The first time I saw the Configurator for Kodi website, I thought for sure that it was adware. However, after trying it out I found out that the Android version of Configurator is actually quite legit.
I downloaded Configurator and tested it out on my Android phone and on my laptop. Even though I was impressed by Configurator’s IPTV menu, I was ultimately put off by some of this utility’s annoying quirks.
Before you try out Configurator yourself, you should know that the free version of Configurator is very limited. After about 10 minutes of using the utility, I was prompted to subscribe to Configurator for $8.99 per year. Even though my time with Configurator was short, I did like the way it makes it easy to find IPTV streams.
Curious to find out more about Configurator? Read on to get the scoop on this interesting new Kodi tool.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 Configurator has a brand image problem
- 3 The desktop edition of Configurator doesn’t seem to work at all
- 4 Configurator for Android is actually pretty impressive
- 5 Super aggressive marketing
- 6 The settings menu
- 7 Mirror your screen with Chromecast
- 8 Tutorials and chat help
- 9 Is Configurator worth it?
- 10 Learn more about how to find 3rd party IPTV addons for Kodi
- 11 Configurator’s best feature: stable IPTV links
- 12 Bottom line
Before we Proceed
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Configurator has a brand image problem
The official Configurator website is located at http://www.kodiconfig.com. Needless to say, it can really use some work.
There’s almost no documentation for the Configurator program, just a few sentences and some download links. Also, the site’s blog is totally empty. When you see a site like that, you immediately begin to wonder.
Not the best first impression
In addition to the lack of content, the design of the Configurator site itself is also in need of a revamp. The Configurator site’s cartoonish fonts, spammy looking “shop” menu and inappropriate advertisements scattered throughout initially led me to question the intentions of the creators of Configurator.
Are they trying to make something useful for the Kodi community? Or, are they just trying to make a quick buck?
Configurator does seem to be a legitimate tool. But if you judge the program solely by the look of its website, you might get the wrong idea.
The developers behind Configurator put a lot of thought into the Configurator app. However, they haven’t spent as much time working out the kinks in their website and desktop app.
The desktop edition of Configurator doesn’t seem to work at all
No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the desktop version of Configurator to work– so I almost wrote off Configurator as useless adware.
For whatever reason, Configurator did not seem to want to play nice with my laptop.
As depicted in the screenshot above, the only menu options that weren’t greyed out were exit and contact us.
Configurator for Android is actually pretty impressive
After I tried out Configurator for Android, I realized what the buzz around Configurator is all about. People are probably giving Configurator high ratings on Google Play because it gives you instant, one-touch access to working IPTV feeds.
Loads of IPTV channels
Here are just a few of the 400+ channels you get with Configurator: CBSN, Cricket Sports TV, Hip Hop TV, KIRO 7, Polo TV, God TV, HSN1, KTV, CBS, RTE News Now, Slam TV, Show Max, The Edge, WTVC TV, WSB TV, PTV World, HLN, Miami TV, TVJ, HSN 2, News 12 Connecticut, News 12 Hudson Valley, News 12 (Long Island, Brookyln, New Jersey, Winchester and Bronx), 3ABN Kids, Pac 12 (National, Los Angeles, Arizona, Bay Area, Washington, Mountain and Oregon) Amazing Music, Juce TV… the list goes on and on.
Hard-to-find IPTV streams
Some of Configurator’s channels are pretty easy to find online. However, there are some gems in the mix as well. If you’ve ever spent some time trying to find working links to ESPN or the NFL network, you probably already know how a stream that works today may not work tomorrow.
Every single button seemed to work, which was nice. It’s convenient to have all the top-shelf, hard-to-find streams all in one place.
Just click what you want to watch
In terms of ease of use, Configurator’s IPTV menu couldn’t get any better. Just find the channel you want and click it. It’s that simple. You don’t even have to bother with downloading or installing any video addons. The Configurator app itself is all you need.
Interestingly, you can still play the IPTV feeds even if you don’t have Kodi installed on your phone. How that works is anyone’s guess. It could very well be that the Configurator app is some type of modified version of Kodi that comes with several built-in IPTV addons.
I was impressed by the framerates that I got when I watched IPTV on Configurator. The performance was quite good, even though I had opened the IPTV channels in a coffee shop with a mediocre internet connection.
Screenshots of Configurator in action
As mentioned above, during the time when I was trying out Configurator I didn’t run into any dead links. Every single channel I tried connected me to a working feed. I was very impressed by the quality of the feeds, too.
I was able to click through several different channels before I ran into the pay wall.
Super aggressive marketing
One thing that I didn’t appreciate about Configurator is the fact that the developers seem to have a stingy mentality. If they were a little more generous with their app, they’d probably have better luck appealing to Kodi fans.
Generally, people who try to use Kodi to make money are looked down upon in the Kodi community. However, “freemium” Kodi apps are acceptable. For example, USTVNow Plus offers a paid subscription to those who want HD feeds and more channels– and it is still very popular.
Technically, Configurator is a freemium app. You don’t have to pay anything to try it out. However, the way that Configurator cuts you off almost immediately is definitely a problem. I was expecting that Configurator’s trial period would last at least a few hours. However, after about 10 minutes of browsing around I was confronted with the pay wall.
Configurator’s strong IPTV features could help it become a game changer. However, if the developers behind this product want to succeed they need to tone down the aggressive marketing a bit. Also, it would be nice if they gave people a longer period of time to see what Configurator can do.
The maintenance section of Configurator’s settings menu allows you to do some useful things like perform a factory reset, clear cache and do a backup. You have to upgrade to Configurator Pro if you want to do things like adjust the video buffer or restore from a backup.
The main settings menu has a section labeled setup. Inside this section are a variety of different Kodi builds. Just click the one you want to install it.
The “quick setup” option grabs the most popular build and installs it for you.
I didn’t get a chance to see how well the setup feature works, because I got confronted with the paywall before I could try it out. I didn’t see any popular builds in there like Wookie or Cellar Door. However, the ones that I did see looked fairly well put together.
Mirror your screen with Chromecast
In addition to the interesting settings features described above, Configurator also has a Chromecast button. The button takes you to the download page for a free app called LocalCast.
LocalCast is an awesome app that negates the need to use a complicated workaround to use Kodi with Chromecast without having to use screen mirroring mode.
Screen mirroring is not the best way to cast because it hogs system resources. Chromecast works much better when it only has to process one window.
A few weeks ago, we found out about a workaround for Android phones that allows you to cast Kodi (and Kodi only) to your TV. LocalCast presents a simpler alternative to the workaround that we found. All you have to do is install LocalCast and set it up to detect Kodi streams.
Obviously, whoever developed the Configurator app knows a lot about Kodi and the problems around using it that many Kodi fans have experienced over the years.
Tutorials and chat help
Configurator for Kodi has its own YouTube channel, which is full of walkthroughs of various addons and builds. The channel has only been around for about 3 months, but it already has about 100 videos. Links to the videos can be found in the Configurator addon itself.
In addition to the video tutorials, Configurator for Kodi also has a chatroom that you can use to ask for help with Configurator should you need it. I didn’t try out the chat feature on the website, so I can’t comment on that.
Is Configurator worth it?
Configurator is a pretty good app for Kodi beginners. But it’s not a game changer. Or in other words, Configurator doesn’t offer any content that you can’t easily get yourself for free.
Configurator does have potential. In particular, its IPTV section is impressive. However, in our opinion Configurator’s features do not outweigh its costs.
Kodi beginners may find Configurator useful, but they’ll quickly outgrow it. Afterall, why pay someone money to setup your IPTV links, when you can easily find a few good free IPTV addons yourself?
Learn more about how to find 3rd party IPTV addons for Kodi
Want to know where to find free IPTV feeds? If so, you’re in luck. Just a few days back, we took an in-depth look at some classic and new IPTV addons. Though we did run into a lot of dead links, we also found some good content on cCloud TV, BBC iPlayer, Made in Canada IPTV, Sylvr, Ultimate IPTV and the newly revamped Goodfellas 2.0.
If you’re too lazy to hunt for your own IPTV links, then it makes sense to pay the makers of Configurator to do that work for you. But once you get the hang of installing video addons, you’ll find that locating your own IPTV links is pretty easy to do.
For information about how to get the IPTV addons mentioned above, check out: Best IPTV Addons for Kodi – Watch IPTV on Kodi 2017
If Configurator were free, it would be worth a download– even if it contained a few ads. Its IPTV list is very convenient. But is it worth 9 bucks? Well, maybe.
Tons of free IPTV addons are out there. Installing them only takes about 5 minutes. However, anyone who has experienced the frustration of cycling through lots of different addons to find a working TV channel feed may feel tempted to sign up for Configurator.
Everyone likes the fact that Kodi is free. However, one of the main reasons people give up on Kodi is the fact that its content sources are notoriously unstable.
Of course, if you’re armed with the free knowledge that you’ll find on this and other Kodi blogs you should have no trouble finding high quality free addons that will allow you to find whatever you’re looking for.
We’re looking forward to seeing what will happen with Configurator in the future. Configurator is still fairly new.
With a little more work, Configurator could become a powerful tool that allows total beginners the ability instantly jump into Kodi and start using its 3rd party addons. However, its still too rough around the edges.
If you often use your Android phone to watch IPTV, you may want to check out Configurator. Otherwise, you probably won’t like it. The desktop edition of Configurator doesn’t seem to work at all. The Android edition offers a good IPTV experience, but it doesn’t have any content that you can’t get somewhere else for free.