With the 2017-2018 NFL season in full swing, there’s one thing you won’t want to do: miss games! Thankfully, you can watch the NFL on Kodi quite easily. The following guide provides you with some great paid options with high definition streaming as well as some excellent free options. This guide should help you find the best add-ons for watching NFL on Kodi.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 What is Kodi? Why Should I Use It?
- 3 Free and Paid Streaming Options for NFL on Kodi
- 4 Option to Avoid: SportsAccess
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.
What is Kodi? Why Should I Use It?
Kodi is a media center application that runs on plugins, known as “add-ons”. These add-ons “scrape” or pull from websites that have streaming content. Kodi is completely free as are the add-ons available for it. You can install Kodi on a number of different devices, such as Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, iOS devices, Mac OS, Windows, Android TV boxes, and almost any other device.
Click here to download the correct Kodi version for your operating system.
Once installed, you’ll find that Kodi is empty of any add-ons. Our guide will help you install a few key add-ons to get the content you want. However, should you want a slightly easier process and want to explore the other benefits of Kodi beyond sports, you can install a Kodi Build that comes with a large number of pre-installed add-ons. For more information, refer to our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Kodi.
You can watch NFL games on Kodi through a variety of different addons. However, you’ll find that the quality of NFL games streamed through Kodi is not on the same level as what you’ll get through the paid OTT services listed below. That said, you can find free streams through Kodi add-ons.
Free and Paid Streaming Options for NFL on Kodi
Looking to save a bit of money on your NFL streaming? There are free live TV services and other video streaming options that might fit the bill. This year, most NFL games are being broadcast by over-the-air broadcast networks. The following networks have purchased the rights to broadcast games for the 2017-2018 year:
- AFC: CBS
- NFC: Fox
- Sunday Night Football: NBC
- Monday Night Football: ESPN
- Thursday Night Football: NFL Network
Several international television networks are also streaming NFL games throughout the seasons, including TSN, Sport 1 and beIN Sports.
For free streams, we suggest USTVNow, cCloud TV, Bennu, StreamHub, Made in Canada IPTV or SportsDevil. For a paid streaming options, we recommend connecting to Kodi using the PlayStation Vue addon PS Vue, Fox Sports Go and Sportsnet Now. Any of these will provide a large number of sports streaming channels. We chose these options as some of the best for access to the aforementioned networks.
USTVNow provides users with free access to the three major OTA networks with NFL broadcasting rights: Fox, NBC and CBS. Although USTVNow does have a paid service that also includes ESPN, you likely won’t need it. USTVNow is advertised for US military members, but it can be accessed by just about anyone with a VPN.
To ensure you sign up for USTVNow correctly, make sure you create your account with an email address. If you sign up through the 1-click option for Google or Facebook, you won’t be given a password. The USTVNow addon requires a password to access even the free TV options.
cCloud TV is still one of the go-to addons for live TV. Although this addon has limited support these days, many of the live TV streams are still up and running. That includes a large selection of streams available for NFL networks that broadcast games. cCloud TV is a great option for anyone that’s looking for localized NFL games. The addon lists a lot of streams for local TV networks for CBS, NBC and Fox, allowing users to catch games for different teams.
You’ll also find cCloud TV is one of the easiest addons to navigate. The Search function can easily save you time. Given cCloud TV lists thousands of channels, you may find yourself using the search more often. However, not all channels you’re looking for may come up in the search, so you might still have to scroll through the All Channels section just to make sure you aren’t missing something.
Bennu (Phoenix Reborn)
If you’ve heard of Phoenix, then you may have heard that the popular Phoenix addon died some months ago. However, the developers behind Phoenix rebranded and brought Phoenix back under a new name: Bennu. The Bennu addon improves on many of the areas that Phoenix got wrong, including layout and stream functionality.
Bennu is a must-have if you want quality NFL games on Kodi. The menu format makes it easy to find networks that have NFL streaming rights. While you won’t always get the best quality from the stream listed through Bennu, you’re also more likely to find streams here than with some of the lower-quality streaming addons. Bennu is additionally great for on-demand movie and TV streaming, making it a good option for anyone that wants to fill in their time between sports streams.
StreamHub has been around for quite some time. Although it changed names about a year ago, this addon is still going strong and offering one of the best live TV viewing experiences of any Kodi addon. StreamHub is an especially good option for those looking to stream NFL on Kodi, as every NFL broadcaster can be located through the many different streaming options listed on StreamHub.
StreamHub offers up a large number of streaming sources. The service also offers their own paid option, which includes 1080p streams. The price point is somewhat low as well at about $5 a month. We have not tested the paid version of their service, so we cannot provide any accurate feedback on how well or reliable their paid service is. For now, we recommend using StreamHub for free NFL game streaming.
To install StreamHub on Kodi, do the following:
- From your Kodi home screen, click on the Gear Symbol on the top left to go to Settings
- Click on the File Manager
- At the bottom left, select Add Source
- Where you see <None>, type in the following web address: http://archive.org/download/repository.streamhub
- Name it as Streamhub at the bottom and click OK
- Return to the home screen and click on Addons
- Click on the Package Symbol on the top left
- Click on Install from zip
- Locate the StreamHub name and click on it
- Click on the .zip file located there. You should receive a successful installation message on the top right in a few seconds.
- Return to the screen where you found Install from zip and then click on Install from repository
- Locate the StreamHub Repository, click on it, and then click on Video addons
- Click on StreamHub and then click on Install
You will find StreamHub alongside your other video addons.
Made in Canada IPTV
Made in Canada IPTV is a personal favorite. This addon looks great and works well for all types of streaming. That includes anyone looking for NFL on Kodi. The name is often a bit misleading for some users who just assume that Made in Canada IPTV only lists Canadian TV shows and channels. However, MiC focuses on US, UK and Canadian live TV.
NFL fans, in particular, will find that Made in Canada IPTV is a great option. All of the major networks with broadcasting rights can be access through MiC, while many Canadian networks that host some NFL games are also listed. The best thing about this addon for NFL fans is going to be load time and quality. Made in Canada IPTV bests most other live TV addons in both of those categories.
SportsDevil is an option for those that want NFL games on Kodi, but it’s not the best. While you can find a large number of streaming sources offered through SportsDevil, you’re going to have to a lot of legwork to get them. SportsDevil is not particularly well organized, and it can be difficult to sift through the menus and find working streams for the different networks that have streaming rights.
SportsDevil is still an addon that you’re likely going to want to have installed. This addon may not be the most user-friendly for anyone trying to use it solely for streaming, but it does serve as a “dependency” for other addons. That means some of the other addons you use will connect to SportsDevil and the sites it lists to find streams. If you’ve already installed on of the other options on this list, there’s a good chance you installed SportsDevil already. Nevertheless, if you see an error message saying an addon is missing SportsDevil as a dependency, go ahead and download this addon.
PlayStation Vue (PS Vue)
For those with a PlayStation Vue account, the PlayStation Vue addon, PS Vue, connects directly to your PlayStation Vue account. Using this option, you can watch all of the NFL games available through the PlayStation Vue live streaming service.
The PS Vue addon is available in the Official Kodi Add-on Repository, which you can get to from your home screen by clicking on Addons and then on the Package Symbol on the top left. From there, click on Install from repository, locate the Kodi Add-on Repository, and scroll through the list until you find PS Vue.
The Canadian Sportsnet network not only includes a standalone streaming service but also offers up a handful of sports during the 2017-2018 season. If you have a Sportsnet Now account, you can access it easily through Kodi. The Sportsnet Now Kodi addon is available in the Official Kodi Addon Repository.
To access your Sportsnet Now account you will need to enter your username and password through the addon settings.
Fox Sports Go
If you have any cable or OTT streaming service that includes Fox Sports, you can acces your Fox Sports Go account through Kodi. The Fox Sports Go Kodi addon is available from the Official Kodi Addon Repository. You can connect directly to it by inputting your username and password through the settings.
Given Fox has a contract for a large number of games this season, utilizing Kodi to connect to your Fox Sports Go account can help improve your streaming experience.
BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)
The BBC iPlayer addon, iPlayer WWW, can be accessed by UK residents with a valid TV License. If you’re traveling you can also access the BBC iPlayer using a VPN connected to a UK server. The BBC iPlayer addon streams content directly from the BBC website in extremely high quality.
The BBC broadcasts very few games during the year. You will mostly find reviews and the occasional live game. At least one game happens in London during the season which is also broadcast on the BBC. The Superbowl will also be broadcast live through the BBC iPlayer.
Option to Avoid: SportsAccess
You may see SportsAccess heavily promoted in different Kodi forums and some websites. However, We do not recommend SportsAccess for Kodi users. While many streaming addons exist in a gray area, SportsAccess infringes copyright law by reselling pirated streams for users. This is why SportsAccess only takes Bitcoin as payment, and why the service significantly limits who can sign up.
Additionally, your SportsAccess streams could be at risk of disappearing with no warning. Should SportsAccess get shut down, the key developer likely will not return any payments. If you intend to pay for a sports streaming service, we recommend you utilize an “over-the-top” streaming service such as Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu Live TV or others. For more information on legal, paid services, check out our guide on How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable.