One of many things that make Kodi so great as an entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs is its support for third-party addons. On the official website, you can browse through several categories of addons, which cover everything from games to lyrics to subtitles to weather. Among the most popular addons are Specto and Exodus—two very similar multi-source Kodi addons for movies and television.
Exodus Versus Specto
Not too long ago, almost every list that featured a selection of best addons for Kodi contained an addon called Genesis. With Genesis, Kodi users could watch movies, TV shows, and live channels for free with only a click of a button. Over time, the development of the addon slowed down, and unfixed bugs started to make it almost unusable. When the version 5.1.3 was released by the creator of Genesis, Lambda, nobody was too surprised to read that Lambda had decided to stop working on Genesis. Still, many were saddened to see their favorite addon become abandoned.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long for a fork of Genesis to appear and make the addon usable again. The name of this fork is Specto. Around the same time, Lambda decided to get back in the game and release a brand-new addon, called Exodus, as a replacement for Genesis.
While very similar at first sight, there are some major differences between the two addons that might convince you to install Specto instead of Exodus. Probably the most important difference is the native support for favorites. Specto is also considered to be more reliable than Exodus and has more HD streams.
Recently, Exodus users have been receiving an error message saying, “could not connect to repository.” This has been happening because Exodus, and Kodi in general, has become a target of copyright trolls and anti-piracy organizations. This led to a shutdown of TVAddOns, a popular library for addon services with more than a thousand unofficial addons for Kodi. For a short while, the Kodi community was in a state of panic over rumors that the same fate could come upon Kodi. That didn’t turn out to be the case, and the popular open-source media player software application lives on.
How to Install Specto Kodi
Specto is developed by MrKnow and independent contributors from around the world. The development takes place on GitHub, where you can find the source code for the addon as well as all open and closed issues. Official builds of the addon are hosted on the Filmkodi.com repository.
To install Specto, you need to add the repository as a source, download the latest version of the addon from the repository, and install the downloaded addon. This is how to do it:
- Go to Settings > System settings > Addons > and activate Unknown sources.
- Return to the home screen.
- Go to Settings > File manager > Add source > type “https://kodi.filmkodi.com” in the field titled “Enter a name for this media source.”
- Return to the home screen.
- Go to Addons > Enter the Addon Browser > select Install from zip file > select specto > select repository.filmkodi.com > select the latest addon archive file > select Install from repository > select Filmkodi.com repository – MRKNOW > select Video addons > select Specto – … Fork > select Install.
- Return to the home screen.
- Start Specto by clicking on the Addons button.
Just make sure to type the URL of the addon repository exactly as it is. Other than that, there’s really nothing that you could mess up. Keep in mind that Specto isn’t an official Kodi addon, so future Kodi updates may cause bugs or even prevent the addon from working altogether. When this happens, it’s usually a matter of days before a new version of the addon is released and all the problems are fixed.
Be aware of takedowns
Just like we mentioned earlier, many of these services are subject to takedowns from governments in the US and around the world. This is because, even addons like Specto, are considered to be illegal because they are breaking copyright laws. That said, once they are caught, and with enough ample evidence compiled, governments all over the world — including the US — generally take these addons down and seize their assets.
That said, if the installation instructions above don’t work or fix your problem, it’s very possible that the addon has been taken down. There is no way to remedy the problem, other than to keep an eye out for a new version of the addon, or another developer who has decided to try and resurrect it.
Use a VPN
When you’re using addons like Specto, it’s always good to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) alongside it. This encrypts all of your traffic and data, keeping it from being stolen by prying eyes or governments who may want to pursue legal action against those that are taking part in copyrighted content like this.
A VPN can actually be extremely beneficial for those that are seeking to speed up their Internet connection when using streaming addons like Specto. This is generally because many top and popular ISPs are slowing down Internet connections that are using systems like Kodi, as well as other streaming services. A good way to get around that is to use a VPN, which will make sure that you your ISP isn’t able to see what you’re doing on the Internet. Thus, they won’t be able to throttle your connection, and you should be able to use your normal, if not faster, speeds when pulling down content from Specto.
The good news is that most VPNs on the market right now are free of charge. Many of them are ad-supported, but still allow you to watch content on Specto and Kodi without investing any money in it. A couple of good ones that you can use are VyprVPN or CyberGhost — both have free tiers, but don’t collect any user data while you’re connected. They have some pretty good security features packed inside as well.