box below and give it a name such as “SpinzTV”. Click OK.
  • From the Kodi main menu, go to SYSTEM > Add-ons > Install From Zip > SpinzTV > > Wait for the add-on enabled notification.
  • Install From Repository > SpinzTV Repository > Program Add-ons > SpinzTV Wizard > Wait for the add-on enabled notification.
  • The SpinzTV wizard can now be found under your Program Add-ons and the “Spinz TV Wizard”

Step 3: Register on the NoobsAndNerds Forums

NOTE: This step is only necessary if you’ve installed The Community Portal above. If you installed the SpinzTV wizard or another one, you do not have to do Step 3 or Step 4.

Now that you have The Community Portal installed, you have to register for a free account on the NoobsAndNerds forums. Why? NoobsandNerds is the host for Community Portal and Community Builds and in return for access to Community Builds, they ask that you register for a free account on their forums. This way, if you have any special requests or support questions for the Community Build developers, you will know how to get there.

To register at NoobsandNerds:

  1. From your computer/phone/table, navigate to
  2. Click on “Forum/Support” to go to the forums.
  3. On the navigation bar, click on “Register” and follow through the prompts to create a new user account on the forums.
  4. After you have created an account, check the email you registered with and confirm your new account.

Step 4: Sync your NoobsAndNerds account to The Community Portal

Now that you have an account setup, you need to sync up with Community Portal on your Kodi box so that the add-on knows to give you access to the Community Builds section.

  1. From your Kodi Main Menu, navigate to Program > Add-ons
  2. Hover over top of The Community Portal and press the context menu, then select “add-on settings”
  3. In the first “Login” tab, enter in the username and password you used to register on the forums.
  4. In the “Community Builds” tab, choose a backup storage location and check the button below it to make sure that Kodi can write to that folder. If your Kodi box has a removable SD card or USB Stick, you should be able to point to a directory on those away from your hard drive storage to make sure that you aren’t touching any Kodi system files.

Step 4: Install A Community Build

Community Build Install With The Community Portal:

With your Community Portal now setup, launch it from the Program add-ons menu. If there is an update, Community Portal will automatically update itself when you launch it.

If you’ve entered your NoobsandNerds forums credentials properly, the add-on should say “Welcome *user*” when you go into it. If it doesn’t, try re-entering your username and password in the settings above.

If all goes well, follow these instructions:

  1. Head into the Community Builds Section
  2. You can now browser through a bunch of great builds. You can also sort by things like “Most Popular” and “Recently Added”. Here are some Community Builds compatible with Kodi 15 Isenguard. Kodi Tips recommendsSilenceROM as one of our favorite community builds because of how polished it is and how often it is updated. It can be found by sorting by “Most Popular”.
  3. When you select the Community Build you’d like, you have four options for installing. Since this guide is for new Kodi setup users, choose the fresh install option. If you want to keep your Movie/TV add-ons or profile settings, you can pick the option that makes the most sense for you:
    • Fresh Install: This will wipe all existing settings before installing the build.
    • Install build but keep your current Library & Profiles
    • Install build and keep your current Library
    • Install build but keep your current profiles.
  4. When you choose your install, Kodi will prompt you whether or not you want to create a backup of your current setup. Once again, if you have a fresh install you can choose no. If you have a setup already, you may want to backup in case something goes wrong.
  5. At this point, Community Builds will install.
  6. Once the build is installed, a “guisettings” fix will be applied, which applies extra skin settings. With the latest version of Total Installer, this will happen automatically. If it doesn’t, the option to apply “guisettings” should be right underneath the four installation options listed above.
  7. Kodi will force a shutdown after it has finished applying the guisettings. Some Android boxes do not allow Kodi to force close itself so if this fails for you, simply unplug the power from the back of your Android box for 10 seconds and then plug it in and re-launch your Kodi setup.

Community Built Install with the SpinzTV Wizard:

  1. Under your Program Add-ons, launch the Spinz TV Wizard you installed above, and click on Premium lite.
  2. The SpinzTV build will now download and install itself! At the end of it, you will be asked to force close Kodi and the next time you launch it, the SpinzTV build will take over and launch!
  3. Note: After you load each iVue and FTV guide for the first time, go into the settings of each one and set the guide file back to 24 hours. By default, this build won’t ever download a new guide file just in case you don’t use the live TV aspects of the build.

When Kodi restarts, your community build should have been applied and it will launch into a custom skin full of add-ons and a fully functional Kodi setup!

Do some exploring, check out your menus, adjust skin settings, play around, test things out. Your Kodi setup is now complete!

Optional Kodi Tips & Tricks

There are some further tips and tricks that Kodi Tips recommends you do after your community build is installed if this is your first time using the software. All of these steps are completely optional and are dependent on your preferences.

Kodi Zoomed In Screen Fix

Does your Kodi screen look a little zoomed in, cutting off some text and menus? This is a common problem depending on your Kodi setup and is very easy to fix!

  1. From the main menu, navigate to SYSTEM > Settings > Appearance
  2. Click on your “Settings Level” until it is set to either the Advanced or Expert level.
  3. Under the “Skin” section, scroll down until you see the “Zoom” field and set this to your liking. Generally, -4% works well.

Add To Library

One of the first things you should learn how to do is how to add your favorite Movies and TV Shows to your library. Depending on what Community Build you installed, it will have main categories like “Movies” and “TV Shows” and then sub-categories under each that link you to Kodi add-ons such as Genesis, SALTs, Primewire, or 1channel. If you click on the main “Movies” or “TV Shows”, this will take you into your library for those media types. From within each add-on, you can add shows to your library and then find them here quickly in the future.

Simply highlight a TV Show or Movie in an add-on like Genesis, bring up the context menu, and click “Add to Favourites”.

If for some reason this doesn’t work, it’s because your Genesis (or whatever add-on you are using) Library isn’t synced to integrate with your Kodi library. The fix for that is easy! Here are the instructions for Genesis, however all video add-ons will work roughly the same way.

  1. Launch Genesis, then select Tools > “GENESIS : Library”
  2. Highlight (do not click) on “GENESIS : TV Folder”, bring up the context menu, and select “Set Content”.
  3. Select “this directory contains” and keep selecting this until it says “This directory contains TV shows”. Click “OK” and then “Yes”.
  4. Once the scan is complete, back in the “GENESIS : Library” screen, highlight “GENESIS : Movie Folder”, bring up the context menu, and select “Set Content”.
  5. Change “This directory contains” until it reads “This directory contains Movies”. Click “OK” and then “Yes”.


LazyTV is a great program add-on that makes watching TV shows on Kodi way easier. Two of the main features of Lazy TV are:

  • Automatically get prompted to watch the next TV episode after watching in an add-on like Genesis or SALTs so that you don’t have to manually select the next episode.
  • Set certain shows in your library to “randomize” so that you can lazily watch a random episode of a TV show without manually having to choose. I set certain sitcoms like Friends or Seinfeld in this mode where the storyline of the show is not that important.

To install LazyTV, follow our instructions guide here.

TV Show – Next Aired

The Next Aired program add-on for Kodi presents all of the shows saved to your library in a TV Guide table format so that you can see what days new episodes air! This is great for keeping up to date with new shows. If you’ve cut the cord on your TV service provider in favor of Kodi, the Next Aired is a great way to keep tabs on your shows and any new episodes.

To install the Next Aired add-on, follow our instruction guide here.




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What is Kodi? Is Kodi Legal?


What is Kodi?

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is increasing in popularity. The free, elegant, well-regarded media center platform is steadily gaining users and industry cache. But many wonder about the legal issues surrounding the software and, in particular, some popular Kodi add-ons. 


When Kodi first debuted as XBMC, which stands for Xbox Media Center, it found its audience among gamers. Xbox users were looking for a way to use their systems to not only play video games, but also to watch TV and stream other media.

Kodi filled that role. It did it so well that the platform soon expanded. Today, anyone candownload Kodi—for free—for use on a variety of operating systems and devices to better organize and enjoy one’s media collection.

Kodi also works with TVs and remote controls to play all kinds of content—movies, TV shows, pictures, music—on a TV screen. It is a popular choice over Windows Media Center for Home Theater PCs. The platform can be personalized and customized in a wide variety of ways

There are thousands of Kodi add-ons and plug-ins available to further enhance its function. That includes accessing media streaming services like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and much, much more.

In 2014, Kodi (then still XBMC) was awarded “Best Media Player” by Lifehacker. It’s popularity has risen steadily since then.

Kodi is not only free, but also open-source. Developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit consortium, the platform is meant to be available to anyone to use and enjoy. But the fact that it’s open source has opened the door for some questionable uses.

Is Kodi legal? As users rise, so do questions

One of the most compelling features of Kodi is that it can fill the role of a media streaming device. Users can stream TV shows and movies onto a TV using Kodi—which is perfectly fine provided one has a subscription if the service is paid (like Netflix or access to cable channels).

The problem is that the open-source development platform means anyone with the know-how can create add-ons and plugins for Kodi. There are some very popular ones that run toward the gray area of legality.

Specifically, these are the extensions that enable users to watch copyrighted content without the required subscriptions. A simple YouTube or web search will reveal just how much interest there is in this, and how many add-ons are available.

But that doesn’t make Kodi illegal. As the argument goes, Kodi is no more illegal than a computer. It could be used in illegal ways. But the technology itself doesn’t violate any laws.

That’s true to an extent. One major exception could turn out to be versions of Kodi that contain—without a commercial license—certain software snippets that can unscramble the Content Scramble System with which many DVDs are encrypted. That does put Kodi at risk of violating the U.S.’S Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But so far no one has stepped up to take any legal action.

Whether the developers who create the questionable add-ons, or the people who use them, are in violation of any laws is another big question. Copyright holders would certainly say yes. But it can be difficult to pinpoint the precise offense per today’s laws. Plus, simply locating violators can be a headache, as most developers use anonymous screen names.

Kodi does take care to discourage users from installing suspect add-ons. It provides a list of blacklisted add-ons on its website.

For anyone who wants to use Kodi in the standard, sanctioned ways, there are no legal concerns to worry about. There’s just an amazingly versatile, user-friendly, free platform to enjoy.

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KODI on Amazon Fire Stick/Fire TV Complete setup


Amazon released its Fire TV, a tiny set-top box which brings media streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video to your living room. While Amazon offers its own app store, you’re also able to sideload any Android app APK you want. This leads to an endless amount of new apps for the Fire TV, including Kodi (formerly known as XBMC). For only  100 bucks for a Fire TV or as little as 39 USD for a Fire TV Stick, you’re able to bring a powerful media system to your living room which is capable of streaming 1080p videos using Kodi / XBMC. This guide will explain you how to setup your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to become a great media system.

Since the initial launch of this post in April 2015, we’ve adapted the content to Fire TV and Kodi updates. The latest version of this guide includes an overview of the new Kodi 15.0 Isengard features and how to update from Kodi 14.2 without losing settings.

Requirements for running Kodi (XBMC) on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Getting Kodi installed on your Fire TV (Stick) is quite easy. You’ll only need the following things:

  • ADB drivers (Mac – Windows)
  • Fire TV (Stick) with developer options enabled
  • Latest Kodi APK (ARM version – currently version 15.1)

How to install Kodi (XBMC) on a Fire TV

While you can also use this simple toolkit, this guide will show you how to install Kodi manually. In these first few steps we’ll make sure that your Fire TV is prepared and you’ve downloaded and installed all necessary files.

  • Install the ADB drivers for your operating system linked above
  • Navigate to your Fire TV Settings.
  • Go to System —> Developer Options
  • Enable ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources
  • Go to System —> About —> Network and write down the Fire TV IP Address
  • Download the latest Kodi version (ARM Android release)

Alright. Next we’ll actually go ahead and install Kodi.

  • Open your terminal (Mac) or command prompt (Windows)
  • Navigate to the directory where you stored the Kodi APK
  • Run these commands
adb kill-server

adb start-server

adb connect Fire-TV-IP-Address-here
  • The window should return something along “connected to Fire-TV-IP-Address-here”
  • Next, run the following command
adb install Kodi-apk-file-name
  • The installation is done when the window returns success

You’ve now installed Kodi on your Fire TV – Easy right? But the story doesn’t end here. Unfortunately the Fire TV has some issues with streaming 1080p content out of the box. Your side-loaded Kodi installation also does not have a shortcut on the Fire TV home screen – but we’ll also take care of that.

How to update to Kodi 15.1 without losing Settings

Installing Kodi 15.1 Isengard on your Fire TV is quite easy and can be done in a few minutes. Since it’s a new version and not a small update, you can simply flash the APK file. After the first launch, Kodi will import all settings from your previous installation. After the successful transfer and initial launch, you can simply go ahead and delete to old version from your Fire TV. Here are the single steps you have to take to achieve this:

  • Download the latest Kodi APK (Android ARM, version 15.1 as of September 2015)
  • Open your terminal (Mac) or command prompt (Windows)
  • Navigate to the directory where you stored the Kodi APK
  • Run these commands
adb kill-server

adb start-server

adb connect Fire-TV-IP-Address-here
  • The window should return something along “connected to Fire-TV-IP-Address-here”
  • Next, run the following command
adb install -r Kodi-apk-file-name
  • The installation is done when the window returns success
  • Launch Kodi 15.1. The app will now import settings from 14.2
  • Optional: Delete Kodi 14.2 from your Fire TV

That’s it. Enjoy the latest version of Kodi!

How to make your Fire TV run 1080p MKVs without buffering issues

My Fire TV is connected via WiFi to my NAS – in theory enough speed to stream large media files. However, I usually ran into buffering issues every 5 to 10 minutes. The solution to this problem is pushing a proper advancedsettings.xml file to my Fire TV as well as switching from a wired LAN connection to a wireless one. There are three different versions out there which I will share with you here:

Advanced Settings Version 1
Advanced Settings Version 2
Advanced Settings Version 3
Advanced Settings Version 4 (recommended, best working version for me)

I would personally suggest trying them step by step and stick with the one that works best. For me it’s version 4. While usually a wired connection should work better, in my case the WiFi option resulted in a stable connection to stream local media. To push this file to your Fire TV, you have to do the following

    • Download the advancedsettings.xml to your computer
    • Remove the number (1, 2, 3 or 4) from the file name
    • Open your terminal (Mac) or command prompt (Windows)
    • Navigate to the directory where you stored the advancedsettings.xml
    • Run these commands
adb kill-server

adb start-server

adb connect Fire-TV-IP-Address
    • The window should return something along “connected to Fire-TV-IP-Address”
    • Next, run the following command
adb push advancedsettings.xml /sdcard/android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata
  • Once completed, the window will return something like this:
13 KB/s (201 bytes in 0.015s)
  • Restart Kodi and test if everything works fine. That’s it!

How to create a Kodi (XBMC) shortcut on your Fire TV home screen

After side-loading Kodi to your Fire TV (Stick) you won’t have a shortcut on your home screen. After installing the APK you can only access the media center using the settings menu. However, there is also a workaround for that.

    • When you’re in the US, install Classic TV from the Amazon App Store. In Europe you can install the ikono TV app.
    • Sideload Llama to your Fire TV. This can be done using as follows:
    • Open your terminal (Mac) or command prompt (Windows)
    • Navigate to the directory where you stored the Kodi APK
    • Run these commands
adb kill-server

adb start-server

adb connect Fire-TV-IP-Address
    • The window should return something along “connected to Fire-TV-IP-Address”
    • Next, run the following command
adb install llama-apk-file-name
  • The installation is done when the window returns success
  • Next, open Llama (Settings —> Applications —> Llama)
    • Go to EVENTS and click the “+” in order to add a new event
    • Click to ADD CONDITION, select Active Application and Choose App. Select the TV app installed earlier
    • Next, navigate to ADD ACTION and choose Run Application. Select Kodi.
    • You’re done. From now on, whenever you launch the TV app on your home screen Kodi will load.

    This should be it for the initial Kodi (XBMC) setup. You’re now able to add media content to your library using a variety of connections such as Network Filesystem (NFS), UPnP or Windows Network (SMB). I wouldn’t recommend to use UPnP as this will restrict Kodi from adding meta content.

    How to add media content to your Kodi library

    Kodi allows to add different media such as tv shows, movies or music to your library. Out of the box, Kodi supports a variety of media sources including network storage / file sharing or internet streams. The most popular network storage solutions are NFS (Network File System), SMB (also known as Windows File Sharing) and UPnP (Universal Plug and Play). It does not matter if you media files are served from a dedicated NAS or a computer in a network, I would recommend using NFS over SMB and UPnP. NFS offers a lower protocol overhead and simpler user authentication. So what does that mean? Higher transfer speeds (=less lag / stutter when streaming video) plus less work for your network, i.e. you’re not killing all network transfers. Additionally, adding media trough UPnP prevents Kodi / XBMC from adding meta data like IMDB rating, cover picture or plot.

    Add Video Source in Kodi / XBMC

    So how do you actually add media to your library? By default, every root directory should have anAdd Sources option. Additionally, opening the context media (menu button) in the root directory will offer the option to add sources from there. Just follow the menu and add your media source. Again, I can only emphasis to use NFS over SMB and avoid UPnP.

    Set media content in Kodi

    Next, Kodi will ask you which type of content source you just added. Go ahead and set the appropriate one, choose a scraper (source from which meta information like cover, plot, IMDB rating, etc. will be loaded) and hit OK – Kodi will do the rest for you. Unfortunately, Kodi / XBMC sometimes has issues with getting the correct data. This can be avoided using proper file names according to the official guidelines. More information about adding media content to Kodi can be found here.

    How to automatically rename movies and TV shows for Kodi / XBMC

    If you’re having issues with Kodi / XBMC not properly crawling meta data for movies or TV shows in your media library, the reason for this might be your file name structure. For movies, it is suggested to only use the full movie title including the year of release in brackets (e.g. The Interview (2014)). In case of TV shows you should have them all in separate folders, using the following structure: Name – SeasonxEpisode – Title (e.g. Family Guy – 4×03 – Blind Ambition). However, doing this one by one can get quite annoying with an extensive movie and TV show database. The solution for this is a small app called FileBot which offers native apps for the most popular platforms, including Mac OS, Windows or Linux.

    Automatically rename files for Kodi & XBMC with FileBot

    Simply add your media directory using the load button, hit match and select a scraper from the list and confirm with rename once FileBot is done. It’s simple like that. All files will be renamed properly and after refreshing your Kodi media library all meta data should be downloaded properly.

    How to automatically update your media library

    Now that we’ve properly added media to your library, there is one little thing that we need to take care of: Automatically updating Kodi’s media library when you add new content to your hard drive or network storage. Luckily, there are two add-ons which take care of this. Watchdog will constantly check your media source for new files and automatically update the Kodi / XBMC library when new content is available. If you want to scan your media source for new content on a specific day or time, XBMC Library Auto Update has you covered.

How to install skins or themes

Installing skins / themes on your Fire TV is pretty easy. Kodi offers the possibility to download and install skins from within the settings menu, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the System —> Settings menu
  2. Navigate to the Appearance tab
  3. Select the name of the skin and press the enter button
  4. You’ll now see a list of all installed skins, to download additional ones click the Get More… button
  5. Kodi will now show a list of available skins. Just select the one that you want to install, press the install button and Kodi will take care of the rest.


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