How To Unblock Kodi TV Add-OnsBy Jonathan Sternberg / July 18, 2016 / Tags: How-To, Kodi, Unblock Content
Getting blocked by great content sources on Kodi? Here’s how to unblock them and get access to tons of new shows, movies, and sports on Kodi TV.
The home entertainment platform Kodi (formerly XBMC) will give you access to countless hours of great TV, movies, and sports. Unfortunately, many of the best Kodi TV add-ons are blocked based on what country you’re in — great sources like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ESPN, ITV, AMC, A&E, Comedy Central, HBO, Sky Sports, and many, many more are all geo-restricted.
But there is an easy way to unblock Kodi TV add-ons in the UK, US, Canada, and everywhere else. In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to unblock everything on Kodi so you can watch tons more TV, sports and movies from any location. That includes unblocking all the geo-restricted content sources on 1Channel Primewire, IceFilms, and Phoenix add-ons.
All you need to do is use Kodi with a VPN to unblock content sources and watch great stuff on every Kodi add-on. My favorite to unblock Kodi is NordVPN. Unreliable VPNs can slow your connection speed, and lack critical security and privacy measures. NordVPN has super-fast streaming speeds, easy apps, works to unblock all the best add-ons and content sources, and offers maximum privacy and safety on Kodi. It’s a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice two years running and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Through Feb. 28 you can get their two-year winter deal — only $3.29/month for unlimited streaming and bandwidth.
Best VPNs To Unblock Kodi
Unblock Kodi Add-Ons And Stream Anonymously
A VPN will let you access new content on Kodi — plus protect your privacy and security. In fact, you should always use Kodi with a VPN to make sure you stay anonymous and secure. Otherwise, you’re at risk of having your activities monitored (not what you want if you’re streaming bootlegged content) and your network connection hacked or throttled, due to the unfortunate but well-known security vulnerabilities on Kodi.
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The same technology that will keep you safe and anonymous on Kodi also works to unblock content. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) works by encrypting your internet connection. When you’re connected to a VPN, all your data is sent through a secure tunnel. This prevents snoops and hackers from getting their hands on your personal information.
A VPN also hides your IP address (your computer’s digital fingerprint), and your geographical location. By hiding your location, you’ll be immune to the geo-blocks on popular content sources on Kodi.
1Channel Primewire, NetfliXBMC, and IceFilms, for example, have lots of great content that’s geo-blocked. It doesn’t matter what country you’re in. Using a VPN will let you bypass the blocks and stream what you want from any add-on.
Step-By-Step Instructions To Unblock Kodi
We recommend using NordVPN to unblock Kodi because it has superior streaming speeds, maximum security, and unblocks all the best content sources — TV from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and about 30 other countries. They have slick, easy-to-use apps and support every device — iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, router, gaming system, and more.
Another big reason we like NordVPN is their 30-day money-back guarantee. (To test it, I asked for a refund at the 29-day mark and they granted it, no questions asked.) Plus, at only $5.75/month it’s cheaper than Netflix and will give you access to a whole lot more shows and movies.
Unblock Kodi — Step-By-Step Instructions
The NordVPN apps make setup pretty fool-proof. Here’s exactly what to do.
STEP 1) Get a 30-day money-back trial of NordVPN. To get the best deal, sign up for the 12-month plan ($5.75/month).
STEP 2) Download the NordVPN app and get connected.
Go to the NordVPN downloads section and download the app for the device you want to use. You can download multiple apps and use NordVPN simultaneously on up to 6 different devices. Their apps are super easy to use, and are available for every device: smartphone, tablet, computer, media streamer, router, etc. Pretty much, if you have it, NordVPN will work on it.
Then, open the app and connect to a NordVPN server. Just connect to a server that’s in the same location as the content you want to unblock. For example, if you want to unblock a source in the US (like US Netflix), connect to any US server. If you want to watch content from the UK, connect to any UK server.
STEP 3) Start watching new content sources on Kodi.
Once you’re connected, NordVPN will take care of everything to let you unblock all content in that region. Just use Kodi with NordVPN on any device and you’ll be able to watch tons of new TV, movie, and sports content. To unblock TV in a different region, just click to switch your location.
It really is that easy to get access to a huge library of new content on Kodi. Plus, you’ll enjoy your TV streaming even more when you know your privacy and security are protected.
UK Users: Unblock Kodi On Virgin, BT, Sky, and Talk Talk
One note for users in the UK — you might also run into firewalls or “parental controls” blocks thrown up by your ISP (Virgin Media, BT, Sky Broadband, and Talk Talk). Here’s how to get around them.
Unblock Kodi on Virgin: Log in to your Virgin account and turn off the Web Safe setting.
Unblock Kodi on BT: Go to your BT account and turn off the Smart Setup wizard.
Unblock Kodi on Sky: In your Sky account and turn off the Sky Broadband Shield.
Unblock Kodi on Talk Talk: Log in to your account and turn off Kid Safe, Homework Time, and Virus Alerts.
This should let you access every geo-restricted content source on Kodi. If you want more options, check out our list of the best VPNs for Kodi. All of these do an excellent job of unblocking content sources, and protecting your privacy and security. If you try a VPN that’s not on our list, do your homework first. Many many providers lack critical security measures like zero logs, or will slow your connection or limit your bandwidth.
Want to watch all your new content on your big screen? See how to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Or, if you need general help getting started, see how to use Kodi in our simple quick-start guide.
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