Best Kodi Builds for May 2017 – In-Depth with CellarDoor TV

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Hello and welcome to the May 2017 edition of our monthly Kodi build roundup!  Last month, we tried out several of our favorite builds in Kodi Krypton.  Most of them looked pretty good.  However, the Krypton edition of our favorite build CellarDoor was still in development.

Now that a Krypton compatible version of CellarDoor is finally out and racking up great feedback all over the web, it’s time to take an in-depth look at some of its new menus and features.  Keep reading for a full review of the latest version of CellarDoor and step-by-step installation instructions.

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Testing methodology

Before I tested out CellarDoor, I first deleted Kodi.  Then, I reinstalled it so that I could start over from scratch.  Finally, I installed CellarDoor using the steps outlined below.

Note: I used a mid-2012 Macbook Pro running a Bootcamp installation of Windows 10 to test out CellarDoor Krypton.  Performance/results may vary depending on your Kodi hardware.

What’s so great about CellarDoor TV?

CellarDoor builds are slick looking and put together in an intelligent way by a team that obviously know the Kodi community inside and out.  CellarDoor builds have all the best addons, yet they usually aren’t very big at all.

In particular, we liked the way that the Jarvis version of CellarDoor interface integrated Internet Movie Database (IMDb) data.  If you weren’t sure what you wanted to watch, you could use the CellarDoor interface to check out the plot summaries, actors and other useful info.

This is what the previous version of CellarDoor looked like:

What does CellarDoor for Krypton look like? 

The new Krypton edition of CellarDoor looks even better than the Jarvis version.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the most exciting visual features and UI improvements.

Animated windows

The new CellarDoor features a ton of new window animations.  Now when you click a movie or TV show, the movie database info comes bouncing onto the screen.  The overall effect is similar to what Ubuntu Linux looks like when you turn all of the animations on.

A screenshot of the movie details page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the movie details page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Though the window animations don’t add to the build’s functionality, they do look nice.  Also, they didn’t slow down my Kodi when I tried this build out on my aging Macbook Pro.

Choose your stream source

If you’re familiar with Kodi 3rd party video addons, you’ll probably notice some familiar icons if you look closely at the screenshot listed above.  If a movie or TV show stream appears in multiple different addons, it’ll appear as an option if you click a movie or TV show widget.  This allows you to quickly jump to the next addon if you can’t find a working stream.

New background styles

The default CellarDoor TV background is grey, but when you hover over content it changes.

Previous version of CellarDoor had also integrated promotional artwork into the user interface, but the latest design looks even better and seems even more fluid.

A screenshot of the new wallpaper style on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the new wallpaper style on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Reviews and plot information

I love the way that CellarDoor allows you to easily pull up all the text when you want to read a long plot summary.  Some builds that scrape movie database data cut out text if it’s too long to fit inside a window, or they force you to use awkward arrow buttons to scroll through multiple pages.

A screenshot of the plot overview window on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the plot overview window on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

On CellarDoor, all you have to do to is click the text if you want to read more.  This brings up a huge window that allows you to continue reading.  Once you’re finished, all you have to do is click the X icon and go back to what you were doing.

Simplified menus

With the Krypton edition of CellarDoor, you get 8 menus: Movies, TV Shows, Kidszone, Music, Apps, System, TV Pro and Sports.  That’s really all you need if all you want to do is watch TV shows and movies.  But if you want to design your own menu system in CellarDoor, you can.

Oversized art for the kids

Clicking the kidszone main menu bar takes you to a nice looking scrollable menu that features oversized movie art.

A screenshot of the kidszone movies menu on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the kidszone movies menu on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

In order to make things as simple as possible for kids, the designers of the build took the movie database section out of the kidszone interface.

Customization

As mentioned above, CellarDoor features an array of powerful customization features.  You can easily add, delete or change any item on the menu.

A screenshot of the CellarDoor TV Krypton customization menu.
A screenshot of the CellarDoor TV Krypton customization menu.

Other builds do allow you to change menus around, but few come with as many powerful customization features as CellarDoor.

Here are a few other things you can change via CellarDoor’s settings menu:

  • Enable/disable auto-scrolling
  • Remove floor graphics
  • Enable/disable widgets
  • Switch to a simplified view
  • Switch to one of several preconfigured skins
  • Change colors and fonts
  • Zoom in or out

Cellardoor TV’s eight default menus

CellarDoor comes with eight main menus.  Let’s take a look at each one to find out what they look like and what they can do.

Movies

If you click on the navigation bar where it says movies, you’ll be taken to a stylish looking movies page that features thumbnails and plot info about various popular movies.  Otherwise, you can use the widgets to scroll the titles.

A screenshot of the movies main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the movies main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

TV Shows

The TV Shows page is a lot like the movies page, only it gives you even more info.  Clicking a TV title brings up an info screen that links out to all its past seasons.  The overall experience is comparable to browsing the TV show section of Netflix.

If you click on the menu bar where it says TV shows, you’ll be able to browse a thumbnails of various popular shows.

A screenshot of the TV shows main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the TV shows main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Kidszone

As noted above, movies on the Kidszone page do not link into the movie database.  Clicking one of the movies here will take you straight to the stream.  Though this setup might work pretty well for kids, it might not be ideal for adults who want to read the storyline first to see if its appropriate or not.  You can, however, view rating information if you click on the menu bar where it says kidszone.

A screenshot of the Kidszone main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the Kidszone main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Music

This page might come in handy if you’re hosting a party and you’re not sure what kind of music to play.  Clicking the navigation bar takes you to a menu that allows you to setup a “party mode” playlist that will pick out songs to play automatically based on whatever rules or criteria you create.

Clicking one of the widgets takes you to a list of music.  If you click one of the songs, CellarDoor will look for it online via YouTube.

A screenshot of the music main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the music main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Apps

This page allows you to quickly take care of or schedule basic Kodi maintenance tasks.  You can also open the CellarDoor wizard from here and switch to a different CellarDoor build.  Clicking where it says apps brings up a list of all the addons on your system.

A screenshot of the apps main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the apps main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

 

System

This page allows you to check the weather or jump over to your settings menu to make tweaks and adjustments.

A screenshot of the system main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the system main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

TV Pro

If you’re looking for IPTV streams, this is the page you should use.  Clicking where it says TV Pro takes you to a simple text menu that allows you to browse thousands of different IPTV links and lists.

To find out more about how to get live TV streams, read: Best IPTV Addons for Kodi – Watch IPTV on Kodi 2017

A screenshot of the TV pro main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the TV pro main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Sports

This page has widgets for all our favorite sports addons.  Pro Sport is there, as is SportsDevil, Castaway and more.

A screenshot of the sports main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.
A screenshot of the sports main menu page on CellarDoor TV Krypton.

Notable addons included with CellarDoor

  • Bob, Specto and Exodus.  When it comes to movie addons, these three can’t be beat.  Exodus is perhaps the most well known of the bunch.  Specto and Bob are basically Exodus clones that use different lists of stream sources.
  • Pro Sport.  Pro Sport is by far the best live sports addon out there.  One of its best features is its ability to filter through Reddit and pull out links to streams.
  • Metalliq.  Metalliq is sort of an addon for addons.  If you have lots of addons on your system, Metalliq can search through all of them and look for links to streams.

How to install CellarDoor

Though you can use Ares Wizard to download and install CellarDoor, we recommend that you use the CellarDoor wizard instead.  The wizard gives you more installation options.  Also, you don’t have to authenticate via a PIN code to download CellarDoor if you use the CellarDoor wizard.

In order to get the CellarDoor TV wizard, first visit http://cellardoortv.com/wizard/ and download the installation file plugin.program.CellarDoorTVwizard.zip.  Then, open the file inside of Kodi via the addons menu via the install from zip file menu option.  After the installation is complete, the wizard will appear in your Kodi under the programs section of your addons menu.

For those that are new to Kodi, here is a detailed step-by-step CellarDoor TV installation guide:

  1. Open up a web browser, visit http://cellardoortv.com/wizard/ and download the installation file plugin.program.CellarDoorTVwizard.zip.  It doesn’t matter where you save the file on your device, as long as you remember where it is.
  2. The box icon is the icon on the far left.
    The box icon is the icon on the far left.

    Close your browser and open up Kodi.  Then, click addons from the menu on the left.  You should now see the box icon on the top left side of the screen.  Click the box icon and then proceed to step 3.

  3. Click install from zip file from the menu, then navigate to wherever you saved the installation file (plugin.program.CellarDoorTVwizard.zip).
  4. After the installation of the CellarDoor wizard is complete, open the wizard up.  Then, select [17.1] infusion – krypton [version] from the menu.
  5. After the wizard is finished installing CellarDoor, it’ll automatically shut down Kodi.  The next time you open Kodi, you’ll be in CellarDoor.

Accessing blocked stream sources

If many of the links to movies and TV shows you click while using CellarDoor don’t work, your ISP could be to blame.

Some ISPs place blocks on various sites that host streaming content.  For example, you won’t be able to access any streams from the popular site known as Solar Movie if you live in the UK.

To gain access to everything this awesome build has to offer, you may want to consider installing a VPN.  You can use a VPN to avoid blocks that your ISP has placed on various sites around the web.

Here are some articles that can help you learn how to install a VPN on various Kodi compatible devices:

  • SmugLex

    Hi, I know it has a option of hiding watched shows but what can you change to make it tick watched shows like other builds. Other than that this build is just perfect.

    • Alex M.

      Hi Arthur,
      Which addon are you using to watch shows? Cellar Door has a ton of different video addons.

  • Christopher T Lazauskas

    Does this build come with video devil as well ?

    • Alex M.

      Hi Chris. I think the addon you mean to ask about is Sports Devil. Yes, Cellar Door has it.