In this article, we will discuss how you can get subtitles for your favorite video content easily in simple steps. In addition to the most popular OpenSubtitle service, its best alternative subscene.com has also been discussed. This guide is written for firestick devices but the same can be implemented to any device that has Kodi installed on it.
Internet has changed the behavior and usage of the entertainment industry to an extent. And OTT platforms are constantly filling the gap with new content every day. On the other shore, we have become more inclined to use the internet for live TV than the conventional cable and DTH services. Online streaming is more reliable even during storms and rains plus lesser or no ads during the favorite movies and TV shows. And many streaming devices have just eased binge-watching.
The Amazon Inc. has developed a pocket-sized HD streaming device called firestick. This device has revolutionized the streaming domain. To be specific, due to its affordable price, easy setup and flexibility the firestick currently owns a huge ratio of streaming users around the world. And, here comes the Kodi to bring life to your firestick.
You can imagine the power of Kodi with just one statement i.e. “A high-end home theater is a complete waste without Kodi”. In recent years Kodi has gained huge popularity for streaming high video quality live TV and copyright-free content. Kodi add-ons are, what makes Kodi, The Kodi. The Kodi extends its functional wings through its add-ons. But wait…
There are official as well as unofficial Kodi add-ons. While the official add-ons are safe to use, some of the unofficial or third-party addons have tainted the fame of Kodi. In fact, there is a heated debate as to how much using Kodi is legal. But, despite all the controversies and ire from the industry giants, this free and open-source software (foss) champ is gaining users day by day. Reason; its open nature, no usage cost involvement and several ways to improvise your streaming experience.
Sometimes we want to watch popular, award-winner, best-rated or recommended movies that are neither created nor dubbed in our native language. The only hope is to somehow get subtitles for that movie. And searching for a good subtitle source is itself a task. But, for Kodi, it’s a breeze.
How to Get Subtitle for Kodi from OpenSubtitles?
OpenSubtitles has currently the largest collection of subtitles on the web. You name a movie or a TV show and it has its subtitles. With Kodi, the process to get subtitles from OpenSubtitles is quite easy.
To use OpenSubtitles, first, you need to create an account at OpenSubtitles. Open your mobile, computer or laptop and register over there. Keep your OpenSubtitles’ credentials safely noted down. You need to use it later.
Now open Kodi and follow the below process to get subtitles from OpenSubtitles
a) On the Kodi Home screen click Add-ons from the left sidebar
b) Select the Package Installer icon
c) Select Install from repository
d) Select Subtitles (Note: if you have not a fresh Kodi and have installed other repositories, then before this (d) step Kodi will list the available repositories and you have to select Kodi Add-on repository)
e) Select OpenSubtitles.org from the list
f) Select Install
g) Wait, till you see the OpenSubtitles Add-on installed notification
h) From the same list, select OpenSubtitles.org once again and select Configure
i) We assume that you have safely noted down your OpenSubtitles.org credentials. If not, collect them. On this screen select username and enter your username. Then select password and enter your password over here. Recheck your credentials once then click OK
j) Come to the Kodi Home screen then select the settings icon.
k) Select Player
l) In the left sidebar bottom click Basic so that it changes to Standard. From your firestick remote go up and select Language from the same left sidebar.
m) On the right side, under Download Services choose your preferred subtitle language. Here, we selected English subtitles as the language for subtitles.
n) Just below the same option, select Default TV show service to set subtitles for TV shows.
o) In this step, select OpenSubtitles.org and click it.
p) Select the next option Default movie service
q) Select OpenSubtitles and click it.
r) Make sure that OpenSubtitles.org is displayed against both the Default TV Show Service and Default movie service.
That’s it. Enjoy unlimited streaming content. OpenSubtitle is now your default subtitle service.
Your Kodi will now onwards display subtitles from the OpenSubtitles. All you need to do is while streaming the content, click the subtitle icon from the bottom right corner of screen. The OpenSubtitles will search the subtitles in your preferred language for the title you are watching.
Subscene – The OpenSubtitles Alternative
Although, due to vast subtitle files on the OpenSubtitle it is the recommended source for subtitles, however, due to various tangible or intangible reasons you may look for another subtitle service. Also, with OpenSubtitles you need to take an extra step of registration at the website. Maybe that extra step is too much for you.
Yes, we know, it’s always good to have a backup. And this applies to OpesSubtitles as well. The other most popular subtitle service is subscene.com.
To enable subtitles from subscene.com service, follow the below steps.
a) Launch Kodi and click the settings icon
b) Click Player
c) Select the Language from the left sidebar. Make sure on the bottom left Standard is selected not Basic. If Basic is selected, click it to change to Standard
d) On the right, within Download Services select your preferred language by clicking Languages for download subtitles for. We prefer English as the subtitles language
e) Click Default TV show service
f) Click Get more…
g) choose Subscene Subtitles service for your Kodi
h) Let Subscene get installed
i) Click Default movie service
j) This time you don’t have to click get more… as the subscene is already installed. Just select Subscene Subtitles
Subscene.com is now your default subtitle service. Enjoy subscene subtitles.
Kodi Subtitles Not Working? How to Enable Subtitles in the add-on?
If you can’t see subtitles for your stream, it’s possible that the add-on you are using has not enabled subtitles by default. Follow the below guide to learn how to enable subtitles for your Kodi add-on. For this demo, we have used the Exodus Redux addon, but the steps are the same for other add-ons as well.
a) Launch Kodi and click Add-ons
b) Click Video Add-ons
c) Open Exodus Redux Add-on
d) Select Tools on the main screen of the Exodus Redux add-on
e) Click SETTINGS : Subtitles
f) On this new window, select the subtitle in the left sidebar (if not already selected) then switch ON Enable subtitles
g) To save changes you have made, click OK
Done. Now the subtitles will be visible to your Exodus Redux add-on
Kodi has brought all the copyright-free content to your screen with just a few clicks. But, sometimes the content you want to watch is neither created nor dubbed in your native language. Well, Kodi can fetch subtitles for your specific titles automatically. OpenSubtitles is the most popular subtitles service and needs registration at its official website before you can use it on Kodi. If registration bothers you or there is some other reason not to use OpenSubtitles, you can use another subtitle service called subscene.com. You can make any of the subtitle services a default one and enjoy your streams with subtitles on Kodi.