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20 Best Kodi addons in 2015 to help you cut the cord

SportsDevil XBMC Addon9. SportsDevil

Also featured in our 2014 list, this is is a must have addon for sports fans. Boasting a wide variety of sports types and streaming sites you can easily watch content which is not originally broadcasted in your country. We have featured this addon before in our watch ESPN online for free post which explains why this is one of the best Kodi plugins for accessing ESPN. [Read: 5 Websites to watch College Football online for free]

espn310. ESPN 3

Another must have have addon for a sports fan, if you have a friend with a cable subscription. ESPN3 allows watching live sports events from all around the world, online. A one time access to a valid cable subscription (here is a great friend can help) is required for initial configuration of the plugin. We have already written about how you can watch ESPN using ESPN3 plugin and how to fix the script failed error in case you encounter it. [Read: Install SickRage on Ubuntu in a few simple steps]

Some addons may contain pirated content. Consider using legal Kodi addons or a VPN ($5.52/mo).

veetle11. Veetle

Veetle is a great Kodi plugin to have if you don’t know what to watch and want to kill some time. Veetle pulls live streams of nearly all types of content from around the world and presents it as list. Unfortunately it is not sorted or categorized. You can scroll through the list and pick whatever you like, including live sports events. [Read: How to migrate Shows library from SickBeard to SickRage?]

NaviX XBMC Addon12. NaviX

NaviX streams content from a wide variety of user-generated links straight to your XBMC media center. This should be a great place to start when looking for Internet video due to the enormous choice provided. Playlists are fully customizable with users being able to change backgrounds, logos and icons. [Read: 7 Raspberry Pi accessories to build a XBMC media center]

YouTube XBMC Addon13. Youtube

No collection of the best Kodi addons would be complete without the world’s biggest video website, Youtube. This YouTube addon makes access quick and easy, direct from XBMC. This addon offers several awesome features including Video thumbnail browsing for a more pleasant user experience. [Read: 15 XBMC keyboard shortcuts you should know]

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TuneIn Radio XBMC Addon14. TuneIn Radio

One of the most popular Kodi addons which allows access to thousands of radio stations from around the world using your Kodi media box. Searching for specific radio shows along with the ability to download them are just some of the features offered by TuneIn Radio addon. [Read: How to Listen to Google Music on XBMC?]

Spotify Spotimc XBMC Addon15. Spotimc

This addon brings Spotify straight to your XBMC media center. Spotimc allows full browsing and searching for your favorite music. Be warned though this addon is still in the early stages of development, so expect a few bugs and issues along the way. [Read: The Ultimate Guide to Raspberry Pi OpenELEC Media Center Setup]

Muzu.tv XBMC Addon16. Muzu.tv

Great for watching music videos with a jukebox function which plays songs based on a set genre. Searching for your favorite songs has never been easier, making this one of the best XBMC addons for music lovers. Choose from a huge selection of music videos available at muzu.tv.[Read: 5 Must have Android apps for HTPC or Home Server control]

Rom Collection Browser XBMC Addon17. Rom Collection Browser

For all you retro gamers out there the Rom Collection Browser addon is for you. This piece of software opens up your rom collection and allows you to play games on your XBMC machine with little to no set up. The only extra set up this addon needs is a folder containing all of your roms and related emulators. With future versions of Kodi focusing on improving gaming, this addon could grow in demand. [Read: 5 Best XBMC skins for Raspberry Pi]

Some addons may contain pirated content. Consider using legal Kodi addons or a VPN ($5.52/mo).

ustvnow18. US TV Now

Let’s face it, one of the biggest hurdles in cutting cable in US is the lack of Live TV options. US TV now addon for Kodi can alleviate this problem. This awesome Kodi addon brings you live TV channels in standard definition for free!!! With a paid subscription you can receive more channels, HD streaming, and the ability to record. Right now the local channels show content from Pennsylvania, USA but US TV Now has been saying that users will be able to customize streams by location in future. [Read: How to clear XBMC thumbnails cache and remove unused thumbnails?]

ftv19. FTV

FTV addon is like the UK and international version of US TV now addon but with more options. This Kodi add-on lists all channels and categories from FilmOn, including UK channels, international channels, movies, and cartoons. Like US TV Now, this is another plugin that can fill the void created by the lack of live TV options after axing cable. [Read: Four free android apps to remotely monitor and control torrent, NZB, and other downloads]

ftvguide20. FTV Guide

If you use US TV Now, Genesis, or the FTV addon then this FTV Guide addon is a must have. It allows you to combine your favorite Live TV plugins for use with fully working EPG (Electronic Program Guide – basically a TV guide). You can customize what EPG data is pulled and presented to you. With this addon you won’t miss the TV guide that you had on your cable. [Read: A simple yet awesome IR Raspberry Pi remote control for $5]

Summary

Don’t like some of the above addons? Here are some honorable mentions: iStream, MoviesHD, Entertainment Hub, Cliq, Cartoon HD2, and Pulsar. Remember that every addon may have its down days and may not work properly sometimes.

The word “best” is relative. While the above list of best Kodi addons will likely satisfy most people, some may be looking for something else. So if you have other plugins you like better please share your thoughts with others through the comments section. This list is by no means exhaustive but these 20 Kodi add ons should definitely alleviate the withdrawal symptoms from dropping cable. Go ahead, install these best Kodi addons and enjoy streaming content on your Kodi box while saving some dough.

About the author

Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, XBMC, and related HOW-TOs (read more).

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