May wasn’t a good month for fans of Kodi addons.  The makers of several popular Kodi addons have recently called it quits.  Dish Network has decide to sue addon host TVAddons, the distributors of ZemTV.  In addition to that, Phoenix and SALTS devs abruptly said goodbye to their fans for the same reasons.

The reasons for the Phoenix and SALTS shut downs were not specific, but Engadget has suggested that the addon developers are attempting to avoid a confrontation with the giant American direct-broadcast satellite service provider (Dish Network).

Additionally, many EU based 3rd party addon creators have closed up shop in recent weeks due to the fact that the courts have decided that streaming unlicensed content is just as illegal as downloading it.

Nobody knows for sure what kind of long term impact the recent “Kodi apocalypse” will have on the 3rd party addon community at large. While we all wait to see what will happen in the wake of recent legal developments, we decided to make a list of reliable video addons that are still going strong.  If you’re looking for a replacement for Phoenix, ZemTV or SALTS, this list is a good place to start.

Update: Even though the SALTS is officially shut down, we found a workaround that will allow you to continue to use it.  Scroll down to the bottom of this article to get the info.  

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. Flixed.io does not support piracy and bears no responsibility for what you decide to do with the information provided in this article. Furthermore, please note that Flixed.io in no way hosts, develops, or produces any of the software mentioned within this article. We also do not support the use, distribution or purchase of fully-loaded Kodi boxes or other pirate streaming devices. For more information, please see our full disclaimer here.

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Kodi apocalypse survivor #1: Exodus

When we first heard that TV Addons was facing a lawsuit, the first thing we did was check to see if Exodus was still up and running.  In February, Exodus developer Lambda left Exodus and turned his documentation over to TV Addons.  If TV Addons decides to shut down, the Exodus team will have to find a new home.

Fortunately for everyone who likes this popular video addon, Exodus is still up.

Exodus still seems to work perfectly. This addon pulls up a huge list of streams when you click on a TV show or movie.

Exodus hooks into movie databases and finds movie and TV streams located on servers all over the world.  It’s just a bit nicer than most other addons of its kind, which is probably why it has been so successful.  If you don’t have it yet, this awesome addon is a “must download.”

Quick installation instructions

  • Open up your web browser and go to http://fusion.tvaddons.ag/kodi-repos/english/
  • Download the zip file repository.exodus[VERSION].zip to your desktop.
  • Open up Kodi.
  • Click addons, then click the box icon on the top left and choose install from zip file.
  • Click desktop and choose repository.exodus[version].zip.
  • Click install from repository.
  • Click exodus repository, then video addons, then exodus, then install.

For installation screenshots and more info about Exodus, read: Exodus Kodi Addon – How to Install Exodus on Kodi.

Kodi apocalypse survivor #2: Specto

We also checked out Specto just to make sure it was still online.  Sure enough, this addon is also very much alive and kicking.

Specto looks and feels like an Exodus clone.  Though the user experience is pretty much the same when you use Specto and Exodus, there are some important discrepancies under the hood.

The most important difference between Exodus and Specto is that Specto uses a different list of sources when scraping the internet for video streams.  Also, Specto is hosted on FilmKodi, not on TV Addons.  So if Exodus ever goes down, you could easily switch to Specto and use it as a backup.  Additionally, if you can’t find something on Exodus there’s a high chance that you can find a stream for it on Specto.

The developers behind Specto are still carrying the mantle.

Quick installation instructions

  1. Go to http://kodi.filmkodi.com/repository.filmkodi.com/ and download repository.filmkodi.com[VERSION].zip.
  2. Open Kodi and click addons, then click the box icon and choose install from zip file.
  3. Click desktop then select repository.filmkodi.com[VERSION].zip.
  4. Click install from repository.
  5. Click filmkodi.com repository – mrknow, then video addons, then specto.

For installation screenshots and detailed information about Specto, read: Specto Kodi Addon – How to Install Specto on Kodi

Kodi apocalypse survivor #3: Pro Sport

Thankfully, the best sports addon around is still out there.  If you want to catch up on the NBA finals, repeats of the games are available via Pro Sport.  You can also use Pro Sport to scan Reddit for streams of live games.

 

Some people used to rely on Phoenix for links to live sports games.  But the problem with Phoenix was always that it wasn’t organized very well.  Also, many of its links were broken or unreliable.  Pro Sport is a much better tool for finding stream links mainly because it hooks into Reddit, but also because its interface is clean and easy-to-use.

Reddit has a thriving community of sports streamers that like to share their cable TV subscriptions via the web.  The feeds that you’ll find via Reddit are of good quality and are reliable.  

To grab Reddit sports feeds via Pro Sport, all you have to do is open up Pro Sport and click the [my subreddits] folder.  From there, you can add in whatever subreddit you want.  

Here are some useful subreddits that usually contain lots of good sports streams:

  • /r/nflstreams
  • /r/nhlstreams
  • /r/nbastreams
  • /r/NCAABBallStreams
  • /r/soccerstreams

Quick installation

  1. Open up your web browser and go to http://fusion.tvaddons.ag/kodi-repos/english/
  2. Download the zip file repository.podgod[VERSION].zip to your desktop.
  3. Open up Kodi.
  4. Click addons, the box icon and then install from zip file.
  5. Click desktop and choose repository.podgod[VERSION].zip.
  6. Click install from repository.
  7. Click podgod repo, then video addons, then pro sport, then install.

For more about Pro Sport including detailed installation instructions with screen shots, read: How to Install Pro Sport Kodi Addon – Pro Sport Installation Guide

Kodi apocalypse survivor #4: USTVNow Plus

We had no worries about USTVNow Plus being down because it’s one of the few totally free addons that’s also completely legit and legal.

Live feeds of individual channels tend to go down often if authorities find out that they were not properly licensed.  However, these kinds of abrupt shutdowns never happen to USTVNow because the USTVNow team always makes sure to follow the letter of the law. They pay a fee to broadcast all the major US networks online.

The most recent version of the USTVNow addon features a TV guide:

A screenshot of the new USTVNow guide

USTVNow is free and very dependable, which is why we think it’s one of the best live TV addons out there now.  It’s also an especially good addon for people who are just starting out on Kodi, because it’s super easy to use.

On the other hand, the downside of USTVNow is that the quality of the video you get with a free account isn’t so good.  You have to upgrade to a paid plan if you want HD quality streams and get access to more channels.

Quick installation

  1. Open your browser, then go to the USTVNow sign up page and create an account.
  2. Go to http://fusion.tvaddons.ag/kodi-repos/english/ and download repository.xbmchub[VERSION].zip.
  3. Open Kodi and click addons, then click the box icon and choose install from zip file.
  4. Click desktop then select repository.xbmchub[VERSION].zip.
  5. Click install from repository.
  6. Click tvddons.ag addon repository, then scroll down to USTVNow and click install.
  7. Once you see the “installation complete” message on the bottom right part of the screen, you can get to USTVNow from your videos menu on the home screen.
  8. Enter your USTVNow login name and password.

For detailed instructions for downloading USTVNow and other useful information, read: USTVNow Addon for Kodi – How to Install USTVNow on Kodi

A solution for ZemTV fans

ZemTV was hands down one of the very best sources for Bollywood content.  Via Zem, you could quickly access not only a huge library of films but also hundreds of different live Punjabi, Pakistani and Hindi TV channels.

Only time will tell if the Zem addon is really gone for good.  If someone else picks up the project, Zem could make a comeback.  But if not, fans of Bollywood and South Asian TV will have to find another way to hunt for streams.  One potential way to do that is via Exodus.

Exodus features language filters that you can use to narrow down your search for streams. To get to the filters, first open up Exodus.  Then, click movies from the main menu and then click languages.  Next, click Hindi to bring up an alphabetical list of Bollywood films.

Unfortunately, Exodus doesn’t have any links to live TV channels.  But if you’re looking for Bollywood TV shows and movies, Exodus may just have everything you need.

Follow this workaround to use SALTS

Just because certain addons are down doesn’t mean that they won’t ever come back.  The code used to create video addons is free, so anyone can bring any addon back online if they upload the addon to a different website.

A great illustration of how addons never truly die is the fact that you can still get to SALTS via the build known as Wookie.  Because the Wookie build connects to SALTS via an alternate repository that’s still online, you can still use it normally.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get to Phoenix or Zem via Wookie.

But if you just want to use SALTS, you still can.

To find out how to install Wookie, read: Wookie Kodi Build: Review & How to Install Guide

Still having problems using Kodi addons?

If you’re not able to use the addons listed above and you’re using a build, you may want to check the build maker’s website to see if it is up or not.

For example, Top Tutorials recently took their builds offline due to concern about recent changes in EU law.

If your build is offline, you may not be able to use your addons unless you switch to a different build.

For more information about builds, read our most recent build roundup: Best Kodi Builds for June of 2017 – In-Depth with Apollo AiOne Krypton

What does the future hold for Kodi addons?

Kodi addons (along with torrent networks and cheap paid streaming services) have already made an impact on the way people get their entertainment.  Cable companies used to hold their customers hostage with high monthly fees, confusing plans and hidden charges.  But now that customers have more options, cable companies have been forced to make adjustments.

The question is: what role will Kodi addons play in the future?  The only answer to that question is: nobody knows for sure.

Is Kodi dying?

The recent legal action against independent software developers will probably have an impact.  However, a massive amount of people all over the world use 3rd party Kodi addons every single day.  As long as core addons like Exodus, Specto, Pro Sport and USTVNow are still functional, people will likely continue to rely on Kodi for their entertainment needs.

Open source code

Because Kodi addons are free and open source, addons are very hard to stamp out completely.  Even if a project disbands, the open source code that it leaves behind remains available to all.  That’s why an addon that shuts down on Monday can easily pop up again on Tuesday if a different team of developers decides to take over the code.

A worldwide community

Authorities may be able to take legal action against developers if they’re located in Europe or North America.  But what plan do they have for developers located in countries that are unwilling or unable to enforce copyright laws?  There’s no way to threaten someone with a lawsuit if they live in a country that isn’t a part of the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty.  Yet, code created anywhere in the world is available to the entire internet as soon as someone uploads it.

What do you think?

Is Kodi fading away, or on the verge of going mainstream?  Which addons do you use, and which ones do you miss?   Let us know your opinion in the comment section below.