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How to Install Kodi Add-ons on NVIDIA SHIELD

By William O'Neal - Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, is hands down one of the most popular and widely used apps on the SHIELD Android TV. Simply put, Kodi is an open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub that has successfully migrated from from the domain of HTPCs (Home theater PCs) to the Android TV platform.

With the ability to help users organize and discover media like videos, photos, podcasts and music, the base app is only part of the attraction. Where Kodi really shines is in the world of add-ons. Since Kodi is open source, the quality of Add-ons can vary widely. (We’ll be posting a follow-up article soon highlighting the best Kodi add-ons.)

Stay "official" with the Kodi repository

You can find Kodi add-ons in “repositories” and we highly recommend only using the add-ons in the official Kodi repository as that’s the best way to make sure that you’ll not only have add-ons that the company trusts, but you’ll also find yourself on the right side of the law.

The official repository boasts some pretty cool add-ons like the Nextup Service add-on which automatically loads the next episode of whatever show you’re watching (Netflix-style) or the Crunchyroll addon, which works with your premium Crunchyroll subscription to provide a boat load of legal-to-stream anime. For the sake of this “how-to” however, we’ll be installing the Popcornflix add-on.

Until then, here is a quick “How to” on installing Kodi Add-ons.

Downloading and installing Kodi is simple enough. Just head over to the Google Play store, download and then install Kodi. Once Kodi is installed follow the steps below:

  • System -> Settings -> Add-ons
  • Select Install from repository
  • Choose Video add-ons
  • Choose Popcornflix -> Install
  • You will see that Popcornflix is now "Enabled"
  • From the Kodi home screen choose Videos -> Add-ons

There you'll find the Popcornflix add-on. Fire up Popcornflix and you’ll be welcomed by a plethora of video categories to choose from.

You can pretty easily use the steps highlighted above to install any of the add-ons that we mentioned earlier as well as anything in the official Kodi repository.

Until next time, happy streaming!

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