You probably heard your friends or relatives talking about it, but what is Kodi XBMC exactly? Kodi is a free open-source software designed primarily to act as a home media center. It allows its users to stream movies, TV shows and channels, in Australia or abroad, on any device running Android, BSD, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows as an operating system. It’s very popular among sports fans who prefer to stream live sporting events through their mobile streaming devices.
What Does Kodi Do?
You can use Kodi in two main ways. The first method basically allows you to stream local media files you have stored on local drives. The second method involves watching online content. Movies, TV shows, and even live streams are all available on Kodi. Although you do need to install additional addons in order to watch Kodi streams online. More on how to do that later.
Kodi’s List of Compatible Devices
Kodi has been made to integrate well with a long list of devices. If your device is not on this list, head over to Kodi’s official download page and search through the list over there to find a link with a version that will work on yours. Here’s a general list of compatible devices.
Mac OS X
Android TV Box, Smartphones and Tablets
Razor Forge TV
Amazon Fire TV
Google Nexus Player
How to Stream Local Videos Through Kodi?
Kodi allows you to watch content from your local hardware; It could be your hard disk or even a Flash USB drive. Here’s the full procedure.
Launch the Kodi app.
Click on ‘Video’, then ‘Files’.
Using Kodi’s browser, search for the video, show or movie you want to play and click on it.
Alternatively, you can gather all the files you want to play into one folder and name it ‘Source’.
Having done so, click on ‘Add Files’, select the folder and save it as Source.
How to Watch Live Channels via Kodi Official Add-Ons
To stream live broadcasts, movies or shows from the Internet, you’ll need to install Kodi addons. Here’s how you can do that.
Select ‘Video Addons’.
Choose ‘Get more’.
You’ll get to see a list of extensions that you can set up on your Kodi. The following are some of the best Kodi addons you can install.
NFL Game Pass
NBC Sports Live Extra
Select the channel you’d like to add on your Kodi and select ‘Install’.
Due to geographic restrictions, you might not be able to watch live videos via some of these Kodi addons. To bypass these regional restrictions, you have to use VPN.
Using Kodi to Watch Free Movies and TV Shows
There are some unofficial Kodi addons that you’d have to install manually; such as Exodus, Velocity and Salts. These addons give you access to a huge library of the latest Hollywood blockbusters and American TV shows. Follow these steps to install the best Kodi extensions.
First, head over to System -> File Manager.
Click ‘Add Source’.
Select ‘None’ and the enter: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag
Scroll to the empty bar and enter: fusion
From the home screen, go to ‘System’ -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Add-ons’
Select ‘Install from zip file’.
Choose ‘fusion’ -> ‘Start-Here’.
Click on ‘plugin.program.addoninstaller-1.2.9.zip’ to install it.
Now, from the home screen, go to ‘Programs’ -> ‘Program add-ons’.
Click ‘Addon Installer’ and wait for it to load.
Then, select ‘Featured Addons’.
Select Exodus and install it.
From the Kodi home screen, choose ‘Videos’ -> ‘Addons’ -> Exodus.
Choose the category, movie, TV shows you want to watch and stream away.
You can also install other popular Kodi extensions. Check the list below for the top 20 Kodi addons.
Use VPN to Watch Kodi Streams Anonymously
As previously mentioned, Kodi is an open source software and this sometimes acts as an opportunity that spammers and hackers might use to track down your IP Address and steal your personal information. Your ISP also uses that address to spy on your online activity and keep logs on what sites and channels you visit.
When you use VPN, your IP address gets hidden and your Internet traffic gets encrypted.
No one will also be able to detect what you’re watching on Kodi especially when you’re using unofficial addons like Exodus, or torrent Kodi addons like Pulsar and Qualsar.
If you plan to access geo-restricted channels in Australia, you’ll have to sign up with a VPN provider to have them unblocked. I personally use IPVanish as it works exceptionally well with Kodi. You could decide to test out a few other VPN providers before you settle on one. If that is indeed the case, I have you covered. Below is a list of providers that I think are closer to IPVanish in terms of Kodi compatibility.
What is Kodi – The Wrap Up
Once you try it out, you’ll discover that Kodi is the best streaming apps available out there. It has the ability to turn most devices into entertainment hubs. Streaming free movies, TV shows and live broadcasts gets better as soon as you have it working for you. You’ll need to get VPN though if you wish to maintain your online privacy. If there are any aspects our What is Kodi guide’ has not covered, simply post a comment below.
*Disclaimer: This article is only intended for educational purposes. We do not in any way condone, promote or encourage, any criminal or illegal activity. Your actions are your responsibility. Please check your local laws regarding torrents and pirated streaming.