Going back to school is expensive for everyone; even those in Canada, Germany, Slovenia, Norway and other countries with low tuition. Thankfully, your entertainment doesn’t have to be. Online streaming eliminates the need for expensive cable TV packages, and Kodi makes your streaming experience almost on par with Netflix.
Kodi can be installed to almost any device or platform. It makes it easy to access online streaming content on your own terms; eliminating things like popup ads, malware and other nuisances. There are hundreds of Kodi addons to choose from, each granting the ability to scrape content from different popular streaming web sites.
If you’re living on campus and don’t want your school knowing everything you do online, we highly suggest the use of a VPN. VPN services allow you to protect your privacy (hide your IP), bypass site blocking and censorship, as well as encrypt your data…
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Choose Your Hardware
Kodi can be installed to any computer running Windows, Mac or Linux; as well as to any mobile device running Android or iOS. However, if you can afford it, a dedicated TV box that connects directly to your television will allow you to maximize your experience.
Trust Fund: NVIDIA Shield TV at $178.96
Made Moola This Summer: Amazon Fire TV at $69.99
Low Budget: Amazon Fire TV Stick at $39.99
Struggling Student: Any Computer, Tablet or Phone
The first step of the process is installing the basic Kodi app, which does not come with any unofficial addons configured by default. Kodi is officially marketed as a media player, without streaming functionality.
Kodi 18.2 Leia for Android (Google Play)
Kodi 18.2 Leia for Android (Sideload)
Kodi 18.2 for iPad or iPhone (Jailbroken)
Kodi 18.2 Alpha for Xbox One (Unstable)
This is what connects plain old Kodi to the universe of unofficial addons. It’s like your launchpad, there’s not much you can do without it.
Step 1: Navigate to the little settings cogwheel at the top left corner of your Kodi setup.
Step 2: Select the File manager icon at the bottom right.
Step 3: Click on the Add source function.
Step 4: Click on the top input box that displays <None> under the Enter the paths or browse for the media locations heading.
Step 5: Input http://fusion.tvaddons.co using the on-screen keyboard, then press the OK button.
Step 6: Click on the bottom input box under the Enter a name for this media source heading.
Step 7: Input fusionco using the on-screen keyboard, then press the OK button.
Step 8: Press the OK button at the bottom of the window to save this new file source.
Step 9: Return to the main menu, the Fusion Installer configuration is complete.
Indigo is like a Swiss Army Knife for Kodi. It gives you the ability to easily install new Kodi addons on the fly; as well as optimizes and secures your Kodi setup to ensure the best overall experience.
Step 1: Click on the Add-ons tab from the vertical menu bar.
Step 2: Navigate to the little box icon at the top left corner.
Step 3: Click on the Install from zip file function.
Step 4: Click on the Settings button if prompted by a security notice. This happens the first time you try to install anything unofficial.
Step 5: Click on the Unknown sources field.
Step 6: Press the Yes button to proceed.
Step 7: Return to the previous menu level.
Step 8: Click on the Install from zip file function again.
Step 9: Select the fusionco server folder.
Step 10: Choose the kodi-repos folder.
Step 11: Select the english folder.
Step 12: Click on the repository.xbmchub-1.0.0.zip file towards the bottom of the list.
Step 13: Select the Install from repository function at this point.
Step 14: Choose the TVADDONS.CO Add-on Repository option.
Step 15: Select the Program add-ons category.
Step 16: Click on the Indigo addon for Kodi.
Step 17: Press the Install button at the lower right of the interface.
Step 18: Return to the main menu at this point.
In order to install unrestricted Kodi addons, we suggest using the Git Browser function within our Indigo tool. It will connect you directly to independent addon developers, regardless of whether we approve of them or not.
Step 1: Launch Indigo from the Add-ons menu within Kodi.
Step 2: Wait a few seconds for the tool to initialize.
Step 3: Navigate to the Addon Installer menu.
Step 4: Select the Git Browser menu.
Step 5: Click on the Yes button to proceed, if prompted.
Step 6: Click on the Git Browser menu once again.
Step 7: Press the back button after reading the instructions to dismiss the window.
Step 8: Choose the Search by GitHub Username function.
Step 9: Click on the *** New Search *** function.
There are literally hundreds of Kodi addons to choose from, developed by dozens of third party developers. Figuring out which GitHub usernames to lookup might be a bit tricky the first time around, but shouldn’t be too difficult. As a start, we suggest searching for “GitHub Usernames Kodi” on Google.
Since we are currently fighting a major copyright lawsuit, we need to be careful about which Kodi addons we provide assistance for. Unfortunately we cannot teach you how to use Blacklisted Kodi Addons, but the process is the same no matter what you’re installing; all that changes is the GitHub username.
Get Kodi Addons
Once you’ve figured out which Kodi addons you wish to install, and which GitHub Usernames to lookup in order to do so, the Git Browser allows you to connect directly to individual developers’ repositories without any interference from us.
Step 1: Input your desired developer’s GitHub Username using the on-screen keyboard, then press the OK button. We’re using mhancoc7 as an example.
Step 2: Select the developer’s repository first, it should look something like repository.username-1.0.0.zip or similar. In this example, repository.mhancoc7.public-0.1.2.zip is found.
Step 3: Press the Install button to proceed.
Step 4: Wait a few seconds for the Kodi repository download to process.
Step 5: Press the Continue button when prompted.
Step 6: You’ll now want to select the Kodi addon you wish to install. Addons files usually look like plugin.video.name-1.2.0.zip or similar. In this example, the file is called plugin.video.freelivetv.tva-0.1.2.zip as shown below.
Step 7: Press the Install button to proceed with the Kodi addon installation.
Step 8: Wait a minute for your desired Kodi addon to download and install.
Step 9: Press the Restart button once you’re done installing your desired Kodi addons. Kodi will need to be restarted before the addons you’ve chosen will work.
Streaming with Kodi
Every Kodi addon is different. Some require that you select a cyberlocker source before viewing content, others simply stream as soon as you choose your desired content title. Once you get the hang of it, you should find it pretty intuitive.
Step 1: Relaunch Kodi, then press the Dismiss button to close the notification window if prompted.
Step 2: Click on the Add-ons tab from the vertical menu bar within Kodi.
Step 3: Select the Kodi addon you wish to launch. For this example, we’re going to go with the Free Live TV addon we just installed.
Step 4: Press OK to dismiss any notification if prompted.
Step 5: Select the category you wish to browse. We’re going to choose US TV for this example.
Step 6: Select the channel that you wish to live stream.
Step 7: Choose the specific streaming source you wish to watch.
Step 8: Watch and Enjoy!
We hope that wasn’t too painful for you. While we admit Kodi might be a bit difficult to get started with initially, once you get a grasp of how it works you should find it a breeze. If you’d like to keep up with community updates and new addon releases, please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook today!