14 great Kodi movie and TV addons that actually work in 2017

Published by on November 5, 2017 in Kodi

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Kodi, the free and open source home theater software, allows you to stream media from a huge range of sources. They don’t come pre-installed, however, so you’ll have to install a few Kodi movie addons before you can start binge-watching interesting movies and TV shows.

During your search for movie and TV streaming addons, you’ll come across two types: official Kodi addons that can be accessed through the Official Kodi Addon Repository, and addons that are made available through a large number of third-party repositories, such as Exodus or Covenant.

Third-party addons carry significant risks over those found in the Official Kodi Addon Repository. Third-party addons can be hijacked by hackers and used to spy on user streaming activities. They can also carry other forms of malware which can be silently pushed on to users even if the addon was installed from a seemingly trustworthy source. Because third-party addons are not fully vetted, they carry significant privacy and security risks.

Our guide will break down how to watch movies on Kodi and will walk you through installing some of the best addons for TV and movie streaming.  We also give an overview of the privacy concerns related to popular third-party movie and TV streaming addons.

At the very bottom of our guide, you’ll find a helpful overview of the most popular third-party Kodi movies and TV show addons that you may see recommended elsewhere. We provide an explanation of what those addons are, how they stream content, and what kind of content they provide.

Laws and rules vary from country to country, so we recommend anyone looking to streaming content through third-party addons that offer “free” content to check on whether the content is legally offered, and whether it’s legal to view such content in your country.

Expert Tip: No matter which addons you choose, we strongly recommend you employ a reputable, fast VPN  when streaming video on Kodi to keep you safe and private online.  A favorite VPN with the Kodi community is IPVanish, which works with all Kodi addons and with all of the most popular devices including Amazon’s Fire Stick.  You can save up to 60% on IPVanish plans here.

Before we start: Always use a VPN

To install these addons on Kodi, you’ll first need to set up their respective repositories. A repository is like a library full of addons you can install at will from within Kodi. Some repositories require manual installation, while others like Fusion allow you to use a simple addon installer.

Many Kodi users turn to a VPN to hide their streaming activities from their ISP. However, there are many legitimate reasons to use a VPN while using Kodi. Perhaps one of the most important is data protection. When you download and install Kodi addons, you may be exposing your computer to hacking and snooping. Addons can be hijacked and used to install malware on your system, as well as used in man-in-the-middle hack attacks which allow the hacker to see all of your activity, including passwords and usernames.

Additionally, subscription services are often geo-locked, meaning they only work in certain countries.  A VPN solves both of these problems by encrypting all the internet traffic going to and from the device so that third parties, such as your ISP, can’t monitor your activity. While you’ll need to be extra vigilant and install anti-virus software to help detect malicious addons, man-in-the-middle hijacks can be prevented through VPN privacy methods.

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Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for privacy.


Official Kodi movies and streaming TV add-ons

All of the addons listed below can be either be found in the Official Kodi Addon Repository or other locations. Importantly, none of these addons provide illegal, pirated content. We recommend these addons because they are more commonly vetted by an official organization, stream content legally, and are less likely to be a piracy concern.

BBC iPlayer
BBC iplayer

BBC radio and TV programs come in the form of iPlayer WWW as an addon for Kodi. You can watch live TV, catch-up TV programs and radio content from the BBC iPlayer website. Keep in mind that most content is UK only, so you’ll have to set your VPN to the UK to use it. Not all VPNs work so check out our article on which beat the BBC iPlayer VPN ban.

The BBC iPlayer is legal to use if you are a UK resident with a valid TV License 

iPlayer WWW is available on the Official Kodi Addon Repository. To learn more on how to install and use

To learn more on how to install and use iPlayer WWW on Kodi, click here.

PlayOn
Playon

If you want to integrate paid streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video into Kodi, the best cross-platform solution is PlayOn. For $2.50 a month, this streaming DVR saves video files into an MP4 format for playback. It includes a feature that allows you to automatically skip ads. You will need a Windows PC to record the video onto using the PlayOn Media Server app, but the Kodi addon works on any operating system.

PlayOn is a fully-legal and interesting way to connect your paid streaming accounts and fully integrates with the Kodi media player.

Subscribe to PlayOn here (includes a 30-day money back guarantee). You can find the PlayOn Kodi addon Official Kodi Addon Repository.

YouTube
youtube

YouTube remains a popular source for TV shows and movies. Any movie or TV show, whether full episodes or video clips, that you can find on YouTube, you can find quickly and easily on the YouTube addon. Perhaps the best part of using the YouTube addon over accessing the site through a web browser or other options is the fact that you can bypass all of the somewhat annoying side banners and video suggestions. In fact, you don’t even get the annoying advertisements that play before your videos either.

When trying to use the YouTube addon, you won’t be able to access content until you pair your device. When you hit “sign in”, you’ll be given an activation code and prompted to go to youtube.com/activate to pair. You may need to do this twice in order for it to work.

You’ll find the YouTube Kodi addon in the Official Kodi Addon Repository.

YouTube is a fully-legal option for streaming video. While you may run into pirated content on YouTube, this is rare, and YouTube is fairly quick about taking down such content.

USTV Now
BBC iplayer

USTV Now is an interesting service. Although more specifically designed for US military service men and women and expatriates who are overseas, pretty much anyone can sign up for an use the service. USTV Now costs $19 a month for 28 cable channels and limited DVR services. You can pay out $39 a month for an option that tacks on unlimited DVR.

With USTV Now, you can get access to hundreds of movies and TV shows. Whether they’re shows you saved through DVR, or on-demand replays, you can access that content through the USTV Now addon.

USTV Now is considered legal at this time.  You can find it in the Official Kodi Addon Repository, however, this is an older version that may not work.  Click here to check out our USTNow installation guide.

For the newer version of this addon, you can check the SuperRepo or Kodisrael addon repositories.

PlayStation Vue (PS Vue Add-on)
playstation vue

PlayStation now offers a TV streaming option known as PlayStation Vue. After signing up for a PlayStation Vue account, you can access that account through Kodi using the Kodi addon you’ll find in the Official Kodi Addon Repository.  The service is a bit on the pricey side ($39.99 a month), but offers not only a DVR option for recording shows and movies but also on-demand movie and TV show streaming, just like you’d find with a cable subscription service.

PlayStation Vue is a fully legal option, and connecting to the service via the Kodi addon violates no copyrights. You can only connect to this service once you’ve created an account and by using your account credentials.

FilmRise – YouTube

filmrise

Looking for a great legal movie streaming option with tons of films to watch? The little-known FilmRise addon may be just what you’re looking for. FilmRise is a film and TV distribution company that acquires licenses and offers all of that content free online. FilmRise offers over 7,500 titles, easily made available on YouTube and therefore easily available through Kodi. There’s more than one FilmRise Kodi addon, but the one you’ll want is FilmRise – YouTube. This one provides access to all of the FilmRise content that’s available on YouTube, which is far more than you’ll likely know what to do with.

You can find the FilmRise addon in the official Kodi Addon Repository.

Crackle

Official Crackle Kodi addon

The Crackle addon feeds the Crackle movie library directly to Kodi for free. A few words come to mind when it comes to Crackle. Specifically, those words are “how is any of this legal??” Wonderfully enough, it’s all perfectly legal, as Crackle is Sony’s free online video library, offering a wide range of Sony-licensed films.  Given that Sony is a movie powerhouse, you should not be surprised to find some high-quality content here as well. That includes the Will Smith boxing movie Ali, action film Bad Boys II, and the 2005 comedy remake of Guess Who.

Several versions of Crackle exist in different Kodi addon repositories. However, the one you want is found in eracknaphobia’s repository.

Internet Archive [Video]

internet archive video

Into classic, license-free films? Internet Archive [Video] is the addon for you. The Internet Archive is a massive online database replete with all kinds of content, from software to music. Sort of like the Library of Congress for the internet, the Internet Archive also has a vast video library you can access through Kodi. As there’s no paywall or subscription necessary to view the content, you’ll be able to watch classics like His Girl Friday and As You Like It with little effort.

The Internet Archive [Video] Kodi addon is fully legal, but you won’t find it in the official Kodi Addon Repository. Instead, you’ll need to turn to the SuperRepo addon repository. Note that SuperRepo has a mixture of official and unofficial addons, so you’ll need to use a bit of caution with this repository.

SnagFilms

snagfilms

SnagFilms is a film and tv distribution company with a similar business model as FilmRise. Like FilmRise, SnagFilms acquires complete movie and TV licenses and then offers a large amount of that content free online. While SnagFilms has a slightly smaller library, it’s still huge–over 5,000 movies and TV shows are available here.

You can enjoy a large selection of SnagFilms content freely and legally using the SnagFilms Kodi addon. SnagFilms is available in the official Kodi Addon Repository.

Viewster

Kodi Viewster information

Switzerland-based streaming service Viewster offers up free movies and TV shows. One of the best things about Viewster is that you can watch it from anywhere. Viewster is available to an international audience without region locking. That doesn’t apply to those of you in places with content filtering, such as China, however. Viewster features a large content library of anime as well as originally licensed TV shows and movies you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll find the Viewster Kodi addon in the Official Kodi Addon Repository.

Big Star Movies

Big Star Movies Kodi

The only way to describe Big Star Movies is “amazing.” This addon pulls in the large free library from the Big Star Movies website. Big Star Movies offers unique TV shows and movies stretched across every popular genre. Thankfully, the Big Star Movies Kodi addon is also well organized, scraping the official site for all of the major categories. Big Star Movies also has a premium content, but these are unavailable in the Kodi addon. There is no option to log in to a Big Star account through Kodi to access that content.

The Big Star Movies Kodi addon is legal and free, but not located in the Official Kodi Addon Repository. Instead, you can find the most updated and trustworthy version in the MetalChris Repository.

ITV

ITV Kodi addon

The BBC iPlayer isn’t the only game in town for British TV. If you’re looking for another load of quality content, the ITV Kodi addon provides a mixture of live TV streaming and on-demand streaming for TV shows and movies. You’ll get all of the ITV Player content through this addon, including American TV shows licensed to ITV such as Family Guy and Pawn Stars. Like the BBC iPlayer, ITV region locks their content. However, unlike the BBC iPlayer, you don’t need a TV license to access ITV’s content. You will still need a VPN connected to a British server if you’re outside of the UK.

You can find the ITV Kodi addon in the noobsandnerds Addon Repository.

UKTV Play

uktv play

Offering still more competition for the BBC iPlayer, UKTV Play boasts 41 million viewers. UKTV Play provides a load of unique content and even some fairly popular choices, such as the hit show Red Dwarf. The UKTV Play addon does not include any live streams, but you won’t need it. The load of on-demand content makes this a great addon to have in your repertoire. You can watch most UKTV Play content for free, but you’ll need to use a VPN to access content if you’re outside the UK.

There are two UKTV Play addons. We recommend you use version available in the noobsandnerds Repository from Catchup4Kodi. It has a more complete and more useful menu.

USTVCatchup

ustvcatchup

Did you miss an episode of one of your favorite US TV shows? There’s a chance (however small) that you can find it on USTVCatchup. The USTVCatchup addon pulls streams from legal, free sources. Most options are coming directly from over-the-air channels that don’t require a cable or pay-TV subscription. the options here are slightly limited, but come in good quality and feature shows from top networks such as HGTV, Food Network, and the Travel Channel.

You can find USTVCatchup in the TVAddons Addon Repository, or direct install through the Indigo addon.

Unofficial Kodi add-ons for streaming TV and movies

The following addons are ones we have seen listed on other websites as good recommendations. Below, we explain what each addon is, how it provides pirated content, and why we do not recommend you use it.

Exoduskodi exodus

What it is: Exodus is a movie and TV streaming add-on that’s particularly popular in the pirated streaming community. Exodus scrapes from different websites that offer pirated streams to then display that content in Kodi.

Why should you avoid it? Although you can find some legal, uncopyrighted and public domain content in Exodus, such as the 1962 film The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (which interestingly failed to acquire its copyright before the film entered the public domain), most of the content available on Exodus is illegally pirated. You can access much of the same content by using one of the streaming options listed, such as PlayStation Vue.

Covenant

What are Exodus fork addons?

What it is: Covenant is currently the most popular Kodi addon in use beyond Exodus. An Exodus fork that popped up shortly after Exodus lost developer support, Covenant is used primarily for Kodi movie and TV show watching from unofficial sources.

Why should you avoid it? The reasons to avoid Covenant are the same as with Exodus, Given this addon is an Exodus clone with the same emphasis on illegal streaming of copyrighted content, we do not recommend Covenant to Kodi users.

Genesis Reborn
Genesis Reborn

What is it? Genesis Reborn is “rebirth” of one of the oldest pirate streaming ad-ons available on Kodi. This addon is based on a similar architecture to Exodus, scraping streaming websites where pirated material is located and streaming that content into Kodi. Genesis Reborn is “rebirth” of one of the oldest pirate streaming addons available on Kodi. This addon is based on a similar architecture to Exodus, scraping streaming websites where pirated material is located and streaming that content into Kodi.

Why should you avoid it? There are few redeeming qualities for Exodus if you are looking to keep your nose clean with only legally available content. For reasons such as a failure to renew copyrights, some public domain content is available here, such as the 1939 version of Gulliver’s Travels. Still, most of the thousands of movies and TV shows listed here are pirated and should be avoided. You can use alternatives, such as PlayStation Vue or USTV Now to get access to on-demand streaming.

Elysiumkodi-elysium

What is it? Elysium is a film and TV addon for Kodi, primarily dealing in illegally pirated streams. It scrapes sources from various locations around the internet and categorizes them. Elysium, which was formerly known as Zen, works similarly to Exodus and Genesis Reborn.

Why should you avoid it? The story is the same here. Legal content is available, particularly public domain films and TV shows, but you’ll need to search for those and cross-reference with other sources to ensure you’re staying on the right side of the law in your country. Unless the content you see is in the public domain, it should be avoided. Given Elysium doesn’t distinguish which content is legal and which is pirated, you should avoid using this addon, opting instead of one of the official options listed above.

SALTSkodi salts

What is it? SALTS is one of the more popular pirate streaming addons available. An acronym for “Stream All The Sources,” SALTS is a top contender when it comes to illegal streaming through Kodi.

Why should you avoid using it? Broken record time: SALTS primarily deals in pirated content streams. You’ll find good, legal, public domain content (such as the 1962 horror film The Last Man on Earththrough SALTS as long as you know what you’re looking for. Still, this addon is a prime example of what a pirated streams addon looks like, drawing the vast majority of its content from illegal sources. Use any of the options given in the official addons list as alternatives.

Specto
Specto

What is it? Specto is yet another piracy addon in the same family as Exodus and Genesis Reborn. While the official heir is Exodus, the old Genesis addon was forked and turned into Specto. The Specto Kodi addon not only allows for pirated streaming but also serves up somewhat shady video downloading as well.

Why should you avoid using it? Given it shares the same structure as Genesis Reborn, Exodus and the like, you’ll find that Specto also deals more specifically in pirated streams, with a small mixture of legal streaming options available. Outside of those public streams, the thousands of films and TV shows here are pirated, making this a bad choice for legal content. Instead, opt for the legal options listed in the official addons section.

Gurzil
Gurzil

What is it? The Kodi Gurzil addon is an Exodus fork that operates just like the popular streaming addon. Gurzil pulls streams from various pirate sites and displays them in Kodi for easy viewing.

Why should you avoid using it? Simply put, Gurzil shares the same problems you’ll find with the other third-party on-demand streaming addons. While public domain films exist, most users aren’t going there for these. Instead, the primary focus of this addon is on pirated content streaming. We do not recommend Gurzil given its heavy reliance on pirated streaming. 

Bob Unleashed

bob unleashed bob unrestricted bob kodi add-on

What is it? Developed by the team at noobsandnerds, Bob Unleashed is a TV and movie streaming addon. Bob Unleashed is maintained by a handful of developers who each update their own sections with links from various streaming sources.

Why should you avoid it? Although it maintains active development from a somewhat reputable source, Bob Unleashed hosts mostly pirated content streams. For that reason, we do not recommend users install or use Bob Unleashed.

Death Streams

death streams kodi addon

What is it? Focusing primarily on pirated streaming from unlicensed sources, Death Streams is a movie and TV show streaming addon that has been growing in popularity. A new SALTS addon fork, it pulls streams from some of the more well-known infringing websites and offers browsing of those sites through an organized menu.

Why should you avoid it? There may be a small handful of options available on Death Streams that are published under a public license. However, the majority of the content available through this addon is often obtained and streamed without permission from the copyright holders. For that reason, we do not recommend the use of the Death Streams Kodi addon. 

Nemesis

Nemesis kodi addon

What is it? The Nemesis Kodi addon may live up to its name…for copyright holders. This addon provides easy access to various streaming websites that host unlicensed copyrighted content. Nemesis also includes live TV streaming from various sources as well.

Why should you avoid it? To be fair, Nemesis isn’t all bad. This addon has perfectly legal streaming options from police scanners and webcams, as well as features that make allow it to play eBooks. However, the vast majority of the content Nemesis offers is illegally streamed content. For that reason, we do not recommend Nemesis for Kodi users.

Goodfellas 2.0

Goodfellas Kodi addon

What is it? An upgraded version of the former, popular Goodfellas addon, Goodfellas 2.0 is a live TV streaming addon with some on-demand movie and TV show options. Most content here is unlicensed, although there are some legal options available.

Why should you avoid it? For the most part, Goodfellas 2.0 is best used by those looking to get around having to pay for licensed and copyright content. Goodfellas access mostly streaming sources that do not source their content legally with copyright holders. For that reason, we recommend users avoid Goodfellas 2.0.

How to install Kodi add-ons

To install these addons on Kodi, you’ll first need to set up their respective repositories. A repository is like a library full of addons you can install at will from within Kodi. Some repositories require manual installation, while others like Fusion allow you to use a simple addon installer.

Learn how to install Kodi addon repositories like SuperRepo, Smash, Kodil and Filmkodi here.

Addons that you can directly download via a zip file do not require you install a repository first.

Do you know of more TV and movie addons for Kodi that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

How to watch Kodi TV & movies on a Fire Stick, Android, iPhone, or Mac

Kodi v17.3 “Krypton” is the latest stable version of Kodi available for download. On devices with standard web browsers, simply download the app from the official website and install it to get started. Once installed, you may download addons from the official repository or install new repositories. Check out this tutorial on how to set up Exodus as an example. This should work for Windows, MacOS, and Android smartphones.

iOS is a bit trickier because Kodi is not available from the App Store. If you want to install Kodi on an iPad or iPhone without jailbreaking it, we recommend using the Cydia Impactor app to move Kodi from a desktop to your iOS device.

Android-based streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku require a bit more work to get Kodi installed an running. To download Kodi on a Fire TV Stick will require sideloading apps or using the Downloader application. The only way to get Kodi running on Roku without is to “cast” or “mirror” another device.

Related: Are you having Kodi buffering issues? See our guide to 2 quick Kodi buffering fixes.

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