If you’ve ever used the search term “best Kodi build” on Google, Twitter or YouTube you’ve probably seen promotions for the Kodi build known as The Beast. In order to see what all the fuss is about, I recently decided to install The Beast build and give it a spin.
Despite all the aggressive social media marketing surrounding it, The Beast turned out to be just another average Kodi build. To be fair, the selection of addons you get with it is quite decent. However, I personally don’t care for The Beast’s clunky interface and “college dorm room” style artwork. Perhaps the most annoying thing about The Beast is that in order to download it you have to navigate a spammy registration page that’s filled with misleading adverts.
If you want to find out how to download The Beast without accidentally clicking a banner ad, read on for an in-depth installation guide. On the other hand if you’d rather check out the best that the Kodi community has to offer when it comes to builds, jump over to our latest Kodi build roundup.
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- 1 How to Install The Beast on Kodi (without accidentally clicking on a banner ad)
- 2 Review of The Beast build for Kodi
In a nutshell: In order to get The Beast build up and running, you first have to sign up via the registration page. Then, you have to download The Beast Wizard and enter your login information. After that, you’ll be able to open the The Beast Wizard and choose a version of The Beast to download and install. Follow the detailed instructions below for help avoiding the many ads you’ll encounter along the way.
Note: For best results, install The Beast over the latest version of Kodi “Jarvis.” The Beast build may not work properly if you’re using Kodi “Krypton” 17.0.
Step #1: Go to thebeast1.com and scroll past the ads on the top of the page.
You’ll have to turn off your popup blocker to get to The Beast’s registration page. Click the “x” on the ad, ignore the green buttons that are actually ads and scroll all the way down to the bottom.
Step #2: Sign up for an account via the registration form.
The signup form below will give you account credentials you’ll need to access The Beast Wizard.
Login, then scroll down until you see the form depicted below. Then, click the red button under the column labeled “verified?” to activate your account.
Step #4: Download The Beast Wizard.
Go to http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and download plugin.video.beast.zip. Then, open the file from inside of Kodi by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip file.
Step #5: Install The Beast
To open The Beast Wizard, you first need to enter your login credentials into its configuration menu. The easiest way to get to the Beast Wizard config menu is to select the Beast Wizard and press the “C” key.
After you’re in the Beast Wizard, select a version of The Beast to install. The version of The Beast reviewed below is The Beast TV Dec 29th.
Review of The Beast build for Kodi
Last month I gave Beast Kids the horrible review that it deserved. So when I tried out the adult version of The Beast today, I was expecting to encounter yet another low quality build. However, The Beast wasn’t as awful as I assumed it would turn out to be. In fact with a little more work, it could eventually become a halfway decent build.
The Beast’s movies page isn’t bad
The most promising page that The Beast has to offer is probably its movies menu. There you’ll find a nice selection of widgets that present DVD cover art for a variety of popular films. And if you hover over one of the widgets, you can read some basic facts about a movie before you watch.
However, if the movie’s plot synopsis is long it gets cut off– and there’s no way to read the full thing. That’s pretty annoying. Also, plot info is only available for movies featured on the main page. If you access a movie via Exodus, Spectro, SALTS or one of the other movie addons featured in the submenu all you get is the title and the cover art.
Note: My current favorite build CellarDoor does a much better job of displaying movie info and cover art. Be sure to check out the November edition of our monthly build roundup for screenshots and info about CellarDoor.
Echo TV Guide is also pretty good
In addition to its movies page, The Beast’s Echo TV Guide addon is also pretty decent. I’ve been wanting to check out Echo Coding’s TV guide addon for a while, so I was glad that the makers of The Beast decided to add it into the mix.
Echo TV Guide’s menu looks very much like a classic digital cable TV guide. All the most popular cable TV channels are present and accounted for– but it’s up to you to configure them.
When you click one of the shows listed on the guide, you’re taken to a configuration screen. From there you can point the channel toward whatever streaming TV addon you want to use to harness the stream. For example, I was able to configure the ESPN channel to pull in a working ESPN feed from Evolve.
Given the ephemeral nature of cable TV feeds, it makes sense to have the user to configure each channel individually. If a link goes down, you can manually change it with just a few clicks.
The interface: all beast, no beauty
Veteran Kodi users won’t have any problem using The Beast, but beginners might feel a bit lost. Most Kodi builds come with a navigation bar, but The Beast doesn’t have one. All you get is the name of the page that you’re on at the bottom of the screen.
Also, The Beast’s default background image is kind of cheesy.
I also don’t like the way The Beast looks once you get past its main menu screen. Lists and menus are presented as rows of chunky looking rectangles.
The Beast’s “favourites” page is pointless
The Beast’s favourites page features a few addons that I’ve never heard of before: silent hunter and stream army. But neither addon brings anything new to the table, so I’m not sure why they’re featured on the favourites menu. Maybe whoever built them is friends with whoever put The Beast build together, or something.
I was initially intrigued when i found an audiobooks category on stream army, but unfortunately the menu was devoid of content when I checked it out. The rest of the content seemed like pretty standard stuff: lists of movies and TV shows, etc.
Silent hunter has a list of links to 4K videos, but aside from that it’s pretty unremarkable as well. For whatever reason, a category called “New Releases Crap Copies” is included on the main menu page.
After seeing all kinds of promotions for The Beast all over the place, I expected to be blown away last month when I reviewed Beast Kids. However, Beast Kids turned out to be really awful. That’s why I expected the worst from The Beast going into this review.
Surprisingly, The Beast turned out to be a pretty alright build overall. If all you want to do is watch movies and TV shows, it won’t disappoint you. Its movie and TV pages are okay and the addition of Echo TV Guide was a smart move. The Beast also seems to be fairly well maintained. The latest update came out just a few days ago.
On the other hand, The Beast’s design could definitely use a facelift. Its interface looks clunky compared to other Kodi builds, especially after you get past the main menu pages. Also, many of the extra addons that The Beast contains could be eliminated without taking away from the overall experience.
The creator of The Beast is obviously very familiar with the Kodi community. All the most popular addons are there in the build, including several new ones that just came out. But because of The Beast’s intentionally confusing setup and its banner ad covered signup page, my gut feeling is that the creator of The Beast’s main goal is to make a quick buck– not to create a quality build that Kodi fans will use and enjoy.
I don’t have a problem with a guy trying to make some money online, but the misleading way that the ads are arranged on the signup page really bothers me. Other build creators put more time and effort into their work, and they probably aren’t even making any money at all. Let’s hope that in the future, Kodi’s build makers will devise a way to get paid that isn’t as annoying and manipulative as the scheme that the creator of The Beast is currently using to turn a profit.