Kodi Supremacy Addon: Is it safe to install? Are there better alternatives?

Published by on October 8, 2017 in Kodi

Kodi Supremacy Addon

Interested in the Supremacy Kodi addon? This guide will walk you through what the Kodi Supremacy addon does, how it works, and whether it’s worth your time.

Setting up a home theater system used to be a time consuming process, but Kodi makes it easier than ever before. Kodi is a free, open source software package that can be installed across a wide range of devices including Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs, Android devices, iPhones, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Firestick,Raspberry Pi, and USB flash drives. Best of all, there’s no disparity between devices: almost all plugins that work on PC will also work on mobile platforms.

These plugins are known as addons. They can provide everything from Kodi maintenance tools to libraries of content gathered from online sources. They’re particularly useful on mobile platforms as they don’t take up much space on your device’s internal storage. They require an internet connection to work, however. Kodi also allows you to access video and audio files that are stored on your device in case you’d like to browse all of your media in one place.

In this article, we’ll be talking about a Kodi addon named Supremacy. It’s an addon that provides access to live and on-demand TV shows and movies. We’ll be exploring its functionality, legality, and describing some of the privacy risks that all Kodi addons share, whether they’re official or third-party.

Kodi has been in the news a lot lately. Despite its frequently negative press coverage, Kodi itself is completely legal to use. The problem is that some third-party addons have been offering unrestricted access to licensed content. Copyright laws differ from one location to another, so we can’t definitively say whether watching unlicensed content is legal in your area or not. For this reason, we urge our readers to thoroughly research the laws on streaming content online in their country before attempting to install or use Kodi for this purpose.

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. Always do you own research before accessing any Kodi addon, stream or repository.

How to use Kodi safely and privately

Kodi may be a favored streaming app, but it’s not without its risks. A Virtual Private Network can mitigate most of them. Although some Kodi users turn to VPNs to hide illicit streaming activities, there are many legitimate reasons to use a VPN with Kodi.

Although official addons are usually tested and validated before release, third-party addons generally aren’t tested as rigorously. Once compromised through a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack, an hacker would be able to see all of your internet traffic, including login credentials and online banking details. 

Because of recently repealed privacy regulations, internet service providers (ISPs) in the US are now allowed to sell their customers’ browsing habits. Additionally, there are several ISPs that have been found to intentionally restrict the internet speeds of paying customers. This is known as throttling and can severely impact your ability to watch videos online.

You can protect yourself from all of the issues above by installing and using a reputable VPN. A VPN encrypts all of your internet traffic, hiding it from anyone without the correct encryption key. We recommend one named IPVanish. It builds and maintains its own server infrastructure, which allows it to provide some of the fastest and most stable connections available.  With servers in over 50 countries, accessing geo-locked content is as simple as connecting to an IPVanish server in the correct location.

IPVanish works with every Kodi addon we’ve tested and works on every device. It’s also the only major VPN with a working app for the Amazon Firestick

Reader deal: save 60% on an IPVanish annual plan here.

What is the Supremacy Kodi addon?

Supremacy menu

Supremacy is a third-party Kodi addon that offers access to both live and on-demand movies and TV shows. It works by gathering links from several different websites and collecting them in one place for easier access. Unlike most of its rivals, it also provides links to 3D and 4K movies.

The main problem with Supremacy is that the majority of its content is unlicensed. There is some public domain content like 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. However, this did not show up in the “Horror” category or even the alphabetical film listings and had to be specifically searched for.

Interestingly, while there is a dedicated 4K movies section, many of the TV shows are only available in standard definition. Considering some shows, particularly the Netflix Original series’, are available in 4K, it’s surprising to see Supremacy offering such low-quality versions. During our testing we also found several series’ with broken links, so not every show on offer is actually available.

There are some live TV channels that are free to watch and to this addon’s credit, they load very quickly. However, the premium channels do not require a login to watch, and with no way to disable specific content providers, it’s clear that this addon caters almost exclusively to users looking for illegitimate sources of content. To find only officially licensed content, a user would have to research each title individually and search for it. This just isn’t a realistic thing to ask of your users.

Kodi users would be better served using official sources; not only is there less likelihood of getting into legal trouble, but the video quality would be higher in most cases.

For the reasons above, we do not recommend that Kodi users install or stream content with Supremacy.

Alternatives to the Supremacy addon

Supremacy has an extensive media library but the majority of it is unlicensed and its content is often only available in standard resolution. Kodi users looking to watch licensed content would be better served by one of the many official TV and movie Kodi addons. The addons below offer access to similarly sized libraries of content while being more reliable and completely legal to use.

FilmOn.TV

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FilmOn.TV is a service that allows you to access live TV and radio stations over the internet. There are a multitude of different categories including movies, horror, and comedy. Channels are also grouped by country so that you can easily find content in the language you speak.

The FilmOn.TV Kodi addon also offers a small selection of on-demand content for those times when you can’t find anything to watch. While a basic subscription is free, you can increase the range of accessible channels by paying for a premium membership ($20 per month), but this is entirely optional.

Note: some people experience an issue where streams never load. If this happens, just right-click the FilmOn.TV icon, select Settings, then change FilmOn Quality to Low. This does mean that you won’t be able to watch in HD but most of the free channels are in standard definition anyway.

The FilmOn.TV Kodi addon can be found in the SuperRepo repository.

PlayOn Browser

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The PlayOn Browser addon doesn’t actually provide any content on its own. Instead, it gathers TV shows and movies from your existing video subscription services or any website that hosts accessible streaming video and allows you to watch them directly through Kodi. As there is no official Netflix or Amazon Prime Video Kodi addon, PlayOn is the safest, most reliable way to access this content in Kodi.

There is a small selection of sources including YouTube and VH1 that you can view for free, but  paying $2.50 a month allows you to record shows from additional sources as they air. Recordings are saved in the highly portable MP4 format so that you can play them on almost any device. You’ll also gain the ability to automatically skip ads on service that include them.

The Playon Browser Kodi addon can be found in the official Kodi addon repository.

FilmRise – YouTube

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FilmRise is an independent distributor of films and TV shows. There are two addons that provide access to their content: FilmRise and FilmRise – YouTube. The first of these offers six TV shows but FilmRise – YouTube also collects the videos from FilmRise’s YouTube accounts. As a result, it has a far larger media library and is the superior addon.

This addon is completely legal and contains hundreds of movies, as well as full seasons of long-running TV shows. Titles are categorized by genre and there are even playlists of shows with dozens of episodes. Unfortunately, there’s no way to search for a particular movie or show, but since most of the movies FilmRise own aren’t well known, this functionality wouldn’t help much anyway.

The FilmRise – Youtube Kodi addon can be found in the official Kodi addon repository.

Overview and privacy concerns

By prioritizing unlicensed content and making it difficult to find titles that are legal to watch, Supremacy removes any semblance of legitimacy that it might have had. There are many other Kodi addons that not only provide similarly sized content libraries, but also allow you to support the actors and studios that create the content in the first place.

As a third-party addon, Supremacy is less likely to have been extensively tested during development than an official addon, and this becomes apparent when you use it. There are several menu options simply named “test” or something similar. When the security of your system is at risk, this kind of thing is a warning sign. If the developers left test code active, there’s no telling what vulnerabilities may be in the code itself This leaves the door open to malicious third-parties seeking to access your computer.

When you look at Supremacy as a whole, it becomes clear that it’s far less attractive than it appears at first glance. We recommend Kodi users looking to watch TV shows or movies use one of the addons we discussed above instead of Supremacy. They’re not only fully legal, but more secure, and they provide a high quality of video too.

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