With so many Kodi addons going offline, we’ve recently dug back through the archives to check on the availability of popular addons like SportsDevil. We’ve found that SportsDevil is still available, with a few installation location changes. There are few sports addons on Kodi that have the same name recognition as SportsDevil. The SportsDevil Kodi addon has been a popular mainstay for Kodi users for a few years. This guide will break down how to install this popular addon and provide a detailed guide on what you’ll find when you open up the addon for the first time.
Update 7/17/2017: The latest SportsDevil version is NL15. You will need to download the latest version via direct download of the zip file from Media Fire. We’ve added an installation method for this below. We’ve also added in installation methods through two popular repositories that have slightly older, but still functional versions of the addon.
SportsDevil Kodi Addon Installation Guide
There are several ways to install or update SportsDevil on Kodi. The first and best method is to download the zip file directly. The best alternative methods to this are to install the file from a linked repository. We’ve explained how to do both below.
Best Option: Direct Download
To download and install SportsDevil, do the following:
- Download the SportsDevil zip file by opening a new tab and pasting in the following address: http://www.mediafire.com/file/l24at8ga43sabkr/plugin.video.SportsDevil_NL15-7.zip
- Go to the Addons tab from the home screen.
- Click on My Addons
- Highlight and select the ellipses (…) at the top
- Select Install from zip
- Locate your installed file, plugin.video.SportsDevil-2017_NL15-7.zip
- Your addon will install, with a popup message displaying on the top right. You can find the addon from your home screen under Addons > Video addons
Option 2: Smash Repository
The Smash Repo currently has an updated version of SportsDevil, but not the latest version available above. The version in Smash still works, however.
After you complete the installation for Smash, you can find SportsDevil by going to Addons > Package Symbol > Install from repository > Smash Repository > SportsDevil
As of this writing, the current version in the Smash Repository is considered by Kodi to be the newer version, based on how the version numbers are written. This means if you installed the version from the Media Fire download through the zip file, Kodi might try to automatically update to the Smash version. To keep this from occurring, turn off automatic updates on your Kodi.
You can turn off automatic updates by doing the following:
- From your Kodi home page, go to Addons
- Go to Settings (gear symbol on the top left)
- Click on Updates on the right and change to either Never check for updates or Notify, but don’t install updates
A Word on VPNs and Sports Addons
We know you’ve had the benefits of Virtual Private Networks preached to you already. However, having your connection encrypted is extremely important if you want to keep what you stream on Kodi private. The encryption provided by a virtual private network has several benefits, including the ability to spoof your virtual location. This is especially important for users in places like the UK, where SportsDevil the SportsDevil Kodi addon is most likely blocked on a national level. UK ISPs are increasingly working with the government to shut down access to sports streams. We suggest IPVanish as our go-to solution for enhancing the Kodi experience. Its award-winning services are a favorite among Kodi users for a reason. It just works.
SportsDevil: Benefits and Limitations
There’s only so much one can say about the SportsDevil Kodi addon. What is does is provide you access to several streaming websites and links. As such, SportsDevil is not so much a streaming addon as it is a streaming options aggregator. This is also where the biggest problems with SportsDevil occur.
You’ll find a very wide range of streaming options on Kodi. However, most of the streaming categories do nothing more than just connect you to the same channels. For example, searching under the “Sports TV” section gives you around 10 links to different streaming sites. Each one contains the same channels: A smorgasbord of Sky Sports, BT Sports, and a load of other channels from American to South American to European. While the channel offerings are indeed impressive, that the add-on simply provides multiple avenues to the same content is a bit disappointing.
The biggest limitation for SportsDevil is with functionality. Far too often, it just…does not work. There are several reasons for this, but many users will often run into a dreaded “No Stream Available” message. And no, simply switching to a different streaming option does not always fix the problem. One reason for this has been noted as the links changing on the back end, making the internal links within the add-on nonfunctioning. This often happens when the SportsDevil developers update the application. Unfortunately, this cannot always be fixed.