|The main menu screen on XBMC Kodi 14.2.|
The free and open source Kodi media player certainly has lots going for it, including a front-end for watching live TV and an integrated PVR, but most people go for Kodi not to stream their own digital music and video files across a local network but to access the wide range of video add-ons available.
The video add-ons for Kodi promise much, including free access to the latest movies, sports channels and premium subscription-only channels, including adult XXX content.
To a novice user, locating and installing the necessary Kodi video add-ons to open up this world of entertainment might not seem easy. Typically you will need to find and install a repository and then load the video add-ons of your choice, such as Navi-X, from the applicable repo. They aren't difficult to find online and you can install the ZIP file to Kodi from the programs menu screen.
|Add live TV channels to Kodi.|
At first the range of channels and video content available seems hugely impressive with live sports, movies and TV stations from around the world curated and presented by the various video add-on services. Whether you want to watch the live output from a U.S. cable station, stream the latest blockbuster movie or watch an English Premier League Saturday 3pm kick-off game, the video add-ons at first sight appear to offer all these options.
But here's the rub. Links to much of the premium content stop working after a very short time and, because the channels offered by so many of the video add-on services overlap, remembering the good links that do work is a bit of a challenge (even with add-ons that offer the option to store favorites). If I used Kodi for much longer then I wouldn't be surprised to see "Stream Not Working" burned into my screen permanently.
Finding a working link to a live football game, for example, takes so much trial and error clicking between the channels on the various video add-on services that the game could be well into added time before you get to see anything on screen (if you can find a link at all).
The reason for this, of course, is that the content is all illegally streamed by "bedroom operators" and the major broadcasters and rights-holders understandably see to it that working links don't last for long. Their efforts seem to be paying off because there's absolutely no way I'd get rid of my nice, reliable (if expensive) premium cable television service for an alternative as unreliable as the video add-on services available over Kodi.