There are a few ways to use it – you can do it for free by connecting your laptop to your tv. If that’s a pain, you can buy a box on Amazon, or even find one preloaded and ready to go at many, many local stores. It seems now every small computer store I see is selling them.
If you buy the box off Amazon, be ready to set it up yourself. YouTube is your best friend for all kinds of things that will come up with a Kodi box, from set up to adding live tv.
If you buy it preloaded, expect to pay anywhere from $80 to about $160 – but with those you plug it in, put in your wifi password and you’re ready to go. Just make sure you have good, high speed internet. And when buying a box, cheaping out might cost you in the long run. These boxes need updates often, the more memory the better.
If you’re completely new to these, here’s a little description. You pick a channel – some good ones are Exodus, Phoenix, SpectoFork etc. You choose if you want to watch a movie or tv show. Let’s say you pick tv shows – then you can either search by the name of the show or an actor in it. Or, look up by networks, popular shows, what’s airing today and on and on. It’s super easy to use. It finds your show, you pick your episode and you find a good stream for it. Takes under a minute and your show is playing.
For movies, there are the same options. With newer movies, like things still in theatres it’s mostly filmed on camcorders – just wait a while and there will be a better version.
You can get a lot of live tv also – sports, news etc. For sports, check out ProSport and Phoenix, there’s a lot more choices too – again, YouTube is the best or figuring those out. You won’t find everything live, and sometimes it can be a bit glitchy.
Almost every show or movie ever made is on there – it’s a massive collection. You just have to be patient sometimes, finding a good stream, or waiting until the next day after a show has aired.
Another thing is to get a better remote – you can get a small keyboard one for around $20 – a lot easier when you’re typing in the names of shows.
This is a one time buy too – you buy the box and that’s it. There’s no monthly fees, just your internet. Everything you add onto the box is free – and all the shows, movies and music you watch are free too. You can’t download and keep any of the shows – just live streaming.
I’m in no way an expert on these – I get that it is a pretty borderline service, but it’s out there and available to buy at local stores. I find people often get pretty confused about it, so these are just my thoughts and advice on it 🙂