If you’ve got Kodi installed on your Windows PC, Android device, or some other piece of technology, you’re probably wondering how you can start watching live TV with Kodi. Well, you’re in luck: you can actually start watching your favorite TV shows, live, with different Kodi addons. If you follow along with our list, we’re going to show you the best Kodi addons to start watching your favorite content live on the air. Keep in mind that streaming copyrighted content like this is a no-go, so many of these addons are being taken down or are requiring forks of them to be made.
First up on our list is the YouTube addon. YouTube isn’t live TV, but in 2018, more and more folks are getting their favorite content from YouTube. In fact, many creators are offering live shows at specific times during the day on YouTube, since this creators just aren’t able to get on TV. That said, you can download the YouTube addon on Kodi to start watching your favorite creators’ live content. You can even find new “live” content very easily on YouTube — if you categorize by the “Live” category, you’ll be able to watch your favorite live content on YouTube with Kodi (although, it’s fairly easy to just do this on the regular YouTube app as well).
If you want to catch up on your favorite content over the pond, you should download the BBC iPlayer addon for Kodi, called iPlayerWWW. With the iPlayer, you can get personalized recommendations for TV shows, track your favorite channels/programs, and you can even watch your favorite content for up to thirty days after it airs without having to record it.
The one downside to iPlayer is that it’s still geo-restricted, even with the Kodi addon. With that in mind, you’ll have to download and start using a VPN to use the iPlayer add-on to access your favorite UK-based content. Keep in mind that, with the VPN, you’ll have to connect up to a UK server so that you get a UK IP address that the BBC iPlayer can recognize for you as a passthrough.
Nemesis is one of the oldest Kodi addons available, and gives you a way to watch your favorite IPTV shows. There’s tons of IPTV content that Nemesis has to offer, so you’ll be satisfied for weeks and months to come. The one downside is that it can be a little bit of a pain, as you do have to enter a PIN code to continue streaming on Nemesis every four hours. However, it’s not too bad, because the developer does need to be able to make some money as well.
cCloud TV is a really popular live TV addon as well, but the one downside is that thousands of channels aren’t available. It’s much easier for addons to offer recorded content that has already been live on the air than it is for these addons to let you stream your favorite channels live. It’s still one of the best live TV addons out there, but you will have to do some digging around to find your favorite TV shows. That said, you should be able to streaming content like Nation Geographic, ESPN, CW, AMC, Animal Planet, and a few others without issue.
Last, but certainly not least, USTVNow is another phenomenal addon available for Kodi. You will have to have an account with USTVNOW that the app can authenticate with, and if you don’t have one, you’ll have to create one and sign-up for a low-priced subscription to watch your favorite channels. It costs around $19, which should allow you to watch 24 channel in the HD format on your Kodi software. There is a free plan, but it’s severely limited — only six channels are available to watch under this subscription, but you will still be able to stream them in the HD format.
So, which Kodi addon is best for watching live TV? If you’re truly attempting to watch live TV, then you might want to skip out on the YouTube addon, instead opting for either USTVNOW, cCloud TV, and iPlayer. But do keep in mind that, for something like iPlayer, you will have to also install a VPN to access that type of content, as it is geo-restricted. If we had to tell you one that was perfect for your needs, we might recommend cCloud TV to you, as it seems to have the largest content lineup as far as live TV Kodi addons go.