Wouldn’t it be great to have all of your entertainment options in one place?
While many Americans have cut the cord as of late, preferring to subscribe to streaming services that provide them the content they want at a reasonable price and cutting the excess channels cable providers add to justify their prices, the streaming services that Americans subscribe to are only growing in quantity, unlike the outdoor ivy plants.
Cable and streaming services, at the outset of the latter’s introduction, were very different: but as time has gone on and streaming services started partnering with one another to introduce packages that were not dissimilar to those offered by cable companies, the lines between the two began to blur. That being said, though many streaming services offer packages that allow you to subscribe to one or more at once, they do not offer an interface through which you can access any one of your “channels” at any time.
If you’re tired of flipping back and forth between your streaming channels and you wish you had a convenient way to access all of them from one hub, you might be interested in a little program called Kodi.
Kodi is a third-party software application that has been around for years, and it’s compatible with most devices. In addition to being an entertainment hub through which you can access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus, Kodi also comes with its own library of free content you can stream. Thousands upon thousands of TV series and films are available on Kodi’s library, making it one of the most popular and highest quality “free streaming apps” available on the market: though, of course, it’s much more than that.
Kodi has multimedia capabilities that actually top other paid set-top box systems, allowing you to play an assortment of games on all of your favorite devices, play music, and do all kinds of other activities you’re accustomed to going elsewhere for on your favorite devices. There are also a bunch of Kodi add-ons that are available, allowing you to expand the volume of the free content offered on the system as well as customize your set-top system to your benefit. Moreover, it can actually pair pretty well with existing set-top systems, like the Amazon Firestick.
Customizing Your Set-Top System
That’s right, even if you have a set-top system already, Kodi can be installed on it fairly simply, expanding its capabilities and allowing you to access a bunch of free content previously restricted by its manufacturers.
If you’ve owned a set-top system for any amount of time, you’re probably aware that each set-top system out there comes with its own limitations, usually as a result of unnecessarily imposed manufacturer restrictions. The Firestick is one of the worst culprits, being a piece of technology riddled with the potential for system-breaking errors and only offering one thing of value over other set-top systems: constant access to Amazon’s site, including a voice search feature.
However, customers who own a Firestick already know that the Firestick can’t access a wide swath of free film and TV apps. This is because the Firestick is an Amazon product, and Amazon would much rather have customers go to Prime Video to purchase products than to applications like Kodi, where they can get the same things for free. Customers who purchase the Firestick quickly realize that it was made for one reason and one reason only: to sell you Amazon products. All care for consumer needs or convenience has been ignored in favor of Amazon’s bottom line.
However, the Firestick is also one of the easiest devices to install Kodi on if you have the correct instructions. If any of the above has piqued your interest, feel free to check Kodi out and see how it can expand the capabilities of technology you’ve already invested in.
You don’t have to live with accepting the restrictions that tech manufacturers and corporations force on you: you have the right to expect more out of your tech. Whether you’ve never used a set-top system before or your current set-top isn’t meeting your needs, feel free to check out Kodi and see how this free entertainment center can improve your entertainment consumption.