With so many Kodi addons going offline, we’ve recently dug back through the archives to check on the availability of popular addons like SportsDevil. We’ve found that SportsDevil is still available, with a few installation location changes. There are few sports addons on Kodi that have the same name recognition as SportsDevil. The SportsDevil Kodi addon has been a popular mainstay for Kodi users for a few years. This guide will break down how to install this popular addon and provide a detailed guide on what you’ll find when you open up the addon for the first time.
Update 7/17/2017: The latest SportsDevil version is NL15. You will need to download the latest version via direct download of the zip file from Media Fire. We’ve added an installation method for this below. We’ve also added in installation methods through two popular repositories that have slightly older, but still functional versions of the addon.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 Looking for a SportsDevil Alternatives? Try FuboTV
- 3 SportsDevil Kodi Addon Installation Guide
- 4 A Word on VPNs and Sports Addons
- 5 SportsDevil: Benefits and Limitations
- 6 SportsDevil Kodi Addon Alternatives
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.
Looking for a SportsDevil Alternatives? Try FuboTV
SportsDevil may be one of the most popular sports addons, but it exists in a significant legal gray area. If you’re looking for an unquestionably legal and safe option, you may want to consider FuboTV. FuboTV is a cord-cutters streaming service offering up dozens of channels for a low monthly cost. The best part of FuboTV is that it’s the only high-quality streaming service that focuses specifically on sports. Whereas similar services limit your sports options, the basic subscription for FuboTV has over a dozen sports channels, including popular options such as Fox Sports, ESPN, beIN Sports and NBA TV.
SportsDevil Kodi Addon Installation Guide
There are several ways to install or update SportsDevil on Kodi. The first and best method is to download the zip file directly. The best alternative methods to this are to install the file from a linked repository. We’ve explained how to do both below.
Best Option: Direct Download
To download and install SportsDevil, do the following:
- Download the SportsDevil zip file by opening a new tab and pasting in the following address: http://www.mediafire.com/file/l24at8ga43sabkr/plugin.video.SportsDevil_NL15-7.zip
- Go to the Addons tab from the home screen.
- Click on My Addons
- Highlight and select the ellipses (…) at the top
- Select Install from zip
- Locate your installed file, plugin.video.SportsDevil-2017_NL15-7.zip
- Your addon will install, with a popup message displaying on the top right. You can find the addon from your home screen under Addons > Video addons
Option 2: Smash Repository
The Smash Repo currently has an updated version of SportsDevil, but not the latest version available above. The version in Smash still works, however.
After you complete the installation for Smash, you can find SportsDevil by going to Addons > Package Symbol > Install from repository > Smash Repository > SportsDevil
As of this writing, the current version in the Smash Repository is considered by Kodi to be the newer version, based on how the version numbers are written. This means if you installed the version from the Media Fire download through the zip file, Kodi might try to automatically update to the Smash version. To keep this from occurring, turn off automatic updates on your Kodi.
You can turn off automatic updates by doing the following:
- From your Kodi home page, go to Addons
- Go to Settings (gear symbol on the top left)
- Click on Updates on the right and change to either Never check for updates or Notify, but don’t install updates
A Word on VPNs and Sports Addons
We know you’ve had the benefits of Virtual Private Networks preached to you already. However, having your connection encrypted is extremely important if you want to keep what you stream on Kodi private. The encryption provided by a virtual private network has several benefits, including the ability to spoof your virtual location. This is especially important for users in places like the UK, where SportsDevil the SportsDevil Kodi addon is most likely blocked on a national level. UK ISPs are increasingly working with the government to shut down access to sports streams. We suggest IPVanish as our go-to solution for enhancing the Kodi experience. Its award-winning services are a favorite among Kodi users for a reason. It just works.
SportsDevil: Benefits and Limitations
There’s only so much one can say about the SportsDevil Kodi addon. What is does is provide you access to several streaming websites and links. As such, SportsDevil is not so much a streaming addon as it is a streaming options aggregator. This is also where the biggest problems with SportsDevil occur.
You’ll find a very wide range of streaming options on Kodi. However, most of the streaming categories do nothing more than just connect you to the same channels. For example, searching under the “Sports TV” section gives you around 10 links to different streaming sites. Each one contains the same channels: A smorgasbord of Sky Sports, BT Sports, and a load of other channels from American to South American to European. While the channel offerings are indeed impressive, that the add-on simply provides multiple avenues to the same content is a bit disappointing.
The biggest limitation for SportsDevil is with functionality. Far too often, it just…does not work. There are several reasons for this, but many users will often run into a dreaded “No Stream Available” message. And no, simply switching to a different streaming option does not always fix the problem. One reason for this has been noted as the links changing on the back end, making the internal links within the add-on nonfunctioning. This often happens when the SportsDevil developers update the application. Unfortunately, this cannot always be fixed.
SportsDevil Kodi Addon Alternatives
SportsDevil is a solid addon when you can get its streaming options to work. If it’s not working, you could certainly troubleshoot it. However, the options it provides are also available on different live TV streaming addons. In general, it’s a good idea for Kodi users who turn to addons for streaming purposes to have multiple addons handy, just in case different addons go down. As the community learned in June 2017, addons disappearing can completely throw your streaming options into chaos.
Here are a few excellent SportsDevil alternatives you may want to consider:
If you don’t have cCloud TV installed already, you may end up making this excellent addon your primary go-to source. cCloud TV has thousands of live TV channels available in its coffers, most of which have multiple sources to draw from. We’ve also found that the quality of cCloud TV’s streams is absolutely top-notch when compared to other streaming sources. cCloud TV also has some interesting features that make it unique among other live TV streaming options, such as a section that indicates the addon’s server status. You’ll know if the addon is working without having to go from stream to stream only to find countless dead links. cCloud TV also has some options for on-demand film and TV streaming.
Made in Canada IPTV
Don’t let the name fool you here. Made in Canada IPTV certainly, focuses on Canadian content, but also offers a healthy mix of US and UK content as well. Made in Canada IPTV also has a section that catalogs its sports streams to make the process of finding those particular streams just a bit faster. However, you can look for sports streams specific for each of the three countries this addon focuses on by going to their individual sections.
Goodfellas is in its second iteration. This addon recently went offline but has since come back online during our most recent reliability check (updated 6/22/2017). You’ll find that the Goodfellas 2.0 addon offers up the same content, and perhaps more, than the SportsDevil Kodi addon. Goodfellas 2.0 is highly popular and regularly supported, so you can expect it to stay relevant for the time being.
We also recommend checking out our longer guide on the Best Live TV Kodi Addons. You’ll find a handful of additional options that you might want to consider alongside those listed above. Keep in mind that addons do come and go. We’ll try to keep you updated on the status of these, and other addons. Feel free to leave a comment below if you find any issues with SportsDevil or any other addon listed here.