Want To Watch US TV In Canada For Free? Here’s The Best WayBy Steph Myers / August 20, 2017 / Tags: Kodi, Stream TV
Here’s the best way to watch free US TV in Canada — on all the best channels.
Want to watch HBO, Showtime, ABC, CBS, ESPN, FX, AMC, and other popular US channels in Canada? Want to watch for free — without visiting any questionable websites or downloading any sketchy files? You can, with Kodi.
What Is Kodi?
Kodi is a software application, or app. More specifically, it’s a media player you can use to stream TV, sports, and movies from the internet, both live and on-demand.
You can watch a long list of popular US TV channels on Kodi. In fact, on Kodi you can stream virtually any TV show, live sports event, or movie — all for free.
Yup, Kodi is free to download and use. It works in any region of the world, on just about every device (computer, phone, tablet, streaming boxes, etc.). See our Kodi review for more about the user experience and compatibility.
What’s The Catch?
There is one. Whether Kodi is legal is an issue of debate.
Kodi doesn’t come with any content on it. Instead, you install add-ons (like the apps on your phone) to stream various channels and shows. Some add-ons may violate copyright permissions, leaving users open to trouble. Corporations and copyright protections groups have been cracking down on illegal streaming on Kodi. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can tell when a customer is using Kodi and send threatening copyright infringement letters, perhaps also taking further steps.
Plus, while Kodi is an incredibly slick and powerful application, it isn’t secure. Kodi has security vulnerabilities that can expose users to hackers who steal their personal information.
Best VPNs for Kodi — Stay Safe & Private
For these reasons, you have to use Kodi with a VPN, an online security and privacy tool. Thankfully, VPNs are cheap. One of the best-rated is only $3/month. For that small price, a VPN will keep you 100% anonymous and secure on Kodi — invisible to hackers, copyright trolls, your ISP, and anyone else trying to spy on your activities.
Not all VPNs take privacy. So you want to be careful to use a quality VPN with zero logs, no DNS leaks, private offshore servers, and maximum security features. Here’s a full comparison of the best VPNs for Kodi.
How To Use Kodi
Kodi takes some getting used to, but it’s very easy to use. The interface is slick and user-friendly. Chances are, Kodi will feel like an old friend in no time.
For help getting started, see our beginner’s guide to how to use Kodi. This also goes into more detail about what Kodi is and what you can watch on it.
Watching Live TV On Kodi
One of the best things about Kodi is that you can watch live TV from a huge selection of popular channels. That includes premium entertainment like HBO and Showtime. Plus the US networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, and PBS — are available to watch on Kodi live TV.
Sports channels like ESPN, CBS Sports, and FOX Sports are also streaming live on Kodi, though these can be less reliable. But hey, it’s free, so who can complain?
See more here about which channels are available, and how to watch live.
Stream TV Shows & Movies On-Demand
There’s a massive selection of TV episodes and movies on Kodi, all free to watch on-demand. Generally, if you can watch a channel live on Kodi you can also stream all of that channel’s shows on-demand.
There are also tons of shows from hundreds of other, less mainstream channels. Shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are abundant. Plus, there are countless movies on Kodi, from new releases to old classics. The options are truly staggering.
Live Sports On Kodi
Pretty much every major sporting event is live streamed on Kodi and available to watch for free. There are lots of excellent add-ons for live sports in the US, Canada, and around the world. Every major sport is represented.
The reliability of live sports streams on Kodi isn’t always great, however, Sports streams tend to be policed and shut down more than any other genre. So it’s wise to have a few different sports add-ons available. That way you can switch to a different one if a stream you’re watching goes down.
Too Good To Be True?
Kodi is great — but it isn’t cable. It’s not as convenient, you will run into dead streams, and you need to use a VPN. But it is an extremely impressive bit of software, and the best way to watch US TV for free, from anywhere in the world.
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