The open-source media center software lets you access a wide range of video content on almost any device, but is it for you? Kodi has slowly but surely made an impression on anyone who wants to share content around the home.
Now, that one-sentence definition doesn’t do justice for this incredible piece of software and that is the reason for this article that will teach you everything that you need to know about Kodi. Think of Kodi as the frame of an unfinished house. This is your base, and foundation for where all of your essential items will be stored.
Its task is to host applications and components that will be used for your viewing enjoyment. You will be able to watch live TV, sports, movies, TV shows, and so much more – all FOR FREE using the Kodi application.
Kodi has come a long way since thanks to the thousands of add-ons, skins, builds, and wizards available for this software.
There have been numerous versions of Kodi since the beginning with updates and more.
As this writing, the most stable version is Kodi 18.6. You can know more about the updates, improvements and download links for this version by clicking
here. How Can I Use Kodi?
Kodi is currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS.
What does this mean? Since most computers come equipped with Windows, Mac, or Linux, it means that we can install Kodi onto our personal computers or laptops.
Due to Kodi’s support of both Android and iOS, it also means that we can install Kodi onto most mobile devices such as phones and tablets. It also works well with compatible smart TVs and media streaming devices.
Now, there are also many television streaming boxes that use Android as its base operating system. An example of this is the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
Both of these devices run a modified version of the Android operating system. Amazon built the Fire TV operating system off the Android OS which means we can install Kodi onto this device.
One of the main reasons why the Amazon
Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are so popular is due to the fact that they are powerful and inexpensive devices that can run the Kodi Media Center.
Due to the popularity of Roku, I commonly get the question, “How do I install Kodi on Roku?” Unfortunately, there is no way of installing Kodi onto a Roku device. Again, your best bet is to use the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
Often times, users purchase the Firestick in hopes of “jailbreaking” their device for streaming capabilities. While this term is often used, it is not what is actually occurring to the device. Instead, 3rd party applications are installed onto the Firestick for unlimited streaming possibilities.
Can Kodi replace cable?
Absolutely! By setting up live TV features on your Kodi using a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) backend, you can have the same benefits of your live TV.
You can also optimize your viewing experience with the support of add-ons such as Pluto TV, which offers 1,115 channels (as of this writing) from poker tour to car races and science documentaries to Gordon Ramsay’s shows.
There’s definitely something for every member of the family. And best of all, a subscription is free.
I recommend checking out our popular IPTV Guide below for more information on Live TV streaming.
What is a Kodi box?
Recently, many people have been purchasing so-called “Kodi boxes” on the web. Kodi boxes are nothing more than a generic streaming system with the Kodi application already pre-loaded onto it.
Many of these Kodi boxes come “fully loaded” which means they have the application as well as many popular add-ons already installed.
This is an option if you would like but many times the addons will not be up to par or to your liking.
That is why it is suggested to purchase a “basic” streaming device like a Fire TV box or Fire TV Stick.
Once you have the digital media player of your choice, you can customize it by downloading Kodi and all add-ons you may desire.
As of this article, there are also hundreds of various Android TV Boxes on the market today and one of their main purposes is to effectively run Kodi Media Center.
My personal favorite Android TV Box and one I would recommend to anyone is the
Nexbox A95X. Or, if you’re looking for something more powerful, the NVIDIA SHIELD is also a great option.
One of the coolest features of Kodi is its ability to stream online video from a variety of sources through various add-ons.