The 10 Best Kodi Add-Ons to Watch IPTV

Dan Price 27-12-2018

There are a few different types of IPTV add-ons for Kodi The 20 Best Kodi Add-Ons You Didn't Know You Needed Here are the best Kodi add-ons you didn't know you needed but should install right now. Read More . Some are focused around a particular channel or network (such as BBC iPlayer), while others let you add your own playlists for a customized channel list.


In this article, we will introduce you to some of the best Kodi add-ons from each IPTV category.

Customized Kodi IPTV Playlists

Let’s start with three add-ons that let you add and customize your own M3U playlists, allowing for a personalized IPTV experience. If you need some background first, check out our IPTV overview What Is IPTV and Is It Legal? What is IPTV? And, more importantly, is IPTV legal? As ever with legal questions, the answer is somewhat nuanced. Read More .

1. PVR IPTV Simple Client

PVR IPTV Simple Client installation window

PVR IPTV Simple Client is the basic IPTV Kodi add-on that most Kodi users will use. It comes pre-built into the Kodi app.

The add-on supports live TV, radio channels, and electronic program guides (EPGs).


If the PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on has been disabled, you can reactivate easily. Head to TV > Enter add-on browser > PVR IPTV Simple Client > Enable. To add your own M3U playlists, go to Configure > General, change Location to Remote Path (Internet Address), select M3U Playlist URL, and enter the address.

PVR IPTV Simple Client supports multilingual channels and program guides.

The add-on forms part of Kodi’s broader ability to read PLS files, M3U files, and cue sheets, all of which allow you to create basic and smart playlists within the Kodi app.

2. Playlist Loader [No Longer Available]

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Although PVR IPTV Simple Client is the default tool, it’s quite barebones compared to some of the other options out there.

The first alternative you should check out is Playlist Loader. Unlike the native tool, it allows you to add multiple M3U playlists at once then hop between them seamlessly. The feature is useful if you pull your IPTV services The Best Legal IPTV Service Providers in 2019 Here are the best legal IPTV services that won't get you in trouble with the law. Read More from lots of different sources; you’ll save time and frustration compared to overwriting a single URL every time you want to switch.

You will find Playlist Loader in the Avigdor repo. Download the ZIP file from GitHub then go to Add-ons > Add-on browser > Install from ZIP file to add it to your Kodi app.

3. XMLTV Meld

XMLTV Meld kodi addon


One of the best aspects of watching IPTV on Kodi is the EPG. However, many EPGs offer incorrect information. If you’re trying to recreate a “cable TV experience,” this is far from ideal.

The solution is to download XMLTV files for the channels in your M3U playlist. XMLTV files contain the EPG data. You can grab EPGs for most mainstream channels around the world from webgrabplus.com.

However, to truly get that cable feeling, you need to combine the separate EPGs into a single user interface. That’s where XMLTV Meld comes in. It joins multiple XMLTV providers into one XMLTV file.

The setup process is a touch complex. Read the official XMLTV Meld wiki for more information.


Other Kodi IPTV Apps

There are dozens of IPTV apps out there which stream content illegally. We’re not going to discuss them here, as watching illegal con How Your Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kodi Could Cause Legal Issues Kodi and the Amazon Fire TV Stick are insanely popular. However, although users are attracted to both Kodi and the Amazon Fire TV Stick's flexibility, they could easily land themselves in legal hot water. Read More tent on Kodi can land you in trouble How Your Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kodi Could Cause Legal Issues Kodi and the Amazon Fire TV Stick are insanely popular. However, although users are attracted to both Kodi and the Amazon Fire TV Stick's flexibility, they could easily land themselves in legal hot water. Read More . If you’re curious, a quick Google search will reveal everything you need to know; make sure you know the legality of Kodi Exodus Is Kodi Exodus Legal? Is Kodi Exodus legal? It's complicated. In this article, we guide you through this legal minefield. Read More .

However, away from the illegal content, there are lots of IPTV add-ons for Kodi which are perfectly legitimate. Here are six of the best.

4. BBC iPlayer

install iplayer for kodi

Although it’s not an official BBC app, the iPlayer add-on for Kodi uses the BBC service’s API key and is thus entirely legal.

Because the add-on uses official BBC feeds rather than dodgy third-party sources, it is only available to users in the U.K. If you want to watch from outside the British Isles, you will need to use a high-quality VPN service for Kodi 3 Free VPNs for Kodi (But the Best VPN for Kodi Is Paid) Free VPNs for Kodi do exist, although they aren't the best. This article lists the best of the free VPNs that specialize in Kodi. Read More .

5. USTVnow

ustvnow on kodi

If you’re an American expat living outside the United States, you need to install the USTVnow add-on.

The free package offers five channels: ABC, CBS, The CW, PBS, and MyTV 9. For $19/month, you can increase the number of channels to 24, including ESPN, TLC, National Geographic, AMC, Discovery, and FOX. The $24 premium package adds unlimited DVR capabilities.

6. The JukeBox

the jukebox kodi logo

If you’re a musically-minded person, you can’t go wrong with The JukeBox add-on. As the name suggests, its focus is on music-based IPTV content.

You’re not going to find MTV or VH1, but the app does have IPTV feeds from second-tier channels, including London’s Capital TV, Magic, The Box, and Vevo. There’s also a healthy dose of EDM and live DJing channels.

There’s even some on-demand content and audio-only content. You can search by genres, decades, concert, or even by DJ.

7. Comet

comet tv kodi home screen

If sci-fi is your thing, you need to have Comet TV in your life. It’s a live TV channel that only went live in 2015.

At the time of writing, it’s still only available in 75 percent of the US. If you live outside of the supported markets, Kodi is one of the best ways to access its IPTV feeds.

8. TBD

tdb kodi add on

TBD is a US network with content that’s primarily geared towards younger audiences. Like Comet TV, it’s a new channel, having only started broadcasting in December 2016.

And, also like Comet TV, it’s a long way from achieving nationwide coverage. Just over 60 percent of American households can pick up the signal.

If you’re a millennial looking for a mix of comedy, animation, esports, and music, the TBD IPTV add-on for Kodi is definitely worth installing.

9. Pluto TV

pluto tv kodi install

We’ve recommended Pluto on other streaming platforms, and the Kodi version of the app is no different.

Pluto does not focus on a single channel or network. Instead, it offers access to a range of IPTV content, including CNBC, Sky News, Bloomberg, and Cheddar. It also has its own native electronic program guide that’s accessible from within the add-on.

10. NewsON

newson kodi choose channel

In recent years, NewsON has answered the prayers of cord cutters who were desperate for a way to watch live news on Kodi The 12 Best Kodi Add-Ons for Watching Live News Cordcutters have always had a tough time watching live news. However, there are now some solid free Kodi add-ons dedicated to live news feeds. Read More .

Specifically, NewsON specializes in local news. It provides free access to live IPTV streams of 170 TV channels in 108 US cities.

In addition to live IPTV, you can also catch up with old streams for 48 hours after they air.

Add Your Kodi Add-On Recommendations

The Kodi add-ons for IPTV we have covered in this article will give you a broad selection of both customizable content and leading channels from the U.S. and Europe. If you’re a movie buff, you might also want to know about legal Kodi add-ons for free movies. If you know about any other IPTV add-ons worth mentioning, please let us know in the comments.

And if you’re new to the world of Kodi, be sure to check out our Kodi setup guide How to Use Kodi: The Complete Setup Guide Our beginner's guide shows how to install the Kodi software, how to navigate through the initial setup, and how to load add-ons. Read More  and check out some of the best Kodi skins and how to install them The 8 Best Kodi Skins and How to Install Them The best way to overhaul your Kodi experience is to install a new skin. Here are the best Kodi skins and how to install them. Read More . You can even customize popular Kodi skins How to Customize Popular Kodi Skins Here's everything you need to know on how to customize the most popular Kodi skins to make Kodi look exactly as you want. Read More !

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  1. Hmm
    December 30, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Kodi is a horrible choice to watch IPTV unless you subscribe to a premium based IPTV service. There's no comparison to the amount and quality of free IPTV that's (currently) available via Android apps.