This listicle details the 10 best Kodi live tv addons. Although the add-ons are discussed in the context of firestick, the same add-ons work flawlessly for firetv, Android TV, Android mobiles, tablets and Linux, iOS & Windows machines’ Kodi as well.
We all have been quite used to paying our cable & D2H operators to watch our favorite channels.
But, what do they do..?
They serve a huge amount of ads and you are bound to watch whole ads unless you change the television channel just to watch a different ad on another channel. And, the insult to the injury is the hefty amount you regularly pay for several unused channels in the collection of channel’s package.
But, this scenario has been changing exponentially with users inclining towards watching live popular channels of TV through the internet. With Kodi on firestick, there is a hope to cut down the cost of cable TV channels and access a wide range of high-quality live TV content and quality streams.
Is it legal? After all you get to access those popular channels only after payments towards the cable or D2H operator. If there is a way to watch the collections of channels for free from Kodi, should you woe any legal trouble? If you have any such concerns, is Kodi legal will bring you out of your all dilemma.
To cut the long story short, yes! Kodi is completely legal and watching your popular TV channels live through live TV add-ons discussed in this listicle is also completely legal.
If you have no idea what Kodi is, let’s have a glance at it or you can jump to your preferred section through the below content. Simply put, Kodi is a media player but definitely not an ordinary one. It is a free and open-source software (foss), which means its source code is available in the public domain. Being foss, anyone can contribute to Kodi’s development. Your high-end home theatre is incomplete without a perfect media player, right? And there is nothing like Kodi to fill that gap. It can not only play movies lying on your local storage and local network, but it can also access unlimited streaming content for you. And this champion never asks for any payment, remember! it’s foss.
Kodi expands its functional wings through its add-ons. Being foss, anyone can develop a Kodi addon. Once developed you can submit it for a review and if approved the add-on will get a place in the official repository of Kodi. Apart from the official addon repository, there are also alternate ways to install a Kodi add-on. These unofficial addons which are not placed on the official Kodi repository are called third-party addons and some of these third-party Kodi addon developers have also tainted the name of Kodi and threatened the legality of Kodi usage.
How to Install an add-on from the official Kodi Repository
As mentioned, the add-ons extend the functionality of Kodi. Some of these popular add-ons open the doors to copyright-free content and live TV channels as well.
But before we start the list of the 10 best Kodi live TV addons, let’s go through the simple step-by-step instructions of installing an add-on in Kodi. For this installation guide, we install the Pluto TV addon on Kodi from the official Kodi repository.
1) Click the Kodi app on firestick to open it
2) Let Kodi take its time to load
3) Select the Add-ons option on the left sidebar.
4) From screen categories select Install from repository
5) Select video add-ons
6) From the list, select your add-on (here we select Pluto.TV)
7) On the new screen, select Install
8) Select OK
9) Downloading of the Pluto.TV add-on has started
10) Installation of the Pluto.TV addon starts automatically after download gets completed
11) Pluto.TV add-on installed
12) Click Open to open the Pluto.TV
Done. In the same way, any official add-on can be installed on Kodi.
10 best Kodi live TV add-ons for streaming live TV
Now let’s walk through the 10 best-working live TV Kodi addons which are completely legal as well.
No strings attached…
1) Pluto TV
Pluto TV is one of the most popular addons of Kodi to watch content without copyright. The developers of this add-on have released a version compatible with the latest Kodi release. Feel free to install it on the latest Kodi 19.0, Matrix.
Pluto TV provides access to a wide range of TV channels in the US and other countries. There is no registration required to stream videos. It comes with a range of devices on which Kodi can be installed so with a registered Pluto TV account you can sync your activities across devices.
Pluto TV is ad-supported and lets you watch live international TV channels. Pluto TV has a library of on-demand movies which is available free of charge with Kodi as well.
2) Xumo TV
Xumo TV is one of the most popular streaming service video addons. Also, this is a legal addon of Kodi to catchup streams and a variety of content. Initially, this add-on was restricted to the US only, but later it was made accessible to some other countries. Still, Xumo TV comes under geo-restricted Kodi addons.
During installation, you need to install an additional addon Inputstream Adaptive to use the Live TV feature of this addon. XumoTV does not require any registration and you can watch 24/7 available live streams.
You will see a list of channels or themes e.g. movies, politics, reality tv, etc, depending on your geolocation.
You can install the Xumo TV from the official Kodi repository.
With the NewsOn addon, you get access to content to local US news. If you like to be updated with the local news in the US through regional channels, NewsOn is just right for you. With more than 175 local stations from 114 regions/markets, you can watch news of almost all states and regions. Also, NewsOn is an ad-supported and free Kodi addon. NewsOn has its own standalone app for firestick as well.
With the NewsOn add-on, you can not only get live feeds but can access news broadcasts for up to 48 hours.
You can download NewsOn from the official Kodi repository.
4) Catchup TV and more
The Catchup TV and more gives you access to a huge volume of content from international TV channels. Despite having a quite generic name, this add-on goes beyond expectations.
Catchup TV and more add-on provides TV channels from the USA, UK, China, Netherlands, Italy, Tunisia, Canada, Spain, Poland, Japan, France and Belgium.
With Catchup TV and more add-on, you can also access the on-demand content. It also offers a so-called catch-up TV service by tracking some of its TV channels. On top of that, this add-on provides the latest videos from 18 highly reputed websites.
5) IPlayer and WWW
This is one more official source addon with which you can get access to tons of video sources from the BBC network via BBC iPlayer. iPlayer WWW is a BBC OTT platform to access both live and on-demand content from BBC. The content of the add-on is restricted to the UK only. If you are outside the UK, you can use a VPN and connect to a UK server to access the geo-blocked content from this add-on.
With Iplayer and WWW you can watch BBC One, BBC two, BBC four, BBC news channel, CBBC, CBeebies, Alba, S4c and many many more live TV channels. Apart from the live TV, there is an option to switch to an on-demand content library as well. The IPlayer and WWW Kodi addon brings on the table the recently released titles so you’ll never be short of streaming content with this Kodi add-on
To access IPlayer and WWW add-on’s content you need to register at BBC. You can download IPlayer WWW from the official Kodi repository.
J1 TV add-on offers popular streams from English channels all around the globe. When you open the add-on a screen with numerous categories is presented to you. And channels are sorted within these categories.
If you run into an error while watching the content of this add-on apply the solutions provided within this listicle. Hope, you’ll touch the finish line.
7) Sports Devil
Sports Devil is one of the most popular add-ons among sports devotee. While it’s true that a huge space of this add-on has been dedicated to sports, however, this add-on provides much more than just sports. Let’s go through the sports arena first.
When you open this add-on within the Kodi, on the screen you see two sections dedicated to sports viz. Live Sports and Sports TV. You can watch live sports within the Live sports section and the recorded but currently streaming content in the sports TV section. Sports devil offers a huge collection of channels from all around the globe.
Let’s discuss the content other than sports with the Sports Devil add-on.
You can find the Live TV section which has ‘shadowsNet.ro (World TV)’ category. With the ‘World TV’ of this add-on you can access Live TV channels of USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany and many many more.
Follow the above installation steps to install this add-on to your Kodi.
8) 7 of 9
Among Kodi users, 7 of 9 is a very popular add-on. This add-on offers all-in-one streaming options for live TV.
To start watching live TV through 7 of 9, on the main screen, click on IPTV category. When you do that, you’ll be asked to install an additional add-on ‘Beat Quadrant-IPTV’. Go ahead and install that add-on. After installing the Beat Quadrant – IPTV, you can access the Live TV channels.
In the IPTV section, you can find a channel of your country or you can browse the channels by various categories like TV shows, movies, documentary, news, music, kids, food, entertainment, sports etc.
If you see that any of the categories is asking you to install another add-on like TV-Tap or Swift Streamz, go ahead and get it installed to access those categories.
No doubt, Youtube has a huge user base. And big broadcasters know that youth prefers being online to watching TV. In order to widen the accessibility of the content, various broadcasters live stream their content on Youtube as well.
Kodi has a Youtube add-on from which you can access all the live as well as on-demand content on your preferred device. You can open your add-on on Kodi and search for the stream you are looking for.
While there is a Youtube Kodi add-on to access the live and on-demand content, however, if you are only interested in live streaming there is a LiveTube add-on for you. Youtube has a huge user base and various broadcasters stream live on Youtube. But, there is a huge amount of on-demand content on youtube. What Livetube does is that it presents only the Live streaming content to its users by filtering out the on-demand content.
On the homepage of this add-on, you get to see various categories e.g. sports, news, gaming etc. You are also presented with featured picks and current trending. You also get to see the previous trending streams so that you can catch up with them if missed by chance.
There are several add-ons that keep on adding and removing from the official repository, so keep on checking this page from time to time
Kodi Live TV Add-on Errors and Fixes
The above-discussed add-ons will get installed on your Kodi without any problem. But there may be some rare cases where Kodi will pop up an error. In this section, we discuss the two most frequent errors with the Kodi add-on installation process.
1) Check the log for more information
While installing an add-on if you get to see the Check the log for more information error there is quite a simple fix for it. All you have to do is clear the cache of Kodi and things will be back to normal again. To clear the Kodi cache you can use any one of the addons from Indigo, Exodus or Covenant. These all three add-ons have the option to clear the Kodi cache.
If this doesn’t seem to solve your problem then you may have to re-build the Kodi database or install the dependencies manually.
2) Something went wrong. Try again…
If you get the Something went wrong. Try again… error while the Kodi add-on installation. Such type of errors usually arise from third-party add-on installation. There is a two-step fix for this.
a) First, clear the cache from any above-mentioned add-on
b) Change the repository of this add-on. Usually, it is the repo that creates the problem.
And finally, if nothing works, then the only luck you have is to reinstall a fresh but same version of Kodi. At Dinno we have provided a detailed step by step process for Kodi installation.
With Kodi, you can cut down your expenses towards cable & DTH operators. Some official, as well as third-party add-ons, offer this freedom to you. Yes! with Kodi’s Live TV add-ons, you can watch your favorite Live TV channels on Kodi. This listicle has provided 10 Kodi Live TV add-ons to watch news, sports and other categories of your favorite TV channel. And all of that’s completely legal. With Kodi, you can bid farewell to your cable or DTH operator forever.