Kodi is a multimedia content player application that has become tremendously popular in recent years. This is due to several reasons, the most important being that it is available for a large number of devices, and that it allows us to enjoy a lot of functions completely free of charge. In this article you will learn how you can use Kodi to watch TV channels with your smartphone.
Is it legal to watch TV on Android with Kodi?
Everything that we are going to explain to you in this article is completely legal , since all we will do is access the DTT channels, which are broadcast openly through the Internet. In no case are we going to use Kodi to improperly access private broadcasts.
Therefore, we are not going to explain any way to access channels that are paid, private, or that require some type of subscription to access their content.
There are some applications that allow us to access these contents for free, we recommend that you be very careful, and do not use these applications, since you can put the security of your mobile at risk.
How to use Kodi to watch DTT with my Android phone or tablet step by step
Once we have clarified that everything we are going to do in this article is completely legal, we can begin to explain the process that must be followed step by step, to access DTT broadcasts using your mobile or tablet.
The first step we need to take is to download the Kodi application on our Android phone or tablet. This is something that can be done very easily through Google Play. Kodi is an open media player managed by the XBMC Foundation with the goal of being as universal as possible.
Once the Kodi installation process has been completed on your Android phone, you can now continue with this tutorial to add all the Freeview channels that broadcast. We emphasize that to do so it will be necessary to install an addon , something that, as we will see, is very easy to do.
In this case, we need to import an IPTV or television broadcast list from the Internet. As we have mentioned before, we will only access channels that broadcast freely and openly.
Adding this list of channels to Kodi is very simple, you just need to follow the steps that we describe below:
First of all, we need to download a complete M3u8 channel list , something that can be done from the GitHub repository.
Once you have downloaded the channel list, import it to your Kodi application. To do this, you just have to open the code application and then use the " Add-ons " option that appears in the side menu.
Next, tap on the " My add-ons" option .
Now you will see a list of all the add-ons that are installed in your Koki and those that are available to install. In this case we need to use " PVR IPTV Simple Client" to add the channels that we have downloaded before. This is the addon that you need to install if it does not come standard with the version of Kodi that you have downloaded. You just have to click on the " Install " button
After a few seconds the addon will have been installed and you will be able to use it normally. Locate the option "PVR IPTV Simple Client", and access it.
The next step is to touch the " Configure" option . In this way we will access all the options that we need to use to import the list of DTT channels.
Now go to the "General" tab, then to " Location" , and once inside, look for the M3u8 file that you downloaded earlier. For this you need to configure the "Local Path" option that allows you to search for files locally on your device. Don't worry, the following image shows you perfectly.
" M3U Play List Path " is the option you need to use to find the file that you have downloaded with the DTT channels.
The next step is to accept the changes and make sure that you have marked the IPTV client you just configured as “Enable”.
When you do this, PVR IPTV Simple Client will ask you that it needs to restart the system in order to use it. You just have to close the Kodi application and reopen it.
The next time you open Kodi, you just have to access the menu in the left section of the interface to access the list of all the Freeview channels that broadcast.
To start watching a channel, you just have to touch on it, and in a few seconds it will start playing.
Considerations to take into account if you are going to use Kodi to watch TV with your mobile
Something that must be taken into account at this point is that the broadcast and public channels that we can access change over time . This means that if you have not accessed a certain channel for a long time, you may find that it is no longer available when you try to log back in.
The repository that we have used on GitHub to download the list of channels is updated quite frequently , so if you have problems accessing a certain DTT channel, what we recommend is that you go back to GitHub, and download from again the file with the list of channels.
Another characteristic of this type of channel that you need to take into account is that some of them are geolocated . This means that you can only view them while you are within Spanish territory, so if you are traveling abroad, you may not be able to watch any of these channels.
Finally, some specific content may not be broadcast by these channels through the Internet. This is mainly because they may not have the rights to broadcast it over the Internet.
Here ends our complete tutorial on how to use the Kodi application to watch television channels with your mobile, we hope it has been very useful.