Okay, so you have a computer, but find it to be a drag to constantly have to download torrent files of movies and TV shows that you used to watch with Cable, and well, you're also sick of all the hard drive space that it is taking up. There are tons of options for you. In my case, it was a combination of things that led me to Kodi.
- Hard Drive space was being eaten up by downloads
- Downloads were slow
- The network ran a bit slow while I wanted to do other things
- It's a real drag to not have a computer dedicated to the TV
- I wanted to simplify everything to make watching TV as easy as Cable made it
There are many options for you:
- Amazon Firestick and FireTV
- set up a dedicated PC for your TV
- Apple TV
- Google Nexus
- Google Chromecast
- Game Console (Xbox, Playstation, etc)
- Raspberry Pi
- Various Android TV-dongles
Many of these devices work fine without much tweaking, but for the more Do-it-yourself options, you are likely going to use KODI, which came from the XBox Media Center (XBMC). KODI is a program that is not just free, it's open-source, supported by a gigantic community, easy to use, and has what seems to be unlimited features and functionality. It works on many of the above platforms and devices, and will likely be available for a lot more devices in the future. This guide will help you set up KODI so that you can start using it with ease. I will not cover the actual install of KODI itself, because it varies from platform to platform, but I will give as many links to relevant websites whenever possible.
So to learn more about KODI, go to the TV-Addons page: http://www.tvaddons.ag
After you go there, click on the Install link at the top, which will take you to a page that will give you downloads and instructions for all major devices that currently run KODI. (The link is: http://www.tvaddons.ag/install-kodi/)
IMMEDIATELY AFTER INSTALL
(This is documented at http://www.tvaddons.ag/install-addons-kodi/)
So after you install KODI, run it. Familiarize yourself with the look and layout, and your controls. Some of you will have a remote, others will have a PC keyboard. What you want to do is figure out where the menus are, and how to select and back out of them.
- Click on System -> File Manager (There will be a first-time run dialog. You can follow it, but when you're done, continue)
- Click on Add Source (You will see a new dialog open up)
- Click on the box under "Enter the paths or browse for the media locations". A Keyboard will show up on screen.
- Type in: HTTP://fusion.tvaddons.ag
- Click "Done" on the keyboard.
- Click on the box below, under "Enter a name for this media source". The keyboard will show up again.
- Type in: Fusion
- Click "Done" on the keyboard.
- Click "OK"
Repeat the above procedure with the following:
- http://srp.nu (Name it the "Super Repo")
- http://xunitytalk.com/xfinity (Name it "Xfinity")
- Radio (lets you listen to radio stations from all over the world)
- Apple I-Tunes Podcasts
- Free Streams -- Many of the cable channels, plus most of the stuff available in Britain. It's not HD, but it's all the channels that people pay for (but free)
- Genesis -- Free movies and TV shows (current and older)
- 1Channel -- Free movies and TV shows (current and older)
- iStream -- access to more movies and TV
- Yify Movies HD -- More movie sources
- WorldTV XunityTalk.com -- International TV station streams.
Finally, here are some links to help you with more stuff:
- Kodi.tv -- The home of KODI
- TV Addons -- The home of TV Addons, where you will find a lot of great public-domain, open-source addons for KODI.
- XunityTalk -- This is a series of forums for KODI and KODI add-ons users to share info, including troubleshooting.
- Super Repo -- a place to get all of the add-ons you can possibly want for KODI.