Given the recent shakeups in the Kodi community, many addons have gone up and down. We’ve found that the Castaway addon is not one of them, although there have been some changes in where you can find this addon. The Castaway Kodi addon still offers some options for those who want live sports. Whether it be college football, English Premier League, or a variety of other sports, Castaway is one solution. Below, we’ll walk you through the process needed to install the Castaway Kodi addon in just a few minutes.
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How to Install Castaway Kodi Addon
To install Castaway, do the following:
- Open a new tab on your computer and paste in the following address: https://github.com/kodil/kodil/raw/master/repo/plugin.video.castaway/plugin.video.castaway-0.2.8.zip. You should automatically download the Castaway zip file. If no, find the file on the page and click “Download”
- Open up your Kodi app
- Go to Addons and click on the Package symbol (top left)
- Click on Install from zip
- Find the above file from your regular downloads location and click to install
- You will get a successful addon installation message on the top right of your screen. You will then find Castaway from your Addons > Video Addons section
Castaway: Benefits and Limitations
Castaway is a bit of an interesting addon for Kodi users. This is because it is one of few addons that provides two key features: live TV and P2P streaming options. Additionally, Castaway provides an excellent source for a fair amount of sports streaming. We’ve written about how this addon is useful for both Premier League streaming and catching some good U.S. College Football action. Castaway is a great choice for doing both. However, for Premier League, you’ll find it a better option for watching pre-recorded games.
Under the Live Sports section, Castaway simply gives you a list of all the sites it’s scraping from. We’ve tested all of them and found, for the most part, working links. Several of the scraped sites have the sports categorized; some do not. You’ll find the more common ones in each section: football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer. They’re all there, with a good amount of options for each one. If you’re looking to just explore a bit and find something new or something you didn’t know you wanted to watch, Castaway is a good option for that. Positively, it does not focus on sports from any one country as well. You can find a good mixture of sports from across the globe.
The Live TV section has a similar setup: a list of scraped sites, each offering different channels. These, too work well from our testing. You’ll find a very large variety, as each scraped site has a lot of similarities, but many differences in what channels they offer. Some even have the channels categorized by country, which is perfect for those looking for regionally-specific channels. As we’ve done a fair amount of research on addons for different purposes, we can attest to the fact that finding addons with good, working, regionally-categorized channels is not easy.
Castaway’s greatest limitation comes from the fact that some of the sites are not well categorized inside of the addon. Additionally, the “Sport on Demand” section could almost certainly use more sports. For Castaway, it’s also important to note that many of the streams are torrents. While this topic has been discussed in some detail both here on AddonHQ and on many Kodi forums, it’s an important reminder that some Kodi addons, such as Castaway, do exist in the legal gray area, and can at times cross over into the copyright infringement zone.
AddonHQ does not condone piracy. We bear no responsibility for the kinds of files you choose to access via the information provided in this article.
Most of Castaway Streams Don’t Work. What Now?
Unfortunately, Castaway is an example of what happens when a popular Kodi addon is no longer supported. While the addon’s structure still works, the websites where the addon scrapes from have not been updated in many months.
Kodi addons do not host the content that streams through them. Instead, they access content available on some different websites. As long as those websites are still working, the code running the addon can pull those streams into Kodi and display them through the application. However, addons such as Castaway need regular maintenance, particularly to determine which websites have stopped offering certain streams. If no one is doing this, the addon will just end up pulling from a library of broken links.
You may still find some working streams on Castaway. In testing, we found that some of the sites listed (primarily under Live TV and Live Sports) still work. However, there’s no guarantee that those streaming sources will continue to work into the future.
If you’re coming to Castaway, you were likely looking for live sports streams or sports replays. Recent events within the Kodi development community regarding a lawsuit against the popular TVAddons (Fusion) and ZemTV resulted in a lot of addons disappearing for good. However, there are several options still available for those looking for sports streams. These include:
Made in Canada IPTV
Made in Canada IPTV is an excellent source for US, UK and Canadian live TV channels. There are an exceptionally large number of working streams here, including ones that give access to different popular sports. Made in Canada IPTV is easy to use with high-quality streams.
cCloud TV is one of the best options around or anyone looking for live TV, and especially for sports. cCloud TV offers up thousands of live TV channels from across the globe, to include a large number of US, UK, and Canadian channels, as well as a healthy dose of channels that are often hard to find from across the globe.
Looking for more? Check out our guide on the best Live TV Addons for Kodi. We’ve listed half a dozen different options for live TV streaming. Most live TV options make excellent live sports options. We regularly update our content, including our list of live TV addons. You should be able to find at least one, if not several, great Castaway Kodi addon alternatives.