Media streaming boxes are massively popular in the marketplace. These devices allow you to stream content from a varying range of services, while also letting you access your local media library over Wi-Fi. One of the names that comes to mind here is Kodi, which is currently used by thousands of users around the world. However, its user interface is not necessarily the best out there, which means there’s no dearth of people seeking alternatives.
Well, given the versatility of mobile platforms today, you will be pleased to know that there are a bunch of alternatives to Kodi out there. Since the options are too many, we have decided to compile a list of five of the best Kodi alternatives available out there.
So without waiting any further, let’s check them out.
5 Best Kodi Alternatives
This is an excellent alternative to Kodi and comes with a much more refined user experience. You can access your local network thanks to the Windows, Linux and Mac apps. Keeping this in mind, pairing this with any computer around you should be a breeze. In its core, Stremio is an app that lets you streamline your content for better viewing. You can use an add-on system to sign up with streaming services, thus allowing you to view all your content on one device.
Stremio also allows users to cast content to or from a Google Chromecast or Apple TV, making it a viable partner for your existing streaming devices. If there’s content that you need to rent or purchase, Stremio will list them out along with their prices. You will be redirected to a webpage to complete the payment, but it’s pretty simple beyond that. The app is a free download on the Google Play Store and is devoid of ads and in-app purchases. The app works with devices running Android 5.0 and up.
This is yet another media center application that comes with extensive features to offer you the best streaming quality and video player. The app also comes with a Chromecast remote built-in, allowing you to cast content conveniently. Naturally, the app also supports streaming from your local server over Wi-Fi. The app supports 3rd party add-ons as well, which are worth checking out.
One feature I particularly like about this app is that it lets you customize subtitles and the font they’re displayed in. The app can also be used as a file manager to navigate into your SD card or native storage. The app will automatically generate posters and other content for titles in your local server, which is a nifty feature to have. Since this is only a media center app, it doesn’t contain any content whatsoever. This means you either have to setup a local server or install the aforementioned 3rd party add-on to pair with free streaming services.
Kokotime is a free app on the Google Play Store and is ad-supported. There’s no way to get rid of the ads, though, as there are no in-app purchases here. Kokotime works with smartphones running Android 4.1 or better.
Plex is a well known name in the streaming business and with good reason. The app has been the mainstay among conventional media player apps for Android. Plex allows you to arrange all your media content in an organized manner and will also download artwork for your music and media automatically. The app also supports streaming music from Tidal with access to over 59 million songs. This is also a great app to listen to podcasts with a slick discovery interface, letting you learn about some new podcasts through the app.
With a compatible tuner and antenna, you can also stream free live TV (over-the-air) and even record them using Plex Pass, the company’s premium offering for paying customers. The best part about Plex is that it also doubles as an excellent Android video player, letting you play content directly from the app. Any audio file can be played using Plex, with support for formats like MP3, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, and more. Plex is a free download on the Google Play Store. The app comes with ads and in-app purchases. It is recommended to get the Plex Pass subscription to unlock the full potential of the app.
This app comes with a simple to use interface and doesn’t take long to get used to. It has over 50 4K movies as of now, and a ton of HD and Full HD titles as well. Once you select the title or episode you want to watch, you will have the option to choose the video quality as well as the subtitles, should you need it. You can search for shows manually, while Terrarium TV will also recommend shows that are trending at the moment. The app doesn’t let you stream directly, but you will be able to download content for later perusal without an internet connection.
The developer lists this as a guide app, and you should treat it as such. However, if you’re short pressed for options, this is definitely worth checking out. The app is a free download with some ads on board.
Emby for Android
This is a comprehensive media library app that brings together all your important media files under one roof (or app). It automatically converts all videos so that you can play them on any device. Moreover, each video file you upload onto the server will automatically get posters and other metadata onboard, which is in line with the other apps that we’ve spoken about in this article. Emby, however, is a feature packed offering with exciting additions as well as safeguards in the form of parental controls.
You can also choose to stream content from cloud servers, while also viewing your DVR content assuming you have a plan with your live TV provider. The app is a free download on the Play Store with no ads. There are in-app purchases, however. Be sure to check it out from the Play Store.