A few months back, I wrote on this site and other sites that I own about the Kodi Box. Kodi is a piece of software that brings a lot of entertainment to your TV right at home. You can watch TV, Movies and all types of entertainment. You can get live TV from all over the world, or on demand TV show episodes, all completely free! All you need is an Internet connection, a screen to watch on and Kodi software!
- Firstly, you can use it right on your PC.
- You can use it on any Android device like a cellphone or tablet.
- You can get a special Android box that hooks up to your TV and shows all of the entertainment right on your big screen!
In my case, I have an “M8S” Android box that hooks up to my TV set. With this box, I use an MX3 “Air Mouse” which is just like a remote control for the box. Frankly, it is the best remote control that I have ever used. It is like a mouse, but done with a remote control that you can hold in your hand, and is totally wireless like any other remote control.
Recently, a friend told me he was interested in getting a Kodi Box himself and asked me what he could watch with it. The list is so long, it is practically infinite. I put together a list for him showing what I have installed on my box, and I thought I’d share that with you today.
The way that I have my Kodi set up, I have maybe a couple dozen different sources of shows. You can set up literally hundreds of sources, but much of that is just of no interest to me, and I suspect to you. I mean, the Slovak Sports Channel is just not something I am going to watch, if you know what I mean! In the list below, on some of the items I say that a VPN is required, what that means is that the channels are geo-blocked, they are blocked for areas outside of the location that they serve. You can subscribe to a VPN service that will block your IP address so that it does not show where you are located.
Here is a list of what I have set up on my box:
StreamLive – This is for streaming live events, but to be honest, there is rarely anything on here.
ABC Family – This is the ABC Family TV Network site, and many of their shows are available on here. I watch only from time to time. I am not sure, but you might be able to view only if you have a VPN or SmartDNS setup that shows you in the USA, but this only costs you about $5/month.
Apple iTunes Podcasts – I am able to listen to any podcasts that are on iTunes, which means just about every podcast out there.
CBS News – Live CBS News, CBS News video clips, etc. Includes things like Face the Nation, 60 Minutes, etc. You probably need the VPS to get this.
cCloud TV – This is a fantastic service that has all kinds of TV networks – both US and Worldwide. Live Sports, etc. Also, almost any TV News Network in the world.
Cooking Channel – This is the official site of the Cooking Channel. Includes many of their TV shows in full episodes, full seasons, etc. Probably need the VPN to watch.
DIY Network – Official site of the DIY channel. Lots of Home Improvement shows and such. Full Seasons available on most shows. Probably need the VPN to watch.
ESPN – Sports same as ESPN on TV in the USA, although it does not always work. VPN required.
Exodus – This is a very important source for TV shows and movies. Basically, anything you could find in the way of TV or Movies on a torrent site is available here. You can either stream the content or download it for later viewing. Very good and reliable source of programming. No VPN is needed.
Food Network – This is the official site of the Food Network. Includes many of their TV shows in full episodes, full seasons, etc. Probably need the VPN to watch.
Hallmark Channel – You are probably familiar with this channel from your Cable TV in the USA. Many old shows and movies available. VPN might be required.
HGTV – Official site of HGTV US channel. Lots of good home improvement shows, etc. VPN needed.
Movie Hut – This is for watching movies. Streaming only. Almost any movie you might ever want to see can usually be found here. No VPN required.
Navi-X – this is a popular Kodi add on, but to be honest, I never use it.
NBC Sports Live Extra – Live Sporting events that are on NBC. Streaming only. VPN required.
PBS Think TV – PBS programming. Full seasons of most series on PBS. Nightly PBS News Hour. Lots of good content. Streaming only. VPN required.
Sports Devil – Live Sport events. I have never really watched. I think it might be mostly European Sports, but am not really sure. I have found things like Manny Pacquiao fights on some of these worldwide sports channels in the past, though, so I keep them in case I am looking for such an event.
Stream All the Sources – For streaming live TV, but I really don’t use this. However, you never know what you might find on these kinds of services.
Ted Talks – If you are familiar with TED Talks I am sure that you love them. This has a huge archive of past TED talks, and I enjoy watching. Not sure if a VPN is needed, they may or may not monitor IP addresses.
This Week in Startups – This is a sort of Video Podcast that comes out every week. Mostly talk about Tech start up companies and such. I watch every now and then just because it is kind of interesting. I don’t think any VPN would be needed for this.
Travel Channel – Official site of The Travel Channel US channel. Lots of good shows, etc. VPN needed.
Velocity – Like Phoenix and Exodus, torrent site type stuff is available here. Streaming or download.
WABC Programs – Regular programing from WABC TV (NYC I think). Regular ABC programming. VPN needed.
WCBS Programs – Regular programing from WCBS TV (NYC I think). Regular CBS programming. VPN needed.
WNBC Programs – Regular programing from WNBC TV (NYC I think). Regular NBC programming. VPN needed.
YouTube – With this you can watch any videos from YouTube. No VPN needed.
The stuff listed above is only for Video (except the podcasts, which are audio). There are also Kodi add ons for things like Radio, Pictures, TV Stations (although TV stations are also included in Video). For me, I don’t use Kodi for all of that other stuff, just the Video add ons. You may find the other stuff valuable, I don’t.
For channels that are only for streaming, if you don’t have the bandwidth, what you can often do is start the stream and then pause it for 15 or 30 minutes, then start the stream and there is a lot already buffered so you can probably watch the whole show without any pausing.
If there are channels that you have an interest in that I don’t have, let me know and I might be able to find it for you. I have installed popular stuff and stuff that interests me. Our tastes may not be the same, so just let me know if there is something you really want or need and if I can find it I will install it for you.
If I said “VPN required” on the above, I mean VPN or SmartDNS (which is what I use).
Please understand, these channels come and go. I cannot guarantee that any of them will be on forever. Right now, I would say that it is rare for them to stop working, but it does happen. When one of them goes dark, usually something else comes along to replace it, and when that happens there are lots of Kodi related user websites and YouTube channels where you can find out the information.
When I download stuff (which is what I usually do), it is downloaded to a 2TB hard drive that I have hooked to the Kodi Box. When I am ready to watch I use the Kodi application for playing the video on my TV set.
So, this kind of gives a basic run down of what you can watch on Kodi. I would suspect that you will find way, way more entertainment available through the Kodi than you are currently getting, no matter where you get it from. Because of that, I personally believe that Kodi is the way to go.
I can sell you a pre-programmed Kodi Android Box
I am now selling Kodi Boxes for the convenience of other expats living in the Philippines – or for non-expats too! Anybody living in the Philippines can order a Kodi Box from me and get great entertainment from all over the world! Check it out here. If you order a box from me, I pre-program it for you and set up all of the channels that I listed above. You don’t have to go through the hours and hours of programming it and learning how to do that. It makes everything very simple.
If you have any questions, please let me know.