The best Kodi addons for movies, sports, music and video
Kodi is a totally free open-source software designed for the purpose of home entertainment.
Its open-source and lightweight nature make it great for a range of devices, from Amazon Fire Sticks to Android TVs. Although it was originally introduced to the world as the Microsoft Xbox Media Centre (XBMC), the software has eventually evolved and spawned a community of its own.
The way people enjoy Kodi is by installing addons for a variety of entertainment uses.
What is a Kodi addon?
To make the most of Kodi you can install addons or extensions, of which there are loads to choose from.
Addons are basically bits of code that can modify Kodi, however in recent months many of them have been going offline. To check if your favourite Kodi addon is still supported, your best source is to check the official Kodi website, where it keeps a directory of all available and legal Kodi addons.
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Don’t waste your time fiddling about with time-wasting and potentially-illegal apps. Below you’ll find the best addons that still work (at the time of writing).
Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed and accessing such content could be illegal. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
Best Kodi addons that work (updated for November)
Best Kodi addons: Video
As you’d expect, the largest video service in the world also has an addon for Kodi. Featuring more than one billion users – almost a third of the people on the internet – YouTube is still the number-one destination for mindless videos, insightful documentaries and everything in between. A must-have.
Twitch launched in 2011 and is a so-called social video platform and community. Aimed at gamers, Twitch (which was recently acquired by Amazon for $970 million) lets video gamers stream their gameplay, and watch other peoples’. Around ten million people use the service and this Kodi addon lets you get involved through your TV or other devices beyond your computer.
The addon comes with playlists and collections.
Best Kodi addons: Audio
If, like me, you’ve got your best speakers hooked up to your TV, then sometimes you’re going to want to use the system to listen to just audio. If you do, then the Apple iTunes Podcast Kodi addon is perfect for you. It’s totally unofficial, but as podcasts are free-to-air, it’s all kosher.
Installing the addon couldn’t be simpler. Go to Videos | Addons | Get More… and scroll down until you see Apple iTunes Podcasts. Then click Install.
Tip: The £39.99 ($49.99) Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the best Kodi streaming devices. It’s wireless, cheap and delivers a solid stream – here’s our tutorial for how to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
SoundCloud is essentially the YouTube of music creators. It’s an audio distribution platform that lets budding artists upload, host and share their work with ease. The Kodi addon lets you do so from your living room, so you can browse music from your friends or strangers and play them with all the power your TV or Kodi box affords.
Best Kodi addons: Movies
FilmRise is a film and television distribution company which boasts over 15,000 titles in an expansive range of genres. Its content is high-quality and award-winning, including the likes of HBO’s Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief in addition to titles such as The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloë Moretz and American Honey‘s Sasha Lane. With partnerships including the titanic likes of Amazon, Roku, iTunes, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, CNN and many, many more, FilmRise is certainly one to keep your eye on.
6. BFI Player
The BFI player lets you view all the films available on the BFI’s online film service, including documentaries and older classics from around the world. The player has UK and international films, documentaries and films, and archival footage as well as traditional films. It’s not an addon created by or affiliated with the BFI itself, but it’s legal to use as the BFI Player is free to view.
Best Kodi addons: Sports
7. Eurosport Player
The Eurosport Network airs a wide range of different sports and events, and their official Kodi addon lets you watch these from any Kodi device. It does come with a subscription fee, but paying this gives you complete freedom to watch live games or old matches, including some games that aren’t aired anywhere else.
8. Sports Illustrated
While Eurosport Player is a great way to watch matches, the Sports Illustrated Kodi addon is the best way to keep up-to-date with sports news. It provides news, interviews and commentaries on many different sports, incuding golf and tennis, with an average of 150 stories published each week. Unlike Eurosport it’s free, so you don’t need to shell out to keep on the ball.
How to install Kodi addons
It’s simple to install the majority of addons to Kodi using the repository.
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Go to Settings | Addons | Install From Repository (in version 15 and 16 of the software) or Get Addons (v14) and open the Kodi addon repository. Addons in here are separated by type. Browse through the addons and select your favourites.
Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed and accessing such content could be illegal. It is the user’s responsibility to comply with all applicable laws in their country in regard to use. Dennis Publishing Ltd excludes all liability for such content. We do not condone and are not responsible for the infringement of any intellectual property or other third party rights and shall not be liable to any party as a result of any such content made available. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.