The much-hyped fight between boxing veteran Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor is expected to break viewership records on August 26. The pay-per-view event will be broadcast on Showtime PPV in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, as well as a handful of other countries.
We’ll show you if Kodi users can watch Mayweather vs McGregor and if there are any safe and legal Kodi add-ons to live stream the fight. We’ll also look at a range of other options to stream the big event online and if any free options exist.
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Coverage of Mayweather vs. McGregor begins Saturday, August 26, at 3 p.m. on the US West Coast, where the fight takes place. That’s around 11 p.m. UK time, but the event probably won’t begin until a couple hours later.
Where to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor live online
Cord cutters have a few options to live stream the fight online. All of these are official streams, but they are geo-locked. That means if you’re traveling outside of your home country you’ll need to use a VPN to obtain an IP address for that country. A VPN, or virtual private network, encrypts your internet traffic and routes it through a server in a location of your choosing. In this case, you can route that traffic through the appropriate country to bypass geographic licensing restrictions on Mayweather versus MacGregor.
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Showtime PPV (USA)
The fight will cost US viewers $89.99 to watch in standard definition and $99.99 to watch in HD. You can live stream the fight online using the Showtime Anytime app (Android, iOS) if you’ve got a cable subscription with one of the following providers: AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, or Verizon FiOS.
Sky Sports Box Office (UK)
You can purchase the pay-per-view event for GBP 19.95 prior to 9 p.m. on August 25. After that, the price goes up to GBP 24.95. Live streams are not available through the Sky Go service. You will need to use the Sky Sports Box Office Live website on a desktop browser, or on mobile with the Sky Sports Box Office app (Android, iOS).
A Sky account is required, as is a UK IP address to verify your location. If you’re outside of the UK, you can use a VPN to get a UK IP address. If you plan to use the app, you will need a Google Play or iTunes account registered in the UK.
Channel One Russia (a.k.a. 1TV.ru) will broadcast the fight live on TV and online. So far as we can tell, this is not a pay-per-view event, and you can access the live stream directly on the 1TV.ru website. If you’re outside of Russia, you’ll need a VPN with servers in the country to get a Russian IP address. We don’t want to make promises, but this looks like a good option for cord cutters looking to stream the fight for free. Some users reported success when watching the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight in 2015. Hope you don’t mind commentary in Russian!
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for this one, but many of the shows on the live stream seemed to be blocked by the copyright holder, so don’t get your hopes too high. As always, do your own due diligence on whether you can access this stream without infringing on copyright laws in your country.
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DAZN (Germany and Austria)
Subscribers to online TV service DAZN in Germany and Austria will be able to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor live at no extra charge. The service costs 9.99 Euro per month and is also available in Switzerland, Japan, and Canada, but only users in Austria and Germany will be allowed to live stream the fight. If you’re already a DAZN subscriber, you might be able to use a VPN to get an Austrian or German IP address and live stream the fight, but we haven’t tested this ourselves.
SuperSport (South Africa)
DSTV customers with premium subscriptions to SuperSport can watch Mayweather versus McGregor at no extra cost, but no live online stream is available. Instead, SuperSport’s South African online affiliate Showmax will stream the fight later in the day for subscribers. If you can stand to wait that long, Showmax offers a 14-day free trial. You will need a South African IP address to access the service, which you can get by using a VPN.
OSN Play (Middle East)
OSN Sports Box Office HD is selling pay-per-view access to the fight for $10 until August 14, and $20 after that. OSN is available in several countries throughout the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, and Morocco. You’ll need an OSN account and must order by phone.
It’s unclear if the fight will be streamed live on OSN Play, OSN’s online arm.
Can I live stream Mayweather vs McGregor on Kodi?
Kodi is free and open source home theater software that runs on a variety of platforms, ranging from desktop operating systems like Windows and Mac to small streaming devices like Android smartphones and Amazon Fire TV. What makes Kodi so powerful is that it can stream content from a huge range of sources through third-party extensions called add-ons.
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As of this time of writing, we are not aware of any official Kodi add-ons that can live stream the fight. You may be able to find an add-on that uses the official stream from 1TV.ru (see above), but good luck navigating the Russian menus and sub-menus. We’ll update this article if we spot a legal option for Kodi users.
Of course, if you Google around for how to live stream Mayweather versus McGregor on Kodi, you’ll discover no shortage of recommendations for third-party add-ons outside of the official Kodi repository. Users should beware of these add-ons and know the risks before using them.
Some of these add-ons include:
- cCloud TV
- UK Turk Playlist
What are these add-ons: These third-party Kodi add-ons aggregate links to live and on-demand sports videos. They pull in those links and display that content in Kodi, much like a web browser.
Why should you avoid them? The sources that these add-ons aggregate are by-and-large pirated streams. They may well be illegal in your country. Third-party Kodi add-ons carry a risk of malware, man-in-the-middle attacks, and botnets that can damage your device and expose your IP address to hackers.
Third-party add-ons for live sporting events, like the MacGregor vs Mayweather fight, typically use pirated IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) streams as a source. It’s becoming increasingly common for these add-ons to rely on Acestreams, which uses the BitTorrent network to share the network load between concurrent viewers. This will expose your IP address to everyone else connected to the same stream, possibly including copyright trolls looking to extort money from Kodi users.
SportsAccess and SmoothStreams both use pirated sources and sell them to Kodi users. Many of the streams can be found legally in other places from legitimate sources, or even free from unofficial ones. Just because you pay for them doesn’t make them legitimate.
These add-ons might not be illegal to use in every country, but we strongly recommend users opt for an official stream.
Comparitech does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions, including illegal streaming through Kodi. Kodi can be used for many excellent, legal online streaming purposes. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.