There are countless entertainment apps out there for streaming movies and TV shows, as well as playing music online, some are free and some require a paid subscription. Kodi, on the other hand, is completely free and allows you to watch content directly from practically every other streaming service through an add-on within its app.

Kodi has been getting increasingly popular for being the leading open-source home theatre media player that offers endless options for streaming, and a totally customisable interface, all for free.

The massive multimedia streaming hub is like a digital filing cabinet for all your movies, music, photos and binge-worthy TV series. While it has come under some flak for providing an easy loophole for some dubious streaming websites to operate more freely via third-party plug-ins, it in no way endorses bootleg content and is completely legal to download and use.

This piece explores the potential of Kodi as a home entertainment hub, pointing out the benefits, and some of the best add-ons for the app. We’ll also cover how to download it, and how to get the best experience from it once you’re up and running.

What is Kodi?

The app was developed by the XBMC Foundation and is modelled off of the group’s original creation: The Xbox Media Center. After Xbox withdrew its support for the Media Center, it was renamed XBMC, and later Kodi.

The app is open-source, and thus highly customisable. It serves as a multimedia platform where users can stream movies, music, podcasts, and just about any other form of digital media on the internet, straight into their living room.

Its main advantage over its competitors is the ability to install add-ons from media software giants such as Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Apple Podcasts, as well as hundreds of others. This allows you to watch videos and listen to music from all over the web, under one umbrella. Kodi will turn your living room (or phone) into an epic multimedia home-cinema system.

Best Features

Kodi has a whole bunch of awesome features – here are some of our favourites:

Add-ons

The sheer number of add-ons on the app means that while you might be overwhelmed at first, you can ultimately create the perfect entertainment system to suit your preferences. Most add-ons are free, although some of the more meaty options require a paid subscription – especially when it comes to live sports.

Customisable interface

Kodi allows users to choose from a variety of different skins, and play around with how you use the content. This means that you can make it look sleek and organise your files in a way that you find easiest to navigate.

Free

The app is run by a nonprofit foundation and supported by donations and partners. This means that you can have all the benefits of the software without spending a penny.

Supported over lots of devices: Kodi can be used for Windows, Linux, Android, and several other devices, although some are more awkward to use than others. It’s ideally suited to a PC or TV.

TV friendly

The app is designed to be used primarily on a big-screen, and while it can be used on a phone, tablet, or just about anything else, it really pulls no punches when it comes to enhancing your living room entertainment

Downsides

While Kodi is a great entertainment app, it does come with its shortfalls. The app has received a lot of negative coverage in the media, with pundits speculating that its lifespan is unsustainable due to the fact that it can be used to illegally download pirated content from websites around the web.

While the software itself is perfectly legal and safe, this is something that users should bear in mind when using Kodi. You can land yourself in some serious bother for illegally streaming online.

Getting the most out of Kodi

The software media centre runs in full-screen by default, giving it a TV-friendly interface, although there is also a window setting for PC if you dig around the settings. The interface does take some getting used to, but once you’ve navigated around a little bit it becomes a more comfortable user experience – especially after some personal customisation.

To get the best out of Kodi you’ll have to install some add-ons. The options are seemingly endless at first, from video streaming to live sports fixtures, YouTube to Apple podcasts, and just about everything in between. It might take a while to hunt down the best add-ons for your viewing experience, but your efforts won’t have been wasted.

Compatibility and installation

Kodi runs on most operating systems including Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, tvOS and freeBSD.

For Windows or macOS simply follow the link to download in this article and install directly onto your computer.

For Android, the process is equally easy to digest – simply download Kodi directly from the Play Store and away you go.

The process is much more complex for iOS and works easiest if you jailbreak your device, although the ramifications of doing so might outweigh the desire to download the app. We can’t tell you how to do this as it would take far too long.

Once you’ve got Kodi up and running you can enjoy the practically unlimited selection of digital content available for streaming on one of the world’s leading media players. What are you waiting for? Get streaming!

Overall

We like Kodi. At TOP1APK we’ve been using it for some time now and we find that it’s a great streaming service – the ability to switch seamlessly between Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and other apps without even having to leave Kodi is really cool – we strongly recommend you give this one a go.