What Is Kodi? Everything You Need To Know
What is Kodi? This is a question that I receive on a regular basis from our subscribers since many of my email updates and articles reference this amazing media center software.
Here is a simple definition of what Kodi is in my words.
Kodi is a free media center application, available on many different operating systems, which allows people to consume streaming media. Now, that one-sentence definition doesn’t do justice for this incredible piece of software and that is the reason for this article that will teach you everything that you need to know about Kodi.
Think of Kodi as the frame of an unfinished house. This is your base, and foundation for where all of your essential items will be stored. It’s task is to host applications and components that will be used for your viewing enjoyment. You will be able to watch live tv, sports, movies, tv shows, and so much more, all FOR FREE using the Kodi application.
I have been using Kodi (formerly named XBMC) since 2004 when I first used it on my original Xbox. Back then, it was named XBMC for Xbox Media Center. Kodi has come a long way since back then due to the thousands of addons, skins, builds, and wizards available for this software.
How Can I Use Kodi?
Kodi is currently available on the following operating systems; Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS. What does this mean? Since most computers come equipped with Windows, Mac, or Linux, it means that we can install Kodi onto our personal computers, or laptops. Due to Kodi’s support of both Android and iOS, it also means that we can install Kodi onto most mobile devices as well. Since Kodi supports both Android and iOS, it means that we can easily install Kodi onto our phones and tablets.
Now, there are also many television streaming boxes that use Android as its base operating system. An example of this is the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Both of these devices run a modified version of the Android operating system. Amazon built the Fire TV operating system off the Android OS which means we can install Kodi onto this device. You can access my popular tutorials on How to Install Kodi on Fire TV / Stick. One of the main reasons why the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are so popular is due to the fact that they are powerful and inexpensive devices that can run Kodi Media Center. Due to the popularity of Roku, I commonly get the question, “How do I install Kodi on Roku?” Unfortunately, there is no way of installing Kodi onto a Roku device. Again, your best bet is to use the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. I would suggest the Fire TV due to its better processing power than the stick.
What is a Kodi Box?
Recently, many people have been purchasing so called “Kodi boxes” on the web. Kodi boxes are nothing more than a generic streaming system with the Kodi application already pre-loaded onto it. Many of these Kodi boxes come “fully loaded” which means they have the application as well as many popular addons already installed. This is an option if you would like but many times the addons will not be up to par or to your liking. That is why it is suggested to purchase a “basic” streaming device like a Fire TV box or Fire TV Stick. Once you have the digital media player of your choice, you can customize it by downloading Kodi and all addons you may desire.
As of this article, there are also hundreds of various Android TV Boxes on the market today and one of their main purposes is to effectively run Kodi Media Center. My personal favorite Android TV Box and one I would recommend to anyone is the Nexbox A95X.
One of the coolest features of Kodi is its ability to stream online video from a variety of sources through various addons.
What Is A Kodi Addon?
You can think of a Kodi Addon as a small application that extends the functionality of the core software. There are literally thousands of addons that can be installed within Kodi that will turn this media center software into an online streaming beast.
Kodi provides a list of addons through its official repository but their are thousands more available through different sources on the Internet.
Some of the most popular Kodi addons provide access to free movies, television shows, live tv streams, live sports, and pay per view events. These addons are designed to search the Internet for free media content and serve the video or audio streams through Kodi.
Kodi addons are always changing, updating, and being created. So be sure to search often for any type of specific addon you may want on your device. Addons are available for any platform that can host the Kodi program.
Kodi addons usually come in a .zip format and can be installed with very little effort by using the addons section under the settings tab within Kodi.
What Is A Kodi Repository?
An easy way to think of a Kodi repository or “repo” is a bucket which contains multiple Kodi addons that are split up into separate categories. Rather than installing Kodi addons individually, you can install a Kodi repository that contains multiple addons that could all be to your liking.
With a repository, addons are continually updated once a newer or better version has been released.
When you receive instructions to install a specific Kodi addon, more than likely, those steps will involve installing a specific repository that will include other addons that you can install in addition to the one that you want.
Kodi repositories are also installed like individual addons, through a .zip file within the Kodi settings panel.
What Is A Kodi Skin?
One of the coolest features of Kodi is how awesome it looks and this is due to the amazing skins that are available. Just like Kodi Addons, there are literally thousands of skins available that you can install for free.
Within the Kodi Addon Repository, you can access the category that displays various skins. One of the most popular Kodi Skins as of this writing is Aeon Nox.
Some of the most popular skins allows the end-user to modify menus, images, shortcuts, and icons in a quick manner. This allows for a pretty cool looking Kodi setup that you can tailor to your liking. Here is a short list of some of the most popular skins at this time:
- Aeon Nox
Very similar to the situation with the Kodi addons, you can find other Skins that are available on the Internet but not included within the official repository.
What Is A Kodi Build?
A Kodi Build is a great way to get up and running quickly within Kodi. A Kodi build will install everything in one click such as popular addons, skin, settings, electronic program guide, and more.
Once you have Kodi installed on your device, it is now up to you to customize it just how you prefer. You have the option of going through all different addons and choosing the ones you like best, or you can install just one build which includes numerous addons with plenty of content.
With a build, you will save hours of searching and selecting specific addons and be up and running in just minutes with a few clicks. Using a build is the easiest way to use Kodi to stream and download content in a quick and sufficient manner. You will be able to get shows, movies, and all viewing items you might need in one location without the hassle of diving through all Kodi addons.
Again, most Kodi builds can be installed with a .zip file through Kodi settings tab.
What Is A Kodi Wizard?
A Kodi Wizard usually includes a list of multiple builds that you can choose to install with a single click. A wizard may also include some handy tools that can help with buffering, speed test, installing Android applications, etc.
You will see that everything outlined above such as addons, repositories, and builds are usually all combined into a wizard.
A Kodi wizard is a time-saving tool that can handle many functions. This is the future of Kodi and new users will love this option.
The Kodi Wizards can also be installed as a .zip file within Kodi settings panel.
What Is A Kodi EPG?
A Kodi EPG is an electronic program guide which works with your live tv addons that you have installed on your system. Very similar to the program guide that comes with your cable or dish service, this function allows you to see what is currently playing and start the stream through this user friendly interface.
There are many different Kodi EPG addons available but keep in mind that they are dependent on the live tv addons which are installed within Kodi.
I have a feeling that Kodi electronic program guides will become more popular as live tv addons are improved and streaming becomes more readily available.
Is Kodi Legal?
Kodi as an application is 100% completely legal. Downloading and installing the Kodi app crosses no legal boundaries and you can use it for numerous functions. Some of the addons and plug-ins that are available on Kodi may cause issues as being pirated content. Many of the popular addons that stream movies and tv shows may be blocked by your Internet Service Provider. That is why the best route to take when using Kodi is to install a VPN for your device.
If you have a VPN in place there will be no way for your ISP to track or block the content you are viewing. You can see below different tutorials on installing a VPN for your preferred Kodi device.
Best Kodi VPN
Many people who use Kodi on a regular basis use a VPN service. A VPN is a virtual private network which allows a Kodi device to connect to it and in return provides a different IP Address and masks the Internet activity of the user by encryption methods.
Learn everything you need to know about a VPN by CLICKING HERE.
Why would you need a Kodi VPN? Many Internet service providers are starting to block Kodi addons, builds, and wizards. The reason they are blocking these is due to the fact that many of these companies also provide cable service and these Kodi services will cut into their profits.
A Kodi VPN will mask your activity and provide you with the privacy that you deserve and allow you to connect to all of the best Kodi addons, builds, and wizards.
Below are two articles that will help you install a VPN on your Kodi device.
What Else can Kodi Do?
Download and Stream Music
As stated earlier in the post, Kodi is able to do so much more than just stream tv shows and movies. With different add ons, Kodi can transform into your tool for all digital media. One great aspect that Kodi offers is to store and play music. Using one of these Music add ons will allow you to download, store and play all music of your choice. It is essentially the same thing as purchasing Apple Music or Spotify Premium, but FOR FREE. Kodi is also able to download and play podcasts of all different types which you can do easily with the proper Addon.
Upload Pictures and Videos, View Social Media Platforms
Another important feature that Kodi offers is the ability to store and view pictures and videos from your library. Kodi offers numerous Picture addons that allow you to edit photos, create slideshows, and so much more. You may also use these photos to create skins and change backgrounds on your supported Kodi device.
Social Media and Weather Apps are another great service Kodi can provide. You can use Kodi to download such items as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many more. All of these items to go along with News Sources can be used on the Kodi application. Using this software, everything you have known in the digital world will be combined into one amazing device.
Download, Install, and Play Video Games
With the Kodi app installed, you will be able to access tons of video games from all different formats. Everything from Android apps to retro video games are able to be downloaded and played on your chosen Kodi device. With hundreds of different gaming addons available, there is no shortage of video games capable of being played using Kodi.
Post in the comments section below what you love most about Kodi.