Best Kodi Add-Ons 2017 — The Always-Up-To-Date ListBy Steph Myers / January 3, 2017 / Tags: Kodi
Here’s a run-down of the best TV add-ons for Kodi, and where to find them, so you can stream TV shows, live sports, movies, live TV, and a whole lot more.
Kodi add-ons are easy to come by, but not so easy to vet. Since Kodi is an open-source platform, developers of all kinds can create add-ons. This can either be a great feature or a real drawback.
What’s always great about Kodi (formerly XBMC) is that it’s free, and a very powerful and versatile streaming system once you learn how to harness it. A big part of making the most of Kodi is choosing the right add-ons to install.
Note that many of the most popular add-ons and content sources on Kodi are blocked based on the country you’re in. Sources like HBO, Netflix, BBC, ITV, ESPN, Sky Sports, and a lot more are geo-restricted. See how to unblock Kodi so you can watch content on every source and add-on.
If you’re wondering whether Kodi and its add-ons are legal, the short answer is ‘it depends.’ See the longer answer in our article “Is Kodi legal?”
Some of the add-ons below fall in the legally sketchy category. The quick litmus test is that if you know the copyright holder of the content you’re watching charges for access, and you’re getting it free on Kodi, then you’re in iffy territory. (More about Kodi’s security issues.)
Internet Service Providers have taken to sending alarming letters to customers who look like they’re engaged in sketchy streaming activities. (ISP tracking is common all around these days, though can be prevented by hiding your IP address, which all of the good VPNs do.)
So it is highly recommended you use Kodi with a VPN. A VPN will keep your identity private, secure your connection against hackers and spies, and unblock new content sources on Kodi add-ons. (I personally use NordVPN, which works great. It’s a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice two years running, and has a 30-day money-back guarantee. Through Feb. 28 you can get their winter deal: $3.29/mo for two years.) Just follow these simple steps to stay secure on Kodi — plus unblock all Kodi add-ons in only about 5 minutes.
Best VPNs for Kodi — Unblock content, stay safe and private
Best Kodi Add-ons To Stream TV, Movies, & Sports
With that, here are the best Kodi add-ons for watching TV, movies, sports and more. Note that first you’ll want to get the Fusion Add-on Installer if you don’t have it already. (To see how to install Fusion, and for more general help getting started, see our how to use Kodi guide.)
Exodus — Probably the best add-on for TV shows and movies. Exodus searches multiple sources to deliver the best streams. Especially if you’re new to Kodi, start here. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
1Channel Primewire — Combined with Exodus, you might not need any other add-ons. 1Channel is a great source for new TV shows and movies. It’s constantly updated and makes it easy to browse available content. If 1Channel Primewire is blocked where you are, you can unblock it and all Kodi TV add-ons. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Phoenix — Phoenix has a massive selection of high-quality content, including live TV, sports, TV shows, and movies. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Specto — Another great add-on for TV and movies. If Exodus or 1Channel don’t have what you want, try Specto. Find it here
PlayOn — An add-on that plays by the rules to give access to paid-for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. You can use it to record content and stream it on multiple devices. Where to find it: Default Kodi repository
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SportsDevil — For sports fans, this add-on will quickly become one you can’t live without. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Castaway — One of the best add-ons for streaming live sports. It is also the most versatile sports add-on we’ve found. Castaway works with the most well-known sports streaming sites available. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Salts — Another fantastic add-on for watching movies and TV with Kodi. Salts (Stream All The Sources) has high-quality playback and the most sources available for your viewing options. Salts is guaranteed to give you highly reliable content sources, since it’s a multi-scraper add-on. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Evolve — Has it all: sports, gaming, movies, how-to guides, audio books, and the list goes on. You’ll want to add this to your collection immediately. Where to find it: Goliaths repository
USTV Now — Watch live US TV on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, and more. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Sports Mix — Watch live sports from the US, UK, elsewhere in Europe, and India. A very simple add-on with no clutter. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Ice Films — Access over 70,000 movies, plus concerts and stand-up comedy. Where to find it: Eldorado’s XBMC Addons repository
UK Turks Playlist — UK Turks has a very well-curated collection of links for TV shows, movies, sports, concerts, live TV, and more. There’s also a big collection of odd-ball stuff, like movies from the early 1900s and CCTV cameras from around the world. Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
Navi-X — Not the most organized presentation, but a cool add-on that lets users create playlists of shows, movies, music, etc. and share with others. You can also stream other people’s playlists (many of which err on the illegal side, especially the popular ones). Where to find it: Fusion Add-on Installer
iPlayer WWW — A great way to stream content from the BBC. This can be anything from Top Gear to Match of the Day. It’s a must if you like BBC shows. If you’re not in the UK, though, you will need to unblock this add-on. Where to find it: Default Kodi repository
Bob — Watch TV, movies, sports, stuff for the kids, content for women, and more. Where to find it: Noobs and Nerds repository
Channel PEAR — Watch content from around the world with cloud-based live streams. This add-on is maintained by its own community of users. Where to find it: SuperRepo repository
⊕ SEE: Best VPNs For Kodi, 2017
Use Kodi securely, and install add-ons with discretion. The legality of some of these add-ons is definitely questionable. But Kodi is truly a remarkable platform and will let you enjoy thousands of hours of great, free entertainment.
Some other great Kodi add-ons for music are TuneIn Radio and SHOUTcast 2. Both let users listen to thousands of radio stations around the world. Plex also now has a Kodi add-on, which may seem strange since the two are rather fierce rivals in the media player space. But the Plex add-on is a great get for anyone who love some theater technology.
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