Most of us know the legend behind the Phoenix. The legendary bird’s life cycle is marked by its death in flames and ashes, from which it rises again, renewed. So how does this relate to the Kodi add-on, Phoenix? Phoenix has had its share of problems in the past with functionality on a lot of different ends. Recently, however, it’s seemingly risen from the ashes into a much more successfully operational add-on. We’ve put together a small guide that will show you how to install the Phoenix Addon for Kodi, and discuss some of the pros and cons of the addon as well.
In addition to its many movies and TV shows, many users are turning to Phoenix for its sports channels, and with good reason. There are a lot of them, and they work fairly well (now that the add-on has figured out some of its issues, that is). We’ll take a deeper dive into the add-on below. First, however, you’ll probably want to get this highly desirable add-on installed on your Kodi. Follow our simple guide just below. It’s a bit more extensive than some other Kodi add-ons, so you’ll want to make sure you follow each step if you’re unfamiliar with Kodi installations. For a longer guide on different Kodi add-ons that also sport, well, excellent sports options, you’ll find out longer Sports Add-ons guide extremely helpful.
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Phoenix Installation Guide
- Go to the “System” tab from your Kodi main screen.
- Go to “File manager”.
- Go to “Add source”.
- Type in the following for the source: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag. Name it “Fusion”.
- Return to “System”.
- Go to “Add-ons”.
- Go to “.zip file”.
- Go to “Fusion”.
- Go to “xmbc-repos”.
- Scroll down to locate “repository.xmbchub-1.0.6.zip”.
- Go back to Settings>Add-ons and go to “install from repository”.
- Select “TVADDONS.ag Add-on Repository.
- Go to “Video add-ons”.
- Scroll down. Select Phoenix. Install the program.
- You can now find the program in your Videos>Add-ons section.
A Note on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
Many users might find themselves locked out of some content when using Phoenix. It can be frustrating. There is a solution. Virtual Private Networks are highly encrypted, private network connections that create a tunnel of sorts between your machine and the machine you’re connected to (in this case, the servers your streaming from). This can help solve a whole host of problems when it comes to streaming online. However, the another great reason to use them is for the encryption purposes. VPNs allow you to operate online without having to worry about having your identity revealed. We suggest IPVanish for this purpose. It’s a favorite among Kodi users and you’ll find it mentioned among a wide variety of media sources. It’s effective and feature-rich.
Phoenix: Benefits and Limitations
The Phoenix add-on is probably one of the best IPTV add-ons you’ll find. That’s saying a lot. There is currently a glut of these add-ons for Kodi, many of which are horrible ineffective in actually delivering content. As we mentioned above, like a phoenix from the ashes, Phoenix has arisen from a whole host of functionality issues to become an extremely effective add-on.
Perhaps the best thing about this add-on is its sports streaming options. Much like other live streaming add-ons, Phoenix gives access to some of the most popular channels from both the U.S. and the UK. This includes pretty much all of the Sky sports channels, sport-specific channels for U.S. sports (basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, etc.), BT Sports channels, PAC-12 sports channels and a wide range of other European and international options.
Outside of sports, however, Phoenix has far more streaming options than most other add-ons you’ll find and use. There are individuals sections specifically for popular TV shows (although this area is somewhat limited), popular movies and movie channels (Sky, HBO), and a rather extensive, although wholly unorganized, selection of live television streaming options. As a rare treat, the add-on even has an anime section which is more organized than almost every other section of the add-on. Ultimately, Phoenix connects users to different streaming sites, so what the add-on’s own site does not offer, other sites access through the interface may offer what you’re looking for.
The benefit of Phoenix is the vast number of options available, and the fact that these options actually work. There are any number of sports, movie and television add-ons that list the same networks Phoenix does, but for whom the connections just never seem to load. Phoenix has its act together and has the streaming figured out right.
The real negative you’ll find here is categorization. Phoenix could stand to have better categories for the different channel options. For example, splitting them geographically, or by sport, would be very helpful for users looking for very specific types of sports. Still, the live sports streaming available on here is hard to beat.
Phoenix is a fairly solid add-on, good for all kinds of streaming. Its sports streaming is solid, but so too are its other streaming options, which are many. We suggest adding this one to your collection.