What are the 10 best Kodi add-ons for live TV? It is not rare to hear about cord-cutters these days. The term cord-cutter refers to viewers who give up cable subscriptions but continue to enjoy a great variety of audiovisual content through other Internet-based methods, including Kodi.
If you would like to find out what the top Kodi add-ons for live TV are, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will be reviewing the best add-ons that Kodi users can use in order to enjoy live programming. Our list is up-to-date as of 2017.
Very often these add-ons will let you enjoy television for free but, in some cases, there is a subscription involved. But, do not worry, if there is any payment involved, we will mention this in our review.
Stream Live TV!
The term “cord-cutter” that we mentioned in the introduction to this article is often used when discussing popular streaming platforms including the following:
All these platforms are great, each in their own way. Apart from existing programming, most of them also include a number of exciting original content such as, for example, Orange Is The New Black on Netflix, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, Transparent on Amazon Prime Video, The Good Fight on CBS All Access, etc. You do not need to have a cable subscription in order to access these services and some others like it, but you will need to pay a reasonable monthly subscription.
So, the main drawback when it comes to these streaming platforms is not really cost but, rather, that with the exception of the CBS platform they do not include live TV. And even with CBS All Access, users only get access to streaming CBS programming live.
“Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome”. – T.S. Eliot
In recent months, YouTube has launched a live TV streaming service + DVR service but, as of writing, this service costs around 40 USD and is only available in a handful of major US cities.
What this means is that the best way to stream live TV over the Internet, both in terms of costs and channel availability is Kodi through add-ons.
Having said all this, it is time now to review the ten best Kodi add-ons for live TV.
Without a doubt, Goodfellas 2.0 is the best add-on for streaming live TV on Kodi.
This new version has been greatly improved, which has resulted in this add-on becoming one of the most popular of its kind available today.
No matter what your favorite television genre is, you are sure to find it with this add-on.
It is true that a great many users turn to Goodfellas when they wish to watch live sports but you can also catch up on your favorite TV shows, discover exciting documentaries, or watch a huge amount of movies using this add-on.
BBC iPlayer is world famous but only people who live in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) can make the most of this commercial-free streaming platform own and operated by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
Thanks to the iPlayer WWW Kodu add-on, anybody with Internet access can enjoy everything that the iPlayer has to offer no matter where they are.
So, what is the big deal? With this add-on, you will be able to stream live the following TV channels from the United Kingdom:
- BBC One.
- BBC Two.
- BBC Three (online exclusive).
- BBC Four.
- BBC News Channel.
- BBC Parliament.
- BBC Alba.
You can also stream the following radio stations live:
- BBC Radio 1.
- BBC Radio 2.
- BBC Radio 3.
- BBC Radio 4.
- BBC Radio 5 Live.
- BBC Radio 1Xtra.
- BBC Radio 4 Extra.
- BBC Radio 6 Music.
- BBC Asian Network.
Apart from being able to stream all that television and radio live, you would also be able to access most of the content on demand for a limited amount of time; somewhere between a week or a month although only 24 hours for news content.
The idea behind US TV Now is to give American ex-pats the possibility to watch a handful of channels from the United States live. Because viewers are located overseas, US TV Now offers a DVR service. Otherwise, with different time zones, viewers might not be able to make the most of this streaming service.
If you want to enjoy all the benefits of US TV Now, you will have to subscribe. Monthly subscription fees start at around 19 USD. If you do not subscribe you will be not able to access most channels or the DVR service.
Apart from a handful of cable channels, including MSNBC, FX, Freeform, AMC, BBC America, Bravo, CNBC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, ESPN 2, National Geographic Channel, NBCSN, Nickelodeon, Spike, Sundance TV, Syfy, TLC, and USA Network, subscribers can also enjoy the following local TV channels from Harrisburg, PA:
- WGAL-TV Channel 8.1 (NBC affiliate).
- WHP-TV Channel 21.1 (CBS affiliate).
- WHP-TV 2 Channel 21.2 (MyNetworkTV affiliate).
- WHP-TV 3 Channel 21.3 (The CW affiliate).
- WHTM-TV Channel 27.1 (ABC affiliate).
- WPMT-TV Channel 43.1 (Fox affiliate).
- WITF-TV Channel 33.1 (PBS affiliate).
So, if you want to watch your favorite network shows, you will have to get used to doing so whenever they air on the US East Coast no matter where you are in the world.
If you would like access to a huge variety of cable channels from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries and territories, you should check out Stream Engine.
One of the best features about this add-on is how it categorizes all the different TV shows, movies, and sportscasts available for streaming.
You would be able to stream the following channels live, among others:
- Fox Movies.
- Discovery Channel.
- CBC (from Canada).
- Sky Sports (from the United Kingdom).
- NBA TV.
- Cartoon Network.
But not only would you be able to stream all of those TV channels live, you would be also be able to watch your favorite TV series on demand.
UK Turks Playlists
This one is another popular add-on. Unlike some of the other available live TV add-ons on this list, this one is not only completely free but also open source.
If you are interested in a truly international outlook and would like to have access to a huge amount of TV channels from many countries all, around the world, you should definitely check out this add-on.
Despite its name, UK TV Now offers a lot more than television channels from the United Kingdom. With this add-on, you would also be able to get a large number of TV from the United States.
Apart from being able to stream live, you’d also be able to watch TV shows and movies on demand.
CC Cloud TV
What makes this add-on difference is that it is cloud-based. All the different channels are added by different communities, so you should get a lot of different options.
If you are looking for channels that target different age groups, then CC Cloud TV might just be the right add-on for you.
This service also includes a growing number of channels from many different countries.
The best thing about Rising Tides is the sheer amount of content available on it for streaming.
With so much content available good and clearly organized menus are hugely important.
Luckily, Rising Tides delivers on that account. This add-on could be more popular but we’re sure its popularity will increase in due time.
This add-on you will get a lot of choices that are clearly organized for ease of access. This is definitely the best thing about it.
There are two main ways in which you can access content using this add-on. You can either check out full TV schedules and access television programming from that or you could go through the different categories until you find what you would like to watch.
The benefit of this is two-fold. On the one hand, you would be able to go straight to the content you would like to watch if you had already decided on something specific or you could just browse what is available in the different categories.
If what you are really looking for is something simple without too many bells and whistles but that would do the job, you should consider Vdubt25 for many different reasons.
This add-on has TV from many different countries around the world that you would be able to access either by country (say Ireland or Canada or the United States) or by genre (TV shows, music, sports, movies, news, etc.).
These are the best Kodi add-ons in 2017 at the time of writing, If you would like to share your personal experience using any or several of these services, or if you would like to share your own favorite add-ons whether they are on our list or not, please leave us a message in the comments section below!