It seems unlikely, but with a little effort you can set Kodi so that you can (almost) cancel your television subscription. Thanks to various add-ons you can add television channels to the streaming service. So you can watch live television with Kodi.
1. Install Kodi
First of all, you are going to download and install Kodi. On this web page you will find download links for most operating systems. Versions are available for Windows , Linux, MacOS, Android and even Raspberry Pi. Version 17 of Kodi has just been out for a few days. In this workshop we still use Kodi 16.1, but the differences are not very big. Choose the version you want and run the installation. You accept the license conditions via Next . Behind Select the type of install, choose Full . Finally, you complete the installation wizard via Next / Next / Install .
Do you only use a computer as a disguised media player? In that case, using OpenELEC is ideal. This is a humble Linux distribution that gives you access to Kodi only. As soon as you switch on the system, the user interface of this popular media program is ready for you. OpenELEC has low system requirements, so you can also use it on older systems. There are also ready-to-use media players with OpenELEC, such as the Eminent EM7580.
2 English language
Kodi always starts up in the English language by default. Fortunately, a various translations is also available. you must first change the language. Use the mouse, keyboard or a suitable remote control for operation. Go successively to SYSTEM / Settings / Appearance / International and choose English for Language . You should see Kodi making this change immediately.
3 TV tuner
After changing the language, you can go through the other settings. For example, at Skin you choose a different theme, so that Kodi gets a different touch. Return to the settings menu via the arrow at the bottom right. Does your system have a TV tuner, for example a DVB-T receiver? You can then directly pick up channels, although you have to adjust some settings. Navigate to TV / General and highlight the Activated option . Kodi checks whether PVR services (PVR stands for ‘personal video recorder’) are activated. That is not yet the case. Click OK to close the window. A list appears with about twenty PVR services that you can possibly use. We will come back to this in step 7.
You need suitable software to receive live television from your TV tuner. Kodi cannot do that independently. Instead, Kodi uses add-ons that transfer the television channels from a suitable PVR program to its own interface. So your first concern is to pick up the channels with suitable pvr software. A program that can do that just fine is NextPVR . In the installation wizard, click Next , after which you accept the license terms. Finally, click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.
5 Audio and video codecs
For a correct operation of NextPVR you first dive into the settings. Start the pvr program and enter the configuration menu . If the settings do not appear automatically, right-click the NextPVR icon in the system tray first. Then choose Show settings . You first go to the Decoders section . Here you indicate via which audio and video codecs you want to watch the broadcasts. In the case of a DVB-T tuner, MainConcept (Broadcast) AVC / H.264 Video Decoder works fine. If you have no idea which decoders work for you, try the default settings first. You can always switch later.
6 Scan channels
With NextPVR you now first map all available television channels of the TV tuner. Within the settings menu, go to Devices and select your system’s TV tuner. Open the device settings via Device Setup . At Country you select Yours , so that NextPVR scans the correct frequencies when scanning television channels. Then click on Scan to start the search. In the case of a DVB-T tuner, all well-known local television and radio channels appear on the screen. Many channels have the term Encrypted listed.
7 NextPVR add-on
You are now using Kodi to watch the television channels. To do this, you need to activate the NextPVR add-on. Go to SYSTEM / Settings / Add-ons / My add-ons / PVR clients / NextPVR PVR Client and choose Configure . It is now necessary to establish a link between the NextPVR and Kodi programs. At NextPVR Hostname you enter 127.0.0.1 . Confirm with Done . Make sure that the port number 8866 is entered at NextPVR Port. You leave the NextPVR PIN code at 0000 . Click OK and then click Enable . Finally, restart Kodi.
8 Watching television
You can now easily watch television via the TV tuner of your system. To do this, navigate to TV and Channels . A list of all available channels appears on the screen. Click on a channel to start playback. By clicking on the video frame, you open an enlarged view. You also use Kodi to request a television guide and record recordings, among other things. In addition, the TV tuner is also suitable for receiving radio stations. To do this, scroll to Radio and Channels in the menu .
Connect PC to television
If you decide to receive television channels on a PC, it pays to connect the system to a television. This way you watch television on a larger screen. You can easily arrange this, because the vast majority of PCs and laptops have an HDMI output on board. This allows you to use the television as an external screen. If you want to play sound on an audio system with connected speakers, connect the HDMI cable to the corresponding input on the receiver. Some receivers do not have an HDMI input. In that case, you use an optical or coaxial S / PDIF connection to transport sound to the audio system. Select the correct sound source in Kodi via SYSTEM / Settings / System / Sound output .
9 Installing add-ons
For Kodi, we distinguish between two different types of add-ons. First of all, there are the extensions that Kodi offers itself. You can easily install it, giving you access to various television channels. Furthermore, Kodi is also open to add-ons developed by third parties. You can find them in abundance on the internet. We will discuss this in detail later in this workshop. We will first show you how to install add-ons from Kodi. From the main menu, go to VIDEOS / Add-ons / Get More and go through the overview. Have you found an interesting television channel? Click on it and choose Install . Via VIDEOs and Video add – ons you have access to all installed television channels.
10 Netherlands 24
You don’t have to put in a lot of effort for live television from the public broadcaster. The add-on Nederland 24 is available as standard from Kodi. In addition to the three NPO channels, various themed channels are also available, such as NPO 101, Politics and Cultura. You can also watch the last eight o’clock news. Simply click on a channel you want to watch and the web stream will open directly in Kodi. Use the control buttons at the bottom to, for example, pause or adjust the volume.
Interesting to know is that you can add the Dutch missed services from RTL and NPO. So you can easily watch programs from Kodi. From the main menu, go to VIDEOS / Add-ons / Get More . Click on Install at the extensions RTLxl and Uitzendinggemist (NPO) . After the installation you will find these add-ons among the other extensions. All available television programs are listed in alphabetical order. Click on a show title and open the desired episode.
11 Package Sources
Not all add-ons are available directly from Kodi. There are numerous interesting extensions circulating on the internet. You simply add them via a so-called repository. Adding a repository to Kodi gives you instant access to multiple extensions. Very handy, because it prevents you from having to add various add-ons manually. Moreover, you can easily try out various extensions. Are you curious about which package sources are available as such? Take here a look.
12 Installing a package source
If you have a repository zip file in your hands, add it to Kodi. That way you can see which underlying add-ons are available for installation. Go to SYSTEM / Settings / Add-ons and scroll back to the home screen for this section if necessary. Choose the option Install add-ons using zip file . Find the saved zip file and confirm with OK . You then click on Install from repository , after which you choose the title of the newly installed repository . Check out what add-ons are available and click Install. In the example of the Retrospect package source, you add all kinds of Dutch, Belgian and British television channels to Kodi.
13 Using retrospect
Of course you are curious about which television channels are available via the Retrospect package source. Click on VIDEOS / Add-ons / Retrospect . A warning may now appear that certain channels are only available via a Dutch internet connection. The television channels are divided into different categories, such as Kids, National, Regional, Sports and Radio. Make a choice here and click on the desired channel. Keep in mind that Retrospect has integrated several missed services. Furthermore, live streams do not always work well, so it is always a matter of trying.
Another popular repository is SuperRepo. This includes all kinds of add-ons from various television channels, including even pay channels from sports channels. Many web streams are unstable, but you can always give it a try. If you would like to know what this repository has to offer, take a look at www.superrepo.org . You can already view the Dutch-language offer via Addons / Languages / Dutch . Unlike the Retrospect repository discussed earlier, there is no need to download a zip file in advance. Instead, you get the package source by passing a web address to Kodi.
Keep in mind that there are tons of illegal Kodi add-ons out there. Many users try to ‘tap’ streams from payment channels via various extensions, such as Ziggo Sport and Fox Sports. This is illegal, so using such extensions is at your own risk.
15 Installing SuperRepo
You are now going to install the SuperRepo repository. Go to SYSTEM and File Manager . By double-clicking on Add location , a new window will appear. You type http://srp.nu in the input field , after which you confirm with Done . Now give this location a name. It makes sense to enter SuperRepo here, so that you can easily find the repository later. Click OK . You are now going to import the contents of the SuperRepo repository. Return to the main menu and browse to SYSTEM / Settings / Add-ons / Install add-ons using zip file . Click SuperRepo in the list. When using Kodi version 16.1, go to Jarvis / repositories / superrepo . Click on the zip file to complete the installation. If you are using version 17 of Kodi, click on Krypton .
16 Exploring SuperRepo
It is now time to see what the SuperRepo repository has to offer. From the main window navigate to SYSTEM / Settings / Add-ons / Install from repository / SuperRepo Repositories / Add-on depot . The add-ons are divided into different categories. You can install these categories individually. Among others, Third Party Repositories, Genre Live TV and Category Video are interesting. Scroll back a few windows to the Install from repository section . Look for interesting add-ons and add them to Kodi by choosing Install .
17 Sports streams
Many sports fans use Kodi to sniff out illegal sports streams. That is not that easy, because the streams are often very unstable or even do not work at all. In addition, working streams keep popping up under different names. Still, you can of course give it a try, although that is of course illegal. Ignore promising names such as NL Sports and Dutch Sport Streams, because they no longer work well. Via the add-on SportsDevil you can watch Dutch and foreign sports matches live at the time of writing.
SportsDevil is one of the few add-ons that offers stable sports streams. After installation, open this extension via VIDEOS / Add-ons . There are different categories, although Live Sports, Sports TV and Live TV all come down to the same thing. SportsDevil imports streams from illegal websites. Football matches from the Bundesliga, Serie A, Premier League and the Dutch Eredivisie are available to everyone. Click on a stream you want to see and wait to see if Kodi can retrieve the live images. In addition to football, you can also watch all kinds of other sports matches with SportsDevil.