Covenant is usually pretty reliable because several incredibly smart coders are involved with maintaining Covenant and adding new features to it. However, Covenant is by no means perfect. Dead links, nondescript errors and long video buffering wait times are just a few of the issues that you may run into while using Covenant. Fortunately, most issues that you may encounter while using Covenant aren’t that hard to fix. If you follow the advice we’ve provided below, you’ll have this add-on back up and running properly again in no time.
Read on to learn:
- 3 basic troubleshooting steps that solve the majority of Covenant issues.
- Why Covenant problems occur in the first place.
- Which add-ons to try if you’ve given up on Covenant and want to try something else.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 Common issues
- 3 Basic Troubleshooting
- 3.1 Turn on your VPN
- 3.2 Delete and reinstall Covenant
- 3.3 Delete and reinstall Kodi
- 4 Covenant Alternatives
- 5 Wrapping it up
- 6 Need Extra Help?
Before we Proceed
We highly recommend using a VPN when using Kodi. Kodi users have been known to receive copyright infringement notices for streaming movies, sports, and TV shows through various addons. If you would like to keep your streaming habits private, our recommendation is IPVanish - a complete privacy solution for Kodi users. It's also worth noting that purchasing a 12 month subscription will give you two months free.
Here’s are some quick descriptions of common Covenant issues and explanations for why they typically occur.
Video quality is bad
If you open a stream and it doesn’t look good, this may be due to the fact that the website source carrying the stream only offers SD quality video. To remedy this problem, just close the stream and have Covenant generate another list of links. Then, choose a different website from the list and see if the quality of your video stream improves.
- Tip: If high-def video is available, “HD” will appear next to the stream link.
If a streaming website moves its content to a different folder or changes its URLs, all stream links that link to it will stop working. There’s not much you can do if a site has changed except pick a stream from a different website and try again.
Another reason why your stream links aren’t working could be that the website that’s hosting the stream is blocked in your area. A VPN that’s equipped with an obfuscation feature will allow you to hop over any blocks that are in place and unlock more Kodi content.
Video takes forever to load
If your videos take a lifetime to buffer, there could simply be something wrong with your internet connection. However, if file downloads are reasonably fast and videos are not, that could mean that your internet provider is using bandwidth throttling to limit your video download speed. In order to conserve network bandwidth, some providers throttle video streams while allowing other types of internet traffic through at full speed.
One way to see if you’re being throttled is to switch on a VPN and see if video performance improves. Your VPN will prevent your internet provider from limiting the way you use the web because they can’t tell for sure what you’re doing while connected to a VPN.
Trakt Doesn’t Work
Covenant’s developers seem to be having some issues getting Trakt to work. You’re supposed to be able to authorize Trakt by clicking Tools and then Accounts – but nothing happens when you click Authorize Trakt. You’re also supposed to be able to use IMDb and TMDb, but neither of those services worked either when we tried them out.
If you want to save your favorite streams, you have to use a roundabout method to do so. When you find a stream you want to watch, first open up the context menu by using either the “C” key on your keyboard or the menu button on your Kodi remote. Then, choose the Add to Library option. You can access your steam library by clicking Tools from the main menu and then COVENANT: Library.
Are you having an odd Covenant issue that’s different from the ones described above? These 3 troubleshooting steps will help you resolve the vast majority of typical technical problems that arise while using video add-ons.
Turn on your VPN
A VPN can help you solve issues related to gathering and opening video links. If your country or internet provider has blocked all or some of the sites that Covenant uses as video sources, you won’t be able to get the most out of Covenant without a VPN. VPNs that are equipped with a feature called obfuscation allow you to “geo-hop” over any kind of virtual wall – including firewalls designed to block the sources that Covenant depends on for video links. Obfuscation works so well that it allows people living in China to leap over the “Great Firewall” and access all the sites that their communist government doesn’t want them to see.
Another problem that a VPN can solve is long buffer times. Comcast and other major providers often intentionally slow down video streamers and torrenters – this practice is called bandwidth throttling. VPN technology solves bandwidth throttling by blocking your provider from monitoring and controlling how you use the web. If they can’t tell what you’re doing, there’s no way they can penalize you for watching videos.
Delete and reinstall Covenant
If Covenant still isn’t working properly even after you connect to a VPN, the next thing you should do is delete Covenant and reinstall it on your system. If Covenant is spitting out error messages or is crashing for no apparent reason, there’s a chance that your copy of Covenant is corrupt. Software bugs, impartially downloaded files and other issues can cause Covenant and other add-ons to stop working. After you finish the reinstallation process described below, you’ll know for sure that you have a full, fresh copy of Covenant.
Here’s a quick guide to walk you through the ins and outs of deleting and reinstalling Covenant.
Step 1: Right click on Covenant
From the add-on menu, right click on Covenant to bring up the contextual menu.
- Note: If you’re using a Kodi remote, press the menu button instead.
Choose the Information option from the menu and proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Uninstall covenant
Choose the uninstall option to remove Covenant from your system.
Step 3: Download the Colossus repository
Jump over to http://mediarepos.net/tco/ and download RepoColossus.zip.
- Note: We’ve seen Covenant on Kodil and a few other repositories, but Colossal always seems to have the newest version.
Step 4: Install (or reinstall) Colossus
From Kodi’s main menu, navigate to Add-ons → box icon → Install from zip file and then find RepoColossus.zip on your hard drive and open it. If you already have Colossus, you’ll see a message indicating that the Colossus repository has been updated.
Step 5: Reinstall Covenant
Navigate to Install from repository → Colossal Repository → Video Add-ons → Covenant and then select Install.
If you have other repositories that contain Covenant, Kodi will ask you which one you want to use. Select Colossus to complete the reinstallation.
Delete and reinstall Kodi
If Colossus still isn’t working properly after you reinstall it, Kodi itself could be to blame. Kodi tends to become less and less stable over time, especially if you have a large number of add-ons installed. If you’re noticing annoying issues on all your add-ons, starting over from scratch will wipe out the possibility that there’s something wrong with your Kodi installation.
The steps below explain how to perform a complete reinstall of Kodi on Mac, Windows and Android. If you use a Mac or Windows PC, deleting your hidden Kodi folder is the key part of performing a Kodi reinstall. If you uninstall Kodi without removing the hidden folder, your old files will remain and your old Kodi installation will reappear when you reinstall the Kodi program files.
- Open up your Finder and go to your Applications folder. Two-finger click Kodi and select Move to Trash.
- Click the Go menu of Finder while holding down the Option key on your keyboard to make the Library option appear. Click Library, then open Application Support and delete the Kodi folder.
- Download and install the latest version of Kodi from http://kodi.tv/download.
- Uninstall Kodi like you would a normal program via the Add or remove programs option on the Start menu.
- Open up Explorer and then copy and paste %appdata% into the navigation bar. Then, scroll down to the Kodi folder and delete it.
- Download and install the latest version of Kodi from http://kodi.tv/download.
- Just delete and reinstall the Kodi app from Google Play. No extra steps are necessary.
If you’re sick of Covenant and want to try something else, there are plenty of good add-ons out there to try. Here are a few of my personal favorite video-addons for Kodi.
No-Name is my personal favorite add-on right now. No-Name’s developer was a big contributor to a Covenant predecessor called Exodus. Like Covenant, No-Name can pull up loads of TV show and movie links. But unlike Covenant, No-Name can also grab live TV feeds. Its live TV links are somewhat crazily organized, but they are surprisingly stable – at least compared to most other live TV add-ons. Additionally, No-Name has some cool hand-picked TV and movie lists that are worth checking out.
Bob is another good add-on to try if you’re sick of Covenant. Like Covenant (and almost all video add-ons) Bob can link into the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and pull up lists of streams for any title you select. Bob doesn’t have any live TV links, but it does have more hand-picked TV and movie lists than No-Name.
Aside from the artwork, Gurzil is almost identical to Covenant. That’s because Gurzil and Covenant are both directly derived from a now defunct add-on called Exodus. Gurzil’s developer Smash is a well-liked member of the Kodi add-on community and has been around for quite some time. He’s still learning how to code a video add-on though, so that’s why Gurzil doesn’t have any special features that set it apart. As time goes on, Smash will likely add new features and upgrades to Gurzil and make it is own.
Wrapping it up
Covenant is fairly reliable because it’s not the work of a lone coder. Several indie developers have teamed up to maintain Covenant and make it better. Still, it’s still very possible to encounter common Kodi add-on issues wile using Covenant. Just about every Kodi add-on has issues with video link stability, because video sources tend to go up and come down regularly.
Logging into a VPN can solve many Kodi related issues, especially problems involving blocked content. If you have a VPN and are still running into errors, deleting and reinstalling Covenant should do the trick. If Covenant is still buggy after you reinstall it, you may need to reinstall Kodi itself.
If you’ve tried all the troubleshooting techniques described above and are still experiencing issues, you may want to consider switching over to an entirely new add-on. No-Name is my personal favorite add-on, but Bob and Gurzil are fairly reliable as well and they also have good features.
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