With a history dating back to the early 2000s, Retrospect is one of the oldest streaming addons for Dutch TV programs. Now that developer @basrieter has added British, Belgian, Swedish and Norwegian TV feeds to the mix, it’s becoming even more popular in northern Europe.
Scroll down for screenshots of this addon in action, installation instructions that’ll show you how to install Retrospect on Kodi, and a review to follow.
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How to install Retrospect for Kodi
First, use file manager to setup https://www.rieter.net/install as a file source named “Retrospect files.” Next, install the Retrospect repository. Then, go into the video addons section of the Retrospect repository. Finally, scroll down until you find Retrospect and click install.
Step-by-step Retrospect installation instructions for Kodi beginners
- Setup https://www.rieter.net/install as a file source named “Retrospect files” by navigating to system file manager→ add source.
2. Next, install the Retrospect repository navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip → Pulse Sports files → net.rieter.xot.repository-<version>.zip
3. Finally, install the addon itself by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from repository → retrospect (formerly xmbc online tv) addons → video addons → retrospect (including all channel updates)
Retrospect Review & Screenshots
My expectations for this addon were quite high going into this review. Because Retrospect has been around for over a decade, I expected a well-organized menu system with oodles of working TV feeds. Instead, what I found was lots of disorganization and dead links.
Retrospect’s main menu consists of 8 vague submenus:
For whatever reason, the developer did not think to create different categories for different languages. As a result, all the feeds are sort of lumped together.
The kids section only contained one channel– Nickelodeon. However, all the feeds I tried there were live.
Through the “national” page, I was able to find the British section– BBC iPlayer. Initially, I was excited to see a long list of British TV shows when I opened up that section of the menu.
However, not even one of the BBC iPlayer feeds that I tried worked. The small “0” next to the feeds probably indicates that they’re offline.
The majority of the streams I tried on Retrospect worked– with the exception of its completely broken English language section. Retrospect’s sloppy menu system was also a let down. On the other hand, if you primarily want to watch Belgian, Swedish, Dutch or Norwegian TV feeds, Retrospect is worth a try.