These days there are an abundance of software media centers. Kodi is no different. Yet, it is different when it comes to how it works. This award-winning software is perfect for playing videos, music, pictures, games and more. If you enjoy digital media, then this is right up your alley. One thing you must know about Kodi is that it doesn’t come with anything on it.
It is a software that allows for you to install third-party plugins and so on. So for those of us that have a Roku, we can still implement Kodi into our everyday streaming. But how? Well lucky for you, I’m here to shed some light on how to install Kodi on your Roku.
Before we jump into that, let’s go a little more in detail about what exactly Kodi is. If you don’t know, then you are going to want to pay attention. It’s better to know what you are getting yourself into, before you blindly go with it.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is a free and open-source software media center. It runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. When you play music, videos, etc. you are viewing them from network storage media and the Internet. So think of all the streaming possibilities you gain with Kodi. Like I mentioned earlier, Kodi doesn’t come with any content on it. It is up to you provide your own. That is through local or remote storage locations, Blu ray DVD players, media sticks or any other media carrier.
So your probably thinking “you keep telling me what I can use it for, but is it worth it?” Well, I’ll let you decide for yourself after I drop some more knowledge on Kodi.
If you have music files, Kodi can play it. Formats like WAV, AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, and WMA are all acceptable. it doesn’t just stop there, you can take advantage of the cue sheet, MusicBrainz integration, tagging support and a smart playlist. Everything you need to have a wonderful listening experience is right there.
Stream movies from online or watch a movie you already own. Kodi supports most formats. Get the art from the movies and posters, too. Kodi will make your watching fun and exciting. The layout is nice and it doesn’t seem like you are watching from a low end software. Kodi really does make it feel legit, which it is, but hopefully you know what I mean by that.
Don’t stop at movies, watch your favorite TV shows as well. You can pick from episodes or seasons and they all come with the respective art and banners for the show. You can even organize your library and keep all shows separated by genres or however you wish to do it.
Have all your pictures on Kodi. You can import or download.
PVR and Live TV
Guess what? You can watch and record live TV. Kodi has a GUI interface that allows you to do just that.
get add-ons to make your viewing experience that much better. You have plenty to choose from. All you need to do is explore.
Don’t like how the average GUI looks? You don’t have to settle for it. No you don’t! You can customize your GUI how you want with different skins. You can change every aspect of Kodi and really make it your own.
This compatibility allows you to stream to and from any other Kodi instances. You just need one master device and then several Kodi instances. Then you can watch what you want when you want. Your library will always stay up to date.
Kodi supports hundreds of remote controls, so you don’t have to worry about keeping tabs on a new remote. This makes it easy for you to navigate and control Kodi. If you end up wanting an official remote, then you can download one on your phone or tablet.
The interface gives you more possibilities in all aspects of what Kodi has to offer.
So now that we have all of that out of the way, how do we get this downloaded?
Here is where things get a little tricky. We can’t actually install Kodi onto a Roku, because Roku doesn’t support it. But there is a way to stream Kodi content onto a Roku device. It may not be what you had wanted, but it is still something. One downfall of streaming is that it may not be as top-knotch as if it were actually installed. If you are still interested in streaming, then keep reading and I’ll tell you how.
Streaming Kodi Content
You are first going to need an Android or Windows device. If you have that, then we are good to go. You need to stream Kodi on that device and then with an HDMI cord or a micro USB, you can connect it to the Roku. Then you will be able to stream Kodi on your Roku. It is pretty easy and doesn’t take long at all. If you don’t want to do that, you can mirror the screen of the Android/Windows device to your TV and that works as well.
How do I mirror?
On the Roku remote, press the home button. Then go to settings and check the system update. This is to see what version you have. You will at least need the 5.2 version. After that, go back to the settings menu. You should see the option for “screen mirroring.” Press OK and you are good to go.
One thing to keep in mind is that you need a strong internet connection when using any streaming device or software. The absolute last thing you want is for your Roku or Kodi to work slow. Nothing is worse than seeing a buffering symbol. It is actually horrible. So before you start anything, double check that your internet is running smoothly. It will make this entire process a lot easier and less of a headache.
Roku and Kodi
If you are in need of a streaming stick or device, then don’t overlook Roku. They turn out quality products that are affordable and easy to use. Unlike having to drop close to $200 on a brand new Apple TV, you can spend $35 and get a Roku Express. At least that’s what I did. They are great for watching TV shows and movies. Download all your favorite apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Now and much more. There really is a lot you can do with it. Roku also has various editions, so you can choose the best one for you.
Mixing in Kodi is a great addition. I know that you would rather have it installed, instead of streaming it, but unfortunately Roku does not have to format to do so. But like I addressed above, you don’t necessarily have to meet the installation requirements to enjoy the Kodi software. You can still stream and watch hundreds of different options. Or you can play your music, check out your photos, get some add-ons and much, much more. High-speed software bundled up with the devices we love, like Roku. How could you complain?
Back in 2003, a group of programmers had an idea. This idea resulted in a quality software media center. More than 450 software developers have helped make Kodi what it is today. What is also neat is that it is available in multiple languages. So the reach that Kodi has, passes just that of the U.S. You can get it in other countries and still be able to comprehend and truly understand how it works.
The volunteers and programmers that have put a hand in the development of Kodi have broken it down to try and make it as great as possible. For a non-profit organization, they do a good job at staying up to date and keeping everyone in the know of anything that is going on. What’s even better about Kodi is that it is free! That’s right, you don’t have to pay anything to use it. So in this case all you need is your already existing Roku, or you can go out and get one. Even if you did, you wouldn’t have to break the bank. Then set it up. That’s it. You can enjoy your media however you like it from that point on.
So it doesn’t work on Roku, but can I use it on other devices?
Yes, yes you can. Just because Roku can’t install it, doesn’t mean you are completely out of luck. Most people tend to have multiple streaming or media devices. If one of those fits in the category of supporting Kodi, then by all means you can install the software. Then it will automatically be there for you to use when you want. I mentioned the Apple TV above and that is one platform that definitely supports Kodi. There are plenty of others out there, too. Get the best viewing experience you can get with Kodi.