The hugely popular KODI add-on “Phoenix” has been shut down following a legal challenge. Irony aside, this is a pretty big deal since it leaves many users without a way to access their streamed content. Have no fear, though. We’re about to recommend some great alternatives so you can continue watching TV with minimal interruption to your viewing.
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Note: as of writing, the Fusion servers are down and any add-ons hosted on them are inaccessible. In the meantime, we’ve provided alternate download locations and we’ll keep you informed as the situation develops.
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Movies and TV shows
Exodus is one of the most well-known add-ons, and for good reason. It offers access to a huge range of TV shows and movies, many of which are available in HD. It has a wide range of customisation: you can choose to only show results that have a certain resolution or that have closed captions. Better still, you can even change the stream filters to only show links from certain hosts, which is a great way to make sure you’re staying on the right side of the law.
Exodus can be found in either the Cazwall or SuperRepo repositories. You can see our full guide to installing Kodi Exodus here.
Elysium (previously known as Zen) is another film and TV add-on. It works by scraping sources from various locations around the internet and categorizing them for easier access. The great thing about Elysium is that it lets you filter sources by priority, so if you have one particular site that you trust, you can view those links first.
You can also grant it access to any online streaming accounts you might have, but bear in mind that these can identify you and adding them might not be the best idea.
Elysium can be installed from the noobsandnerds repository, available here.
Rising Tides covers everything from horse racing to mixed martial arts. There are over two hundreds live sports channels and you can sort the links by sport if you’re looking for something specific. Whilst this add-on is sports focused, it also provides access to movies and TV boxsets, so there’s something for everyone.
Rising Tides can be downloaded from http://mullafabs.comli.com/Plugins/
Deliverance is one of the best add-ons if you’re a fan of British or American sports. It’s not entirely focused on sport, but that is the area where it excels, with dozens of channels on offer. The majority of the streams are high definition and generally, they have very quick loading times. Sports are separated by category and you even gain access to sport-related films as well. You can download the Deliverance zip file by clicking here.
This add-on is one of the best around for anime due to its large selection of big titles from recent years. It isn’t as comprehensive for older shows and its search by year function could use some improvement, but if you’re a fan of blockbuster anime, you’ll find plenty to like here. Its main strength is also its biggest flaw: it relies on torrents to provide you with a video, so if the file you want to play isn’t well seeded, you might be out of luck.
You can install Popcorn Time either from the Markop159 repository or by downloading the zip file here: https://github.com/Diblo/KODI-Popcorn-Time/releases/download/1.0.4/KODI.Popcorn.Time.Repository.1.0.4.zip
For years, anime fans have been watching their favourite shows legally on two sites: Crunchyroll or Funimation, depending on whether they prefer subs or dubs, respectively. Whilst both sites offer paid memberships, a large amount of their anime is available to watch for free and as such, there are KODI add-ons to make this possible with your home theatre setup.
The web players on both sites are known for being temperamental, often being laggy or just flat-out refusing to play video, but the KODI add-ons resolve these problems beautifully and even allow you to use a remote control.
Free users are limited to standard definition, but new episodes are added just a few days after airing in Japan, so these add-ons are some of the best around for keeping up to date with any anime from the current season.
You can install Crunchyroll from the SuperRepo repository and Funimation from the default Kodi repository.
You see? The end of Phoenix isn’t the end of KODI – there are still plenty of high-quality streaming add-ons available. We’ve touched upon some of the more popular ones here, but we’re always looking for the next big thing. What is your go-to video add-on? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll give it a shot.
See also: The best Kodi Movie add ons.