Do you know Kodi? I do. I just met Kodi a short time ago. Kodi is great!
Oh, wait, let me clarify… Kodi is not a person, Kodi is a “black box” for your TV. Kodi is an Android device. Kodi turns any TV into a Smart TV.
Last week, I wrote an article about using your TV to watch things like Netflix and Hulu in the Philippines. I wrote that there are a number of ways to accomplish this, including hooking your computer to your TV set, or using a Google Chromecast device. As I looked into it, I hooked an old laptop to my TV and it was working OK for me, except that controlling the computer from my “TV Chair” was a bit cumbersome.
Well, as I wrote last week, I decided to buy a Smart TV set, to make everything easier and just bring a new level of “cool” to my TV viewing. I just figured that it would open up a lot of new entertainment possibilities.
As I was searching on the Lazada online store, looking at Smart TVs, I came across these little “set top boxes” – they look like a Cable TV box that your cable company gives you when you sign up for Cable TV service. It turns out that these boxes are called “Kodi Boxes”. The box is not made by Kodi, rather the software that runs on the box is called Kodi. The box itself is an Android device. It operates just like a cellular phone that runs on Android. You can install any Android app on the box, anything that you want to access on your TV. Maybe you want to use your home entertainment system to listen to music, you can install Spotify on the Kodi box to do that.
Well, when I found this “Kodi Box” – something I had never even heard of – I was pretty mystified with it, and did a lot of research into it. Within a day or so, I decided to order one. A Smart TV was going to set me back P25,000 to P30,000. I could get one of these Android devices for about P4,000 (or less) and it would turn my 1 year old TV into a Smart TV and even do things that a Smart TV would not do!
What can you do with a Kodi Device?
Basically, when it comes to watching TV or movies, there is not much that you can’t do! You can watch almost any TV station in the world using a Kodi device. You can also watch nearly any movie ever made. You can get all of this in High Definition or Standard Definition. You can choose which you prefer. Let’s say that there is some TV station that you liked to watch when you lived in the USA. You can (most likely) watch it on Kodi. Want to watch CNBC to keep up with business issues or your stock investments? You can watch it for free on Kodi. Feel like watching some obscure movie that you saw when you were a kid? The odds are you will find it for free on Kodi. Even movies that are currently in the theater can usually be found on Kodi. Not only TV and Movies, you can also listen to radio stations and find all kinds of entertainment on the kodi.
People get excited if their cable company has 300 or 500 channels to watch. On Kodi you can literally choose from thousands, probably tens of thousands of channels. It is amazing. If you go to YouTube and search for “Kodi” you will find hundreds of videos explaining Kodi, showing what you can get on a Kodi, how to get different channels, etc. I have had my Kodi box for a little more than 2 weeks now, and I am loving it. If you want to stay informed or get entertainment from “back home” I am sure you will love Kodi as much as I do.
There is one fellow on YouTube that I like to watch. He is kind of a “good old boy” type guy. He sells Kodi Boxes (I am not affiliated with him or get anything if you buy from him, I just enjoy the guy), and also offers advice and help to Kodi users, whether they bought from him or elsewhere. The guy’s name is Harold, and you can see his YouTube Channel here.
A word of warning
In order to stream live TV or watch streamed video online using a Kodi box, you will need to have adequate bandwidth. The average Internet account in the Philippines is not going to give you adequate speed to be able to do this. If you want to get a Kodi Box and watch TV and movies as I have described, I would recommend that you get an internet connection such as:
- Cable Internet. This is what I have. I have 50 Mbps service from SkyBroadband
- FIBR from PLDT. This is Fiber service, and it is very fast. You can get 50 to 100 Mbps reliable internet speed.
- Fast DSL. Get a 10 Mbps or faster DSL account and that should give you fairly good results.
I would not recommend any of the wireless type services to do this. Things like the dongles and such just won’t give you fast enough speeds to reliably stream media like this. (Sorry Paul T.)
Anyway, this is a lot of fun, I am enjoying it a lot! If you have the internet speed to give you the capability to do this, I recommend it highly! It is fun, and gives you access to media that you would never see in the Philippines. I am having a ball with it!
I know that some people are going to ask me what type of device I have, what my Internet is, what kind of TV, etc. So, here is a list of my setup:
- TV Set: Toshiba 42″ Flat Screen (LCD or LED, I have forgotten which)
- Kodi Box: M8S+ Android Box running Android KitKat OS.
- Air Mouse: I purchased separately an MX3 Air Mouse, which is like a remote control for the box, but it acts like a mouse and remote control combined.
- Kodi Software: I am using the latest release of Kodi.
- Internet: 50 Mbps connection from SkyBroadband, a division of SkyCable Cable TV cable company.
- SmartDNS: Unblock-US. This is to give me access to any services that are geo-blocked. It gives me an IP address that shows me to be in the USA.
I am now selling Kodi Boxes for the convenience of other expats living in the Philippines – or for non-expats too! Anybody living in the Philippines can order a Kodi Box from me and get great entertainment from all over the world! Check it out here.