obrBy Jacob Roach — Last Updated: 10 Jan'18 2017-12-15T02:00:29+00:00

How to Watch NFL on Kodi

Kodi is a free, legal and open-source platform for organizing personal media and streaming content. In its base form, Kodi functions as a clunky interface to get through content stored on a media server.

It starts getting interesting with unofficial add-ons. These add-ons, not officially supported by Kodi, open up the possibilities with backlogs of movies and TV shows and even live streams. To watch NFL content live on Kodi, you’ll need to install one or more of these add-ons.

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Before you install anything, it’s very important that you have a VPN in place. As some of our best unofficial Kodi add-ons dabble in a legal grey area, you need to keep yourself protected. A VPN will keep your IP locked away from lurking eyes, and keep your traffic private from your ISP.

Before you continue, make sure to check our best VPN for Kodi picks and sign up for one.

Watching NFL: Official Kodi Add-ons

While the best NFL experience on Kodi comes from unofficial add-ons, there are ways to watch content with the official Kodi repository. In every case, you’ll stream content after it’s aired which, for some, may be too large a trade-off. However, with paid subscriptions, you can receive exclusive NFL content.

NFL.com

If you want it from the horse’s mouth, then you don’t get any closer than this. There isn’t much to say about the add-on as it’s just an app based on the website. You can watch highlights, recaps, etc. like you would on NFL.com, except on your Kodi device.

The interface is the standard fare for a Kodi add-on. You have categories for channels, teams, shows and events, as well as a search option. Short descriptions tell you about the episode or clip you’re going to watch, but not much else.

The biggest downside to this add-on is that all of the content is put up after the air date. Much like an on-demand channel with a cable provider, there is no real selling point besides a backlog of some mediocre clips.

It should be noted as well that most videos are just clips, many coming in under one minute long. While you may find some interesting BTS items you may not have seen otherwise, there isn’t much in here for casual NFL watchers

NFL Game Pass

Another official way to watch NFL content on Kodi is through the paid NFL Game Pass. $49.99 grants you full broadcast replays and 45-minute condensed games. As Game Pass is available across any device you can install Netflix on, it’s not surprising to see it on Kodi as well.

One of the largest advantages to NFL Game Pass are the multiple angles in which games can be watched. You get All-2 and Endzone angle footage which, for hardcore fans, is really difficult to pass up.

The obvious disadvantage is the price. Another stumbling block is that there is no way to watch games live. You can only watch condensed replays or broadcast replays, but nothing as it’s happening.

The NFL’s hold on stabilizing cable television is unlikely to go anywhere, so this is as close as you can get while still cutting the cord. For that, you’ll need to install some unofficial add-ons and work around this hurdle.

Watching NFL: Unofficial Kodi Add-ons

The best way to watch all the NFL content you want for free is through unofficial add-ons. The disadvantage of unorganized backlogs is a fair price to pay for how much content is available to stream. Do note that none of these options are exactly legal, though.

SportsDevil

The first unofficial add-on happens to be the most risky. SportsDevil streams live sports from around the world, including live streams of the NFL Network and ESPN. There are also streams for just about every other sport you can imagine, from American football to cricket.

Your ISP will geoblock you, though. We tried without a VPN, and no streams were available for anything. You should already be using a VPN, but for SportsDevil it is essential. If you’re in the U.S. and want to live stream sports, you’re going to need one. ISPs will block you if trying to access with an American IP, so bear that in mind. 

However, you will find a lot of value once you put one in place. Streams have multiple links to ensure you always have something to watch, including 720p streams for mobile users. SportsDevil’s interface isn’t much to write home about, but there is plenty of content packed inside.

Unfortunately, you won’t find archived games on SportsDevil. The add-on is best suited for those who want to catch the game live. If you’re willing to hunt down game times on your own, then this is still a great option.

You can install SportsDevil via SuperRepo or Kodil, which is one of the best Kodi repositories in any case. It should be noted, however, that we could only get the add-on to install through Kodil, so that may be the better option .

A great alternative to SportsDevil is Castaway. However, the Fusion repository that hosted the add-on has gone offline. If you can find the .zip file for the add-on through GitHub, then this is a good way to go, but unfortunately one we couldn’t include on this list due to the patchy availability.

Bennu

If you can avoid the score being spoiled and you don’t have time to catch the game live, then Bennu is the way to go. Not only are you more likely to find what you’re looking for, but you can find it on your time.

This add-on is a fork of the Phoenix add-on which has been a staple for streaming sports since it’s launch. Unfortunately, it’s gone offline, but Bennu makes for adequate replacement.

While there are recaps of games, Bennu also has live streams of both U.S. and UK sports. Like SportsDevil, there are multiple different sources for streams so you’re likely to find what you need.

Outside of sports, Bennu has a lot of other content to stream as well. You can find movies, TV shows and more. It’s not on the level of Covenant or Elysium, but it’s nice to have something to watch in between games.

We found Bennu in both Kodil and Colossus, but had trouble installing from both. While we eventually did get it installed from Kodil, the sketchy process suggests this add-on may have some difficulty finding a home. However, the add-on is maintained by the well-known developer TheAlphaP, so it’s unlikely that it will go completely offline in the near future.

Installing a Kodi Repo

To access the unofficial add-ons, you’ll need to install the repository that they live inside. Both on this list are located inside of Kodil (http://kdil.co/repo/), but this process will work for any repository you run across.

You can install either through a .zip file saved on your computer or directly through Kodi, so we’ll run you through both.

Installing from a Computer

To install from a computer, you’ll need the zip file of the repository. All you need to do is click the links above and download the appropriate file. Once you’ve downloaded it, open Kodi up and take the following steps:

  • Click “add-ons”
  • Go to the “add-on browser” (open box icon)
  • Click “install from zip”
  • Navigate and select the saved .zip file

You’ll get an add-on enabled notification, and you can start installing. You can find add-ons within the repository from the “install from repository” option in the same menu.

Installing from URL

You can also install a repository directly through Kodi by adding the URL as a source. This is good for those who don’t want to download anything, but can fail depending on the status of the repository.

Kodi needs to allow add-ons from unknown sources in order to use this method so you’ll need to enable this feature. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Click the “settings icon” that looks like a cog
  • Go to “system settings”
  • Hover your cursor over “add-ons”
  • Tick the “unknown sources” slider to the right

Once that’s done, head back to the Kodi home screen and take these steps:

  • Click the “settings icon”
  • Go to “file manager”
  • Select “add source” from the left column
  • Click “<none>”
  • Enter the “URL” for the repository you want
  • Give it a name

Now the repository is a source inside of Kodi so you can follow the same steps as you would if you were installing from a computer, but instead choose this source as the installer.

Conclusion

Out of all sports, NFL is the most difficult to watch on Kodi. There are many streaming options for every other sport, but only a few for American football. While there’s a chance these few add-ons will go offline, you’re likely to find them useful for quite awhile.

As mentioned before, it is essential that you use a VPN when using Kodi. Not only will it allow you access geoblocked content, it will also keep your protected when meddling with unofficial add-ons. If you need recommendations, check out our list of the best VPN providers.

If you want more Kodi content, including how to install Kodi on Roku and our favorite official add-ons, make sure to check out our Kodi archive. There’s everything from round-ups to install guides. What sports add-ons do you use? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading.

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