How to Install a VPN on LibreELEC (and Configure It)

At first glance, it doesn’t seem easy to install a VPN on LibreELEC, especially if you’re not already an expert on the platform. Today’s plain-language guide will walk you through the process of installing a VPN via Kodi’s VPN manager add-on, then configuring it for the fastest, most secure streams in mere minutes.

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Using a VPN on LibreELEC is as necessary as it is on any other platform. Unfortunately, the operating system has very limited capabilities in terms of running external software, making this a complicated task. Thanks to a great little Kodi add-on, you can setup a VPN connection right from within Kodi, eliminating the need for external VPN client software. And with all good VPN suppliers using a standard protocol, this method works with all of them.

We’ll present the VPN Manager add-on and show you how to install it. And after installation, we’ll also show you how to configure it and, even more importantly, how to use it. We won’t assume you’re an expert, so we’ll round out our discussion by explaining what a VPN is, how it works and what it protects. And since you may not be familiar with LibreELEC, we’ll also take a brief overview of the service before we look at our VPN installation instructions.

A VPN Is Your Best Protection While Using Kodi

If your Internet Service provider suspects you might be violating their terms and condition, they can react by sending you copyright infringement notices, throttling down your speed, or worse, interrupting your service. To avoid such annoyances, we strongly suggest you use a VPN whenever you’re using Kodi.

Considering the number of VPN providers available, selecting one can be a challenge. There are several important factors to consider. Among them, a fast connection speed will prevent buffering, a no-logging policy will further protect your privacy, no usage restrictions will let you access any content at full speed and software that is available for multiple platforms will let you use the VPN from any device you may own.

The Best VPN for Kodi Is IPVanish

We’ve tested all the top VPNs and the one we recommend for Kodi users is IPVanish. With 1,300+ servers in over 60 countries throughout the world, zero speed caps or throttling, unlimited bandwidth, unrestricted traffic, a strict no-logging policy and client software available for most platforms, IPVanish has all you need. And the pièce de résistance? Unbreakable 256-bit AES encryption utterly obscures your data stream, preventing any and all third parties from ever brute forcing their way into your activity and history online.

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LibreELEC Quick Overview

LibreELEC is a fully-functional but minimalistic operating system created for one purpose only: Running Kodi on “limited” hardware. Based on Linux and originally intended specifically for the Raspberry Pi, it has since been ported to other single-board computers. Its name is short for “Libre Embedded Linux Entertainment Center“. Libre is French for free. Not free as in “no charge” but free as in “freedom”. LibreELEC is based on Linux although it is stripped of anything that is not necessary to run Kodi. The Operating system includes Kodi and it will boot right into it.

LibreELEC started in 2016 as a fork of OpenELEC, a similar operating system, when “creative differences” among the developers caused some of them to quit the project and start their own. Compared to its predecessor, LibreELEC is super easy it is to install on your device. Great care was taken in developing a software installer that hides most of the complexity of the process. Using the LibreELEC USB-SD creator software will allow you to be up and running without any issue in no time.

Advantages of LibreELEC

The main advantage of LibreELEC is that it doesn’t bloat the system on which it runs with all sorts of unnecessary modules and software. It has everything needed for Kodi–including Kodi itself–and nothing more. When you boot a device running LibreELEC, Linux starts automatically and, in fact, you can’t event exit Kodi and go back to the operating system.

The Problem with Installing a VPN on LibreELEC

So, how does one go about installing a VPN client on LibreELEC? As we saw, the minimalist OS can do nothing but run Kodi. There is no package installer under LibreELEC. There’s not even a way one could use a command prompt to enter commands to get and install an external package. And LibreELEC has no user interface anyways besides Kodi’s user interface. How then would we be able to configure a VPN and interact with the VPN client? An ideal solution, therefore, would have a VPN client running directly within Kodi.

The Solution – Installing the Zomboided VPN Manager Add-on

The great news is that such a solution exists. And it takes the form of–you might have guessed it–a Kodi add-on. It is called the Zomboided VPN Manager add-on. This add-on is compatible with most VPN suppliers as they pretty much all use standard protocols. From within the add-on, you’ll be able to select your VPN server, establish the VPN connection and disconnect it when you’re done.

Like many add-ons, installing the VPN Manager add-on is a multi-step process. You first need to install the appropriate repository. Then, from that repository, you can install the actual add-on. And to make things a bit more challenging, The repository must first be manually downloaded as it’s not available via a Kodi media source path like most others. But don’t worry, our detailed instructions should make this an easy process, albeit perhaps a bit more complicated.

Downloading the Repository and Transferring it to Your Media Player

The first step is to download the Zomboided repository installation file to your media player. For the sake of simplicity, let’s assume it is a Raspberry Pi. The process would be the same with any other device running LibreELEC.

But with LibreELEC having no user interface and even less a browser, how can this be done? This is why this is a tad more complex than usual. And you’ll need a USB Flash drive to do it.

First, insert the USB Flash Drive into your computer. Then, download the Zomboided Repository installation file from GitHub at by clicking this link.

When you click the link above, you’ll be asked to choose a download location. Our advice is to save it directly to the USB Flash drive. That will save you the trouble of copying it afterward.

The rest of the setup will be done from the LibreELEC media player device.

Installing the Zomboided Repository on LibreELEC

The first thing you need to do is to insert the USB Flash drive with the Zomboided Repo installation file into one of the Raspberry Pi’s USB port.

Then, from the Kodi home page, you need to go click Add-ons on the left pane and then click the Add-on Browser icon at the top left fo the screen. It is the one that looks like an open box.

Add-on Browser Icon

Then, from the Add-on browser screen, click Install from zip file.

Install from zip file

Navigate to the USB Flash drive and click repository.zomboided.plugins-1.0.0.zip to launch the installation of the repository.

Select Zip File

After a few seconds, a message at the top right of the screen confirms the repository installation.

Zomboided Repo Confirmation

Installing the VPN Manager from its Repository

From this step on, the rest of the installation process is fairly standard. You should still be on the add-on browser page. If you’re not, go back to it.

Now click Install from Repository.

Install from Repo

Click on Zomboided Add-on repository. They’re in alphabetical order so it should be one of the last on the list.

Zomboided Repo

Click Services and then click VPN Manager for OpenVPN.

Click VPN Manager

Click Install at the bottom right of the next window.

VPN Manager add-on screen

After a very short while, another message at the top right of the screen will confirm the successful installation of the add-on.

VPN Manager Install complete

Configuring and Using the Zomboided VPN Manager Add-on

You start the VPN Manager add-on by clicking its icon. You’ll find it by first clicking Add-ons on the left pane of the Kodi home screen, then Program adds-on. Upon startup, you’ll be greeted by the add-on’s main menu.

VPN Manager Home Screen

Before you can use the add-on, you must configure it with the proper parameters for your specific VPN provider. Let’s see how that is done.

From the main menu, click Add-on Settings.

VPN Manager Configuration

First, you need to configure your VPN Parameters. After making sure VPN Configuration is selected on the left pane, next to VPN Provider, click the arrows to cycle through the available VPN suppliers until your supplier is displayed.

Next, enter your username and password. You can leave the rest of the parameters set to their default value.

Then, you should click VPN Connections on the left pane

VPN Manager Connections

Click First VPN connection and you shall see the add-on start connecting to the VPN. Once the add-on connects, you will see a list of servers to connect to. Select your desired server. You’re now connected to the VPN.

If you want you can add connections to other servers. For instance, you could have one to a server in the US, one to a server in the UK, one to a server in Canada and switch from one connection to the other depending on where in the world you want to appear to be located.

And There’s Even More…

Another very interesting feature of the VPN Manager add-on is the Add-on filter.

VPN Manager Add-on Filter

From that screen, you can specify add-ons that don’t use a VPN so that the VPN connection automatically drops when you start them. You can also associate specific add-ons with specific VPN connections. That way, if you have one particular add-on that requires a VPN to a particular location, you can automate the connection.

Back to the add-on’s main menu, Let’s see what other options are available. They won’t need much explanation as they’re all pretty obvious. Display VPN Status is self-explanatory. So is Change or disconnect VPN connections. Cycle through primary VPN Connections will do just that and Pause add-on filtering is used to temporarily stop the add-on filter we just described.

What Is a VPN?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a mechanism used to increase the security and privacy of a network connection. It works by encrypting network traffic using advanced methods that preserve security and anonymity. They are used extensively in the corporate world where they secure connections between different locations. They’re also used to secure remote access to a compony’s network by remote employees. For generic, everyday use, several VPN suppliers have appeared in recent years offering a subscription-based VPN service.

How Do VPNs Work?

A VPN does its magic by building a virtual tunnel between the VPN client (usually running on your computer or device) and the VPN server running somewhere on your VPN provider’s network. Any network traffic going through the tunnel is encrypted in a complex manner. We’ll spare you all the technical details but, in a nutshell, traffic originating from your computer can only be decrypted by the VPN server and vice-versa.

If someone had the possibility to examine your traffic, (be it your ISP, your government, or local hackers) all they’d see is unknown data going between your computer and the VPN server. They wouldn’t be able to tell what that data is or where it’s going, beyond the VPN server.

Why Does One Need a VPN?

You know that someone with the possibility to examine your traffic we just mentioned? Well, that someone exists. In fact, several of them exist. Your Internet Service Provider could be one of them, looking at your traffic to ensure you don’t violate their terms and conditions. It could also be an ill-intentioned person sitting next to you at the coffee shop while you use your computer to do your online banking. Security and privacy are the main reasons why anyone would want to use a VPN. Don’t we all prefer to keep our things to ourselves?

RELATED READING: What to do if you’re a victim of identity theft

The other big advantage of a VPN is a side effect of the way they work. Whenever your network traffic goes through a VPN, the website or Internet resource you’re connecting to sees the traffic as coming from the VPN server you’re using and not from your computer. With many VPN suppliers offering multiple servers in different locations, this could be put to one’s advantage to bypass geographical restrictions. Say you’re in Spain and want to access a website that only allows access from within the USA. All you have to do is connect to a web server located in the USA and the websites you’re trying to access will “think” this is where you are.

Conclusion

If you’re a LibreELEC user and you want to use a VPN, there is a solution for you. The Zomboided VPN Manager add-on will work with most VPN suppliers and it works very well. Its installation and configuration might require a couple of extra steps, compared to most other add-ons, but it’s a small effort that brings great rewards.

Are you a LibreELEC user? Have you tried installing the Zomboided VPN Manager add-on? Did you encounter any issue? How would you describe your experience? We love to hear from our readers. Please, share your comments below.

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How to install Kodi 18 on Linux

The Kodi project has released Kodi 18, code name, Leia. This new release is out on Linux, as well as other platforms and is packed with excellent new features including things like retro video game support, an improved user interface, better music playback support, live TV fixes and much more! In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the latest release of Kodi, Kodi 18 on Linux operating systems like Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. Also, we’ll show you how to get Kodi 18 on Flatpak if your OS doesn’t have Leia just yet.

Ubuntu Instructions

Kodi comes in the default Ubuntu Linux software sources. Despite this fact, Canonical and the Ubuntu developers haven’t gotten around to updating the package to version 18. So, if you’re managing your favorite TV shows, movies, and stuff like that on an Ubuntu PC and are interested in getting the newest version, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands.

The best way to install Kodi 18 Leia on Ubuntu Linux, as well as any Linux operating system that uses Ubuntu as a base, is to add the official third-party PPA for Kodi. If you add this PPA, you’ll quickly get access to the new release, as well as regular software updates and patches much faster than the Ubuntu developers can give you. To add the third-party software PPA, launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, enter the following apt-add-repository command below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

After adding the new software repository to your Ubuntu Linux computer, you’ll need to run the update command, so that Ubuntu can finish setting up the new Kodi software PPA.

sudo apt update

Let the update run. Then, when the terminal prompt stops moving, enter the upgrade command to install any pending software upgrades and patches.

Note: if you already have Kodi 17 on your Ubuntu PC, the upgrade command will automatically update Kodi 17 to Kodi 18.

sudo apt upgrade -y

Upgrading usually takes a bit of time, so be patient. When the process is complete, it’s finally time to install Kodi 18 using the Apt package manager.

sudo apt install kodi

Debian Instructions

Though Debian Linux isn’t known for having the newest software, users will be happy to learn that the upcoming release of Debian 10 Buster (aka testing) has support for Kodi 18. Though, to get it working, you’ll need to use a third-party software repository.

Note: Debian 9 Stretch doesn’t have Kodi 18, and probably never will. Therefore, if you’re a diehard Debian fan looking to try the new Kodi, you must first upgrade to Debian 10 Buster. For more information on upgrading to new releases, click here.

Adding the third-party software repository for Kodi on Debian requires editing the /etc/apt/sources.list file. To start the editing, launch a terminal session by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T. Then, elevate your terminal to Root with the su command and open the sources file in Nano.

su - 
nano -w /etc/apt/sources.list

Once your sources file is open up in Nano, scroll all the way to the bottom of the file and paste the following code:

# Debian Multimedia Repo
deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org buster main

Save the Nano text editor with Ctrl + O and exit it with Ctrl + X. Then, run the apt-get update command to set up the new software source.

apt-get update

When the Debian Multimedia repository is done updating, it’s time to set up the Multimedia’s GPG key.

sudo apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyring

Finally, install Kodi 18 on Debian.

sudo apt-get install kodi

Or, if you already have Kodi 17 installed on Buster, run the upgrade command to transition version 17 to 18.

sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Arch Linux Instructions

Strangely, Arch Linux doesn’t yet have Kodi 18 in their package repositories. However, if you’re on Arch and want to get your hands on Kodi 18 right away, it’s possible to install the Kodi development package, which is version 18.

Installing the Kodi development package on Arch Linux requires interacting with the AUR. The easiest and quickest way to do this is with the Trizen AUR helper, as it can automatically build and install the seemingly endless amount of dependencies required to run most software.

To get Trizen on Arch, do the following:

sudo pacman -S git base-develgit clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.gitcd trizenmakepkg -sri

Now that the Trizen AUR helper is installed, you’ll be able to get the Kodi development release working quickly.

trizen -S kodi-devel

Please keep in mind that the Kodi Development package is unstable. If you have issues, we recommend waiting it out for version 18 to hit the central Arch Linux software sources. Or, try out the Flatpak release instead!

Fedora Instructions

Fedora Linux doesn’t have Kodi 18 in their primary software sources, as the Fedora project doesn’t distribute the Kodi Media Center application. With that said, it’s very easy to install the Leia release, as RPMFusion distributes it.

To enable RPM Fusion, open up a terminal on your Fedora Linux PC. Then, use the DNF package manager to install the RPM Fusion packages.

Note: please replace X in the command below with the release number

sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-X.noarch.rpm -y

With RPM Fusion set up on Fedora, Kodi 18 can be quickly installed with:

sudo dnf install kodi -y

OpenSUSE Instructions

Both OpenSUSE Leap and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed do not have Kodi 18 Leia in their software sources. For this reason, we highly recommend uninstalling Kodi from OpenSUSE and instead using the Flatpak release. To uninstall Kodi 17, launch a terminal window and enter the Zypper command below.

sudo zypper remove Kodi

Flatpak Instructions

Version 18 of the Kodi Media Center is on Flathub as a Flatpak package. As a result, even if you’re using a Linux distribution that has yet to provide version 18, you’ll still be able to try it out. However, keep in mind that to install the Kodi Flatpak release, you must enable the Flatpak runtime on your system first. Unsure about how to set up Flatpak? Check out our guide on the subject!

When you’re done setting up the Flatpak runtime, you must open up a terminal window and enable the Flathub repository.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Then, install Kodi 18 with:

flatpak install flathub tv.kodi.Kodi

 

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Super Bowl 2019 on Kodi: How to Live Stream the Super Bowl

The 2019 Super Bowl brings to an end another exciting year of American football. Two teams will enter, but only one will emerge with the NFL’s top prize! Super Bowl LIII (Super Bowl 53) airs February 3, 2019 and promises to be one of the most exciting football lineups this season. If you’re eager to catch the action, you’ll be pleased to know you can watch the game in its entirety right from your favorite media center software, Kodi!

Kodi is a free and easy to use app that runs on almost all modern devices. You can add it to your PC for powerful streaming applications, or install Kodi on Fire TV for the best in movies and TV shows for your living room. Kodi can be used to watch NFL, stream live TV, catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies, and so much more.

Getting started with Kodi and setting things up to watch Super Bowl LIII in 2019 is surprisingly easy. Follow our guide below and you’ll be ready for some football in no time!

Stream the Super Bowl safely with a VPN

Before you dive in and start watching the Super Bowl, it’s a good idea to take a few precautions to keep your data safe. There are a lot of threats on the world wide web just waiting to steal your identity or monitor your activity, especially when using something like Kodi. With a VPN, though, you can protect yourself from these dangers, defeat ISP throttling, and so much more, all without lifting a finger.

IPVanish – Best VPN for Super Bowl LIII on Kodi

It’s tough to pick the right VPN, especially when using something like Kodi. We used the above criteria to research the top services on the market and arrived at IPVanish as the best of the bunch. Not only does IPVanish offer some of the fastest speeds available, it also delivers top shelf privacy and works on a wide variety of platforms, allowing you to secure your connection and stream anything on Kodi without worry.

IPVanish hits the right balance between speed and security, offering fast connections around the world without sacrificing your privacy. Users have unlimited access to over 1,100 servers in 60+ different countries with IPVanish, and every packet of data is protected by 256-bit AES encryption and a zero-logging policy on all traffic. IPVanish’s software also runs great on a wide variety of devices, and it offers DNS leak protection and automatic kill switch features that keep you safe every time you launch Kodi.

IPVanish offers a 7-day money back guarantee which means you have a week to test it risk-free. Please note that Addictive Tips readers can save a massive 60% here on the IPVanish annual plan, taking the monthly price down to only $4.87/mo.

What you need to know about Super Bowl 2019

The Super Bowl happens just once a year, and the day, location, and broadcast network changes each time. Below is everything you need to know to plan your Super Bowl 53 party in 2019.

When is Super Bowl LIII?

The 53rd annual Super Bowl is scheduled for February 3, 2019. Teams will be playing at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The broadcast begins at 6:30 PM EST and will include a handful of pre-game content, including interviews, season recaps, and more.

Which network airs the Super Bowl?

Live television rights to the Super Bowl bounce between networks on a yearly basis. NBC aired the 2015 Super Bowl, followed by CBS in 2016 and Fox in 2017. The 2018 Super Bowl went back to NBC, which leaves CBS with the rights to the 2019 game. You may not need to know which network airs it when streaming through Kodi, but having this information can help you avoid troublesome broadcast issues on game day.

What about commercials and the half-time show?

The Super Bowl has the most expensive commercial slots of any televised event. Spots cost upwards of $5 million USD for 30 seconds of air time. Companies that place an ad during the Super Bowl pay a premium for viewer attention, meaning they pull out all the stops and feature only their most creative content during the game.

If you’re watching the Super Bowl on Kodi, will you still have access to these commercials, and to the half-time show? The good news is most streaming add-ons retain all content broadcast during the game, including commercials. You can experience everything the Super Bowl has to offer on your favorite device without missing a moment of action.

How to watch the Super Bowl on Kodi

CBS, the American broadcast network that owns the rights to stream the 2019 Super Bowl, has been on a rampage against Kodi add-ons the company feels violates its copyright. This means it has become more difficult to find reliable streaming resources to watch the Super Bowl on Kodi. Don’t worry, though, as the add-ons discussed below were working perfectly at the time of writing and will give you a great connection every time you open Kodi.

Installing Kodi add-ons

Unofficial Kodi content such as the add-ons below are developed by third party coders and can access a massive variety of streams with ease. You’ll have to watch out for things like illegal streams or broken links, but if you stick to good add-ons you’ll be able to watch the Super Bowl and stream tons of live sports for free.

Before you can install any unofficial add-ons you’ll need to toggle one of Kodi’s internal settings. This lets the software access external sources so it can download and manage repositories for you, which are the zip files that contain add-ons. Follow the steps below to do just that.

  1. Open Kodi and click on the gear icon to enter the System menu.
  2. Go to System Settings > Add-ons.
  3. Toggle the slider next to the Unknown sources option.
  4. Accept the warning message that pops up.

Note: Some of Kodi’s add-ons may link to pirated sources or content that’s otherwise illegal in your area. Addictive Tips does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before accessing copyrighted material without permission.

Using a VPN with Kodi

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of using a VPN with Kodi. A number of government agencies and ISPs have cracked down on Kodi use, throttling, blocking, or even threatening legitimate Kodi users with legal action simply for launching the program. This spells trouble for a lot of Kodi fans, but fortunately, the right VPN can protect you from harm with very little effort.

To use a VPN with Kodi, all you need to do is choose a reliable service. Our suggestion above is a fantastic place to start. Once you have IPVanish installed, connect to a fast server and run the app in the background. You can then fire up Kodi and install the correct add-ons for accessing live sports content.

With a good VPN connected in the background, you’ll have full and anonymous access to all of Kodi’s add-ons. No extra effort is required on your part, just log on and enjoy some football!

Get the Maverick repository for Kodi

Maverick is the perfect add-on for football fans; it focuses on sports channels and nothing more, so you won’t have to dig through dozens of movie and TV show resources just to watch the Super Bowl. It even has multiple add-on sources you can use for tons of  streaming options.

Install the MaverickTV repo

The Maverick repo comes with several streaming resources you can use to watch the Super Bowl. Start by following the steps below to install it to your Kodi-enabled device.

  1. Open your web browser and visit the official Maverick repository page.
  2. Download the file repository.maverickrepo-#.#.zip and save it somewhere convenient.
  3. Open Kodi, go to the main menu, then choose Add-ons.
  4. Click the open box icon at the top and select Install from Zip File.
  5. Navigate to repository.maverickrepo and install it.
  6. From the open box menu again, choose Install from repository.
  7. Scroll down and open the MaverickTV repository.
  8. Enter the Video add-ons folder.
  9. Select the add-ons you want to install from the list (see below).

The Maverick repo is one of the best Kodi resources for live sports, including football, baseball, hockey, basketball, UFC, and everything in-between. The repository contains two extremely useful add-ons that focus exclusively on sports: Joker Sports and SportsDevil. By getting this single repository, you can install both extensions for a huge variety of streams, including sources that will have the Super Bowl.

Adding and using SportsDevil and Joker Sports

Once you have Maverick installed and ready to go, it’s easy to grab the two best add-ons for live sports content. Simply follow the steps above, then choose the add-ons from the alphabetical list of content. We recommend installing both the ones below, as it never hurts to have a back-up, just in case:

  • Joker Sports (version 2.3.3 or higher)
  • SportsDevil (version 2018.02.17 or higher)

SportsDevil is one of the oldest and most reliable Kodi sports add-ons. Its streams are sorted by resource, not channel, which makes things a little confusing the first time you start it up. On the day of the Super Bowl, all you need to do is open Kodi and launch the SportsDevil add-on and look at the Live Sports folder for football streams. You can also check out the following channels on SportsDevil for more resource options:

  • Dimsports.eu – Has a dedicated American Football section.
  • FirstRowSports.eu – Includes a similar section as above, but with different sources.
  • SportStream365 – Supports an “other” category packed with live streams.
  • LiveTV.ru – Includes a fantastic “now playing” section with worldwide broadcasts.

Joker Sports is the second sports add-on in the Maverick repo. It’s a simple but full-featured extension with tons of great content ready to stream, including sports channels like Pac 12, Bein, ESPN, BT Sport, Sky, and dozens more. More importantly, you’ll also find a series of American broadcast channels, including CBS Sports, which will be airing the Super Bowl in 2019.

Watching the Super Bowl on Kodi

Once you have the repository and add-ons discussed above installed on your Kodi device, you’re ready for some football. All you need to do is wait for game day, then load Kodi, open an add-on, then choose an active stream that’s hosting the Super Bowl. You’ll be able to find reliable sources by checking for live content or anything branded with the CBS logo.

If one add-on doesn’t have active Super Bowl streams, you can quickly switch to another one to try again. Kodi content isn’t always 100% reliable, so some trial and error may be necessary before you can settle in and watch the game.

Conclusion

Ready for the Super Bowl? It’ll be here before you know it, so make sure you have your VPN primed and your copy of Kodi ready to go with the correct extensions. Using a few add-ons is a great way to access live sports on any device, and with a little effort, you can even stream the Super Bowl for free.

Got any predictions for the 2019 Super Bowl? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Best Kodi Boxes for Safe Streaming in 2019

Kodi, the free and open source media center software, is one of the best things that has ever happened to online entertainment. Kodi makes streaming live TV, watching on-demand movies, and accessing worldwide content as easy as installing an extension and pressing “play”. Best of all, Kodi works on a wide variety of devices and can be used by anyone with a reliable internet connection, regardless of their location.

Even though Kodi can run on everything from smartphones to PCs, there are some conveniences these platforms can’t deliver. The most obvious is high-definition movies streamed to your TV. It’s great to catch a few videos on your tablet device, but try watching a 4K movie on a small screen and you’ll yearn for an HD TV almost immediately. That’s where Kodi boxes come into play. These small, inexpensive devices hook directly to your TV and provide all the power and convenience of the Kodi ecosystem, complete with high quality video to boot.

If you’ve never used a Kodi box, or if you’re looking to put together a new Kodi-centric entertainment center, our collection of the best Kodi boxes can help you get started right away.

Before using Kodi, get a good VPN

A VPN is a lot like a private tunnel between your home device and the world wide web. Normal internet traffic is sent in a raw format that anyone can monitor, including cyber criminals, government agencies, and even your ISP. This information can be used to determine what kind of traffic you’re sending through the internet. If an ISP detects Kodi traffic, they often throttle it immediately, even if you’re engaging in completely legal streams.

A VPN can defeat these ISP slowdown problems by encrypting every piece of data that leaves your device. Data becomes unreadable to third parties, including your ISP, making it impossible to tell where your traffic is coming from and where it’s going. This means you’ll have instant and unlimited access to all of Kodi’s add-ons and content streams, all without having to worry about having your connection blocked or throttled.

VPNs make it easy to stay safe while using the internet, and they can keep your identity protected from ISP spies when streaming through Kodi. Remember, though, that this doesn’t give you license to break local laws or to pirate content you do not lawfully own. Addictive Tips does not condone using any of the above or below mentioned software to violate regulations in any region. It’s up to each user to ensure no laws are broken by following the advice in this article.

IPVanish – The best VPN for Kodi

IPVanish has some of the best privacy and security features around, making it ideally suited for protecting Kodi users. Its fast network of over 1,100 servers in 60+ different countries is perfect for delivering high quality videos, and the lightweight apps run like a dream on tons of devices, including Kodi boxes. With IPVanish, you’ll have full and anonymous access to all of Kodi’s amazing add-ons and can use them without having to worry about ISP throttling or preemptive countermeasures by overzealous authorities.

Security features built into the IPVanish experience include DNS leak protection and an automatic kill switch, 256-bit AES encryption on data, and a zero-logging policy on all traffic. No one can identify your connection type or locate your identity while protected with IPVanish, leaving you safe and secure each time you get online.

IPVanish offers a 7-day money back guarantee which means you have a week to test it risk-free. Please note that Addictive Tips readers can save a massive 60% here on the IPVanish annual plan, taking the monthly price down to only $4.87/mo.

Finding the best Kodi boxes

Kodi is the go-to streaming resource for the vast majority of cord cutters these days. It’s fast, highly extensible, and completely free to use. You can’t beat Kodi’s versatility, especially when it comes to replacing your dedicated TV box with a full-on Kodi device. Below we’ll cover the basics of what you need to know before you pick up a Kodi box of your own.

Why use a Kodi box?

If Kodi runs on so many devices, why should you install it on its own box? Most users agree that having dedicated Kodi hardware improves streaming performance and makes it easier to watch movies, live sports, and TV shows directly on your television set. There’s no need to fuss with connection settings or memory management when it’s time to binge watch a new series. Instead, just turn on your TV, switch on the Kodi box, and enjoy the show.

What you need

Kodi can be installed on just about any spare hardware you have laying around the house. Old tablets and laptops can make good candidates, but for optimum performance, you’ll want to invest in something with a little more power.

Kodi’s official requirements suggest your device has a 3D capable GPU graphics controller, a 2 GHz dual-core CPU, and at least 1 GB of RAM. You can get by with less than this, but to ensure you can play the latest 1080p and 4K content, don’t skimp on the hardware specs.

Are Kodi boxes legal?

You can install Kodi on a lot of devices, or you can pick up a pre-made Kodi box with everything you need packaged up and ready to go. The former requires a little time and some spare hardware, while the latter is as simple as forking over some cash on an online marketplace.

The Kodi team does not manufacture Kodi boxes, nor do they condone selling “fully loaded” hardware with the app pre-installed. A number of makers have stirred up some legal trouble by selling Kodi boxes that come with add-ons that access illegal content streams.

In most areas it’s not illegal to download Kodi, nor is it illegal to install it on your own hardware. Buying pre-made boxes with add-ons already installed may break certain laws, however, especially in the EU. It’s your responsibility to make sure Kodi boxes are legal in your area before taking the plunge.

Want to learn more? Check out our guide What is Kodi? Is it legal? Is it safe to use? for more information.

Our picks for the best Kodi boxes

We’ve selected three of the best devices you can use to transform your television into a Kodi-powered entertainment center. Any of these choices are the perfect starting point for your Kodi box adventures.

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV devices consistently emerge as some of the most affordable and most usable hardware for setting up your own Kodi box. Not only are they easy to obtain, they also have the processing power needed to run Kodi and stream HD movies without stuttering or buffering issues. By installing Kodi on a Fire TV (and installing a good VPN), you can get the best of both worlds with a minimal amount of fuss.

Not sure how to get started? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can add new software to Fire TV without jailbreaking it through a safe and simple process known as sideloading. Use this to install Kodi on a Fire TV yourself, it only takes a few minutes. Next, check out a few Kodi builds for Fire Stick to get your device ready to stream. After that, your only problem will be choosing which movie to watch.

Nvidia Shield

Nvidia’s Shield devices, which includes the Shield Tablet and Shield TV, are some of the most powerful Android devices on the market. Not only do they provide plenty of processing speed for intense HD movies, but they are also perfectly capable of keeping up with Kodi, even if you have a VPN installed and running in the background.

To get Kodi on an Nvidia Shield device and turn it into a Kodi box, all you need to do is visit the Android app store on the Shield, search for “Kodi”, install it, then choose a few good add-ons to access the content you’re interested in. It’s really that easy.

Mi Box

The Mi Box devices are constantly mentioned as some of the best standalone hardware to turn into a Kodi box. They may not be as high-powered as a Fire TV or Nvidia Shield, but they get the job done without any fuss. Mi Boxes are also incredibly affordable, too, giving you the perfect entry point to the world of Kodi hardware without breaking the bank.

To start using a Mi Box with Kodi, all you have to go is pick up the hardware, then visit Google Play while logged into the interface. Download the official version of Kodi, install your favorite add-ons, then sit back and enjoy.

Conclusion

Kodi boxes are fast, affordable, convenient, and extremely useful. Whether you plan on replacing your cable and online streaming subscriptions with Kodi content or simply supplementing your entertainment system with a Kodi-based alternative, setting up a box is one of the best things you can do. And with the suggestions above, you’ll be able to cut straight to the best of the bunch for optimum performance.

Which device do you prefer as your own Kodi box? Got another suggestion for hardware we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mayweather vs Nasukawa on Kodi: Live Streams for Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa

In December, undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring to face off against undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. While there was some uncertainty as to whether the Mayweather vs Nasukawa match would take place, Japanese MMA promotional company Rizin Fighting Federation has confirmed the event will happen. It’s currently scheduled for December 31, 2018, and unless you want to miss the combat sports match of the decade, you’d better make sure you can stream it as it happens!

There hasn’t been an official word on which rule set the match will follow, boxing or MMA. Most reports state the former, which will make things extremely interesting for Nasukawa’s fans abroad. Of course, it doesn’t matter if punches or kicks are being thrown, you’ll need a reliable VPN and the right Kodi add-ons to make sure you have access to the stream. We cover all the details below to help you get set up to watch Mayweather vs Nasukawa on Kodi!

Get a VPN before streaming

The best way to access the Mayweather vs Nasukawa fight is through Kodi. And as everyone knows, Kodi is best used from behind the safety of a VPN. Using a virtual private network while you stream live sports via Kodi helps keep your identity secure regardless of the content you access. It also maintains your anonymity in the face of snooping government agencies and ISPs with their fingers on the throttling button.

IPVanish – The best VPN for Kodi

IPVanish combines the top privacy and security features with an incredibly fast network to make it perfect for streaming content with Kodi. It all starts with a huge network of over 1,100+ servers in more than 60 different countries, allowing users to connect to a massive variety of regions with one of over 40,000 IP addresses. These servers deliver fast speeds to a wide variety of devices, and they’re protected by strong security features that keep your identity safe at all costs.

Security features built into the IPVanish experience include DNS leak protection and an automatic kill switch, two technologies that help keep your identity and real location hidden, even if you’re streaming live content via Kodi. Data sent from your device is secured with 256-bit AES encryption to make it unreadable to third parties, and IPVanish’s zero-logging policy on all traffic ensures no one can get their hands on that data once it leaves their servers.

Need more information? Check out our full IPVanish review, which includes speed test results and an in-depth analysis of all the major features.

IPVanish offers a 7-day money back guarantee which means you have a week to test it risk-free. Please note that Addictive Tips readers can save a massive 60% here on the IPVanish annual plan, taking the monthly price down to only $4.87/mo.

Best ways to watch Nasukawa vs Mayweather

The Mayweather-Nasukawa fight is going to be a little more difficult to watch than your standard boxing or UFC match. Part of the reason is because the event is being handled by the Japanese company Rizin Fighting Federation, which doesn’t have the worldwide connections held by UFC organizers.

Kodi is the best way to watch the battle as it happens. Even this isn’t as straightforward as it could be, however. Below we cover the main options for live TV streaming Mayweather vs Nasukawa on Kodi and beyond.

Will the fight be on pay per view?

Most users and Kodi fans get their live fights via pay per view. Add-ons often source PPV channels and rebroadcast their content on Kodi, as it’s an extremely convenient way to get high quality video with a minimal amount of fuss. This happened with the Mayweather fight with McGregor in 2017, and it worked perfectly for nearly everyone involved.

Things are a little different with Rizin matches, however. The company usually doesn’t offer pay per view services for its numbered events, as most of them air for free on Japanese TV. Things may change with a headlining event such as Mayweather vs Nasukawa, however. At the time of writing no news of an official pay per view event has been announced. For this reason, many users are turning to Kodi as the best way to watch the battle as it’s broadcast on foreign TV.

Stream from Japan

The majority of Rizin FF matches are streamed for free on Japanese television. Foreign media outlets occasionally rebroadcast the original program on a delay. These networks often include Spike TV and ESPN, both of which are accessible from the U.S. and beyond. The rules may be a little different with a headlining match as massive as Mayweather vs Nasukawa, however.

Rizin has made no official announcements on how the fight will be viewable. Most fans are assuming Rizin 14 will be accessible as usual, though. If you have access to Japanese TV stations, especially Fuji TV, you will be able to stream the fight as it happens on December 31. Everyone else will need to access Japanese broadcasting through their own methods.

Not sure where to begin? Check out our complete guide to watching Japanese TV outside of Japan, which includes full streaming suggestions and tips on how to stay safe with a VPN.

How to watch Mayweather vs Nasukawa with Kodi

Watching free MMA and boxing content on Kodi means installing the right add-ons. It can be difficult locating the best and most reliable ones out there, not to mention the trouble of installing repositories and digging through them for reliable streams.

If you can’t access the fight through standard means, Kodi is the next best option. You’ll need to start with a good sports streaming add-on and become familiar with the interface before the event begins, however. Follow our guidelines and you’ll have everything set up and ready long before fight night.

Setting up Kodi

Installing Kodi is as simple as visiting the official website and downloading the right version of the app. The software doesn’t come with any content, which means you’ll need to install streaming resources yourself. Before you begin adding third party extensions, however, you’ll need to toggle one of Kodi’s internal options to allow it to manage and install external content. Follow the steps below and you’re ready to begin.

  1. Open Kodi and click on the gear icon to enter the System menu.
  2. Go to System Settings > Add-ons.
  3. Toggle the slider next to the Unknown sources option.
  4. Accept the warning message that pops up.

Note: Kodi’s unofficial add-ons pull content from a wide variety of sources, including some streams that may or may not be legal in your country. Addictive Tips does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before accessing copyrighted material without permission.

Use the Maverick Repository for SportsDevil and Joker Sports

The Maverick repo is one of the best Kodi resources for live sports, including UFC, boxing, MMA, and everything in-between. The repository contains two extremely useful add-ons that focus exclusively on sports. By getting this single repository you can install both extensions for a huge variety of streams, including sources that will likely have the Mayweather vs Nasukawa fight.

To install Maverick and both SportsDevil and Joker Sports, follow the steps below. They should work well on any device, though we’ll favor PC installation since it tends to be more straightforward.

  1. Open Kodi and click the gear icon to enter the System menu.
  2. Go to System Settings > Add-ons.
  3. Toggle the slider next to the Unknown sources option. Make sure it’s white and to the right, allowing you to install third party repos.
  4. Accept the warning message that pops up.
  5. Open a web browser and go to the official Maverick repository.
  6. Download repository.maverickrepo-3.5.zip and save it somewhere convenient.
  7. Back in Kodi, go to the main menu and choose Add-ons.
  8. Click the box icon and select Install from Zip File.
  9. Navigate to where you saved repository.maverickrepo.zip
  10. From the open box menu, choose Install from repository.
  11. Scroll down and open the MaverickTV repository.
  12. Enter the Video add-ons folder.
  13. Now you can install individual add-ons (see below).

Inside the Maverick repo you’ll find two resources for watching live sports. The first, SportsDevil, is one of the oldest and most reliable Kodi sports add-ons. Its streams are sorted by resource, not channel or sport, which makes things a little confusing the first time you start it up. On the night of the fight, however, you can check the app and browse through resources to see who is showing Rizin 14.

These SportsDevil channels are the most likely ones to broadcast Mayweather vs Nasukawa as it airs:

  • Atdhenet.tv
  • Dimsports.eu
  • Firstrowsports.ge
  • Livetv.ru
  • Zunox.hk

Joker Sports is the second sports add-on found in the Maverick repo. It’s a simple but full-featured extension with tons of great content ready to stream, including sports channels like Pac 12, Bein, ESPN, BT Sport, Sky, and dozens more. These channels only show sporadic MMA content, and just a few rebroadcast Rizin fights. You may be able to catch live streams by checking the add-on the night of the event. Alternatively, look through the lists the day after and compare TV listings to see which channels are rebroadcasting the event.

To install SportsDevil, Joker Sports, or both, follow the steps listed above, then look for the add-ons in the list by name.

Try the Sports365.Live add-on

Sports365.Live is a stark simple streaming app that doesn’t bother with any frills. With it, you’ll find live streams sourced from a ton of different areas, all dumped into a single list and sorted by airtime. Finding what you want to watch often means sifting through pages of unrelated content, but once you set your eyes on something worthy, you’re almost guaranteed to have a selection of high quality streams at your disposal.

Sports365.Live does offer combat sports content on occasion. Pay per view events such as UFC matches and Rizin fights also make their way onto the service, but it’s not a guarantee, and there’s no way to know for sure ahead of time. Regardless of this, it’s a good idea to grab the add-on and keep it installed as a backup.

You can find the Sports365.Live add-on in the Bookmark repository. First, you’ll need to add this repo to your system, then look for the add-on and install it. The steps below will guide you through the process.

  1. Open your browser, and navigate to the following page: https://archive.org/download/selflesslite
  2. Click repository.bookmark-1.7.zip to begin downloading the repo
  3. Start Kodi, then navigate to Add-ons > open box icon > Install from zip file
  4. Find the directory where you downloaded the repo zip file (your device’s downloads folder or desktop are likely candidates), then click on it to begin installation
  5. Once complete, go back to the open box menu, and choose Install from repository
  6. Select Bookmark Repository followed by Video add-ons
  7. Look for the Sports365 add-on in the list, then click to install
  8. When the download completes, you can access Sports365.Live from the main add-ons menu at any time

With the add-on installed, simply check the streams on the night of the event, cross your fingers, and hope one of them has snagged Mayweather vs Nasukawa.

Using a VPN with Kodi to watch Mayweather vs Tenshin

Rizin 14, the event with Mayweather and Nasukawa, isn’t as easy to get ahold of as a standard UFC or boxing match, even with Kodi. If you do go the alternative route and use Kodi to stream Japanese TV, though, it’s important to protect yourself with a good VPN. Our suggestion above is the best place to start. If you need a hand setting everything up, all you need to do is follow the steps below from start to finish.

Step 1 – Set up your VPN

VPN companies go out of their way to deliver software and apps that are easy to install and use. Most of them practically do all the work themselves, giving you more time to enjoy their many benefits.

  1. Sign into your VPN’s website and download the app for your device. If you’re using IPVanish as suggested above, you can find the dashboard at account.ipvanish.com
  2. Install the VPN app, launch it, then enter your login credentials.
  3. The app should connect to a fast server on its own. You can use this for optimal speed, or simply open the server list and choose one in another country.
  4. Connect to a server and give the VPN a few moments to resolve the link.
  5. Minimize the VPN or let it run in the background.

Step 2 – Verify your IP address

After connecting for the first time, take a quick moment to verify your IP address. This step ensures you really are getting the anonymity and IP variability promised by your VPN, and it only takes a second or two to complete.

  1. Make sure your VPN is active and connected.
  2. Open a web browser on the same device and go to ipleak.net.
  3. Wait for the page to load and run an IP address lookup.
  4. Look at the box at the top beneath where it says Your IP address.
  5. If the label shows a country other than the one you’re currently in, the VPN is working correctly.

Step 3 – Run Kodi

With your VPN running you can now install Kodi and get the best add-ons for streaming live sports. stream.

  1. Make sure your VPN is connected and running in the background.
  2. Download Kodi from the official site and install it.
  3. Choose one of the add-ons discussed above and follow the instructions to add their repositories to Kodi.
  4. Launch the add-on, choose a stream, and enjoy!

Info about Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa

Nasukawa vs Mayweather will be an amazing fight, and not just because it’s such an unusual match-up. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics…

Was Mayweather vs Nasukawa canceled?

There was some early drama surrounding the Mayweather-Nasukawa fight almost as soon as it was announced. Mayweather took to social media and said he never agreed to an official fight against the kickboxer, stating he thought it would be a private show for wealthy spectators, not a televised event.

Shortly after this announcement, Mayweather cleared things up to say he would indeed be fighting Nasukawa in December and that it would be pure boxing with “no kicks allowed”. The Rizin promotional company then announced the event would take place on December 31 in a special New Year’s event dubbed Rizin 14.

Former boxing rival Oscar De La Hoya later stated that Mayweather’s indecision was simply a ploy for attention. He doesn’t believe the semi-retired athlete would ever fight in a real MMA match. Whether or not this is true is debatable, but it has certainly led to a massive amount of buzz surrounding the event. Mayweather has already said he will be paid more than $1 million just for promoting the bout.

When will the fight take place?

The original announcement for Mayweather vs Nasukawa scheduled the bout for 7 p.m. on December 31, 2018, taking place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. That was before Mayweather apparently backed out of the deal, and when he confirmed his involvement, the scheduling was thrown into question. Rizin FF eventually released an official statement confirming the fight would take place on New Year’s Eve, just as mentioned before. Viewers can tune in to catch the action at 7 p.m. Japan time on December 31, 2018.

The undefeated warriors

The Mayweather vs Nasukawa fight is unique for a number of reasons. For starters, both men have undefeated records in their respective sports. Mayweather has an impressive 50-0 record in boxing, and Nasukawa has a 27-0 record in kickboxing. The two athletes are at the top of their respective games; pitting them against each other means one warrior will walk away with one of their first professional defeats.

Age and experience is also a crucial factor in this match-up. Mayweather turns 42 in February and has enjoyed a long and prosperous career that includes an Olympic gold medal from 1992. Nasukawa wasn’t even born when Mayweather was in the Olympics, as the fresh-faced fighter is only 20 years old.

Another big question on fans’ minds is which combat style the fight will follow. Will Mayweather get to stay in his element and stick to fists-only boxing, or will Nasukawa get to unleash his full arsenal in an MMA-style fight? So far signs point to full-on boxing, which would give a slight advantage to Mayweather.

Conclusion

Getting access to live Rizin FF matches outside of Japan is a little difficult, but with the right Kodi add-ons and a reliable VPN, you shouldn’t have any trouble watching Mayweather vs Nasukawa.

Who do you think will emerge the victor in Rizin 14? Share your thoughts below!

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