You may have read last year’s post on the best addons for 2015, but a lot has changed throughout the year and some Kodi addons are now defunct or outclassed by other addons. So with a new year comes a new list of the best Kodi addons for 2016. This list of Kodi plugins covers everything from video streaming, gaming, live TV and more.
20 Best Kodi addons for 2016
This addon needs no introduction, Addon Installer is well known as the “app store” of Kodi. This addon is first on our list of the best Kodi plugins because of its invaluable utility. This addon lets you easily browse and install Kodi addons with their repository, which in turn automatically updates the addons you install. All of the other addons on this list, unless said otherwise, can be downloaded from Addon Installer. [Read: How to install Addon Installer on Kodi (aka Fusion Installer)?]
This addon actually came out while I was writing this article. Exodus is the next generation video addon developed by lambda, the developer behind the now defunct Genesis.After using this addon, I can see why lambda dropped Genesis to work on Exodus. It has a simple and clean interface, similar to Netflix, and has some of the best sources I’ve ever seen. As usual, you can search content by name, but Exodus also lets you search by actor or actress, and the results are quite accurate. With a plethora of features such as Trakt integration, Real Debrid, and Premiumize, Exodus is definitely one of the best XBMC addons of 2016 and probably will be the best for many years to come. [Read: 6 best Genesis alternative Kodi addons for your movie needs]
One of the newer addons on the list, Velocity is quickly gaining more and more popularity. When I first used this addon, I was blown away by its quality sources and features. The main feature of Velocity is Trakt integration. Velocity can sync the content you watch with your Trakt account, opening up a plethora of extra features on Velocity. These features include watchlists, recommendations based on watch history, and a un-watched episodes section. Even without a Trakt account, Velocity is a superb addon and worthy of being called one of the top Kodi addons for 2016. [Read: Guide: How to install Kodi Velocity addon]
Staying on the topic of the best Kodi addons for video, Phoenix is another great addon that features a ton of content. This addon has been around for awhile and its developers continue to add more content to its library. Phoenix is supported by a team of developers who have their own sections, which are usually centered around a common theme. For example, Her Place has many female oriented movies and TV shows, and Cartoon Crazy contains children’s entertainment. Another section, Woody, contains live streams of sports, news, and entertainment channels. All in all, Phoenix is a top notch Kodi addon.
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This list of the best Kodi addons of 2016 wouldn’t be complete without YouTube. The YouTube addon lets you browse all of YouTube’s content, including live streams, within Kodi. After linking a YouTube account, you can view your subscriptions, playlists, and videos in your channel. There is also a featured content section similar to the YouTube app and website. Since this addon is an official Kodi addon, it shouldn’t be installed through Addon Installer and you should instead follow this guide to install YouTube
One of the hardest parts of cutting the cord is giving up live TV, luckily there are multiple Kodi TV add ons that can replicate cable. cCloud TV is one of the best Kodi addons for TV, with lots of content. cCloud gives access to hundreds of TV channels, including sports, news, and children’s channels. This addon is cloud based, hence its name, and gets its channels from community streams from around the world. Since cCloud’s streams are from varying areas, some channels are available from different regions and in different languages.
In addition to movies and TV shows, many people also use their HTPC to listen to music. MP3 Streams does what its name suggests, it streams music straight to your Kodi device. There are hundreds of songs available and new ones are constantly being added. Content is organized by song name, album, and artist; there is also a Billboard Charts section that displays what songs are currently trending. Users can create favorites lists and then use the Instant Mix option to shuffle and play songs. In terms of music streaming, MP3 Streams is one of the best Kodi addons for content and organization. [Read: Guide: How to install Kodi MP3 Streams addon]
Sometimes it’s nice to have the comfort of radio instead of on demand music. That’s where this addon comes in. TuneIn Radio lets users access hundreds of radio stations and podcasts in all types of genres. Stations include music broadcasts, talk shows, sports, and news. Users can browse by location, language, genre, or search for a specific station. With a free TuneIn account linked, you can also listen to your TuneIn favorites list and download podcasts. Stations can be added to your TuneIn favorites list or Kodi favorites from within the addon. TuneIn Radio is one the best Kodi addons for radio and podcast access.
It can be overwhelming to have access to so much content at the press of a button. For people who have trouble picking what to watch, Veetle is the perfect solution. Veetle offers live streams of different types of content from around the world. Some streams include Marvel movies, 24/7 Star Wars, even all the episodes of Star Trek. Veetle is one of the best Kodi addons around and perfect for killing time or discovering new shows or movies.
NBC Sports Live Extra
The first sports addon on this list of the best Kodi plugins, NBC Sports Live Extra provides live sports as well as replays and highlights. Since this service comes from NBC, some content requires a cable/satellite account. Content is in HD quality and the streaming rate can be adjusted based on your internet connection. You can get this addon from the official Kodi repository. For more sports addons, check out our article on the best Kodi sports addons.