We canceled our VIP cable package back in 2014, it cost us just over $100 per month including PVR rental. It wasn’t a big deal for me to cancel cable as I don’t watch much TV, but it was a big decision for my wife and daughters as they enjoy watching their shows.
Back in 2014, we first purchased a Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet player with Google TV. Following an online tutorial, we then installed a 3rd party app called 1Channel that was available in the Google Play store at the time. This allowed us to stream almost any TV show or movie that we searched for. However, Sony stopped updating the system and the app was also removed from the Google Play store.
So I went searching for an alternative streaming device and came across XBMC/Kodi.
Streaming TV Shows On Kodi Via Different Devices
In 2015, I started using Kodi on my laptop, but as I’m always working on my laptop I needed to find a separate device to stream content to my TV. After performing a few searches I discovered you can install Kodi on many different devices as you can see some of them here: http://kodi.wiki/view/Devices
The first device we purchased was an Asus Nexus Player for under $100 Canadain. We still have it running on our main TV and have had no problems or complaints with it.
We also purchased this device for a friend as a gift but had a hard time locating one. Even today if you look online most stores are currently out of stock.
We have another TV in our bedroom and wanted to try another device, so I purchased a GooBand Doo M8S TV Box via Amazon for around $90.
It arrived two days later and already had Kodi preinstalled, but I went ahead and changed it to how I like Kodi setup. The one thing I like more with the M8S TV Box is you can connect via LAN and this was good because our wifi connection in our bedroom isn’t the greatest.
How To Install Kodi & 3rd Party Add-ons- Our Preferred Setup
Installing Kodi on any device is relatively easy these days. You can download the appropriate installer from Kodi.tv/downloads or if you have an Andriod device like the two we have, you can download from the Google Play store.
However, once you install Kodi you then need to install official Kodi add-ons and 3rd party add-ons. This is why I’ve created the following video, it will show you how to easily install all the recommended add-ons. This is the same setup with have on both TV’s.
Step 1: Download and install Kodi on your device.
Step 2: Go to “System/File Manager” then select “Add source“. Enter the following URL “http://fusion.tvaddons.ag” then enter “fusion” or anything you like as the name.
Step 3: Press the Home icon to return to the home screen and select “System/Settings“. Scroll down and select “Add-ons“. Locate and select “Install from .zip file”.
Step 4: Select the “fusion” folder then “Start Here”, “plugin.video.hubwizard“.
Step 5: Press the Home icon to return to the home screen and select “Programs“. Select the “config wizard“, next you need to select the appropriate device installer.
Step 6: Once the installation has finished you will need to reboot the device to force all add-ons to check for updates.
Final Thoughts About Streaming TV Shows & Movies
It’s pretty obvious that watching movies that have just come out in theaters or live tv channels and tv shows is most likely not legal. So use 3rd part add-ons at your own risk or consider using a VPN service.
Unlimited internet bandwidth. If you don’t have unlimited internet bandwidth you may want to closely monitor your data usage. Our average monthly usage in 600GB+, granted we have several devices often streaming content.
What Kodi Add-ons Do You Like?
If you use Kodi I’d love to hear what add-ons you like to use and why, so feel free to let me know in the comments below and maybe include few details about the add-on, not just the name.