Best Live TV Addons for Kodi 2017 – Watch Live TV on Kodi

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Like many new Kodi users, you may have done a hop, skip and a few jumps when you discovered the Kodi app. Streaming video online is more popular than it’s ever been, with video streaming taking upwards of 70% of online bandwidth during peak hours. Much to the chagrin of ISPs, streaming video is here to stay. But for many of us, services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are not quite what we’re looking for. This guide will teach you how to get live TV on Kodi, so you can watch all your favorite shows as they air.

Whether you’re out of town, stuck on the late shift in the office, or simply don’t have a TV that allows you catch your favorite shows, getting access to live TV on Kodi is simple and easy. There are dozens of different live streaming add-ons on Kodi. Here are the top 5 best live TV addons for Kodi, with simple, easy instructions on how to install them on any device.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended to help readers access content they already have purchased the rights to access, but are for whatever reason unable to access either temporarily, or permanently. AddonHQ does not support software piracy, and bears no responsibility for what you decide to do with the contents of this article. Furthermore, please note that AddonHQ in no way hosts, develops, or produces any of the software mentioned within this article. For more information, please see our full disclaimer here.

Before we Proceed

We highly recommend using a VPN to watch live TV on Kodi. Kodi users have been known to receive copyright infringement notices for streaming movies, sports, and TV shows through various addons. If you would like to keep your streaming habits private, our recommendation is IPVanish – a complete privacy solution for Kodi users.

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Best Live TV Kodi Addons

This ever-evolving list of the best live TV Kodi addons should help get you started with using Kodi to stream live TV.

USTVNow Plus

USTVnow

Click here to access our USTVNow Plus installation guide.

Similar to UKTV Now, USTVNow also allows you watch live TV on Kodi by granting you streaming access to dozens of U.S. cable networks. Follow these simple steps to get USTVNow on your Kodi. USTVNow offers 7 basic network channels for the free version (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC, PBS and My TV). Cable channels can be acquired for a cost of around $24.00 a month. The paid subscription includes all of the major cable channels such as History, SyFy, CNN, Fox News, and others, as well as a select few movie channels. The benefit of USTVNow is the freedom to avoid worrying about whether you’re receiving live streaming illegally. USTVNow follows all laws regarding streaming rights.

U.S. TV Now requires creating an account on their website. The account is free, but you will need to do it in order to access it. Go to their sign up page to create an account. The initial account gives you all access, but will eventually limit you to only 7 channels. The full 29 channel access is available with a subscription fee.

Goodfellas 2.0

Click here to access our Goodfellas 2.0 installation guide. 

The updated version of the original, popular Kodi addon is really making a few waves in the Kodi community. Goodfellas 2.0 is going to be one of your best options for viewing live TV as this addon scrapes a large number of streams for all of the popular channels and a bunch of channels and options you may not have even considered. This addon even scrapes publicly available web cams streaming content from across the globe — and even space, if you’re into watching the International Space Station live streams. Goodfellas 2.0 also includes some TV shows and movies on-demand, with content borrowed from popular sources like Specto. The stream quality is invariably good, although streams can go down at times. Still, this is one of the best options around, and you’re not going to want to ignore the potential that you’ll find with this one.

BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)

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Click here to access our BBC iPlayer installation guide.

The BBC iPlayer addon (WWW iPlayer) allows you to access all of the BBC’s live TV streaming content as well as their on-demand content. This player works well, and the BBC casts their content in very high quality. You’ll find that accessing the content through here is easy, and as the content comes through the official BBC website, streams are rarely down or have buffering issues. There are some stipulations, however. If you are a British resident, you will need a TV License. Those who live outside of the UK are restricted from accessing this content, and will need to use a VPN.

Quantum (Formerly Sanctuary)

Quantum

Click here to access our Quantum installation guide.

Quantum is not just one addon. Instead, the addon hosts content for a large number of different addons. If you’re looking for the popular Oblivion addon, you won’t find it anywhere but here now. The original Oblivion addon can still be installed, but you will find that the plugin no longer works as a standalone addon. Quantum has a special section just for live TV, which includes the live TV streams for Oblivion IPTV, as well as a handful of others, to include BAMF IPTV, Pyramid Live, Ultra Live, Fido Live, FreeView (VPN required outside of UK), Lily Sports Live and Supremacy Live. Each of these has different live streams to offer, although there are some noticeable crossovers, especially in regard to US and UK channels.

Castaway

castaway

Click here to access our Castaway installation guide.

While Castaway as an addon has long since served its purpose, and its primary features no longer work, it still hosts functioning links to live TV streams. You can find these under the “Live TV” section of the addon, where you’ll see a long list of different websites that stream live content. You’ll find varying success with these websites. Please note that Castaway is no longer being supported by its developer, so many of the streaming options may no longer work.

cCloud TV

ccloud tv kodi addon

Click here to access our cCloud TV installation guide.

cCloud TV is one of the “must have” live TV addons. This addon includes a large number of options housed under one addon, with thousands of channels listed. You’ll find most every US and UK channel here, but also a significant number of international channels as well. cCloud TV is easy to use with a great interface that makes it easy to navigate as well. Stream quality can be spotty, but that’s more an issue with the stream source and not cCloud TV.

SportsDevil

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Click here to access our SportsDevil installation guide.

This addon may specialize in sports, but you’ll find a section labeled “Live TV” that looks similar to what you’ll find with the Castaway addon. There are a number of sites listed here that stream live TV, including shadownet.ro as well as some other services that work well. You will have to sift through these to see what’s there, as there are hundreds of options available when you combine the lists together, but we do suggest Shadownet.ro for most live tv needs.

Made in Canada IPTV

Made in Canada IPTV

Click here to access our MiC installation guide.

The Made in Canada IPTV Kodi addon is a bit misleading with its name. Yes, this addon is available for lots of Canadian TV content. No, it doesn’t only offer Canadian TV. In fact, if you’re looking for high-quality streams for both US and British TV, you’ll likely find some good use out of the Made in Canada IPTV addon. One of the great things about this addon is how well organized it is, even with the very focused offering. Each country-specific section has a list of channels, while MiC also has a section specifically for sports content.

FilmOn Simple

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The FilmOn Simple Kodi addon is a unique plugin for the Kodi media center. This addon pulls a large number of streams from very unique regions. Asian and African live TV options are available in this addon, as well as a large number of European channels that are not common among most of the other live TV addons. You’ll also find a large number of sections that focus specifically on different genres of interest, such as Science and Technology, Travel, Shopping, Lifestyle and Education.

To install FilmOn Simple, do the following:

  • Open a new tab and paste the following link to download the following zip file: https://github.com/kodil/kodil/blob/master/repo/plugin.video.filmon.simple/plugin.video.filmon.simple-0.1.7.zip
  • Open up Kodi
  • From your home screen, go to Addons
  • Click on the Package symbol on the top left

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  • Click on Install from zip
  • Locate the above zip file in your downloaded files location. Click to install

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  • You will get a successful installation message on the top right of your screen. Afterward, you can find the addon among the other Video Addons

Note: You can also find this addon in the SuperRepo repository. if you already have SuperRepo installed, you can simply go to your Install from repository section, go to SuperRepo, and then Video addons. You’ll find FilmOn Simple there. Please be advised that the SuperRepo repository does not always update regularly, so it’s best to download the addon directly from the listed Github link or the addon developer’s repository to get the most recent version.

Rising Tides

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Rising Tides is an excellent source for those looking for all kinds of live TV options. This addon covers the gamut from sports to regular casual entertainment. You’ll also find that the menu is well organized and, perhaps the best part, the streams load very quickly and very reliably. This one hasn’t quite taken off and is not extremely well known, but will likely start getting more attention soon.

To install Rising Tides, do the following:

  • From your Kodi home screen, go to System Settings (gear symbol, top left)
  • Click on File manager

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  • Click on Add source
  • Click on <none> and enter the following address exactlyhttp://mullafabs.comli.com/Plugins

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  • Name it Rising Tides and click OK
  • Return to your Kodi home screen and click on Addons
  • Click on the Package symbol (top left)

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  • Click on Install from zip
  • Find your Rising Tides link, and click on it

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  • Select plugin.video.Rising.Tides.zip to install the addon. You can now find it with your Video addons

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Note that there is a separate folder with the same name, excluding the “zip” file path. You can choose to ignore that and only click on the one with the “zip” file path.

Project M 

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Project M is a bit of a work in progress. We found live streams, but oddly, only the audio would play from them, no video. This addon also has a few interesting sections, including a movies section. The primary reason you might go here, however, is for its live sports options. There’s a “World TV” section in the addon that is currently empty (as of 6/23/2017), and simply says “coming soon.” The Sports TV section, however, has over 70 options listed. You’ll also find, oddly, a section just for Nordic TV. The Nordic TV option opens Darkzide IPTV option, which we found didn’t work. If you’re into live sports TV but only in audio format, this is a good option. At the least, it’s one to watch for future updates.

To install Project M, do the following:

  • From your Kodi home screen, go to System Settings (gear symbol, top left)
  • Click on File manager
  • Click on Add source
  • Click on <none> and enter the following address exactlyhttp://mwiz.co.uk/repo
  • Name it Mr Wiz and click OK

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  • Return to your Kodi home screen and click on Addons
  • Click on the Package symbol (top left)
  • Click on Install from zip
  • Find your Mr Wiz link, and click on it

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  • Select the repository.merlin.zip file to install the Merlin Repository
  • Return to the screen with Install from zip, and then click on Install from repository
  • Locate and click on the Merlin Repository

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  • Click on Video addons

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  • Click on Project M, then click Install

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You should receive a successful installation message on the top right of the screen. You will then be able to locate Project M with the rest of your Video Addons.

Falcon

If you already installed the Project M addon just above, this will be a quick install, as Falcon is located in the Merlin Repository. Falcon was one of our favorite new finds. This addon has a large number of live TV streams available, in high quality and with very fast load times. We found that there’s also a Falcon Sports addon, separate from this one, but that simply lists the sports streams available in Falcon. Your best option is just to download the Falcon addon and get your sports streams from there.

As far as its offerings, Falcon TV rivals cCloud TV, both in quality of the streams and in how many options you have here. This is a good one to install and explore.

To install Falcon on Kodi, do the following (if you need images, check the Project M installation above):

  • From your Kodi home screen, go to System Settings (gear symbol, top left)
  • Click on File manager
  • Click on Add source
  • Click on <none> and enter the following address exactlyhttp://mwiz.co.uk/repo
  • Name it Mr Wiz and click OK
  • Return to your Kodi home screen and click on Addons
  • Click on the Package symbol (top left)
  • Click on Install from zip
  • Find your Mr Wiz link, and click on it
  • Select the repository.merlin.zip file to install the Merlin Repository
  • Return to the screen with Install from zip, and then click on Install from repository
  • Locate and click on the Merlin Repository
  • Click on Video addons
  • Click on Falcon and then click Install

Falcon

Live TV on Kodi

Many Kodi users are interested in accessing live TV through Kodi for various reasons. Sports continues to be one of the most popular go-to reasons, while popular shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead attract a fair number of users to different Kodi addons.

Legal Issues

However, it’s important to note that not all addons you use to access live TV will be legal. In the case with the BBC iPlayer, if you are not a UK resident you cannot legally utilize a the addon. While the BBC requires you to have a valid TV license, on its website, it does not actually do much to verify that you have one. Instead, it flashes a message asking if you have a TV license, to which you either agree or disagree. Many viewers have been using VPNs to access the BBC’s content for free as a result.

Additionally, the British news website Mirror notes that some loopholes exist in recent updates to the TV License purchase requirements, meaning individuals using battery-powered devices may be able to access the iPlayer for free without having to worry about incurring a fine. Additionally, the BBC attempted to crackdown on VPN use to access its content, with little success.

With other live TV addons, streams may violate copyright laws. This is particularly the case where the streamed channels are not coming from free, over-the-air networks. Cable channels that typically require a paid subscription to access may not be legal to view through a streaming addon. Many users turn to VPNs to mask their identities in this case, although DMCA notifications from ISPs related to streaming live TV content is not common.

Instead, users may find access to working streams for certain networks may be difficult to find. For example, while researching our recent piece on how to watch Superbowl 51 on Kodi we discovered that working streams to all local Fox affiliates were completely non-functional. As Fox had exclusive writes to show the SuperBowl this year, it appears that they moved quickly to shut down any online live streams of their networks and affiliates in the run up to the SuperBowl. We know this to be true as we tested those links and found them working only months earlier when we wrote about addons that provide access to regular season NFL games.

Live TV addon functionality issues

If you find numerous non-functioning streams within an addon, you may want to check the last time the addon’s source database was updated. All addons work by pulling streams from different websites. At times, those sites that pull these streams go down. Many addon developers regularly update their addon to pull from different websites. Regularly updated addons are less likely to experience this issue.

However, older addons that have not been updated in months or even over a year are likely to have issues with dead links. Most addons are listed on the website GitHub, where you can find their changelogs and see when they’ve been last updated.

However, some dead link issues may simply be the result of the live TV stream owners cutting off access to third parties streaming the content. This was the case with over-the-air Fox network options and is also the case with major networks. Sometimes it takes a bit of diligence to find working streams. For this reason, we recommend installing more than one addon.

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