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How To Watch TV Shows On Kodi

By Jeremy Evans / July 30, 2018 / Tags:

Here’s how to stream your favorite TV shows on Kodi, live and on-demand.

Watch TV Shows On Kodi

Ah, the wonders of Kodi. With this free media player, you can watch virtually any TV show — without an expensive subscription. There’s just one catch. Doing so might be considered illegal. So see how to stay safe and private on Kodi below. Then follow the simple steps to start streaming all your favorite TV on Kodi for cheap.

Don’t Risk It — Use A VPN

The Kodi add-ons that let you watch shows without any paid subscription or cable package may violate copyright laws. If you’re in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, and other regions, you can get yourself into trouble if you watch copyright-protected content without the proper access. This is considered to be “piracy.” You will likely get a copyright infringement notice from your internet provider. Past that, it’s anyone’s guess, as the feds and copyright watchdogs have been cracking down on Kodi more and more.

In addition, Kodi has security issues that leave unprotected users vulnerable to hackers. Finally, there are lots of Kodi add-ons that are blocked in certain regions, limiting what you can watch.

Using Kodi with a VPN solves all these problems. By using a VPN with Kodi you:

• Stay 100% anonymous and secure

• Stay hidden from hackers and spies of all kinds

• Can safely use third-party add-ons to stream TV

• Can unblock all Kodi add-ons, giving you tons more TV to enjoy

There are lots of VPNs out there, but the one that’s always worked best with Kodi is NordVPN. First, NordVPN’s servers are configured to work with Kodi, so you get maximum protection and can unblock new content without slowing your connection. NordVPN also has best-in-class security and privacy features that are a must-have for Kodi users (including no logs and no DNS leaks). Plus, NordVPN has one of the best deals out there (exclusive, limited-time offer) and is a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for the last three years running.

Best VPNs For Kodi

Check out our list of the best Kodi VPNs for a more detailed comparison. Or see how to set up a VPN with Kodi. Once you have a VPN, then you’re ready to start streaming TV on Kodi on the sly.

How To Watch TV Shows On Kodi

Kodi is easy to use, even for beginners. Once you use it a few times, chances are you’ll feel like old friends. Just follow these steps to start watching all your favorite shows on Kodi.

Step 1) Download Kodi

Go to http://kodi.tv and download the Kodi application. It’s free and works on lots of different devices.

Step 2) Enable third-party add-ons

Go to Home > System (the gear icon) > System settings > Add-ons. Activate ‘Unknown Sources‘ option. You will see a WARNING! message saying that add-ons will have access to your personal data. As long as you’re using a VPN with sufficient security and privacy protection — like one of these — you can proceed.

Step 3) Get Fusion Add-on Installer

Fusion Add-on Installer will let you easily install the Kodi add-ons you need to stream TV from various sources. (Add-ons on Kodi are like the apps on your phone. These are what let you watch TV shows and other content on Kodi.) To install Fusion:

3.1. From the Kodi Home Screen go to System > File Manager

3.2. Select Add Source

3.3. Select ‘None‘ for the path. Then type in http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and name the source (Fusion). Fusion will now be added to your list of sources.

3.4. Return Home and go to Add-ons. Click the little box icon at the top to open the Add-on browser. Select Install from Zip.

3.5. A list of sources will appear. Select Fusion, then select begin-here. Finally, select plugin.program.addoninstaller-1.2.9.zip. (The version number may have changed by the time you read this.)

3.6. A note saying that Add-on Installer is enabled should briefly flash on screen. In some cases it doesn’t start up right away, but if you exit and reopen Kodi it should fix it.

3.7. Now go to Home > Add-ons > Program Add-onsAdd-on Installer should be listed under installed add-ons. Select it, and it will take you to the add-on library. From there you can browse and choose any add-ons you want to install.

Step 4) Install Kodi add-ons to watch TV shows — live & on-demand

There are lots of Kodi add-ons. Some are much better than others. Below are a few of the best add-ons to use to stream TV shows on Kodi, including whether they’re best to watch shows live or on-demand.

All of these are available in either Fusion Add-on Installer, or in the built-in add-on repository that comes with Kodi. To install add-ons in Fusion, go to the Fusion add-on library, find the add-ons you want, and click install. To install add-ons in the default Kodi repository, from the home screen click Add-ons, then Download, then Video Add-ons. From here you can browse available “official” add-ons. When you see one you want, click on it, then click Install and wait for the ‘Add-on Enabled’ message.

Get these Kodi add-ons to watch TV shows:

• Exodus  In Fusion Add-on Installer; Watch on-demand

• 1Channel  In Fusion Add-on Installer; Watch on-demand

• cCloud  In Fusion Add-on Installer; Watch live & on-demand

• Salts  In Fusion Add-on Installer; Watch live & on-demand

• UK Turks Playlist  In Fusion Add-on Installer; Watch live & on-demand

• Phoenix  In Fusion Add-on Installer; Watch live

• USTV Now  In Kodi default repository; Watch live

For more, check out our list of the best Kodi add-ons.

If you mainly want to watch your favorite shows live on Kodi, at the same time they air on TV, see more about how to stream Kodi live TV — including which channels you can watch and the best add-ons to use for each.

If you’re having trouble and need more help getting started with Kodi, see our Kodi how-to guide for beginners. This has more in-depth instruction on how to install and use Kodi add-ons to watch shows, movies, and sports.

Which Shows Are On Kodi?

Virtually every popular show, and plenty of under-the-radar shows, is available to watch on Kodi. Here’s a list of just some of the TV shows you can watch. This is by no means comprehensive.


*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. Read more about our streaming philosophy.


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