Kodi is one of the most useful tools that we can have installed on our computer and that allows us to watch online content or play IPTV lists. But not only is it an excellent option for the computer or mobile phone, but you can install Kodi on the Smart TV to start enjoying all its advantages on TV.
Although in the next few paragraphs we will explain how to install Kodi on the Smart TV , perhaps you don’t know what it is or what it is for and you should have a bit of background to understand why this free software is so popular.
What is Kodi
Kodi is software that works as a multimedia center and that allows us to play local or streaming multimedia content from the device on which we have it installed. It is free, open source software, available for many devices and that can be used since 2014. It is compatible with video, music and images and we can use it on Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android… But you can also install Kodi on Smart TV easily.
Kodi is software that we will install from its official website and to which we can add extensions called add-ons. The add-ons are complements that we can install and whose objective is to add functions to the program and they cover a great variety depending on what you want to do or see. For example, the option to watch Amazon Prime Video from Kodi or add-ons that allow us to link services or even be able to check the weather forecast from the program itself.
It is not an illegal program itself, although many users use it for this purpose. Whether or not Kodi is legal depends on how we use it, but it is a useful program that we can use as a multimedia center and with many options available without having to play pirated or illegal content. An example of this is what happens with HBO on Amazon devices, such as Fire TV or Fire Stick: you can’t watch HBO on them, but if you use Kodi, you can access it.
How to install Kodi
The steps to install it will depend on the operating system of your television. We must take into account that it will be very simple in some operating systems but it is not compatible with all of them, so we must take into account, first of all, the operating system of the television. If it is not compatible, there are many gadgets or tools that we can use to have a compatible operating system for less than 30 or 40 euros and without having to buy a new television that allows us to install Kodi, an interesting advantage when playing multimedia content. from various platforms.
On Android TV
If you want to install Kodi on the Smart TV, you can do it easily if you have a television with Android TV, regardless of the brand it is. There are many TVs that use this operating system by default, from brands like Xiaomi.
To do this, we simply have to go to the Google Play Store application store and go to its search engine. Here we have to write “Kodi” using the remote control of the television and we will see the options that it shows us. You must make sure that you install the one that the developer is Kodi Foundation and tap on it. Click on “install” and you will have to wait a few minutes for the installation to complete and the application to be available among all the ones you have on the television.
Once you have it installed, we simply have to go to the applications section of your Android TV and look for the Kodi symbol or icon. You access it and you can start managing all your files or the content that you have on the hard drive or on the external drive that you have connected to the Smart TV. We will be able to access local content such as music, series, movies or photos and play them on the television without complications or we can create playlists or install add-ons that allow us more options with Kodi.
The advisable thing in this case is that you use an external hard drive connected by USB or a NAS to access the files, as a manager. Normally we have content on the computer, but we do not have videos or photos on the Smart TV so we will need to connect a hard drive or an external memory unit to access all the contents and play them on Kodi in large size.
If I don’t have Android TV
If you don’t have Android TV, you won’t be able to install Kodi on the TV unless you resort to some devices that make any TV smart regardless of its brand or operating system. We cannot install it on other operating systems, at least for the moment, but most sticks or dongles on the market are compatible with this program. For example, we can use an Amazon Fire TV Stick or a Google Chromecast or a Xiaomi Mi TV.
Regardless of the device you use, the steps will already be the same here and you will simply have to go to the app store and search for “Kodi” following the steps above. In the case of Google, we will only have to install it following the usual process, access with our data and customize the program.
Other adjustments and changes
Once we have it, we can take care of installing or modifying all kinds of settings in the application so that it is as comfortable as possible or that it complies with all the functions. Beyond connecting an external drive, as we have explained in previous paragraphs, we can install all kinds of add-ons that we may need and other interesting accessories to give Kodi functions. We simply have to go to the app options by tapping on the gear and look for the “add-ons” section. Here we choose the add-ons that interest us, click on the one we want and tap on “install”. We follow the steps that Kodi tells us from the television and we will have the add-on installed.
We can also, for example, change the appearance of the program. We can go to the settings panel by tapping on the gear icon and several available options will appear. We choose the “interface” and from there we go to “skin”. We will see that there are some available to choose from or you can install or add others without having to download them previously from the Internet and they seem more comfortable or easier to use than the interface that comes by default in the program.
The interesting thing about Kodi add-ons is that they work like Alexa skills and allow you to greatly expand your entertainment options. Thus we will have access to national and international film channels (Crstal Azul, Alfa, Balandra) to documentaries (Doqmental), Animé series (Zero Animé or Lili Animé) and also sports, both in Spanish and Spanish. The variety is enormous and we will surely find more than one channel suitable to our tastes.