It seems unlikely, but with a little effort, Kodi is almost a full-fledged alternative to your television subscription. Via all kinds of smart add-ons you can easily receive the channels of the public broadcasters and various pay stations. This can be done via a connected TV tuner or via web streams. For example, you can watch live television with Kodi.
Kodi doesn’t just offer the ability to play movies and series. Live television can also be viewed over the Internet with the multimedia software and the correct settings. We explain how you can set up and start Kodi IPTV. With these instructions you will receive German channels freely and free of charge via Kodi.
Kodi IPTV: Live TV with Kodi & Legal Channel Lists
Kodi also offers a function that can be used to watch live TV. All you need is a specific add-on (a so-called “PVR client”), a station list and ten minutes to set up. The live TV function can then be easily started via the main menu.
In this article we show in detail how the Kodi IPTV function can be installed, configured and started. We’ll also show you how to edit channel lists and define channel groups.
Channel lists links
The Kodinerds forum offers a free and legal station list with free-to-air TV and radio stations. This list is also used in this article for illustrative purposes.
- Channel list with TV channels & radio (http://bit.ly/kn-kodi)
- Channel list with TV channels (http://bit.ly/kn-kodi-tv)
- Station list with radio (http://bit.ly/kn-kodi-radio)
An alternative list is offered by the SGK group. The station list contains a total of more than 300 channels, including around 130 free TV stations. All pay TV channels require a valid subscription from the respective provider, which means that this list is also completely legal.
- Channel list from SGK (http://kodi.my-cydia-ig.de/TV/tv_de.m3u)
The provider Wilmaa from Switzerland also offers a channel list with which you can watch all known private channels such as RTL in HD quality. An IP address from Switzerland is required for use. A suitable VPN service is CyberGhost , for example , which offers not only Switzerland but also 90 other countries.
- Channel list from Wilmaa (http://kodi.my-cydia-ig.de/TV/tv_ch_wilmaa.m3u)
EPG / Program Guide Links
EPG means “Electronic Program Guide” and is a kind of digital program guide. EPGs in Kodi must be compatible with the relevant channel lists. Therefore, no arbitrary links for program guides from the Internet can be used. In addition, EPGs have to be maintained regularly, which is why the links no longer work after a certain time.
The following EPG links are compatible with the Kodinerds channel lists above:
- EPG for the Kodinerds channel list (https://rytec.ricx.nl/epg_data/rytecDE_Basic.gz)
- EPG for the SGK station list (http://kodi.my-cydia-ig.de/TV/de-epg.gz)
- EPG for Wilmaa (https://telerising.de/epg/easyepg-basic.gz)
Set up Kodi IPTV: Install PVR IPTV Simple Client
01 – Start Kodi and click on “Addons” in the main menu.
02 – Click on the package icon in the top left.
03 – Selects the “Install from repository” category.
04 – Opens the item “All Repositories”.
05 – Scroll down to the point “PVR clients” and open it.
06 – Look for the entry for the PVR IPTV Simple Client Kodi Addon in the list and click on it.
07 – Then select “Install” at the bottom right.
08 – After a few moments, the message appears at the top right of the screen that the PVR IPTV Simple Client Kodi Addon has been successfully installed.
Set up Kodi IPTV: Store channel source
01 – Reopen the list entry for the PVR IPTV Simple Client Addon using the method mentioned above and then select the “Configure” item.
02 – In the first menu item “General” you specify the source of the transmitter. Kodi works with so-called “m3u” files. They are playlists made up of channels and their streaming source.
Location: Determines whether the m3u file is online (remote path) or locally on your player (local path).
M3U playlist URL: Enter the link to your m3u file or select the path in which your playlist is located.
Cache M3U on local memory: The station list is cached locally so that it is only reloaded from the Internet if there are changes (recommended!)
Channel numbering starts at: Value should be left as it is
03 – As an example, we enter an m3u file from the Internet, which is provided by the Kodinerds forum. This m3u playlist contains free to air programs and is completely legal.
Click on “M3U Playlist URL” …
04 -… and enter the corresponding URL (e.g. http://bit.ly/kn-kodi ). Then click on “OK”.
05 – A TV guide can also be stored in the second menu item “EPG settings”. They are usually XML or GZ files. They are entered in the same way as m3u files. In this example we are not using a TV guide.
06 – Click on “OK” at the top right to complete the configuration.
07 – A message will appear that Kodi needs to be restarted. Confirm this with “OK”.
08 – At the top right you can see that the PVR IPTV Simple Client has already loaded the channels. Now restart Kodi.
Set up Kodi IPTV: Reload and edit the channel list
01 – Select the gear symbol in the main menu to open the settings.
02 – Click on “PVR & TV”.
03 – Under “General” there are various options for editing your channel list.
Select active channel in lists: The current channel is visually highlighted
Synchronize channel groups with backend (s): Some m3u files offer their own categorization of the channels. They are mostly marked with “m3u +” or “m3u Plus”. If you want to use this categorization, activate this point.
Channel manager: Here channels can be deleted or rearranged. Channel group
manager: With the channel group manager you can create your own categories for the channels (e.g. news or sports).
Channel search: This function has no relevance for Kodi IPTV
Delete data:The m3u playlist is reloaded. Then a restart is necessary. This function should be used if your channels are not updated or the channel list is incomplete.
04 – The “Delete data” function can also be found in the “EPG” menu item. If you have problems with your TV guide, it can be read in again here. Then a restart is necessary.
Start Kodi IPTV
01 – After the successful configuration, you can comfortably start live TV via Kodi from the main menu. Simply select the item “TV”.
02 – The Live TV interface opens and you can select your desired channel.