With the onset of the internet and internet of things, there is no foreseeable limit to the amount of entertainment available online. With this almost limitless amount of content online, there are applications such as Kodi available for those who wish to stream web content.
Kodi open source software is user-friendly and versatile allowing its usage not only on android smartphones but also on smart TVs.
Kodi on Smart TV brings the world of entertainment directly to your home
with limited technical abilities required. This means that as long as your
television is compatible with Kodi, you will be able to download it directly.
If not, you can use a feature known as casting.
Because Kodi is open source software, it is easily customizable and offers a huge variety of content for the entire family. Kodi offers add-ons that provide access to varying genres of content, from movies to series to live games and so on.
You can also download torrents using Kodi, onto your Android device or your television. With this variety of add-ons for Images, music add-ons and add-ons for series, having a smart TV and installing Kodi on your Smart TV (Kodi for smart TV) will bring the entertainment world right to your living room.
A smart TV is usually a huge investment and one that offers great features. Most Smart TVs have very useful and ergonomic features. This means you can access your television in varying methods as well as have the ability to have a theatre like an experience, using your Home Theatre system.
This article will highlight the steps to installing Kodi on Samsung and/or LG Smart TVs. Keep in mind though, that you can install Kodi on Sony smart TVs and others as long as they are compatible with Kodi.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO INSTALL KODI ON SMART TVS (KODI ON SAMSUNG SMART TVS, ANDROID)
Kodi is supported on Android platforms and thus, it can only be installed directly, onto a television that is running under an android OS. If, however, your television (Smart Tv) doesn’t run on an android platform, you cannot install Kodi on your Smart TV.
Kodi was previously
branded the name XBMC. Installing XBMC directly onto your smart TV requires
that it runs under an android OS.
Most Samsung Smart Tvs
run Tizen OS, while LG operates under WEB OS. Unfortunately, these operating
systems do not have a default setting for the direct download of Kodi for Smart
We will take a look at the steps to getting Kodi for Smart TV on your Samsung Smart TV and LG Smart TV, as well as other brands of Smart TVS where possible.
If you own a
television that runs Android you should simply visit Kodi’s official website
and download Kodi for Smart TV
KODI ON SAMSUNG SMART TV (HOW TO INSTALL KODI ON ANDROID TV)
Of the latest Samsung Smart TVs, most run on a TIZEN OS. This operating system does not support installation or running of Kodi. If you are still looking for the Kodi experience (kodi on samsung smart tv) it is advised that you purchase an android box or player.
These boxes are very
popular and quite affordable. Examples of these easy to use android players are
Nexus player and Nvidia Shield.
Before we highlight
the steps to installing Kodi on
Smart TV, we always remind our
readers to use a secure internet connection and proxy.
Great!! Let’s get down
to it then.
As mentioned earlier, if you own a Smart TV that runs on an android OS, the steps to installing Kodi on your Smart TV are as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Simply proceed to
Google Playstore on your Smart TV
Search for the Kodi
Once you’ve found and
selected it, choose the install option.
And just as we
mentioned previously, it is as easy as 1, 2 and 3. You may now download other
add-ons if you wish in order to get the full range of content (music add-ons,
image add-ons for Kodi)
However, if your Smart TV does not run on an android platform and therefore will not have access to Google Playstore, you may have to download other applications for Kodi Samsung Smart TV.
You may visit the
following site to download software matching your OS (www.koditv.com) These options include Linux, Mac OS, ios, Raspberry Pi, Android as well as other packages.
Once you have
downloaded the correct package, install it onto your device using a USB stick.
When the above step is completed, access your file explorer and install the relevant APK file onto your Smart TV (Samsung Smart TV for Kodi)
Kodi for Samsung Smart
TV is now ready to stream and roll!
KODI ON LG SMART TV (INSTALL KODI ON WEB OS)
Once again, Kodi has not created software compatible with LG’s WEB OS. There are some LG devices that run android though, albeit a few. LG is a renowned brand producing Smart TV, Smart phones and a variety of very user friendly electronics.
For purposes of Kodi on LG Smart TV, you do not need any new procedures to install Kodi on your LG television. If and only if the LG Smart TV runs on an android platform, then you can easily use the same procedures used to install Kodi on Samsung Smart TV to install on LG. (Kodi on LG Smart TV)
For now, Kodi has not updated or come up with Kodi for Web OS. This would go a long way to making it easier to download Kodi directly onto almost all LG Smart TV. Unfortunately, Kodi for LG Smart TVs is not possible if you’re running Web OS.
The steps are
essentially the same but we will highlight them again. All you need to do is
access Google Playstore on your LG Smart TV.
Next, search for Kodi.
Then, select the
install option and you’re ready to stream Kodi on LG Smart TV.
Once you’ve downloaded
Kodi for LG smart TV you should search for the best add-ons for Kodi. There are
plenty of Kodi add-ons for 2017.
TV NOT RUNNING ANDROID (WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID SMART TVS NOT RUNNING ANDROID)
If you plan to stream
content using apps such as kodi, you shouldn’t purchase a smart TV not running
There are different
manufacturers offering a variety of brands that run on android platforms. If
these brands are available to you it helps to source them and buy them in order
to use Kodi with no technical difficulties (Advantages of Kodi on Android Smart
Because Smart TVs
running android are already set to accept the regulations of Kodi, it means
your streaming will be effortless and with responsive streaming.
When purchasing a smart TV, make sure it is an android TV and that it has the right specifications. Hardware that has an adequate amount of RAM and a fast processor will ensure that your streaming will be enjoyable. Kodi offers high definition (HD) streaming and this is fully enjoyable only if you have the correct processing speed as well as adequate RAM on your Smart TV (Samsung Smart TV, LG smart TV)
There is plenty of information regarding the specifications of any Smart TV that you wish to purchase. When you have done your due diligence and bought the apt device, you will enjoy Kodi on Smart TV to the fullest.
ON SAMSUNG SMART TV NOT RUNNING ANDROID (KODI FOR NON ANDROID SMART TV)
When you’re using a
television that is not a Smart TV, you may have to access other devices to turn
your TV into a Smart TV. This requires using an old android device, such as a
tablet or a smartphone.
Many of us have used
smart devices that we no longer utilise. These can be turned into perfect
streaming devices for Kodi. The process to using your android smartphone to
stream content onto your Smart TV does not require you to be technologically
There are detailed
step-by-step instructions on how to install and set up your old android for
In order to make your
older TV a newer, Smart TV you will need an android device. If you do not have
access to one, it is best if you purchase a Raspberry PI. These boxes may cost
you approximately $50, but they are well worth it.
With the purchase of Raspberry PI, you can mirror or cast your phone’s content, from the phone’s screen to your TV. You can then turn your old TV to a Smart TV and stream Kodi content.
If purchasing a Kodi enabled set top box proves to be uneconomical, there are plenty of mobile phone resellers who have old devices, some with cracked screens or minor scratches. These devices are sold at a reasonable price and will definitely provide the platform to set up Kodi for Smart TVs not running android. Also, if you happen to own a smart TV like Apple TV, you can install Kodi on Apple TV directly.
FEATURES OF SMART TVS (ADVANTAGES OF SMART TVS)
It is not a secret
that Smart TVS are a far cry from TVS of the past decade or so. These devices
offer numerous and commendable features that make TV watching a truly lifelike
Most of the features are actually user-friendly and offer the best movies, series and game show watching experience that you may want. If you manage to install and download Kodi for Samsung Smart TV, or Kodi for LG Smart TV, you will not be left behind and we can assure you that you will enjoy the home theatre experience (Kodi for HTPC, Kodi for Smart TV)
A few features that
are worth mentioning for those thinking of buying a smart TV are:
A smart TV is like a
big screen personal computer, in a slim package. Direct access is given to you
through your TV to sites like YouTube, CNN, Sports networks as well movie sites
like Netflix. For social media enthusiasts you can also access Facebook and Twitter directly using your Smart TV.
Using a Smartphone or
tablet, you can send media files to your smart TV. These files can be opened on
the Smart TV and viewed on the big screen.
For video game
players, there is usually a mirroring feature. This is simply sending what you
are doing, i.e. playing games or watching a movie, from your smartphone to your
With most smart TVs
you are able to record visual or audio content. This will prove to be very
useful for archiving information for access later.
Connectivity: If you
thought that accessing your smart TV could only be done wirelessly, think again.
Smart TVs have a number of ports that give the user the option of using the
Ethernet (wired internet), USB drives and HDMI. For gamers, a Playstation Box
can be connected and the games enjoyed on the big screen.
Other media players
like Roku and Amazon Firestickcan easily be hooked up to your smart TV and
provide streaming of Kodi content.
The advantage of using
Ethernet instead of streaming content wirelessly is that you may get faster
speeds from using cable internet. Also, if you are trying to stream HD content,
there may be too many disruptions hence you won’t fully enjoy your movies.
Download Kodi for Samsung Smart TV and get the full HD experience.
OF SMART TVS (WHY YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL BUYING A SMART TV)
Smart TVs get direct
access to the internet. For those of us who have experience surfing the
internet, whether on PCs, Laptops or Smartphones, the risks associated with the
web are too many to mention. However, we need to avoid certain risks due to the
security breach that comes with them.
Hacking is something
that is becoming more common by the day. Smart TVs have cameras therefore it
cannot be emphasised that a hacker with ill intentions, obviously, may try to
gain access to your smart TV using the internet, which you are already
Access to your camera
is usually due to shady applications that are not downloaded from Google play
for instance. You should always download registered and credible applications
to use on your smart TV on proper App stores.
Another problem with
having constant internet access is the susceptibility to viruses. Accessing
free sites where torrents and such content is streamed will make your device
prone to viruses as well as hacking.
The major advantage of
android is the ease with which you can download numerous applications. Many
Smart TVS are attempting to incorporate android so that users may have access
to applications being developed almost on a daily basis. Samsung and LG seem to have
stuck to their OS’s but we hope they adapt soon and provide more android ready
devices. This will give users the option to change, upgrade and enjoy as many
apps as they choose, at the convenience of their homes and on a big screen!!