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If you have been using low-quality, illegal add-ons to watch TV shows and movies on Kodi, STOP!
Firstly, they could land you in legal trouble. Secondly, there are plenty of great, content-packed add-ons that are perfectly legal, so why take the risk? Here are the best Kodi add-ons you didn’t know you needed, but should install right now.
Charge is a live TV service that’s entirely free to watch. It offers action movies, TV shows, sports, entertainment, and even the occasional series.
Download the app in Kodi’s official repo.
2. Comet TV
The Comet TV add-on is made by the same developer as Charge. Like Charge, it offers 24/7 live streaming.
Comet TV’s focus is on science fiction. You’ll find old movies, classic TV shows, cult series, and forgotten gems. For more modern content, check out the best sci-fi movies on Netflix.
3. Tubi TV
Tubi TV is the first on-demand add-on in the list. It has more than 20,000 TV shows and movies, all of which are both free and legal to watch. The app is ad-supported, hence the extensive library.
You won’t find the latest blockbusters. To give you a taste, movies such as Jeepers Creepers, Afterlife, and Bandits are listed. Much like Netflix, the available content you see will vary depending on your geographic location.
Tubi TV is available in the BG Addons Repository.
FilmRise’s YouTube channel is one of the best ways to watch legal movies. The add-on lets you access the same library from your Kodi app.
The company behind the app is a film acquisition and distribution company, so the quality of the available movies is solid.
ABC Family carries a selection of the best family-friendly content from the American TV network, ABC. Some content is available without making an account.
If you are outside the United States, you will need to use a VPN.
6. Live Tube
YouTube has offered live streaming since May 2013, but it wasn’t until mid-2017 that the minimum subscriber level was reduced to 100.
The change has meant YouTube has become a treasure trove of live content. You can find everything from 24/7 music videos to news. This add-on makes the live streams easy to browse and watch.
It’s available in the Fusion repo.
USTVNow is a paid service for U.S. citizens who live abroad. For $19/month, you can watch ABC, Fox News, ESPN, BBC America, AMC, and more.
On-demand content is also available.
Who wouldn’t love to learn to cook better? The Cooking Channel, which is produced by the same team that’s responsible for The Food Network, can help. There’s a mountain of content to work through, with stuff arriving constantly.
Again, users outside the U.S. will need to run a VPN.
Pluto.TV offers a mix of on-demand content and live TV channels. It provides access to mainstream networks like CNBC, Sky News, Bloomberg, and Cheddar, as well as internet-only channels such as The Nerdist and IGN.
10. BBC iPlayer
If you’re in the U.K. and pay your TV license fee, you can use the unofficial BBC iPlayer app. It provides live streams of the network’s TV channels and a vast library of on-demand content.
Despite being unofficial, the app is available in the official Kodi repo.
Popcornflix is no relation to the controversial Popcorn Time movie streaming app. The add-on offers full-length movies, trailers, clips, and TV series legally and for free.
You can also watch on the web or by using the company’s smartphone apps.
12. TBD TV
TBD TV is a channel for millennials. Its content includes web films, scripted and unscripted series, and featurettes.
It also owns the rights to some feature films. They form the backbone of the TBD Movie of the Day, which runs seven days a week.
Twitch is essentially YouTube for gamers. You can watch other people play your favorite titles, listen to some (often hilarious) commentary, and chat with other people.
14. TV Land
TV Land is a Viacom-owned cable and satellite channel in the U.S that’s been running for more than 20 years.
Its bread-and-butter are television series. It offers an enjoyable mix of new and classic shows. You’ll also find the odd limited theatrical release movie and original series.
Plex is Kodi’s great rival, with most users committing to one of the two apps. So, if you’re a Kodi user, why should you install Plex on Kodi?
Well, you’ll gain access to Plex’s unofficial channels, which will massively increase the amount of content you have available to you.
YouTube boasts 400 hours of video uploaded every minute, 5 billion videos on the platform, and 50 million content creators. Just install the YouTube add-on already.
17. Adult Swim
Adult Swim is an adult-orientated offshoot of the Cartoon Network. It screens animation, mockumentaries, sketch comedy, and live action programs.
It offers a large number of syndicated shows, including King of the Hill, American Dad, and Family Guy.
TVPlayer is another add-on for people based in the U.K. If you’re located outside the British Isles, you’ll need to use a VPN to tune into it.
It provides more than 100 channels, including the full complement of leading British networks.
The TVPlayer add-on is available through the Fusion repo.
MovieZoot is a legal way to watch thousands of Community Commons or copyright-free films. As such, the quality varies dramatically, but you can be confident you’ll always be able to find the latest indie film that the hipsters are talking about.
You’ll also have access to old classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, A Farewell to Arms, and God Created Woman.
MovieZoot is available in the Fusion repo.
NewsON is a joint venture between five of the largest TV stations in the United States and offers 170 channels from 108 American cities. The NewsON add-on is geo-restricted, so you need to be located within the U.S. to watch the streams.
It’s one of the best ways to watch live news on Kodi.
Download Even More Content for Kodi
These legal Kodi add-ons should mean you never run out of content, but if you’re still looking for more, we’ve previously detailed how to watch live TV on Kodi. And did you know that Kodi can double up as a console for playing retro games?
If you would like more information about any of the technical details we have briefly touched on above, be sure to read our beginner’s guide to setting up and using Kodi.