You have heard a lot about Kodi in the news recently. Illegal boxes “fully loaded” by television companies, national governments and even the Kodi themselves. Some of the providers of these devices have been found behind bars.
Do not let negative stories discourage you. With Plex, Kodi is one of two “must-have” home theater apps that everyone should use.
If you start your journey through Kodi and have no idea where to start, we are here to help you with seven Kodi essentials for beginners. These are all important steps to make sure you enjoy your software enjoyment. And, most importantly, none of these will get you in trouble with the law.
1. Multiple devices
When you start using Kodi, you will quickly realize that you have fallen into deep blackness. Because there is no limit to the amount of adjustments, tricks, and customization that you can do.
As such, it is almost impossible to duplicate the same configuration in different installations on multiple devices. It would be too long and you would always handle updates and other configurations. In other words, do not try it.
However, the very nature of Kodi means that you probably want to use the app. So what can you do?
For beginners, the easiest way is to activate the Kodi web interface and then access your media via a browser. You can see all your media and use all your add-ons.
To enable the Web Interface, go to System> Service Settings> Check and enable the switch next to Allow remote control over HTTP. You can leave the port number as the default configuration.
Finally, check the IP address of your computer: [port number] in the address bar. You will probably see something like 192.168.5.20:8080.
2. Increase the buffering limit
If you use Kodi to watch live TV or stream content online, you may encounter problems with buffering. Even if you have a fast Internet connection, the large number of users from some sources can cause them to be permanently stored.
Of course, changing the online transmission quality setting of the offensive add-on will help. However, for a system-wide solution, you must change the size of the Kodi cache.
Unfortunately, there is no way out of this app. You must edit Kodi’s advancedsettings.xml. It will be based on your operating system. These are some of the most common:
Android – Android / data / org.xbmc.kodi / files / .kodi / UserData / (see note)
iOS – / private / var / mobile / Library / Preferences / Kodi / userdata /
Linux – ~ / .kodi / userdata /
Mac – / Users / <your_username> / Library / Application Support / Kodi / UserData / (see note)
LibreELEC and OpenELEC – /storage/.kodi/userdata/
Windows – C: \ Users \ Username \ AppData \ Roaming \ Kodi \ Userdata
When you open the file, you must locate two lines: <MemorySize> 20971520 </ MemorySize> and <readfactor> 1 </ readfactor>.
Change the two values accordingly:
The size of the memory determines the amount of Kodi RAM used by your computer. Set it to zero by unlimited.
The read factor changes the fill rate of the cache memory (that is, the amount of bandwidth that Kodi can use for buffering). The larger the number, the greater the bandwidth.
Save the file, and you can say goodbye to the buffering of the streaming content.
3. Use legal addons
Yes, there are many Kodi add-ons that offer live television and illegal video on demand (VOD). Do not use them; They are not reliable and are often more than they are worth.
Instead, use some of the legal methods. In case of doubt about the legality of a service, you must stick to the additions to the official Kodi repository. It is pre-installed in the application.
Inside it you can find live TV from BBC iPlayer, Al Jazeera and ESPN. You can also find a large amount of VOD content from providers such as ABC Family, NBC, Crunchyroll and Bravo.
To install a video module from the official repository, go to Add-ons> Add-on Browser> Install from the repository> Repository of Kodi Add-ons> Video Modules (Add-on Headers> Download> Video Modules will display the contents of all your repositories combined).
Note: The availability and legality of some modules depends on their location. For example, it is legal to use BBC iPlayer if you live in the United Kingdom. and pay for a television license.