What is Kodi?
To talk about Kodi we must go back to its predecessor, which was known as XBMC or XBox Media Center. It was an application for computers that turned them into a multimedia center, in which to reproduce any type of content: series, movies, photos, music, etc. An open source system that, over the years, allowed it to grow a lot and expand to different operating systems.
Today, due to the great success that this app has had among its users, we can enjoy it on computers with Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux and, of course, in Raspberry Pi. We can access each of its versions from its own official website.
If you are a more experienced user in the use of these types of apps, you may be wondering Why should you choose Kodi over other alternatives? The answer is clear and simple, the Add-ons. Explained in a very simple way, Add-ons they are small “programs” or extensions that allow us to perform different functions: check the weather, add our own server, link services such as Plex, watch television programs and a very long etcetera.
The function that each Add-ons performs is, like many other things on the internet, responsibility of both the creator and yourself if you decide to use it. There are many of these elements that will allow us to take certain actions to improve our experience or even make life easier. But, of course, there are others both with illegal theme or purpose. On its own website you have a list of these very interesting extensions that you can consult and later download them on your smart TV as we will explain in a few lines.
How to install Kodi on Smart TV
In this article we will focus on the process of installing and using Kodi on a Smart TV. From its desktop version you can make a greater number of adjustments and configurations. Although, on the other hand, the app for smart TVs has many options and is fully functional on its own.
The first thing you should take into account is the operating system that your television has since, unfortunately for many, Kodi is only compiled for Android TV devices. Does this mean that televisions with Tizen (Samsung) or WebOS (LG) are “out”? Yes and no, we will clarify this a little further ahead.
Kodi on Android TV devices
Install Kodi on computers such as a TV with Android TV or even devices like the Chromecast with Google TV or the Nvidia Shield among others, it is tremendously simple. You must follow the following steps:
- Access the app store Google play of your team.
- In the search engine, indicated with a magnifying glass and a search bar, type the name of Kodi.
- Once you locate it, click on it and click “Install” so that it becomes part of your application catalog.
Now that you already have Kodi among the applications on your smart TV, you will only have to open it from the start menu to start enjoying all its possibilities. Although in another article we will delve deeper into how to get the most out of Kodi on a Smart TV, the 2 most basic actions you can do in this application are: management of external drives and the installation of Add-ons.
If you look carefully among the options of this app you will see that it has a file manager. You may have once connected a hard drive to the USB ports on your TV, but it is somewhat inconvenient to use. From Kodi you can view content of this external memory sorted by content type from the sidebar after connecting to USB. In addition, within the file manager you will see its content folder by folder. In this simple and intuitive way you can play any type of file on your TV from an external drive.
On the other hand, as we have already mentioned, one of the great advantages of Kodi is the possibility of install all these extensions with different uses. An example could be the installation of the Plex service:
- Access the app options, symbolized with the typical gear icon.
- Enter the search engine in the “Add-ons” menu.
- Write the name of “Plex” and, once you have the list of possible Add-ons, you must access the correct one. In this case it is the one with the name “Scrip – Plex”. Click on it.
- Once inside the Add-on of this service, you just have to click on “Install” and, when the “Complementary Add-ons” menu appears, click on accept.
After finishing the installation, you will be able to open this extension on Kodi and, of course, log into Plex to access the entire catalog that you have stored on your server.
Install Kodi on other computers (not Android TV)
As we have already mentioned before, so far there is no app compiled for another smart TV operating system other than Android. But don’t worry, because there is another solution, although it is not free.
To be able to enjoy Kodi on TV from Samsung, LG and some others without the Google system you will have to purchase Android TV-based external equipment. We have already told you about some very interesting ones like the Chromecast with Google TV, the Nvidia Shield or even the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick. We leave you our analysis of these teams on YouTube below so you can take a look.
The process to follow with them is identical to the one we have described in this article, since these accessories are based on the same system as we have already mentioned before.
Now is the time for you to start use Kodi on your Smart TV to get the most out of it. If this sounds interesting to you, leave a comment and soon we will bring that article in which we will explain many more tips to take advantage of all the possibilities of Kodi on your smart TV.