Kodi (XBMC) has lots of ways to watch and listen to many different forms of entertainment. If you are interested in watching free live TV from all over the world, then you are in luck. It is simple to setup live TV on Kodi. IPTV is becoming popular very fast. Many smart TV’s now have apps that can do the same, but a lot are not as versatile, and you may have to pay to use them.
Kodi has a client built straight into it called PVR IPTV Simple Client that allows you to setup live TV on Kodi easily. By adding a URL link to a M3U file or pointing it to a locally stored file you can have access in no time.
Many of the channels will be in HD, and you can even get program guides for some.
Links can become inactive on some of the major channels. With a good M3U file list, the links are updated frequently to prevent this from happening to often.
Setup live TV on Kodi – 9 easy steps
1. First of all we need to enable the Live TV feature. Select System and then Settings
2. Select Live TV from the menu
3. Highlight the Enable at the top
4. A message will pop up asking you to enable a PVR addon. Select OK
5. This should take you straight to the relevant addon screen for all the PVR clients. Choose the PVR IPTV Simple Client
6. Select Enable and the Configure
7. Under General Location should be on Internet address. Select M3U Playlist URL
8. This is where you enter the URL location for the channel lists. These can be found by searching on the internet. Some are better that others. I will supply you with some to get you started below under Setup Live TV on Kodi – M3U lists. Enter the address in full including the http:// and select done
Note: Do not use the url’s in the screenshots. They will not work.
9. Ensure Cache m3u at local storage is unchecked and select OK
10. That is all there is to it to setup live TV on Kodi. By restarting Kodi (or disabling and re-enabling the addon), you should see Live TV appear on the main menu. If the m3u list you are using is broken then you will not see TV on the menu.
With some skins the TV may not show on the menu without adjusting the skins settings. This tutorial uses the default skin Confluence. A good skin to use, and one of my personal favourites is the Amber skin (see feature image at the top for an example). You will find Amber more visually pleasing, but some menu items are in different places and takes a little while to get use to.
Setup Live TV on Kodi – M3U lists
These are URL links to some m3u channel lists that I have sourced from various websites.
Some are updated more frequently than others, in which case more channels will work.
Setup Live TV on Kodi – Paid IPTV Subscriptions
Free M3u list are great because they are free, but they can be unreliable sometimes, and will need changing if channel links become broken. Another alternative to setup live TV on Kodi is paid IPTV subscriptions. These normally come in the form of a M3u list file which you can point to within IPTV Simple. A great source of paid M3u subscriptions is Ebay, have a look at these
are very reasonably priced considering the amount of channels you will receive. In many cases this will be many channels you would normally have to pay a lot more for, with a years subscription costing what just one month would normally cost for similar packages.
Bearing this in mind, and the piece of mind that the channels are reliable, it is a defiantly worth considering.
You will probably need to point IPTV Simple to where you have placed the file that you download after purchase. This is done at step 7 above. Instead of choosing remote path, you will need to choose local, then browse to the folder you have placed the file in.
If you are using a laptop or desktop then placing the file in a suitable place is easy because it can be anywhere on your network. If you are using devices such as Wetek boxes, Raspberry Pi’s or Andriod boxes, then you will need to place the file in a location accessible by Kodi. There are lots of ways you can do this such as a Samba share, ftp, or using programs like Putty and FileZilla from your Windows or OSX devise. Another option would be to pop the file onto a usb pen drive and put in one of the USB slots on your kodi device. You can then copy the file over to Kodi using File Manager within Kodi.
Setup live TV on Kodi – EPG – Electronic Program Guide
Some M3U lists come with EPG’s. To add them it is similar to the way you would add a new channel list.
In the configure screen as in Step 7 above, choose EPG settings and do the same as you did for the channel set up but put the URL for the EPG into the XMLTV URL. (Please note that the example in the screenshot may not work, you will need to search for them on the internet)
Again ensure the Cache at local storage is unchecked.
Some EPG’s are set in a different time zone. If this happens, use the EPG Time Shift setting to move the hours accordingly.
You should be able to access working links without a VPN. However if you want to be completely hidden and have full access to all Addon content then you should consider PIA. Please head over to Kodi VPN Setup – Full Content Access for all the details.
If you have any questions please ask.