Kodi is many things, but what it isn’t is a streaming service. Thanks to its open source nature, many Kodi add-ons are rolled out by users of Kodi–only add-ons sanctioned by Kodi are offered on their website–which come with features Kodi doesn’t always natively support.
Take Internet Protocol Television, for example, or “IPTV.” Who wants to hook up yet another device to their computer or television? With Kodi, grab yourself the IPTV Kodi add-on and skip messing with the wires.
What is an Internet Protocol Television?
Take the features of a cable service provider, remove the hardware–specifically the entire box–but keep behind the technology that streams the content to your retinas. You might assume something like Netflix or Hulu, but those are libraries full of media, not live services. An IPTV takes the features of live channels and turns in into a streaming protocol that gives you the power to stream live television. No wires are needed, no box is needed, no TV tuner and no hardware. All you need is your computer and Kodi.
The power of an IPTV comes from the third-party add-on itself, which Kodi supports through its open source nature, but it isn’t endorsed by Kodi. That’ll be explained shortly. Popular Kodi add-ons like Navi-X, Ultimate UPTV, UKTV and Kodi Live are just a few examples of IPTV’s that offer live content streamed straight to your computer with an Internet Protocol.
Understanding Third-Party Kodi Add-ons
Let’s get something straight before diving into the meat of Kodi add-ons: these add-ons aren’t sanctioned by Kodi themselves. Third-party add-ons may work in Kodi, they might offer illegal content through Kodi’s platform, but by no means are they developed by Kodi, nor are they advertised by Kodi. An add-on that streams content illegally is free of Kodi’s influence.
Here’s Team Kodi’s own disclaimer that sheds the right amount of light on the subject of add-ons:
“The official Kodi version does not contain any content whatsoever. This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own. Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website. The watching or listening of illegal or pirated content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi.”
In other words, Kodi is nothing more than a toolbox, so to speak. The tools are there for you to create whatever you want and if you happen to create something illegal, that’s entirely on you. With that being said, Techzillo itself does not endorse streaming of exclusive or copyrighted media content of any kind.
Enabling Unknown Sources in Kodi
Before you can make a move on installing an IPTV, you first have to enable “Unknown Sources” in Kodi’s settings. Doing so gives you the power to install third-party add-ons to Kodi, should the need arise and with it disabled, you are barred from doing so; a level of protection, so to speak.
Here’s what you do:
1. Locate and launch the Kodi program. Its icon is a blue diamond etched with an uppercase “K.” Look for it on your desktop or with your operating system’s search function.
2. When Kodi finally launches and you’re on the main menu, click on System, represented by a gear icon located in the top left corner of the Kodi window.
3. In the System menu, make your way over to System Settings, located in the bottom right corner of the Kodi window, represented by a screwdriver overlapping a gear.
4. In your System Settings, there is a menu on the left hand side. Hover your mouse cursor over Add-ons.
5. On the right hand side you’ll see additional options for Add-ons. Locate and click Unknown sources. You’ll get a message box from Kodi warning you of the potential dangers of enabling “Unknown Sources” and what that means for you. If you agree to the dangers, then click Yes.
Now that “Unknown Sources” has been enabled, you are almost ready to install an IPTV. The next set of steps is obtaining the files for the IPTV you want.
Installing an IPTV on Kodi
Considering there are probably dozens of IPTVs out there, creating a step-by-step guide for every single one of them would be foolish and beyond the scope of this article. However, that doesn’t need to be done. Instead, the steps below apply to just about every IPTV you download because the steps involved for adding add-ons is generally the same, with maybe a step or two extra depending on the add-on.
1. Download an IPTV that has the features you desire. Download links for IPTV won’t be provided here. Finding them is entirely up to you. When you find one and download it, you’ll get a .ZIP file.
2. Locate and launch the Kodi program, if you don’t already have it running.
3. On Kodi’s main menu, click on System. It’s the gear icon located in the top left corner of the screen.
4. In the System menu, click File Manager located in the upper left corner of the Kodi window. Its icon is a folder.
5. In Filer Manager, click Add Source. When the “Add file source” window appears, click on <None> and then add the link for your IPTV. Give it a name, preferably the name of the IPTV and click OK.
6. Head back to the System Menu and this time you want to click Add-ons, which is also located at the top, represented by what looks to be an opened box.
7. In the Add-ons menu, click Install from zip file. Locate the repository that matches the IPTV you downloaded. Afterwards, click OK and head on back to the Add-ons menu.
8. This time click Install from repository. Choose the repository and then Video add-ons.
9. Choose the IPTV add-on and then click Install. After a few moments, you new IPTV will install and you can use it from Kodi’s main menu.